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Hornby painner tank issues...


bruces

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I am very disappointed that my birthday present from 2 years ago has been running very bad this month, and I have decided to remove it from service. The reason being is that it has started to become a terrible runner, and to get it round most of the layout it needs to be at top speed. Now running a GWR painner tank at the top speed on my layout looks very silly, not even the bigger locomotives do that! At a more realistic speed the loco will jerk and come to sudden dead stop. I have attempted to clean the loco and track but that failed. It looks as though it has come to the end of its life at Moor's Line.

 

And to say farewell to it, here are some photo's of my only PT loco:

 

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At the steam gala in May 2009, 2721

 

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At the display siding's, where it now lives today with other old models and loco's.

 

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This LNER J72 has replaced all of 2721's duty's.

 

If anybody has any solution to this, please contact me!

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Hi bruces,

 

I know how you feel, it's always a bit sad when a loco gives up life isn't it. I wonder though if it might be worth posting a query over in the Advice Centre in the Forum of this site? Someone there might be able to give you some hints for what could be wrong, if you describe the problem in detail. This might include detail on whether it just happened from one moment to the other or over a longer while etc.

 

Nice to see some photos with this post by the way, hope we can see some more of the rest of the layout?

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Have you looked at the pickup wires? There may be dirt between the wheels and the pickup wires which will cause poor running.

 

Also have you looked at the gears? They may need re-greasing.

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When I last ran it my painner was running in jerks too. Seemed like the con-rods were jaming on somthing and locking the wheels at one point in their cycle, that probablly isn't what is happening but it is what it looks like. Does this sound like your problem?

 

 

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Friend of mine had same problems, he actually binned the chassis in the end, he is more a fan of the Bachmann Pannier, and found a guy selling spare chassis on Ebay, and the Hornby Pannier like yours now runs on a Bachmann chassis which is alot more reliable.

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The Bachmann pannier chassis is a lot better detailed too. Hornby's current pannier has quite a rather nice body rather let down by the old chassis.

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When I last ran it my painner was running in jerks too. Seemed like the con-rods were jaming on somthing and locking the wheels at one point in their cycle, that probablly isn't what is happening but it is what it looks like. Does this sound like your problem?

 

Yes, I have had that too. Firstly after 6 months of slight jerking the one of the rod screws fell out and I put it back in after 15 minutes of searching for it. Also a few times the wheels have gone out of line, the middle one at the top and the other 2 at the bottom causing it to stop moving. I also think that it that particular model like most Hornby small locos are really for short use.

 

Also I have thought about it and have decided to buy a Bachmann Painner next to replace it.

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Personally, I have the same loco, but numbered 2728, and mine runs perfectly after 5 years! Perhaps it just needs a good major serving (cleaning the wheels, oiling gears, cleaning pick-ups and running in) should do it, if not, take i to a shop and see what they can do in the case or repairs, if a repair is not possible, change the chassis from the J72 over to the 2721 (same chassis). Enjot :D

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