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Removing saddle tank body

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:02 pm
by Harry
Could someone please save my sanity and tell me how to remove the body of this Hornby saddle tank?

There is a metal clip on either side, but having teased them into what seemed to be every possible position, nothing is budging.

There is a single screw underneath, but removing that had no obvious effect.

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Re: Removing saddle tank body

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:10 pm
by Dave
Not tried it myself but according to the Hornby website:

Remove the body from the chassis by gently pulling it down from the rear. Once the rear retaining clips are free, carefully work the front of the chassis down to free it completely from the body.


Good luck

Re: Removing saddle tank body

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 3:58 pm
by Roger (RJ)
On mine, once the spring clips are released, pull the front of the chassis DOWN which releases the rear clips (hooks)

Re: Removing saddle tank body

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:37 pm
by Harry
Thanks for those suggestions.

The blighter's still resisting tenaciously.

Re: Removing saddle tank body

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:25 pm
by castlespitfire
Was taking body off my one and will only add one thing. Be ever so careful. One of the two rear clips snapped off my one. Not a big deal but annoying. They are brittle. Glued it back on with piece of plasticard. John

Re: Removing saddle tank body

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 3:15 pm
by RAF96
The curly wire clips hold the motor into the chassis.
The bodies of these little monsters are always two lugs at each end of the body easily released with a flat bladed screw driver and sustained pressure.
One end is the anchor and the other end is a pivot point.

Re: Removing saddle tank body

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 3:44 pm
by Bufferstop
If it's the tank in the photo the tangs to release are the ones that hook into the diecast footplate assembly. A second set hold the plastic upper body to the footplate. The plastic bodies of other 0-4-0s using the same chassis clip directly to it.