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  1. It has a half-insulated earth pin, too, which I believe from memory is outlawed and is certainly unsafe. Pete T.
  2. I'd thoroughly recommend their motors. I recently used one of their 10 x 20 motors in a Oxford Rail N7 and it now runs as smooth as silk - in fact, it runs very noticeably a lot better than my other Oxford Rail N7 that I'd previously regarded as very good. I've used Tramfabriek motors in other applications, too, and always been very satisfied. Pete T.
  3. Are you drilling in from the outside of the roof, or out from the inside? If the former, try marking and drilling out from the inside of the roof. That way you're drilling into a concave surface rather than onto a convex one - a drill will always try to wander away on a convex surface and the smaller the drill, the more chance it will flex and snap when it does so. If however you'd rather drill from the outside in, use a fine sharp object like a scribe (most centre punches would be way too large, creating an unwanted dent in the roof) to create a tiny point mark in the roof that
  4. I agree with Zunnan, Great Central I'm sure wasn't one of the early A1s with a suspect motor (put it this way, my Great Central's fine). However, while you've got the body off, you might want to flex the fallplate a bit so it's not resting on the tender (that assumes you're close coupling the loco to the tender), and clip a bit less than half the length off the springs above the front bogie and Cartazzi axle, restretching what's left of the springs back to their original length. That allows more weight onto the driving wheels (while still ensuring the springs do their job) and hugely improve
  5. No, we've never talked to the Bluebell Museum about it - but since you mention it I'm sure we probably should, because it'd be a lovely little anecdote for them - though it was discussed at length very enthusiastically with the platform staff at Sheffield Park on the day. None of us had cameras that day, either (whereas today of course pretty well all of us would have had a camera phone each and would have captured the moment in still picture, video and sound from every angle; how times change!). Newhaven Museum know all about it though, through a much more recent visit there. Gr
  6. You and me both - me, for very sentimental reasons. I have family connections to Fenchurch going back to Edwardian times - my grandmother, whose father was blacksmith and farrier at Newhaven Marine, used to blag rides on Fenchurch on the East and West Quay branches when she was a girl and loved it, as did most residents of Newhaven at that time - it was 'their engine'. Fast forward 60-70 years to the early 1970s and our family visit to the Blubell Railway, she was so overjoyed to see Fenchurch again (at that time in black Newhaven Harbour Company livery) after all that time, she
  7. I know, Brian; I read that in Wright Writes the other day and as I did so I thought 'Blimey! It seems so hard to believe that what he's referring to is sitting in my loft!' Of course I was already aware of the esteem in which Maindee East Engine Shed is held by so many modellers, but Tony's comment certainly helped to put the pressure on - in the nicest possible way - to ensure I do justice to it, both in the restoration work I do on it and also what I ultimately decide to do with it. No. The auctioneers' approach to the vendors to see if they would mind me getting in
  8. Hello Brian, The answer is 'Yes, I've made some progress, but nowhere near as much as I'd wanted to by now'. In fact, the last two or three months of last year and the first month or so of 2020 I made very pleasing progress repairing damaged buildings and scenery, given the limited time I had available to spend on it while also sorting out my mother in a nursing home. I hadn't begun to repair the damaged telegraph poles and yard lamps, but I felt satisfied that I'd done the layout justice in the repairs I'd done up to that point. I did take some photos before starting, so I can
  9. Mike, though the pre-release Hornby images had lined cylinders, if you Google 46211 Queen Maud and look at the images of the real thing (as I've just done, following your post), several colour photos show it with plain black cylinders. I was a bit surprised, too, though unlined cylinders isn't unknown on BR green locos of course (A3s, for a start). Pete T.
  10. You won't be disappointed, Robbie. When you get it sitting in front of you, it's just gorgeous. Hornby really excelled themselves on this one. Pete T.
  11. Well, the replacement traction tyres - described on eBay as Railroad ones - arrived this morning. I took them out of the envelope and thought 'Shame, they look too narrow, just like the ones I got before.' However, I've just fitted them this evening to my Blundells and they fit just like the originals - not quite filling the width of the grooves on the driving wheels, but a whole lot better than the sloppy, under-width 'Castle/Schools' replacements I got 18 months ago. The loco runs perfectly with them fitted too. So, success. Thank you again, Robert. I'm not sure I'd have giv
  12. What really shocked me about mine was the speed at which the Mazak rot manifested itself. In the space of absolutely no more than 2 months it went from an outwardly fine looking model to something that looked like it had been repeatedly dropped to the floor, on either end (a lot worse at the front). It's a salutory lesson to check more often in your model railway collection the locos that are publicly known to be Mazak rot suspects. I've always worked in car and car parts manufacturing and I'm well used to seeing wrecked pressure die cast impure Mazak car badges and bright tri
  13. Yes, it's hex head screws, Barry. Actually, Hornby do a rather neat nut spanner or 'runner' (Part no. R913, usually £4.00-5.00 or so) with the two most common sizes for valve gear/con rod/coupling rod screws at either end. Saves chewing screw heads up with something that's not quite the right size and does the job in seconds. It's a bit expensive for what you get when we're all used to seeing so many tuppenny-ha'penny Far Eastern tools these days, but it's absolutely the right tool for the job and it fits most Hornby and Bachmann locos in my experience, so for me it was a good i
  14. Lovely photo of my Pam's favourite loco. Virtually all she knows about steam locos is that she cabbed Silver Fox with her Grandad, at Retford (they lived very close by the station, in Darrel Road). Heavens, I wish I had! However, it must have been taken a few years before 1965. Silver Fox was withdrawn in 1963 and in the photo she hasn't got overhead line warning flashes which puts it back before 1961-ish, I think. Pete T.
  15. Thank you, Robert, I've just looked at them and ordered a pair. By the description in the eBay listing, the Schools they fit are the Railroad ones - R3158 Dover and R3172 Cheltenham - whereas my Blundells (and that of Barrymx5, above) is the super detail issue Schools, R2744. But, hey, they've got to be the right sort of diameter and looking at the photo on eBay they certainly look wider than the ones I bought before, so they're worth a try for £1.99 plus p+p. Thanks again - when they arrive I'll try them and post the results here. Pete T.
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