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  1. Thanks for the help everyone. I have managed to fix the loco, simply by heating the bodyshell up, and then fitting it again with a bit more persuasion. Cheers Matthew
  2. Hi all, I’m currently having issues with my Hornby Class 60. I’m in the process of changing over from DC, to DCC and I have recently chipped my Class 60. Removing the body-shell was a simple, however I am having issues refitting the body. No matter how hard I try, the body will just not fit properly onto the chassis. If I push one end down, the other end pops up slightly, leaving a small gap under the cabs. Does anyone have any ideas how to sort this out? I have attached some photos showing the issue in more detail. Thanks in advance!
  3. Hello all, I'm currently designing the point work for my station approach. The mainlines are all made up of Code 75 Concrete track, and thus I'm hoping to use Concrete Points/Turnouts. I'm hoping to use the Large Radius Turnouts for realism, however I can only find these in wooden form. Do Peco actually make Large Radius Code 75 Turnouts with Concrete Sleepers? Thanks for the help Matthew
  4. More progress has taken place since my previous post! The fiddle yard is 95% complete, and only requires droppers to be installed near the points, and the point motors need installing themselves. The idea with the entire layout, is that every piece of track has its own power source, so we aren’t relying on fishplates to conduct electricity. As for the controller, I have been looking at the Gaugemaster Prodigy unit. Still to be decided what I actually go for! Each road within the Fiddle yard can accommodate 12 coach trains, meaning all my HST sets fit comfortably. It is now turned into a waiting game for track, I have managed to source a full box of Peco Code 75 Concrete Sleeper track to start the scenic side of the layout. I’m hoping that the one box should be enough, but we shall see.
  5. Hi all! The Class 91 is from the late 2000s (Its the mallard pack so the MK4s have the orange doors) . I got it second hand about 4 years ago. My friend came over yesterday to help me with the fault, and we started to adjust the point to see if that helped. I then ran my limited edition Hornby Class 91 (VTEC Pack) and that passed over the points with ease. So we turned our attention to the GNER 91, to find the powered axles look like they've been swapped with those from a steam engine! Four years and I've only just spotted this now. I've ordered a replacement chassis with the newer style motor to replace the awful ringfield motor too. Thanks for the help everyone!
  6. Hi all! Slowly starting to build my fiddle yard, and have got a few trains running about (Just to test what is down so far!) I've used Peco SL-E187 curved points in the fiddle yard, and have come across an issue with my Hornby GNER Class 91. When taking the point, the axles are getting caught on the wing rails of the points, thus jumping up and sometimes de-railing at high speed. Does anyone have any ideas to what may be causing this? I've attached a photo of the point in question. The issue happens when coming from the left hand side of the point, in the direction that the photo is taken. The loco runs fine when coming from the right hand side of the point. I have attached a video of the issue. Does anyone have any ideas what may be causing the issue? Thank You! Matt
  7. Once we came out of lockdown, I finally managed to contact another (Much better) builder and the work was done within two weeks! Now I had the garage sorted, myself and my friend began to construct the baseboards. There were constructed over August and September, and measure 22ft by 8 ft. The tops of the baseboard is made from 9mm Plywood, and is braced by 2x1 softwood. The legs are made from 3x1.5. They have just been painted grey to protect the plywood from the glue and any other material we end up placing down. The cork used is 4mm, and so far this has been placed on the fiddle yard, and under the town scene. The scenic side of the layout will have the cork placed just under the tracks at a later date. One issue I am finding so far (and I know I'm not alone!), is peco track. The layout will be all code 75, and I have managed to get two boxes of flexi-track, and 8 curved points for the entrance to the fiddle yard. Hopefully I can start laying track properly at the end of this week (Only thing I'm waiting for is wire for the droppers). That is were I'm at currently! The layout will be DCC, although I'm still deciding on what the best controller is) Thanks for reading, my YouTube channel is - https://www.youtube.com/user/houndog1372
  8. Therefore, earlier this year I decided to take down 'Bala' and start the long process of building my first proper layout (All my previous layouts have been bought)! One thing that I decided, was that I wanted to sort the garage out before starting to build the layout. I could just about cope with the cold temperatures in my teens, but them days are long gone! After months of saving up and getting the RDW/Sundays in, I had enough to start convert the garage into a room, were I could happily play trains all year around. Come February 2020, we contacted a firm to begin the conversion. They looks brilliant online (Flash website, great reviews ect) and we gave them the job. The next day, they start getting to work. They suggested that I fit a Lantern into the roof to add light, and they had it fitted two days after starting the work. Overall, I was very impressed with the quality work and the speediness.. However, just before lockdown things started to change. They asked for money up front, and then more money and then they would go missing for a week, then the excuses started. The quality of the work nosedived, and I came from work one evening to find second hand bricks, and doors which they wanted to fit onto the garage. To cut a very long story short, they took all the money and ran, leaving me with a shell of a garage which was leaking and rubble left all around the house. The insulation and plasterboard was left on the grass, eventually getting soaked in the rain. Then lockdown came, and that gave them the perfect excuse to run. The business was closed due to the pandemic and our money was 'gone'. It turns out the gent running the business is known for ripping people off, closing the business down and starting another. We have tried to chase the money back, but we have been told 'we will get nothing'. Here are some photos of the 'handy-work'
  9. Hello all! Thought I would start a thread on here to run alongside my YouTube channel! My layout is called 'Wyreford' and is based on the WCML, roughly between Weaver Junction and Stafford. The layout will be set between 1995 and 2010, an era which I fondly remember from when I used to go for days out with my Dad and latterly, my friends. I previously owned Bala, a Liverpool Model Railway Society layout that my Dad bought for me back in 2009. The layout served me well for ten years, before slowly starting to fail in places (Dead sections, warping ect). Bala, was housed within my garage, which was uninsulated and rather dusty (As well as being absolutely freezing in the winter), all of which didn't help!
  10. Hi all, I'm just about to start building my new layout, having had my garage converted into a room a few days ago. The layout will be approx 24ft by 8ft. Regarding materials, we were originally looking at constructing the baseboards with Plywood. Having costed up the baseboards, we are looking at over £1,170 for all the wood, that is before we even start to buy the track and other parts. Is there any other materials we could potentially use that would be equally as reliable (such as 2x1), without risking the baseboards warping? I've shopped around looking at prices for Plywood, however I'm not having much look in finding materials that are cheap (Everywhere seems to be the same regarding prices) Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Matthew
  11. Hi guys, I'm after something around the size of 15 foot by 8 foot, could be longer but nothing wider than 8 foot due to layout size. I understand they are few and far between but my options really are limited at the moment.
  12. Hello, Firstly, apologies is this is posted in the wrong section of the forums. I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction. I've just started a full-time job on the railway, and therefore I do not have the time to build my own layout. My currently layout that I have is passed its best and is no longer worth keeping. I've looked and searched through eBay and Gumtree for years, however I have had no luck. Would anyone be able to point me in the best direction? I am aware that buying layouts isn't that popular, but it is my only choice. Thanks Matthew
  13. I have packaged the motorcar up to send it to Bachmann,hopefully it comes back better.
  14. I don't want to send mine back to Bachmann as I have a feeling they'll say it's fine and send it back. I've had poor service from there repairs department before when my FL 66 came back still not working.
  15. I have done, and the track is clean, it's just this one Voyager that is slow. Seams I have no luck with models, I've already had to send a 8 back to manufactures this year
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