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  1. Had a similar problem with my Dapol class 68s on long trains. My earlier post with the video of the 68 and Bachmann 66 hauling 57 wagons was a result of having to combine two trains, with the 68 leading the 66. The 68 was originally on 40 Dapol bogie hoppers, which are great wagons with very free running bogies, but the CCM on the 68 kept extending longitudinally and laterally on curves derailing the lead wagon bogie as the train came out of the curves, through the transition in to straight track. So the 66 was put inside the 68 and the two trains were conbined and no derailments occ
  2. I also tried the plastic strip but in the end I used Evostik impact adhesive. I don’t have any HAAs but do have loads of Hornby SAA, OAA,VBA/VDA wagons and Ferry Vans, which all use the same Pivot. I pull out the wheels with the axle box assembly from the pivot and lightly coated both surfaces, left it ten minutes and reassembled it all back together. This allowed me time to do final adjustments as there is a tiny bit of play in the adhesive until it goes off hard. Left the wagons a few days before use and I have not had any come loose. I should add that I change all the wheels to newer metal
  3. Probably 1m radius at the bottom end of the layout but that isn’t on one of the main running lines, it is on one of the stabling loops. So speeds are low and nearly all wagons are bogie wagons, which helps.
  4. Got to admit these aren’t on ‘trainset curves’, but there is a reasonable grade...
  5. Yes I run scale length trains. No probs with traction. Usually double head if in doubt. Also modern centrally mounted motors with heavy chassis normally do the job.
  6. James I have built loads of these euro curtain siders, all using the tissue paper / PVA method in that topic. I think I did include some step by step photos on the build process. The first short DB red one I built used Pritstik glue stick instead of PVA, but I found it was harder to work the creases out of the tissue paper. To make it look like the real waterproof vinyl curtain sider I found the trick is to use rattle can gloss paint on the tissue paper, built up in several layers so that it becomes quite thick, but always allowing plenty of time for it to dry between coats.
  7. Mmmmmm that looks expensive! Wonder if the auto racks were loaded? That rail was fairly mangled.
  8. My solution is.....all about managing the usual short term expectations. In this era of Who GAF, I’d cut em up. Scrap em. Suffem and mount em. And Definitely scrap the B10s, just to make sure!!! Obviously no one has any resources to do anything else, these days. They are only “modern” nasty air braked, ETH, coaches, so what does it matter. More importantly it is not a precious kettle, because they are massively under represented in preservation, and it’s not green or red or blood n custard Or choc and cream and so it’s not relevant. Maybe those who who feel so resentful at seeing their preci
  9. Mmmmmmm yep you’re right....so upon reflection, cut em up or stuff and mount em. They are only BR stuff anyway.
  10. Mmmmm why only two weekends a year? and why electric supply 24x7x 365? Mk1s and 2s don’t need that. Storing outside is no worse than any other vehicle. Why stored undercover? Very few railways have the luxury of berthing stock indoors, although some do. Two of these coaches arrived by rail so were in mainline ticket at the time and had been maintained to mainline standards so would be likely to way outstrip preserved standards for years. Just saying give it a go, rather than just stuffing and mounting them straight away. Or did I get the wrong end of the stick....
  11. That was 20th December 1984 and the place was Summit tunnel. The fire was so severe that it vitrified the bricks in the tunnel And melted some of the rails. It was a 13 tank petrol train which derailed, I think due a defect axle, with loco 47125 in charge. The crew managed to uncouple the loco and possibly a few leading wagons and make their way out of the tunnel. The emergency services were in the tunnel with the petrol vapour building up from leaking derailed wagons and the vapour being heavier than air made for an extremely explosive environment. Fortunately everyone made in out before the
  12. What about 10800??? This loco was allocated to Brighton for a while, although by all accounts it wasn’t very reliable. I am sure that I have seen one photo in a book (no idea what one) that showed 10800 on a Central Division passenger working at Isfield, from Brighton, via Lewes and Uckfield. I cannot find it anywhere, however as as the Lewes to Uckfield route was built as a secondary mainline it would have been the ideal testing ground. Well out of the way.
  13. Further to the above....Derby Sulzer’s page shows this. Apologies for the cut and paste, rather than a link, flipping ipad... This was 1969, the Class 45 was numbered D41. Later it was to be renumbered 45147 under the TOPS numbering system. Fate was not kind to 45147 as on December 4th 1984 it was involved in an appalling crash at Eccles, Greater Manchester. Involving a collision with an oil tank train, which ignited an led to a huge fire. Luckily the M602 motorway was right next to the track so the emergency services got there very quickly. I remember the bbc ne
  14. I know that you asked this question back in 2018 but.....With regards to East Sussex, this is the Deep South, Central Division, this is about as exotic as it gets..... Copies of these photos were kindly given to me. They were taken by an old Sussex Railwayman. gentleman and good friend, now sadly passed away, Colin Packam. D41, In BR Rail Blue livery, dumped at Pinwell Lane, Lewes, failed on an inter regional service from Newhaven to the Midland region. Later the Midland sent a BR Class 25 to recover this loco and then they sent another BR Class 45 to haul the the train bac
  15. haha, nope they didn’t, well spotted. My folks brought me back six cheap Proto 2000 Santa Fe Blue and Yellow GP9s from America back in the early 2000s, they were $39.99 each. The Santa Fe blue and yellow freight livery was a bit loud so I decided to make up my own livery. I had a load of presfix steam era Southern transfers, hence the abominations you see in the photos. They are the originals that I took out from the GP9s, all 24 of them. After many years mine suddenly suffered from this irritating occurrence so it was either find a replacement or bin the locos. Very s
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