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  1. alan24

    Farish Class 40

    Had a quick look in the Platform 5 books to see 40012's last days history... Not much variation but did lose it's MW gear between May and Dec 1982. Working boiler right to the end. 10 Nov 1979 xb KD 17 May 1980 xb KD 01 Jan 1981 xb KD 01 May 1981 xb KD 01 Dec 1981 xb KD 17 May 1982 xb KD 01 Dec 1982 xbn KD 16 May 1983 xbn KD 31 Dec 1983 xbn KD 11 May 1984 xbn KD 01 Jan 1985 xbn KD withdrawn 08.02.82 20 May 1985 xbn CD 97407 reinstated for Crewe Station Remodelling 20.05.85
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    Farish Class 40

    Thanks for that. Looking through a couple of books, It was 40012 which came down to Southampton with a freight liner on 12th April 1984. I remember that day, just stepping off the school bus around 4pm at Winchester and seeing the class 40 heading back north with another liner. I had to wait nearly a month for the next copy of Rail Enthusiast and look in the yellow pages which listed the recent rare workings to find out what number it was. Luckily CJ Marsden's wife got the pic at Northam level crossing. The pic on this day shows the painted nameplate, front end number and all discs removed from the number 2 end. Picked up my model today. Put a little drop of Peco lube on the motor bearings and she runs sweet.
  3. alan24

    Farish Class 40

    A few months ago, BR Lines had 40141 bodies...looks like they're all gone. Is the name plate correct on this release? or does it depict an unofficial painted one by depot staff?
  4. Probably not! The NGS kit uses 2 Peco 10ft guards van chassis cut and shut together.
  5. Yes, we baulked at £40 for the Mk2 Coach, some retailers on ebay are selling the Shark for the same amount. £40 for a 2 axle wagon...we're in new territory!
  6. Thought I'd compare the NGS Kit with the new EFE RTR. I'd be happy to run these together in the same train. The EFE one is missing OLE warnings, the ship's wheel is missing the handles and the ship's wheel is set back further than the NGS one.
  7. Ben Ando wrote an article for ModalRail when the original batch came out. His method was quite simple IIRC. It involves placing a piece of platicard in the bottom of the fuel tank and reducing the height of the four corner pins on top of the chassis.
  8. Looks good T8. What period are you modelling...1914/18 by any chance? Regards Alan24
  9. I think the sound is good but I'm not an expert on dcc sound. The volume is a little low IMHO but you can change this on dcc, I cant on DC. The loco itself runs smooth but makes a little too much noise for my liking, with sound you really need a silent mechanism. All in all I'm really pleased and it adds a lot of play value being able to approach a signal, come to a halt and wind it up again. It's a great innovation but does come at a cost.
  10. I've received my sound fitted 31 in Railfreight from Cornwall today. Came as a surprise to get an email on Friday saying it had been despatched. From experience of what happened with the SF 40, I pre ordered mine right after the winter announcement thinking that they would sell fast. I only run DC but it sounds great with cold start, idle, air breaks off, then 2 engine pitches as speed increases. The cost is a bit higher than the 40, the cost of the 31 being £100 more than the standard model whereas the 40 looked good at just £60 over and above. Very pleased, looks great with a mixed rake of speedlink wagons.
  11. In NGauge Journal 6/20 received today, there is an advert by KR Models showing that their Shark is in the final stages of CAD design...(page 81) Model Rail also landed on my door mat in the same post today. Page 8 shows the EFE shark. Both the KR Models and EFE Shark appear to have the same origin i.e. Ex. DJM. I do recall at the Fareham Show Sept 2019 Dave Jones had what looked like a first EP sample. Perhaps KRM bought the CAD and EFE bought the tooling? Alan.
  12. alan24

    Farish Due Soon

    Thanks Western. That's the one. I'll check out that link, thanks. Alan.
  13. alan24

    Farish Due Soon

    I had previously thought that several elements were missing from this model compared with the OO model featured as the catalogue image, namely, Rainhill Plaque, white rim wheels, silver handrails to cab doors, red buffer stocks. However, on the website in my previous post, I can see that the model dates between 12th July 1979 (White frames added at FP) and 17th March 1981 (Rainhill plaque added at FP). This obviously represents a wider operating timeframe than that of the OO model, even though my personal memories of 55015 are seeing my first Deltic on 17 Oct 1981 and subsequently seeing it on many occasions as a ubiquitous open day exhibit from 1985 - early 90s. One other point to note is that on the Farish 47/7 and first run of 55s, the ETH socket was pre painted orange and already fixed to the model. Last months run of 47/4s and this batch of 55s now has a hole in the front end for the socket to be painted and applied by the user. I purchased mine today in Eastleigh where I first saw it 39 years ago this month. Great model. Creppello, Maybe you could answer a question that's been on my mind for 39 years? At Eastleigh, was the train dragged backwards around the depot loop or dragged into the works? I have this vague memory of a domino headcode 47 being attached to the rear. The depot loop would seem more sensible in order to turn it for the run to Portsmouth.
  14. alan24

