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by muggins
Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Couplings on Replica Railways wagons
Replies: 4
Views: 89

Re: Couplings on Replica Railways wagons

Much obliged, Bigmet.
by muggins
Sun Jun 20, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Couplings on Replica Railways wagons
Replies: 4
Views: 89

Couplings on Replica Railways wagons

I can't remember what the couplings are like on Replica wagons such as the 3-plank. Is it the fitting which locates on two "pegs" on the chassis and is held on by a central screw, which means it's a doddle to swop them for these ...? https://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/p/12258/36-025-Bac...
by muggins
Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Traction tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 189

Re: Traction tyres

Thank you sir. Having seen the price of it, I shall probably be shaking my head in wonder for the rest of this evening ...
by muggins
Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Traction tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 189

Re: Traction tyres

Bigmet wrote: ... And we are shortly to see how well Bachmann have contrived on a small 2-4-0 which was noted for its tractive powers...


Pray tell, gentle Sir, what is this of which you speak?
by muggins
Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Traction tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 189

Re: Traction tyres

Cheers gents. Hmmm. Given the circumstances in which many folk seem to run their toy trains (and note here I'm not saying a word about Sam's Trains and the like), I can quite see why manufacturers resort to traction tyres for some wheel arrangements, but I'd rather assumed that by now they'd have co...
by muggins
Fri Jun 18, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Traction tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 189

Traction tyres

What is actually the real deal with traction tyres? I've never had a loco with traction tyres since the Airfix GMR 14XX I had 40 years ago, which was probably when I first learned that they are a Bad Thing on account of how they clag up your track and generally cause problems. But do they? Given cle...
by muggins
Fri Jun 04, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Coreless motors
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: Coreless motors

Bigmet wrote: ...was now available in RTR OO for just £80 ...


Don't!

Earlier this very morning I found a copy of the December 2009 RM and checked some of the prices ...
by muggins
Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Coreless motors
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: Coreless motors

That makes a lot of sense to me. What's the current state of play with preferred motors for kitbuilds? Are folk using coreless nowadays because of any perceived advantage? I guess Portescap is a thing of the past now ... :D
by muggins
Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Coreless motors
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Coreless motors

Is there any reason apart from cost and size why a manufacturer would fit a coreless motor to a run-of-the-mill 00 loco rather than a conventional one?
by muggins
Sun May 23, 2021 7:02 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Then and Now model railway retail
Replies: 7
Views: 250

Re: Then and Now model railway retail

Ah. So all they do in Wales is keep the clapped-out Airfix tooling going. I did think it was pretty amazing that they could turn out the same quality in the UK. On thinking further about this whole toy train production lark, if the factories in China really are booked solid for as long as it would s...
by muggins
Sat May 22, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Then and Now model railway retail
Replies: 7
Views: 250

Re: Then and Now model railway retail

Funnily enough, I'm currently despairing of Messrs Dapol. They're a strange firm, and not only because for some weird reason they call themselves "Dappol" even though as any fule kno it should be "Day-Pol". Anyhow, I was wondering about possibly treating myself to the new Dapol M...
by muggins
Thu May 20, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hattons FAIL
Replies: 41
Views: 963

Re: Hattons FAIL

I gave up with Hattons two years ago, having felt that they'd got far too big for their boots. Since then I've had no cause whatsoever to complain about either the service or the prices from Derails, Model Railways Direct and Kernow.
by muggins
Fri May 07, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern loco suggestions needed (again)
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: Southern loco suggestions needed (again)

RFS wrote:... Surprised you find the Maunsell coaches not free-running? I have loads of these and they the most free running that I have ...


That's what everybody seems to say. But alas, mine are simply not in the same league. Anyhow, all is not lost - I know I've got some GT85 in the shed somewhere ...
by muggins
Fri May 07, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How to improve the free running of my carriages?
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: How to improve the free running of my carriages?

Mountain wrote:What I have done to fit the brass bearings is I drill a hole in the centre of the outside of each axlebox ...


I really don't fancy that, thank you.
by muggins
Fri May 07, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How to improve the free running of my carriages?
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: How to improve the free running of my carriages?

Good point about the b2b, but on checking I find that they're all under rather than over. I don't see how it's possible to fit brass bushes to these bogies, but I'd forgotten about the GT85!

Onwards and hopefully upwards ...

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