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  1. Me too - I still reckon 4w tanks is a gap in the market - LPG, CO2, China clay, various other chemicals and gases not available even as kits as far as I know...
  2. I’ve a large fleet of Bach 47s and only recently encountered this issue on 2 Identical models bought new last year. Have just been running one in in hope would resolve but no joy. Will be interested to see what your solution is as looks like I need to venture down same route. Further annoyance is that 1 details constantly too which needs some investigation... M
  3. It depends... most recentish diesel models will handle 1in40 gradient with a reasonable length train - some with quite seriously long trains. I have such gradients on my layout with a helix as well and no issues. Steam is a different matter and I believe many will struggle on 1in40 if loaded up. DCC concepts have a magnetic system to help but I’ve never used so can’t comment on how good, M
  4. The Furzebrook rail terminal must have been commissioned late 70s to transport crude oil from the newly developed at that time Wytch Farm oilfield. The history of the oil field was that they discovered and developed an accumulation at about 900 m depth called the Bridport reservoir and the terminal was designed to export the volumes of oil produced from this (fairly significant) oilfield. As part of the development of the Bridport, a well called D2 was drilled deeper to see if there was any oil deeper below the Bridport which encountered the Sherwood reservoir at about 1500m - t
  5. I’m in the middle on B&Q to be honest. my local store: challenge 1: finding a member of staff challenge 2: getting said member of staff to find person who can operate saw challenge 3: finding a person who can operate the saw who can cut square and to the dimensions requested on occasions it has worked out fine but on many occasions I have either given up after waiting 30+ mins or have had wood cut only to find it is miles off dimensions requested or nowhere near square... recommend checking before leaving if your store is like mine
  6. Good you got to the bottom of this issue. My only thought reading this is is there not a risk the motor heats up and the paper ignite? Would a piece of plastic or brass be a safer option? I know some of my locos do get quite warm in service and would imagine around the motor quite hot? M
  7. It could have - I wasn’t that clear in my post though. I had to rebuild that section anyway due house move and the track wasn’t salvageable - given overall I’d found Tillig fiddly I decided to rebuild this section with Peco code 75 point work. I do still have Tillig in most of the scenic section but no diamond crossings any more. interesting comments re plastic check rails - mine were bought in 2008/9 and had plastic check rails. M
  8. I started off my current layout using Tillig as i felt looked better than Peco. As a result most of the points in my scenic area are Tillig fitted with Tortoise PMs. I would echo comments above that i have had no issues with running modern Hornby/Bachmann stock through them but i did find them quite fragile when laying - having issues with drop wires falling off and some damage to tie bar (although spare provided which is good). However i did find their diamond crossing had checkrails raised quite significantly above the rail height which caused issues with Hornby HAAs as they s
  9. As someone who has laboriously fixed the moving bogies on all my Bach OBA/OCA/VAA/VBA/VDA/VGAs + FTGs SPAs to make them run better and couple up to each other, i am relieved that finally someone has seen the light and realised that pivoting bogies on long wheelbase 4w wagons isn't essential. I have up to R2 curves and use Peco streamline short rad points in my fiddle yard and have no issues running with fixed bogies. M
  10. Sounds like maybe a driveshaft has dropped out? You may find that one bogie is still receiving drive but the other not - but that the resistance of the unpowered bogie is stopping any movement. I've had this on a couple of Bach locos over the years - relatively easy fix on them but i've not had this issue with an H66 yet. I think someone else earlier in this thread had a problem like this but i would not like to guess which page...
  11. My 20312 arrived yesterday and i was quite taken aback with the level of detail/finesse on these - a step above my previous Bachmann purchases i think. What's more this delivery ended a long string of deliveries which have arrived with missing/broken parts (covering most manufacturers and most couriers/postal services) - arriving in perfect condition. Now to do some tidying up so that i can run her in...
  12. i've tried to solve this problem for my Vi 37s. As others have said you can file an NEM Kadee - i found this harder than it sounds to get right. I did get a few to work but several wanted to twist in their sockets rather than stay square. I ended up wasting quite a few NEM Kadees in process... luckily they were cheaper then! An alternative solution i found was to abandon the NEM socket altogether and mount Kadees in draft boxes direct onto the bogies. There is a nice recess at right height on the 37 to take this and it works pretty well. Only thing to watch is not to flood the a
  13. Am hearing good things about DRD transfers - how does one find out what is available / buy them? Looking for some basics to start with such as plain black numbers for renumbering RFD locos. M
  14. my immediate thought too - when my grandfather died and we cleared his house we found a couple of similar (slightly larger) boxes stencilled with his surname. i guessed they dated back to WW2 and related to his military service but i never knew that for sure. Still have them somewhere in the garage for storing tools...
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