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    Too many to be able to settle down and focus on something! Currently working on the Bournville MRC layout 21B and tinkering with my own N Gauge Midlands caricature when time and family allow!

    When I'm not daydreaming about layouts I'll probably never finish building you'll find me walking the dogs down long disused railways in the middle of nowhere.

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  1. They did change it though, the second batch has a tie bar added across the coupler end of the bogie to stop it from spreading and dropping the wheelset. Obviously they had feedback that indicated it was enough of a problem to necessitate the design alteration.
  2. Have you taken the bogies off to check that they are free rolling when off the coach? Could it be excess slop in the bluntpoint (they certainly aren't pinpoint!) bearings allowing the wheels to seat a little too close to the floor, causing it to rub? Marks on the chassis above the wheelsets would confirm if this is the case. That or they could be moving and rubbing on the brake mouldings, but I don't think that would offer the friction needed to stop on a 1:70 gradient. Possibly one or more of the brakes may be located a bit out of position and are actually working as brakes, which shouldn't be too difficult to identify. I'd side with the chassis resting on one or more of the wheelsets, especially if its a first batch coach. I've not had issue with the later maroon batch with the revised bogies but the first batch was a bit of a disappointment, I've had my share of the first batch which would drop their wheelsets as soon as they're picked up, so it wouldn't surprise me that they also push up too high. If you're careful with the brass pickup assembly you can them bend inwards a little to act more positively on the bearings. It would be nice if Bachmann had the revised bogies as a spare to directly replace those on the first batch. I haven't checked to see if the revised bogies are a spare item yet as instead I took to butchering the older tooling, which was available as a spare at the time I needed them. They just need a good packing piece to get the mount height right and a slot cutting for the CCM to be retained, so that is also an option.
  3. Frightening to think that it was so long ago, and that Bournville shut up shop less than a year later. 1000 was a colourful last hurrah.
  4. Damn, just found a few shots with a 4 coach Blue/Grey rake right in my area of interest for 00 and within operational period too. Hardwicke would be irresistible, it has to be said. This would have to look as out of place as me legitimately having crimson liveried MR Compound 1000 on Bournville shed in 1959...that one riles the purists a treat; producing a photo of it actually happening only seems to upset them even more though!
  5. You'd like to think so, given todays general opinion. But when you look at the withdrawal dates of most of the Midlands own locomotives, they fared little better. Most of the more wanting designs were weeded out in the same period, perhaps lingering more into the '40s in some instances but by and large they were gone by the early '50s much the same as the other constituent companies. The only real exception being the smaller shunting locomotives, 3F and 4F and a few isolated small tank locomotives (much the same as the LNWR Coal tanks). I think the 'Midland bias' opinion stems more from the fact that archaic and no longer suited to the growing traffic demand Midland designs were resurrected from the drawing board and built again under the LMS.
  6. They made very quick work of making large swathes of pre-grouping locomotives and stock extinct very rapidly. LNWR locomotives were largely purged from the system in the '20s and '30s, as was much of the coaching stock. What survived, usually did so for a reason. The Johnson 2Fs for example only survived because nothing else was being built with low enough axle loadings or tight enough loading gauge clearances for use on lines such as the Halesowen branch or traversing Glenfield tunnel. Coaching stock wasn't so lucky, it was more readily replaced, throughout the LMS existence they churned out improvement after improvement and retired pre-grouping coaches rapidly.
  7. I don't want a lesser railways vehicles painted in a proper railways liveries, I'd rather see generic coaches!
  8. Zunnan

