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    EFE Rail launches

    What really interests me about this range is the decoration. Bachmann have IMHO very high standards of decoration, higher than Heljan or DJM (RIP). The images shown here seem to show the new EFE models will have this higher standard of decoration, although of course these will just be samples, we shall have to see what the final product is like when it arrives. Interestingly if it is indeed higher quality then this wouldn't be the first time this has happened; Rail Exclusive specified a much higher standard of decoration on the Class 47s they commissioned from ViTrains. Bruce
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    Hornby RTC Stock

    Afternoon all, Having purchased a SLW 97201 last year I was rather looking forward to prospect of RTC liveried stock from Hornby, particularly as the Bachmann items are now very difficult to find at reasonable prices! I received the LMS CCT the other week, to my horror the blue colour is completely wrong! Having seen the photographs of the Mk1s on various retails websites this week seems to confirm that these are also a rather strange bright blue colour rather than the correct BR blue. Such a shame, how could it have gone so wrong?! Bruce
  3. So have been reading everyone comments on loud motors and running problems and reckon I have diagnosed the problem. My motor is also getting very hot after an unreasonable period of running and this led me to believe it was being placed under unacceptable stress. Closer examination proved that there is no horizontal play in the metal cardan shafts which is putting the motor under-strain. Removing one of these proved my theory as although the motor is still getting a little hot, it is no where near as bad as it was. Hornby Bachmann etc all use plastic cardan's with a little bit of play in them as it is inevitable that motor with the fly wheels on will move laterally slightly while in use - the Hornby Class 50 and 31s even have telescopic cardan shafts to help with this problem! So a better solution I suspect will be to make new shafts, either from plastic or telescopic to solve the problem. Bruce
  4. Looks like a peak to me! Bruce
  5. This is a game changer. Particularly impressed by the bogie and underframe detail. Bruce
  6. I spoke to Phil yesterday because I too had multi-payments showing in the "pending" section of my Credit Card, and I've only ordered 1 model. I assume they'd had trouble taking it (I had only ordered one) and wanted to check that it had gone through correctly. It had, they've just had some problems with there system which means it made multiple requests, but only 1 will actually be authorised they rest should not progress beyond the "pending" section. Bruce
  7. Payment for my 97201 was taken this morning so they can’t be that far away Bruce
  8. Reliably informed that 37099 is about to arrive in Aberystwyth tonight ready for possession work over the weekend. Bruce
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    ESU Loksound V5

    I believe the Accurascale will be fitted with a Loksound v5. Bruce
  10. And still do. I also have a feeling they may recently have started making the Humbrol range too. Bruce
  11. Some shots of the samples on the Bachmann Stand yesterday. Bruce
  12. First time customer, ordered items on Monday at 11:30, arrived Tuesday 10:42 ! Less than 24hrs later! Very impressed will shop with you again! Bruce
  13. What happened to Steve Brammer? Tried to PM him but nothing. Cheers, Bruce
  14. A nice touch and a believe a "first" for a RTR model is the white tyre slip marks - very nice. Bruce
  15. Afternoon all, After various experiments I thought I'd share my EM2 fit for a class 37. The chassis is milled out at the non fan (B) end of the locomotive and the PCB totally replaced with a custom PCB that I have developed myself. This PCB fits in the original Bachmann speaker location under the fan and adds additional functions AUX3 and AUX4 which are used to control the tail lights. In addition both cab lights are now on separate functions to enable directional cab lighting. A MTC 21 Loksound v4 simply plugs straight into the new PCB. Advantages over the ESU board are there are additional connection points for pickups from both bogies, plus 4 common feed connections to serve both ends of the loco as well as the cab lighting PCBs. Two surface mount resistors are also provided on AUX1 and AUX2 for the cab lighting, on the Bachmann 37 the other resistors are located on the nose PCBs The board is 35mm x 21.5mm to provide a snug fit in it's new location. If anyone is interested I can provide these at cost, though I must stress I cannot provide any cover for any damage to chips caused by using them - use at own risk! If anyone is interested drop me a PM. Cheers, Bruce
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