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by Richard Lee
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Carriage prices are nuts!
Replies: 40
Views: 3710

Re: Carriage prices are nuts!

One of the reasons that I went for an SR branch line was that trains could legitimately be short. One side effect is that I don't need lots of expensive coaches. (Many SR coaches are a bit dear.) Must admit that I would love a set of the Bachmann Branchline SR Birdcage stock, but at about £55 per co...
by Richard Lee
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: class T9 chassis rot
Replies: 149
Views: 22262

Re: class T9 chassis rot

Of course Hornby get you coming and going on that front, because if a T9 will fit, so will the 700 which is much the same loco in low geared 0-6-0 form! It is a shame about the T9, so very pretty as a model, so very flawed as a mechanism. A 700 does fit on my main layout, and looks very nice indeed...
by Richard Lee
Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: class T9 chassis rot
Replies: 149
Views: 22262

Re: class T9 chassis rot

Thank you for telling us about your experiences. Very sorry to hear of your problems, but grateful ro you for letting us know. The Hornby T9 is a lovely looking model, and has been recently on offer at bargain prices in Maunsell Green SR livery (which is the one that I would be interested in). I can...
by Richard Lee
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Dapol
Topic: OO Terriers - Dapol v. Hornby
Replies: 20
Views: 4102

Re: OO Terriers - Dapol v. Hornby

Thank you SRman. That is useful to know. :) I have a couple of LBSC Railway ones, a SE&CR one and an SR one in Maunsell Green SR (which was the locomotive that I started off with). Hornby keep bringing out pre-grouping Terriers, but so far there has been only one Hornby SR Maunsell Green one tha...
by Richard Lee
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: OO Terriers - Dapol v. Hornby
Replies: 20
Views: 4102

OO Terriers - Dapol v. Hornby

Quite a few years ago, Dapol sold their OO Terrier tooling to Hornby, who have been happily churning them out since. I understand that Hornby did a different chassis for the Terrier to the one Dapol used. Occasionally, second-hand Dapol OO Terriers show up for sale. Does anyone know whether the Dapo...
by Richard Lee
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Peco - yes Peco! - better OO track
Replies: 26
Views: 4627

Re: Peco - yes Peco! - better OO track

Thanks for your reply, Bigmet. Currently I use live frog points (Marcway on one layout and Peco Code 75 on the smaller one). The first version of the smaller one used Hornby points; one of the reasons that I changed track is that I didn't like the way the Terrier sometimes needed a bit of manual hel...
by Richard Lee
Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Peco - yes Peco! - better OO track
Replies: 26
Views: 4627

Re: Peco - yes Peco! - better OO track

If anyone gets and starts to use the new points, I would be very interested to hear of their experiences. I am thinking about doing a new layout, and like the look of the new track. As many people will be aware, the new points are "Unifrog", that is with a metal frog that can either be lef...
by Richard Lee
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Peco - yes Peco! - better OO track
Replies: 26
Views: 4627

Re: Peco - yes Peco! - better OO track

Twice the price, but it is easily twice the product. Why do you think it is :?: Fundamentally it is still the wrong gauge. Personally I feel that track with a 16.5mm gauge is much more useful for indoor layouts than 4' 8 1/2" (or 4' 1 1/2" if one would want to replicate the gauge inaccura...
by Richard Lee
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Is Cooper-Craft dead?
Replies: 31
Views: 3744

Re: Is Cooper-Craft dead?

On another forum (RMWeb) there has been a couple of threads about Coopercraft. I understand that it is discouraged to link to other forums, so I won't. Unless there are a lot of seriously mistaken people there, I wouldn't order from the Coopercraft website. There are allegations that people order (a...
by Richard Lee
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Problems with fitting electrical pickups on coach wheels
Replies: 31
Views: 8667

Re: Problems with fitting electrical pickups on coach wheels

Don't know whether or not they are the best, but I use Bachmann coach wheels whenever I make up a coach kit which comes with plastic wheels, or buy old rtr coaches that come with plastic wheels. The Bachmann wheels come in packs of 10 axles, and have "36-033 Turned Coach Wheels (for non=close 8...
by Richard Lee
Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Pre-WW2 Southern carriages
Replies: 5
Views: 633

Re: Pre-WW2 Southern carriages

A few years ago I would have commiserated with you for the lack of ready to run. Now things are a bit better. Here are some suggestions: If you are okay with mid to late 1930s onwards, Hornby do some very nice Ex-LSWR re-built Maunsell 58' coaches. These ran in the Western and Central Sectors. (I am...
by Richard Lee
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Dapol Working Signals - Wiring
Replies: 1
Views: 771

Re: Dapol Working Signals - Wiring

Thank you. I have no idea whether or not this is the correct forum,but your information could be very useful to know. Edit: A regulated power supply doing the LEDs for streetlights etc. sounds as if it would be a good option for powering the signals. Interesting that a 9v battery also works, because...
by Richard Lee
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: SECR Crimson Lake
Replies: 6
Views: 1884

Re: SECR Crimson Lake

On another forum (RMWeb) it was suggested that the Precision Paints P580 coach lake was a little too blue, and that it could be improved by adding an equal volume of P576 SE&CR Locomotive Indian Red. Other alternatives suggested included Cherry Paints “SECR Purple Lake”, which is believed to be ...
by Richard Lee
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: The Hopefully Final tally of a power spike.
Replies: 9
Views: 1288

Re: The Hopefully Final tally of a power spike.

Sorry to hear about your problems. Power spikes are frequent in Bulgarian villages, particularly when there is thunder about. The automatic washing machine that I had was a victim; I was told that it was uneconomic to replace the circuit board that had died. (We now use a second-hand Russian-made se...
by Richard Lee
Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: Narrow Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Smallbrook Studios "ARES"
Replies: 11
Views: 2388

Re: Smallbrook Studios "ARES"

When I made up the Smalbrook Studio rake of ex-LBSCR 4-wheeled coaches, I bought a Lidl cordless multi-grinder (which has a lot of other tools such as drill bits with it), and found it extremely useful. The resin parts sometimes need a little work, which could have been done by hand tools; I found e...

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