Adapting Hornby's R.8211 "Rolling Road" Without Carving It Up For Diesels

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Adapting Hornby's R.8211 "Rolling Road" Without Carving It Up For Diesels

Postby Hornchurch » Sun May 26, 2019 2:51 am

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About 10 weeks ago I pondered buying Hornby's R.8211 Rolling Road for steam (engines), whilst bemoaning it's limitations for diesels

Noticing that the 'affixed' section of track would clearly foul-up any twin-axle Diesel of length, I posted in the F.A.Q section.

I did contemplate buying the DCC-Concepts rollers, but, felt like, if I did, I wouldn't be getting much real-estate for my buck.

Having about 10-12 new steam-engines & finally, seeing R.8211 back in stock (after a lengthy absence), I decided to chance it & pull the trigger


Meantime, having read elsewhere that several enterprising souls had actually 'carved-up' their track-section by some 75% or 80%.....

Well, they'd adapted theirs for both steam (tender) AND diesel useage, so it seemed viable to me, too (after some study, being a returnee)


When my R.8211 arrived, I was quite impressed with it & swore in the next few weeks, I'd buy one extra set of R.8212 rollers, making FOUR.**

** instead of just the three that R.8211 comes equipped with.

After some days of useage & familiarity, it dawned on me that I may not have to risk 'botching it up' after all...... (I do have the tools, but).


Gave it a go - Instead of carving-up & stunting the track (as others have done), I merely unscrewed (2), laying track at an 80-90 degree angle.

Of course I totally removed the front block, taking GREAT CARE not to allow the inner-plate to fall into the aluminium-billet (God forbid !)


May not seem remotely much to all you lads who build/screw/weld etc, BUT = It would help those in my position, who've avoided R.8211 till now.

Figured I'd share it (with just a few lame pix), to illustrate to those (like me, after 45-yrs), who ARE returning to model-rail & run large diesels.

Whilst I've nothing remotely against the DCC loose roller option, the Hornby R.8211 just looks (& feels) substantial & it works for me.....

(Currently, with other family members in the house, where I can't have a large or permanant layout, just yet).

Those Bachmann Class.37 & 47's that've been stuck in a cupoard (stacked-up), can now get some excercise.

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Re: Adapting Hornby's R.8211 "Rolling Road" Without Carving It Up For Diesels

Postby Peterm » Sun May 26, 2019 3:56 am

I was tempted by one of those... until I saw the price. :shock:
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Re: Adapting Hornby's R.8211 "Rolling Road" Without Carving It Up For Diesels

Postby Mountain » Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:24 am

What sort of price are they? They do look good.

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Re: Adapting Hornby's R.8211 "Rolling Road" Without Carving It Up For Diesels

Postby Peterm » Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:36 am

70.00 odd quid.
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Re: Adapting Hornby's R.8211 "Rolling Road" Without Carving It Up For Diesels

Postby Mountain » Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:02 am

Oh dear. Maybe it has gold plated little wheels?

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Re: Adapting Hornby's R.8211 "Rolling Road" Without Carving It Up For Diesels

Postby Hornchurch » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:44 am

Mountain wrote:


Oh dear. Maybe it has gold plated little wheels?


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Maybe it HAS a notably better build quality than that cheaper DCC $hite , with plastic centres ?

Maybe it'll still be here (being ALL metal), in 15 years time ?

Maybe I just didn't fancy going down the cheapskate/broke-a$$/brassick route ?

Maybe I just started the thread, for those like me (hence "New R.M forum"), who are returnees & curious/contemplating R.8211 ? **

(**with NO prior use or knowledge of it, whom, like me, possess mostly diesels)

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Re: Adapting Hornby's R.8211 "Rolling Road" Without Carving It Up For Diesels

Postby Mountain » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:11 pm

I don't understand?

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Re: Adapting Hornby's R.8211 "Rolling Road" Without Carving It Up For Diesels

Postby Dave » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:20 pm

Hornchurch wrote: Maybe it ...


Not maybe... it is appreciated by some members, thanks for posting 8)

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Re: Adapting Hornby's R.8211 "Rolling Road" Without Carving It Up For Diesels

Postby Hornchurch » Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:21 am

Dave wrote:
Hornchurch wrote:
Maybe it ...




Not maybe... it is appreciated by some members, thanks for posting 8)


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Cheers Dave, thanks mate = Glad someone understands the reasoning.....



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