From Triang scrap, back to life

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William Medland
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From Triang scrap, back to life

Postby William Medland » Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:18 pm

I have been buying scrapped items and bringing them back to life on my workbench.
Nothing really too difficult, but a lovely feeling smell the oil and see the sparks flying off
the wheels as they run around the layout :D

I have so far repaired about a half dozen, but I will start here with my 1961 Triang Britannia...

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looks like it will never run again, but for £5 worth a try
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The couplings would need a lot of repair. A new cylinder block and
return bracket was ordered from the UK.
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It was clear that the tender would not require any "weathering".
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The spares arrive...
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The rust is being removed carefully
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I do firmly believe in general, that to be credible railway modellers, we need to at least understand the working
principles of the real life railway, even if we are unable to put them into practice in a model form.

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Re: From Triang scrap, back to life

Postby William Medland » Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:27 pm

The 1961 Britannia continued......

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The wheels are turning at last and the new cylinder block is tested.
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The smoke unit is tested and the chassis is sent around the layout.
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Bogie and pony truck are added.
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First trial fitting of the outer shell, the front still needs to come down a 1/4 inch,
some work with a file and it fitted in place.
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I do firmly believe in general, that to be credible railway modellers, we need to at least understand the working
principles of the real life railway, even if we are unable to put them into practice in a model form.

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Re: From Triang scrap, back to life

Postby William Medland » Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:32 pm

The Britannia up and running once again a few years after it was scrapped and written off.

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The Britannia in all its glory
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The 1961 Triang Britannia with the 1973 Hornby Oliver Cromwell.
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I do firmly believe in general, that to be credible railway modellers, we need to at least understand the working
principles of the real life railway, even if we are unable to put them into practice in a model form.

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Re: From Triang scrap, back to life

Postby Bufferstop » Sun Mar 27, 2016 2:13 pm

Posts from Bill.
Just like British buses, wait 18 months and two come along together.
But those look like a real work of love.
Growing old, can't avoid it. Growing up, forget it!
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Re: From Triang scrap, back to life

Postby Alexander Court » Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:49 pm

Great work, love to see the old stuff still going, I have a soft spot for Triang stuff.

Alex

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Re: From Triang scrap, back to life

Postby Lysander » Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:57 pm

Nice work - I also love breathing new life into wrecks. How many perfectly salvageable vintage locos have been binned for want of a simple repair ?

Tony
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Re: From Triang scrap, back to life

Postby GaryAM » Mon Mar 28, 2016 11:46 am

nice looking restoration:)

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Re: From Triang scrap, back to life

Postby GeraldH » Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:43 pm

Great stuff! There's plenty of life in old Triang equipment and it's a cheap way to do some modelling. The locos are also easier to repair than the modern ones, with all their complex wiring, circuit boards etc.. Most of my coaching stock is Triang. :)
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Re: From Triang scrap, back to life

Postby Mountain » Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:49 pm

Well done. Good repair. Also a good upgrade for those motors to get them to pull well is one of the fancy new strong magnets. I've changed the ones on my Hornby Dublo 3 rail items.
The Triang chassis are beautifully hefty.
Enjoying 7mm narrow gauge.
Currently having a clear out of my 00 gauge items. See the "For sale" section.


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