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  1. Will Bleat Wharf, Mutton , and Sheep Dip now , in view of the PM's announced changes today, come out of Flockdown?
  2. I bought this loco some time ago and I an aware that this and other locos from Heljan in the earlier batches had component problems, particularly the gears to the wheels from the motor. Both sets of gears on this loco have been replaced (by Howes of Oxford) and are fairly new, and when it runs it is now as smooth as the other ones from this firm. However around 50% of the time this loco seems to overload the controller and trigger the cutout on the handheld ,which is a Kent Panels Controller KFS-0, designed for O gauge. The transformer used is an old Lenz 'digital ' transformer delivering 3 amps. I have not seen this problem on my other Heljan locos -or any my Dapol locos. Just before it cuts out there is a slight noise coming form inside the loco-possbly from the pcb, and I am wondering if the pcb too needs replacing! Has anyone else had this problem, or is the solution to get a beefier controller-I believe that Helmsman ones are good, but as they now are owned by Peco they may not be available for sometime. Disconnecting the fan drive motor reduces the current draw but has not solved my problem .
  3. An Irish Deltic , as the great Sean Connery, famous for his Irish accent in the Untouchables would have put it, is simply 'Shex on Shix Axshuls, junior '
  4. Many thanks for the links F-UnitMad, and your thoughts David. I will probably bite the bullet and get the NWSL sets if I can , as its an old and personal favourite. Failing that I will try an engineering service somewhere and get the wheels turned down. Its a favourite as well, possibly it reminds me of a time when I was younger,slimmer and had lots of hair!
  5. I bought this item from Victors on Pentonville Road back in the early 1980's. I also bought a job lot of Lima track and points (2' radius!) from a swapmeet when you could buy cheap second hand stuff. The loco runs quite sweetly on this coarse scale track. Having now built a layout using Peco bullhead track the loco is fine on straight/curved track but the flanges are a little too wide for Peco points. Does anyone know - or better still have- any replacement wheelsets for the loco so I can run a US style Inglenook operation on it??
  6. paulbb

    Dapol Class 21/29

    There were some limited trials on coal trains in the Dalmellington area around 1961 ish; the loco involved was D6112 I believe, and there were images in Trains Illustrated that year
  7. I agree with Brittania , above, a very pleasant show with friendly exhibitors and a good selection of trade stands and some nice layouts . Whithorn and Baston Rue De Clervaux were my favourites. A hearty thanks and well done to Macclesfield MRG for putting on a show in such adverse circumstances, hope to go next year!
  8. I found that taking each eyebolt on the sprue and impaling it on a pair of fine pointed tweezers and then cutting slowly from the sprue; sometimes the bolt comes away without any cutting. Then opening the hole for the bolt in the locos roof ever so slightly ; insert impaled eyebolt into hole still holding the tweezers and then quicly drop a tiny amount of mek liquid adhesive on it when it is in position. Slowly remove tweezers. Repeat about 20 times. I have done this on two class 43's now. Very character building...
  9. Marlyn you could be right, but the 3 jinties and 3 standards and a crab suggest somewhere else; the shed in the background looks big for Barry tho Paul
  10. Love the card mock ups.. where is this place?
  11. Yes Mike I have hadd the 0000 problem too. Thanks to you and others above for your kind advice, and I will certainly try the POM approach with the decoders.
  12. I have tried to reuse four 8 pin decoders taken from locos that were sold on a year or two ago. On the sold locos the chips worked fine. They are 2 Hornby R8249 decoders a Bachman 8 pin and a Lenz 1035. The Advance Prodigy unit that set the old addresses on these chips now seems unable to either read them, or readdress them. When I try to the read the address , I got lots of random values , typically '18' '36' '0127'. I have tried to reset the chips to the manufacurers defaults using CV8, alas to no avail. When I try to reset CV8 the next read returns no addresses at all.Seems strange that 4 DCC chips should all behave the same way. Could they ALL be faulty? The Prodigy itself is 6-7 years old and I have always found it takes a couple of tries to get the right addresses programmed, and the 'read address' function on it also has never been 100%. Is this unit simply a dud that should be replaced, or can chips have such a short life?
  13. Looks more Basildon Bond than James Bond, you know, stationary (sic). yours feintly lined
  14. Those of you modelling the current scene will have to paint the track VERY carefully now, witness the PW at Navigation Road Greater Manchester; see below
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