    Bachmann 3MT TANK

    I really don't see what peoples issue with coreless motors is, I have several which have now clocked 300 hours running logged via exhibition use alone and that does not include running time at the club or at home, so could well be in the region of 400 hours. They're all still as smooth as the day they were run in, in fact the only issues have been with the pickups wearing heavily or where traction tyres have been fitted and needed replacement several times now in some instances, and those issues afflict 'normal' motors too. Conversely, all of my Dapol 'super creep' motor fitted models have failed in less running time and needed replacing, some with as little as 30 hours running on them and a couple as total failures while still running in.
  9. Material thickness tolerances, increased clearances for valve gear on steam locomotives, over width on splashers and outside frames to allow for extra lateral play on axles. Just some of the problems encountered when trying to build a Midland 700 class. Very difficult to keep it to key dimensions in P4, but just about doable with EM and the tender has to be compromised full stop due to the limitations of brass and nickel as a construction material, you simply can't get the suspension in and sitting correctly without compromising.
  10. Don't forget, the Hattons generic 6 wheelers are intended to be designed so that the centre wheelset can be removed.
  11. These old coaches pre-date NEM anything by around 30-40 years The best I can suggest is to try BR Lines for replacement couplers, GF0112-1 I think. Hopefully these coaches aren't so old that they don't have the drawgear box with a spring in it. As long as they have sprung couplers you should be able to remove the half thickness ones and replace with something more substantial. Failing that, you might be able to fit the Dapol easi-shunt conversion kit, ref 2A-000-009 I think.
  12. Those look like converted corridor stock to me, not suburbans. I'm pretty sure these were covered in this topic. For ease of modelling you could just push pull adapt the Hornby Stanier corridor brake third with a new cab end and open out the side windows where the duckets are, and use a corridor third instead of an open third. But if you're up for kitbuilding the parts are all available through Wizard.
  13. I was a little apprehensive when I first skimmed the announcement, but they make more sense the more I think about it. As gorgeous as Hornbys LSWR coaches, and Bachmanns SECR coaches are, I will never touch them with a barge pole, they don't fit anything I model and I couldn't bash them into LNWR or Midland vehicles so I'll never waste a penny on them (the H&B pre-group coaches). These models from Hattons however don't fit a specific hole, which makes them perfect for a bit of manipulation; particularly for industrial uses. I see some paddy train stock! With a bit of luck, they might just provide some impetus for further (accurate) pre-grouping RTR models to appear, and that can only be a good thing. And if you think about it, these could have potential to show what pre-grouping railways actually generate real world sales rather than wishlist items. Not for the purist at all, but a handy barometer for an as yet relatively untapped area of the hobby for anyone but those willing to build kits.
  14. The cab windows can be very subjective, the different batches are really quite different among the 12":1' class members. The Doncaster builds in particular to me look like the windscreens finish more than an inch lower on the cab front than the Romanian and Crewe builds. Whether that is a result of the roof dome being different between the different batches or the windows are actually located differently, I'm not sure. The one thing I know is that when you compare 56303 and 56312 side by side, they are VERY different.
  15. What a fantastic little story. It makes me want to look into providing ambient sounds and to use a dull thud for the signalling bells. I do feel quite guilty that building this has fallen into a bit of a (well, a complete) hiatus, modelling much in general over the past 18 months has taken quite a back seat, mostly just down to work fatigue. The layout strikes as a most forlorn object where it has resided in the dining room for so long, I really must pull my finger out and crack on with it! On the plus side I've been able to source and squirrel away a pair of the appropriate LNWR brake vans which will sacrifice their bodies, as well as another matching mechanism (and several spares) for the other half of the incline so that I can operate both sides. The firesilk thread has also done very well being wound on its tiny drum for so long, so I think the question of what material to use as rope is comprehensively answered. I also think I've figured out what to use as a scenic break on the other end of the layout, though it does move away from reality somewhat...There is some really fantastically ugly monolithic concrete remains at varying parts of the site, so I am siding with using such structures to hide as much as possible, along with utilising a rusted bridge to nowhere visible in the D J Norton photo of the winding house. A truncated abandoned narrow gauge line of some description, but I really would like to avoid the usual 00-9 or Z gauge approach. I'm sure somewhere back in the mists of time I found a supplier of 2' gauge temporary panelled track, but I can't remember if that was 4mm scale or not, or who said supplier was! I know of the Auhagen bits and pieces which are exactly what I'm thinking of but being H0 scale its going to be a bit undersized. The Auhagen kits may well be the route I'll take in the end, but I'm sure I found another supplier and their kit was metal rather than plastic. Given the stalled modelling on this layout, time isn't exactly pressing to rediscover it, but I would like to have a bit of a dig around and get this layout back on the boil.
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