    Farish Due Soon

    No 'Rainhill Trials' plaque on the nose I see. My dad took me to see this at Eastleigh 39 years ago when I was age 12...http://www.napier-chronicles.co.uk/15_17-10-81.htm#2776 Hope to pick mine up at the weekend.
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    Farish Due Soon

    Yes HKAs 'on the way' apparently. No pics. As are the Thompson coaches.
  16. Got my 33020 today. A few differences from previous release of 33030. 33020 is much quieter than 33030. OLE flashes now provided on front end. Also on one side by engine room door but not the other side. There is no on/off switch anymore on the underside of the battery box. The tail lights show red just above the buffers but the roller blind does not show red. On 33030 the buffer tail lights do not light at all. The roller blind just flickers white - no change which ever way the on/off switch is set! The buffer beam of 33020 appears to have the holes for fitting the 33/1 buffer plate as does 33030. I've never been able to fit the plate on the 33/1. maybe a bit of chassis swapping will do the trick. Need to investigate more.
  17. alan24

    Farish Due Soon

    According to the Bachmann Times, received this week, the next N gauge loco to arrive (Summer 2020) is 40012 with disc headcodes...plus some green ones...due in the next 3 months. Also, 31s & MK2Fs approved for production.
  18. alan24

    Class 26

    I agree totally, I've got a lot of Dapol locos but there's always that one livery error which they could have just googled. 33030 was pretty much spot on, colours, fonts etc. and will probably go for 33020 as well. I can overlook the ED depot sticker. Alan.
  19. £7.95 it says on the back. Got mine in the post today. I think last years Farish one was £8.95.
  20. alan24

    Farish Class 40

    It never appeared on Hattons under new releases as they sold out their allocation on pre-orders. This suggests it was eagerly awaited and possibly less than the usual 504 were made.
  21. Thanks Crepello. Found your earlier post on the class 40 thread. Posted by Crepello on 16 December 2017 - 16:06 in Farish Undoubtedly they are superb models but the 1Co-Co1 wheel arrangement appears rather prone to trouble on Peco code 55 curved points; they'll run perfectly without the pony as a Co-Co but maybe extra weight or a spring would refine performance. Back-to-backs seem to be properly set for the Peco-recommended standard of 7.315-7.366mm. I would now advise against returning them as it seems to be an inherent characteristic of the long bogies
  22. alan24

    Farish Class 40

    40159 lost its MW gear between May 1981 and Dec 1981. Looking back at my Platform 5 collection... Before May 1981 40159 was xb (dual brakes, steam heating boiler) and allocated to HA Haymarket. After Dec 1981 40159 was xin (dual brakes, boiler isolated, not equipped with MW) allocated to LO Longsight. 40159 was withdrawn during 1983.
  23. I have now looked into this s bit more... NMRA standards show BTB as 0.301" (7.6454mm) with tolerance of +0.0508mm / -0.1016mm. This is where the 7.65mm comes from. However, looking at some old ModelRail mags for reviews I find that... Dapol class 33 is 7.3mm BTB Farish A2 is 7.2mm BTB
  24. Whilst these wagons look excellent, even more so with short couplings, I'm experiencing a small issue and looking for advice... I found that the wheels did not spin freely as per other models and when on the track there is less side play in the wagon. I took a small drill (0.65mm) to the axle boxes and opened them out a bit - half a turn just until a tiny slither of swarf was produced. This helped the free spin a bit, but not as much as I'd hoped for. I have a rake of 9 and both a Farish 08 and 31 struggled to take them round a Peco radius 3 (11.75 inch I think) curve. There's quite a lot of drag. I compared the wheel sets with some spare Farish ones and found that the Farish wheel sets had a slightly smaller back to back measurement. The Farish ones also have longer axles and larger wheels so direct replacement was not an option. My suspicion was that the back to back was too large, causing drag by jamming on the curve due to lack of sideways movement, so to be sure I purchased the DCC Concepts gauge for 9mm track which says that it is set to the mid-point of the tolerance range at 7.65mm. The DJM wheels are a 'snug' fit onto the Gauge - just as described by the DCC Concepts instructions. I can only conclude that these wheels are 'spot on' in that respect. I did find that neither Farish nor Peco wagon wheels would fit onto the gauge, obviously they're using less than 7.65mm. What is the correct BTB figure and is there a preset gauge I can use to set the wheels slightly less than 7.65mm? Alan.
  25. I like the simple packaging as well. Dapol wagons seem over packaged with a hard plastic box and foam insert, just for a wagon, this must be adding to the cost of the product by way of materials and shipping weight. It's good for the environment too, well done Dave.
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