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  1. Right, final update. I took miles73128 advice and used some spare Bachmann fixed couplings (shaped like vac pipes) that I had acquired with some Mk1s. Result - closer coupling, smoother running through curves and no derailing . Thanks to those who responded. One happy bunny here
  2. Thanks for the suggestions. The coaches roll freely and the B2Bs are correct - I've supected the tension couplings on the auto aligners are the issue. However, I've followed Russ' suggestion and clipped 1mm off the bottom of the lift bars on the coupling hooks. This has made a great difference - they are not 100% better yet but no longer derail constantly on points and crossovers. I might try the Hunt couplings too - perhaps mounted on the bogie and dispense with the auto-aligner. I have had similar issues with the old Bachmann/Mainline couplings in the past, but even cutting the lifting bar o
  3. This may have been covered before but I cannot find it in the search facility. I have two rakes of the newer (more expensive) Hornby detailed Gresley coaches. However, whilst they look really good they are driving me mad. They constantly derail - usually mid-set on points and crossings where none of my other coaches, mainly Bachman or older Hornby, derail. I’ve checked the back to backs with a gauge and they’re fine, the wheel sets are exactly the same as I’ve renewed in my other older coaches. Occasionally I find that the auto-aligning bar has dropped out of its runner, but that is not often.
  4. Which HMRS sheet is that PaulG? The ones I have (admittedly many years old) don't have these small numbers. Steve
  5. Thanks for the replies. Etched plates took too heavy to my eye. I’ll try the Modelmaster ones and chop them up for my needs. Nearly £6 for a sheet with one number I need is too much when I have at least 5 locos to finish. cheers Steve
  6. I was wondering if the collective on here could point me in the right direction. I've been trying find a supplier of sheets of Eastern Region 00 smokebox number plate numbers (individual number transfers not whole plates). I can find lots for cabside numbers but not smokebox number. Does anyone produce these? Is there a gap in the market here? I've tried using BR white coach numbers but the font is wrong. Thanks Steve
  7. I thought I'd add a postscript to this saga. Having ordered and fitted the new wiring loom for the loco it didn't fixed the issue. Using a multimeter I worked my way carefully through the wiring on the tender and discovered a dry joint in the PCB for the decoder. I resoldered the errant joint and tried the loco - in fifty years of modelling I've never seen flames from a loco as the joint on the opposing polarity decided that it too had had enough and started to burn. After extinguising the flame (fortunately no damage done) I resoldered that joint too and the loco now runs like new. To my mind
  8. OThank you Mike, You got me to investigate further. You are correct the motor runs fine when power is applied direct to it. This would point to a wiring fault. As the tender works fine with the D16 I will assume it’s the loom on the loco at fault. I’ve looked up the part on the Hornby service sheet (X6113) and checked Peters Spares site where sadly it is listed as out of stock. Any ideas if anyone else would stock/sell these? (Update found a source of equivalents on Ebay for £1 each). At least it is a step forward. regards Steve
  9. Update - I’ve stripped it down. Plenty of room between can motor and flywheels. Tried disconnecting the capacitor but it makes no difference. Motor runs then stalls even when run out of frames. Since testing it out of the frames it’s got worse. Conclusion is that it’s the motor failing. So now on the lookout for new motor unit. Any ideas where I can get one from? regards Steve
  10. Thanks for the replies. It doesn’t hum when it stalls it’s dead. I saw the reference to the flywheel and wondered if that was the cause. As I mentioned I’ve tried swapping the tenders with the D16 (as current collection it through the tender not loco) and it makes no difference. All wheels are clean as new. I think I need to strip the loco down and check all connections with a multimeter. I was hoping that this was an easy fix. regards Steve
  11. Has anyone else had a problem with their new version Hornby B12/3 cutting out? It will run for a short while then stall. If I leave it with no power for a few seconds and it will move again when power applied, the longer you leave it the longer it runs for. It's not the controller (H&M Duette) as a second loco on the same circuit continues to move even when the B12 has stalled. I've checked the tender feed, by swapping it for the one on my D16, the D16 runs okay with the B12 tender, and the B12 still stalls with the D16 tender. Is there a thermal cutout on the loco? This problem started in
  12. Has anyone else had a problem with their B12/3 cutting out? I will run for a short while then stall. If I leave it with no power for a few seconds and it will move again when power applied, the longer you leave it the longer it runs for. It's not the controller (H&M Duette) as a second loco on the same circuit continues to move even when the B12 has stalled. I've checked the tender feed, by swapping it for the one on my D16, the D16 runs okay the B12 still stalls. Is there a thermal cutout on the loco? This problem started in the hot weather last week so I did wonder if heat releated, thou
  13. The Reedham Signalbox appeal is very close to its target. The footbridge fund is ready to pay for the Holt bridge as soon as a land issue is resolved. The design had to be reworked to meet current regs and this meant more land is required for the legs, but due to narrowing of the site some additional land is required from the adjacent site. To date the owners have been reluctant to sell the small patch required. It’s hoped this will soon be resolved and the bridge erected this winter. I can assure you we are just as frustrated as you that it hasn’t been built yet.
  14. It has been a long held ambition of the North Norfolk Railway to restore the missing buildings on Platform 2 at Sheringham - this is your chance to help make that dream come to fruition: The Sheringham Platform 2 Project has been initiated - the NNR is looking for your help in raising the initial £185k to rebuild the missing building. This will enable us to erect the back screen wall, and the canopy stanchions and steelwork. If we raise sufficient funds the works will commence early next year. Once this stage is funded a second appeal will be made to help fund the glazed canopy. The picture
  15. GER Prussian Blue?? S&D had Prussian blue not the GER, the GER blue is deep dark Ultramarine blue often referred to Royal Blue incorrectly. I assume Oxford will also at some stage be doing the later round topped LNER/BR versions as the pictures on the website all show the earlier Belpaire firebox version. Steve
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