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  1. Hi Two points of clarification please. I have read that "After 1959 four- and six-wheeled goods vehicles were banned from passenger trains" yes I have further read that well into the BR era milk tanks were attached to passenger trains, particularly when empty. Can someone help with is, thanks. The other question, there were two trains to London from the West Country, I know several branches fed into larger stations like Exeter, however how long were these trains to London, arriving at Clapham Jn, I have read they may have only been 8 tanks long?
  2. I come late to this party having only just weakened and purchased on of Kernows, apparently damp damaged packs, well it's arrives and looks pristine The model is lovely and really takes me back to the working on them and the days of Crompton and TC on the Pomey, Readings. I'd very much like to have the 80 headcode from those trains, but looks like changing it is going to be something of a chore. Any tips here please?
  3. On speaking to GM tech the point was made that the capacitor will block the HF cleaner signal from getting to the motor commutator etc.
  4. Hi I measured the output on my oscilloscope today, I got 50V with 800Hz frequency?
  5. Hi guys, hope you are all well. I recall an article some years back that actually looked into the science behind these units, they are in fact electronic continuity maintainers, not cleaners but for our purposes they work But I was looking for the article and can not find it, I wanted to be sure about the frequency used (or range) and the actual voltage. I'd assume the voltage to be around 50v and a frequency of around 1Khz or so. Can anyone confirm please?
  6. Exactly what my first ever controller had in it a Kerdon Major or was it Cerdon??? Can't even find a photo of one now.
  7. Nice work, have you tested it yet and did you add the 33uF to the input?
  8. Hi, what a great but rather old topic :) Could I just ask for some information on the 4 wheel milk tanks we probably all know from the Hornby/Triang range? I know there certainly were some real ones but where do they fit in date wise please?
  9. LOL oh yeah, never realised that
  10. So with big thanks to everyone here for the help and information here is my new B4 reviewed and running with other locos and stock. I think she is just stunning in both looks and performance, well done Dapol.
  11. Hi, place the 33uF 35 volt capacitor across the positive and negative rails of the power supply input, watch polarity. Place the trip/set in series with the positive rail of the PSU and circuit.
  12. The 1 amp trip/set can be fitted in the input line to the circuit so that it will protect everything after. Note the 33uF capacitor that needs to be fitted to the DC input line as well. This prevents buzz on some coreless types but dose not negate the control ability. The use of a low power PSU initially is highly recommended to guard against faults early on, if not a 5 watt 1 or 2 ohm resistor in the supply line for testing can help. Good luck and let us know how you get on.
  13. Hi, I thought the OP said he was going to remove the rectifier in his PSU? Sorry I may have the wrong end of the stick
  14. I think they are lovely, something that would not have been possible for most of us, the running qualities for an 0-4-0 are remarkable, the detail stunning and I enjoy seeing the flickering firebox very much tractive effort for a light loco is also a surprise. I'd like to lock down the dates on Guernsey however? I wanted her to represent the locos from delivery to pre grouping so 1893-1920 (ish) Can I say that with any degree of confidence?
  15. Hi, just to come in on this. I'd recommend a simple emitter follower circuit, 16vac transformer a 2 amp bridge rectifier and a 33uF smoothing capacitor. This will give you really good control of motors ranging from Triang to modern and will be acceptable for use with coreless motors and micro motors without undue buzz. The all important ripple will be 100hZ here in the UK. Hope this helps
  16. Ah right, I thought it was a shade later as they got their names after they arrived? Could I say this is how she was in 1910?
  17. Am I right in saying she is in 1910 to 1924 condition? Thanks
  18. Couple of questions, thinking about number 176. Do we know when she was named (or the class) as my books indicate this was shortly after arrival at the docks? The water filters were fitted from 1925, so I am thinking she is in 1910 condition? Many thanks
  19. Hi Can other owners help me please? Been lucky to this little loco for my birthday and have just been fitting the details. The fire irons supplied I understand should be fitted at the rear and looped over one of the brackets, however they seem way to long and would stick out alarmingly. What am I doing wrong?
  20. Never used anything but the original lube and Hob-e-lube
  21. Thanks, guess I'll have to dig them all out and check! super glue is holding on my 2MT axels just now, if it fails then epoxy will be used and I'll flatten the inserts out, had this with an old Airfix loco, placed the inserts between two metal plates, headed with hairdryer, left over night, flat but now too big so had to be evenly sanded down.
  22. 31-450E This loco was find last time I ran it, and that was for the Winston Churchill Train Pack video (3-4 years ago). Got her out today as she is needed for a supporting role again only to find she ran like a pig, initially I discovered that the plastic wheel inserts had swollen outwards and were hitting the coupling rod, fixed this only to discover the driving wheels back and front were lose on their axles!!!!! Opened her up and found the axles split and the middle driving gear. So cleaned them out and filled with super glue and clamped shut, she is running now but very much a virgin in a brothel She has been properly stored in her own box all the time, so upset as this is one of my favs. Any long term fixes?
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