Hornby Class 155 Sprinter

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Hornby Class 155 Sprinter

Postby jackbirdy412 » Sat Sep 04, 2010 2:16 pm

Hello everyone,
After many years of my old set being stored in the attic I have decided to return to the hobby of model railroads. I have an old Hornby 155 Sprinter, which is missing some couplings. Would anyone be able to provide me with the proper model number or even perhaps an internet link for replacement couplings for this train? Also, in my new layout I plan to use Hornby R605 1st Radius track. Would this train be able to run on this track as a 2 car unit?

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Re: Hornby Class 155 Sprinter

Postby K9-70 » Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:37 pm

jackbirdy412 wrote:Hello everyone,
After many years of my old set being stored in the attic I have decided to return to the hobby of model railroads. I have an old Hornby 155 Sprinter, which is missing some couplings. Would anyone be able to provide me with the proper model number or even perhaps an internet link for replacement couplings for this train? Also, in my new layout I plan to use Hornby R605 1st Radius track. Would this train be able to run on this track as a 2 car unit?

Regards


Dapol/Hornby Class 155 Super Sprinter
D83 1992-98 155 329
R2108 1999-04 155 344
R2162A 2000-04 155 325
R2162B 2000-06 155 317

Service Sheet No.234
Coupling and Adaptor 2+2 X8677

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Re: Hornby Class 155 Sprinter

Postby dubdee1000 » Sat Sep 04, 2010 8:50 pm

I don't think you'll have a problem with 1st radius track, but my 155 does take corners badly and takes out anything remotely close to the track. On the up side, i know what to use when i want to check clearances with platform edges, trees, etc... Doesn't need DCC sound - makes a healthy burble of its own!

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Re: Hornby Class 155 Sprinter

Postby jackbirdy412 » Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:22 pm

Thank you for your reply, K9-70, but I am a little confused. I have looked for the couplings you suggest online and on the Hornby website, but cannot seem to find them. I know this is not an NEM model, and the only non-NEM couplings I can find are these:

http://www.hornby.com/rolling-stock-87/r8099/

Would these be acceptable? I apologise if I have seriously misinterpreted your post and this seems like a very stupid question but I am totally new to this kind of thing, having never replaced couplings before.

dubdee1000: Thanks for your reply. Looks like I can order that track after all.

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Re: Hornby Class 155 Sprinter

Postby Bufferstop » Sat Sep 04, 2010 11:01 pm

Your Sprinter won't have problems with 1st radius curves, nor will most other DMUs and diesel locos, apart from the overhang knocking down fences, but if you think you might want to run new steam locos most are now recommended for 2nd radius and above. Now that the manufacturers have stopped fitting steam roller wheels and put flanges on the middle drivers 1st radius is just too tight.
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Re: Hornby Class 155 Sprinter

Postby K9-70 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:16 pm

jackbirdy412 wrote:Thank you for your reply, K9-70, but I am a little confused. I have looked for the couplings you suggest online and on the Hornby website, but cannot seem to find them. I know this is not an NEM model, and the only non-NEM couplings I can find are these:

http://www.hornby.com/rolling-stock-87/r8099/

Would these be acceptable? I apologise if I have seriously misinterpreted your post and this seems like a very stupid question but I am totally new to this kind of thing, having never replaced couplings before.

dubdee1000: Thanks for your reply. Looks like I can order that track after all.

Regards


Those couplings look similar to the couplings that are fitted to my Class 155, I'm a 100% certain that they'll fit but not sure if they'll allow the two dmu's to couple together.
Running the Class 155 on 1st radius curves? forget it. Go for 2nd or 3rd radius or 3rd and 4th radius curves. 1st radius curves are too sharp for the Class 155 and you may experience running problems on them due to the sharpness of the curve. See photos attached.
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Class 155 Dmu and 1st radius curve
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A close up.

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Re: Hornby Class 155 Sprinter

Postby dubdee1000 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:31 pm

Nice photos K9-70, i think they help to illustrate the point that i and Bufferstop make very well. Completely agree that greater radii are far better, but the OP may be limited in space available. The 155's will negotiate the sharp curve, but they look very ungainly doing it.


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