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    Cairns, Queensland. Australia
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    Model trains (and real ones) , learning the violin, learning Chinese.

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  1. Will you be weathering your locos and rolling stock ?
  2. 1. How long was ''British Railways'' used on the sides of locos before the early crest became available ? 2. Were the rear lights on brake vans during this time constant or flashing ? 3. Would you have seen GWR brake vans anywhere other than an old GWR line ? 4. How long was it before BR started constructing and using their standard brake van ?
  3. I love the 12 o'clock off position with reverse and normal to the left and right. I wish all modern controllers were built like this...so much easier !
  4. I wonder how many hours of hand assembly go into each model ? I know they try to keep that to a minimum in order to keep costs down but there must have been a lot of human intervention in putting these cranes together.
  5. How did they get away with loads like that ? It does not look like anything is tied down so surely everything on top would have slid off at the first curve ?
  6. Would you describe this as a design fault or quality control issue ? Either way, Hornby need to look into this.
  7. I thought that the first batch of Oxford Deans were the problem and that they had now improved things at the factory. Is this conclusion correct or are there still some issues ?
  8. No, the track and wheels are very clean. I went over everything with methylated spirits to eleminate that possibility.
  9. The Kadee #18 seems a decent fit in the supplied pockets front and rear so I will go with that. The #19 sticks out a bit too far past the buffers.
  10. My loco seems to now run quite nicely when it is inverted in the loco rest and power is applied to the wheels but when I put it on the track it is still hesitant at low speeds. Does this give anybody a clue to the problem ?
  11. I have upended mine and put it on the loco rest while slowly applying power to the wheels. I can see where the binding is but the only problem I can identify is that one of the red/outside rods (connecting to the valve motion) has no side play in it all whereas the rod on the other side has a small amount of play ie. the nut seems too ''tight'' on one side. At this stage I am not sure how to remedy this or even if this is the problem but I will keep fiddling until a solution is found. All suggestions are welcome...... I have already tried swearing at it and that did not help !
  12. Yes, that is what I was thinking too. I will have a close look at my loco later to see if there is something similar going on.
  13. I have already spread the pickups slightly and that has not helped. I am fairly certain that it is the rods/valve motion but I am not sure where to start with that. There is a stiff point that occurs once per cycle but I do not know which side.
  14. My newly acquired Peckett (from an Australian hobby shop) is binding somewhere ; it is very hesitant at low speeds. Any suggestions as to how I can find and eliminate this ? Twenty hours of running in has not improved things at all so I am going to have to start searching for the problem. NOTE : I usually buy second hand locos and so I have not encountered this problem before. I am not sending it back as the postage costs would make it not worth while.
  15. No track plan as yet ; we just bought a house yesterday and move there about 35 days from now. I am thinking about what I can fit and where in one of the spare bedrooms.
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