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  1. I can remember brake tenders appearing at Abercynon and Radyr in 1963. They appeared because D6742 and D6743 couldn’t manage the braking power of the 56xx used on the Merthyr Vale to Abercynon coal trains.
  2. I’ve painted sellotape cream, cut into strips and applied to windows. Looks good and has lasted years.
  3. The coach in the bottom photo looks like a Thompson (ex LNER) brake third to me! Or are my eyes going? If so, I wonder if this then moved to the Culm branch to take over from the Barry Rly Coaches?
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    Hornby Make a Profit

    I’m amazed if they hadn’t done that. Generally under an outsourcing contract, one company has the rights to design, the other to manufacture. Poor contract for the owner of the product to allow its subcontractor to ‘take it over’ at the end of the contract.
  5. I do love a Whirlwind. Reminds me of a piston- engined Me 262.
  6. If this has been reported elsewhere, then transfer it or whatever. Hornby has just made a profit of £300K in their last trading year, the first profit for 8 years or so. I hope we carry on with modelling eventhough we are coming out of lockdown bit by bit. Good news, eh?
  7. My most uncomfortable ride was behind 5698 from Aberdare to Quakers Yard HL. We thought it had square wheels.
  8. I did a slight recharge on the battery, perhaps I should have recharged more. I shall give it a bash. Thanks! Dai
  9. Hello Dave, the transmitter is a Micron Tx22v2 and the receiver is Deltang RX 60.it all worked fine first, bound and loco went forwards and backwards. Turned everything off so that I could post, and boast!, to my local club. When I switched it all back on to show my son — no control. I have tried to rebind as before, but the receiver light flashes slowly, but does not speed up (as it did before) to do the bind. I have tried different channels and checked the wiring: wiring seems ok, but still no rebind on any channel. any suggestions? Cheers, Dai
  10. Well, I spoke too soon. It was all up and running, so I decided to show my son. Didn’t work: it had become ‘unbound’ and doesn’t want to rebind. I’m using the same controller, RX 63 receiver,etc that appears on this thread, so any suggestions. I press the buttons in the correct order, but should zi keep them pressed whilst the binding operation is taking place?
  11. Well, a really nice day for me as I’ve just converted my Bachmann 2251 into a radio-controlled Bachmann 2251. Now this is a tender loco, though not a large tender, and I have managed to fit battery, switch, voltage uplifter and receiver into the tender. My question relates to tank locos, such as panniers and small prairies: do you try to fit all this into the tank loco, or do you forego switch and possibly uplifter. I have bought smaller batteries, receivers, etc for these tanks; but what is your experience of such locos, and do you lose much by not incorporating some of the gizmos? Cheers, Dai
  12. Comet also do the T handles for the recesses. If you’re not into soldering, you can use plastikard as your recess backing - not as good, but probably servicable.
  13. Lofty, Johnster: I think they’re keen on such things? Apologies to them both if they are not!
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