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Re: Oxford Rail Wagons

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:24 pm
by rosenblad
D605Eagle' I agree entirely with your view on the couplings! The reason is that they use the Hornby type (or equivalent) with the long-reach hook. Remove the original, and stick a Bachmann type in the NEM-pocket instead, and you solve the problem! I do the same with all Hornby models with NEM-shafts too!

Re: Oxford Rail Wagons

Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:23 pm
by Mountain
I found out, while the factory still exists near Swansea, the production is in China. Moving production abroad is a concern as the less we make in our own country, the more inward our economy becomes.

Re: Oxford Rail Wagons

Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:27 pm
by D605Eagle
Mountain wrote:I found out, while the factory still exists near Swansea, the production is in China. Moving production abroad is a concern as the less we make in our own country, the more inward our economy becomes.

Dapol still make and print their wagons in the UK, so I guess there is an option if you wish to support UK industry...always a good thing in my mind! However there wagons are not very accurate dimentionally.

Re: Oxford Rail Wagons

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:10 pm
by Mountain
Once contacted the company regarding two seperate issues and was dissapointed.
Was the opposite of going the extra mile!

Re: Oxford Rail Wagons

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:31 pm
by Streaks and Teaks
D605Eagle wrote:
Mountain wrote:I found out, while the factory still exists near Swansea, the production is in China. Moving production abroad is a concern as the less we make in our own country, the more inward our economy becomes.

Dapol still make and print their wagons in the UK, so I guess there is an option if you wish to support UK industry...always a good thing in my mind! However there wagons are not very accurate dimentionally.


Some of them are from the moulds of the old Hornby Dublo I have read, how much this is true I don't know. The couplings arn't great on them and the hooks easily come off.

Re: Oxford Rail Wagons

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:49 pm
by Mountain
Regarding coupling hooks. There is an art to gently squeezing the retaining bit of the hook to stop them coming off. Too much and they cease. Too little and they still come off.
I had the odd one or two via Smallbrook Studio kits, though they are or will be redundant as I now make my own couplings for 7mm narrow gauge use instead of using tension locks.

Re: Oxford Rail Wagons

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:59 am
by Pennine MC
Streaks and Teaks wrote:Some of them are from the moulds of the old Hornby Dublo I have read, how much this is true I don't know. .


I wouldn't swear they're the same actual moulds, not after 50 odd years of use, but some of them are definitely of identical appearance

Re: Oxford Rail Wagons

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:11 pm
by Streaks and Teaks
Pennine MC wrote:
Streaks and Teaks wrote:Some of them are from the moulds of the old Hornby Dublo I have read, how much this is true I don't know. .


I wouldn't swear they're the same actual moulds, not after 50 odd years of use, but some of them are definitely of identical appearance


Maybe recastings? Dapol did own the rights to Wrenn (who had the rights to Dublo) I believe before selling them on to the final incarnation of Wrenn (Maybe the only sold the locos but kept the wagons).

The history of who owns what and when in model railways is such a mine field =p.