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    SECR, BR steam & Diesel mostly Southern and the south east

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  1. Over the years, I have built up a small collection of KESR wagons (Dapol exclusives for the KESR shop, technically fairly generic in a KESR livery or KESR local industry). So here we are with Bodiam and Rolvenden top and tailing a small train (really need some plausible 1905 brake vans!!). Also a comparison with a Dapol B4 which suddenly looks like it is overscale (it is not, the Terrier really is smaller).
  2. Difficult to describe but a lot of it was figuring out where it deformed from (it was more curved on one side than the other). Generally it was from just below the front of the tanks (or the middle of the boiler). You need a hard smooth surface and my work bench has a thick sheet (approx. 1cm thick) of glass covering it. Step 1 - place the bottom edge of the front buffer beam on the edge of the glass being careful not to have the buffers touching it (one buffer fell off doing this but easy to put back on with a spot of glue suitable to hold brass). Step 2 - hold the rear of the loco, push down really hard (say 5-6kgs of force - until the plastic boiler creaks basically but no more) in the middle of the boiler for a few seconds, check result, repeat until at least one edge straightens. Step 3 - to straight the other side, focus the force between the of the boiler and the corner of the bottom of the buffer beam (on the same side. Again until the plastic creaks but no more. Check result and repeat. It will get you close enough. Ideally to fully straighten it, would require removing all the super structure (held in by screws and glued tabs. But that is a lot of work.
  3. Well, I managed to straighten out the running plate a bit (still slightly curved but I can live with it) and also the chimney which pops off easily enough. Discovered the buffers are turned brass while doing it. A nice touch.
  4. Well, I received the first of my 3 terriers today: Bodiam as she was in A1 condition on the KESR around 1905. It sadly has a slightly out of line chimney and curved running plate. This is not really noticeable on the layout per-se but I take no pleasure from paying so much for a state of the art model for it to be let down by QC. The post office now has at least an hour long queue thanks to social distancing so a lot of hassle to return it. I will see how the other pair turn up. Other pics are a comparison with: Hornby's ex Dapol tooling Bodiam -A1/A1X hybrid - which represents the prototype reasonably well in preserved condition when she carried the original KESR scheme Hornby's new A1 tooling Rolvenden which represents that loco from the same period (cir 1905) when Bodiam and Rolvenden were both running on the KESR. Both models are a vast improvement over the old Dapol model though its buffers are still better than Hornby's new one (I hope they tool up replacements which we can then buy as spares). But the old Dapol model is noticeably taller than the new ones on the layout. I feel however that the two new A1s are quite comparable. Both look fine next to each other on the layout. Granted the bulk of differences between the two models are mostly due to errors/tooling constraints (most - but not all - on the Hornby model) however the one big difference that draws your eye and stands out between the models are the brass condensing pipes on Bodiam which stood out on the prototypes as well. The remaining differences don't really stand out when running on a layout - quite easy to imagine you are back in 1905. Running, the new Hornby A1 is quieter (the rails having a low growl, but hey, it's a Terrier!) but electrical pick up is better on the rails. The firebox glow on the rails is very good, certainly noticeable, brighter than Dapols B4. I feel the Rails version is better value for money, if only they can sort out that QC.
  5. Difficult choice for me. Blue/Grey fits in better with my mainly 80s stock (and can run with my very old Lima Broadlands with the Royal Train orange spot on the roof! Mind you that model is a large logo blue where as the photo is a plainish blue with grey roof) but that NSE livery is so gorgeous.....
  6. Dapol have posted a further image on FB with the PCB board sticking half out of the smokebox to show how easy it is to fit a next 18 chip (did they test for the bigger sound versions because it barely comes out the smokebox door?).
  7. I had a similar problem needing to change a postal address for a partly paid order (the Terriers), I just phoned them up and it was sorted in less than 5 minutes.
  8. That seems to be a Bachmann thing. It did not happen with the Dapol/Rails Terriers, Hattons P and Hornby's H class.
  9. Few more pics, this time on a post office train (this 33 was only painted post office red in preservation but rule 1 applies - until now I only had an old Hornby class 86 "Poste Haste" in red livery).
  10. My all new preserved post office red Eastleigh arrived. Some pics showing the roof and grill differences between Heljan's original 33/0, the previous batch of 33/0s and the latest batch of 33/0s. Must say the new grills are better and the new loco looks correct with the Horn covers off. There is still an extra panel line between the cab and exhaust (missing on the original one, 33/1 and 33/2 and I have some doubts it exists in the real world). The new model also still has 2 small panels below the side grills printed on (they are moulded on their first 33/0 attempt). Still a great improvement however and I'll try her later on a rake of post office coaches.
  11. Ok, so next question, when the loco fails to pull one coach and 2 wagons, are the wheels spinning on track or not turning at all?
  12. My pair will each drag around 4 modern RTR coaches easily. Despite being overall smaller and lighter than a Hornby H (and having a tiny motor), they out perform Hornby's H class. This is due to the weight being centred thankfully over the driving wheels. Both of mine are still in out of the box condition. Not sure why yours under performs. Is your rolling stock RTR or kits with possibly stiff bearings (compared to modern RTR)? Was it modified with extra weight that moved the centre of weight towards the rear (for example the bunker is empty, extra weight there would be detrimental in moving the centre of gravity away from the drivers which would badly affect running too)?
  13. JSpencer

    Hornby APT 2020

    I smiled at this statement: Reference to photographs of APT-P sets also reveal 6-car, 7-car, 8-car, 10-car and 12-car sets during testing and passenger service, made up from various vehicles (as illustrated by the 2+8 formation that derailed on April 18, 1980, which comprised vehicles from five of the sets!) and this has had a direct bearing on the way that the additional vehicles have been offered in the range this year. Some of the additional vehicles are flexible, but if you are doing a 10 car 2+8 formation then you end up with 4 extra coaches for the 2 car set that you do not need.
  14. JSpencer

    Hornby Class 56

    It seems to happen often on my Hornby diesels. I have had it happen on a class 31 and class 56. Not yet happened to the HST though.
  15. Indeed. Under DCC you can kill the sound off in loco 2 and let it just follow behind.
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