How to Remotor Hornby's HST

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How to Remotor Hornby's HST

Postby rmg1919 » Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:38 pm

With the forthcoming sale on ebay of two of my three HST sets, I have decided to embark upon the remotoring of my sole remaining Hornby HST. I intend to place photos and details of this process in this thread - and will ultimately turn it into an article so that other folk will no longer have to put up with the rubbish performance of the current HST.

The plan is as follows:

1) Purchase a cheap Bachmann locomotive.
2) Transplant the motor etc. from the Bachmann into the HST.
3) Be amazed by the performance.

I've been in touch with some people who have already done this themselves, and it does seem like a tricky process - but, hopefully it will work out for the best.

I think I have selected a suitable locomotive - but will confirm this when I've ordered it. Wish me luck :?

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Postby Infrontcat » Fri Jan 12, 2007 3:58 am

Do let me know how you get on RMG as I'll be looking to do the same myself :wink:

Cheers

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Postby chris_james_tunnock » Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:07 pm

Purchase a cheap Bachmann locomotive.


Here, theres a really cheap one selling at Hattons:

http://www.ehattons.com/StockDetail.aspx?SID=17930
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Postby rmg1919 » Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:05 pm

I'm looking for one with twin fly wheel, all wheel pickup and all wheel drive. I think I've found it... just summoning up the courage to buy one!

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Postby suchahampal » Fri Jan 26, 2007 5:10 pm

rmg1919 wrote:I'm looking for one with twin fly wheel, all wheel pickup and all wheel drive. I think I've found it... just summoning up the courage to buy one!


Summoned up your courage yet? :wink:

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Postby rmg1919 » Fri Jan 26, 2007 5:32 pm

Not yet :(

I'm currently battling over whether to use a Bachmann Class 20/24/25 chassis or one of the cheaper Bachmann HO American units or this one.

Hmmm...

I suspect I shall probably end up going for one of the cheaper Bachmann units.

Don't worry, will be sure to post the details when I summon the courage.

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Postby pointstaken » Fri Jan 26, 2007 6:47 pm

If you buy the Bachmann one from the trader cited in your link, don't forget that comes + freight + customs + VAT on the whole lot - might be more expensive than buying it here.

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Postby suchahampal » Sat Feb 24, 2007 3:31 pm

Couldn't resist asking...have you summoned up your courage yet? :wink:

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Postby rmg1919 » Sat Feb 24, 2007 3:33 pm

Not yet :(

Though am now considering this chassis:
http://www.ehattons.com/StockDetail.aspx?SID=16861

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Postby suchahampal » Sat Feb 24, 2007 3:34 pm

The chassis isn't right for a class 43! :( Thats the problem.

You might as well buy this:

http://www.ehattons.com/StockDetail.aspx?SID=11791

I wonder why they are so cheap?

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Postby dr5euss » Sat Feb 24, 2007 4:48 pm

'Cos they're crap; they have a small motor surrounded by loads of lead, it's put under loads of strain and breaks very soon :)

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Postby rmg1919 » Sat Feb 24, 2007 5:52 pm

suchahampal wrote:The chassis isn't right for a class 43! :( Thats the problem


Yes, what I meant to say was I was going to transplant the motor etc. into a hornby class 43 chassis... trouble is, the drive shafts are a little too short for a hornby 43 -- with the result that you have to extend them yourself... eeek.

i'm hoping heljan answer all our prayers and annouce a 43 power car. how nice would that be.... QUALITY...

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Postby rmg1919 » Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:59 pm

Change of plan. I've decided it's too much work for me... I think I shall simply add a motor to the dummy power car -- and replace the tractiont yred wheels with normal wheels. Together with some extra weight in each power car, this should provide sufficient power... It should also work out a lot cheaper - and with DCC fitted, presumably if I give them the same ID they shall work together?

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Postby chris_james_tunnock » Sat Mar 10, 2007 5:32 pm

Yes
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Postby suchahampal » Sat Mar 24, 2007 2:57 pm

Can't you replace one of the motors with a black beetle one?


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