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  1. Hi Edam I don't think you have been keeping up with my Blogs!! See the link in my last message. Regards Ray
  2. Thanks Mick - things have a habit of going round and round - except when they are bust. Yes the posting on the Q6 thread should lead you back to my Blog. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blogs/entry/22740-remotoring-a-Hornby-q6/ Yes after market motors are available for most Hornby models at a fraction of the cost of the genuine spare part - but sometimes the associated brass gears and flywheels have to be 'found' elsewhere. Cheers Ray
  3. Hi Edam you seem to have missed the point, even with cheap motors available Hornby and Heljan are not willing to provide replacement motors. Given past performance I don't see this changing . Nothing to do with changing to coreless motors. Cheers Ray
  4. Dream on.....after nearly two years of waiting and being told by Hornby that they will have some spare motors for the Q6 they finally admitted that I would have to look elsewhere. As to Heljan - try getting a replacement motor for their Claytons. Ray
  5. Thanks Rs.. - I bought an aftermarket motor without any worm gear - so NO I didn't have to heat the new motor up prior to fitting the new worm. I did heat up the old motor to remove the existing Q6 worm prior to refitting on the new motor. I have just checked - the type of motor I bought is still 'for sale':- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hornby-style-5-Pole-motor-X6152-X6481-X9979-X6898-X6545-X7041-no-worm-gear/254395931101?hash=item3b3b2dd9dd:g:Bf8AAOSwXf1aWN0g Good luck Ray
  6. Hello Rs3 Clip on - yes - you need a tiny screwdriver. The cover is prised off by sliding the screw driver under each side and levering off at the bottom I doubt there is an issue with the lubricant or the gear box. There is plenty of evidence out there that Hornby used a batch of duff motors - something that they would rather not own up to. Ray
  7. I must have watched these splendid little engines run in and out of Darlington and Newcastle Stations lots of times. However it doesn't help me remember any details! Another view from the same set of pictures. The older Bachmann splashers are certainly further inboard on the running plate and of smaller appeartance. Cheers Ray
  8. My Late Crest variety arrived at lunch time. Excellent - smooth and quiet. Now remind me - which one cost £35.00? Some pictures - but there seems to be a spare lamp iron in the box . Has something dropped off? Answers on a Post Card. Bachmann J72 - now which one cost only £35.00 Bachmann J72 - not a lot of difference? Bachmann J72 - lamp irons seem all present and correct Spare Bunker Lamp Iron? Bachmann J72 Cheers Ray
  9. Splendid message Steve, thank you. I don't remember the quote about Bruce and rubbish but I do remember her poem "Do you think Bruce Springsteen would fancy me?". https://www.greasylake.org/the-circuit/index.php?/topic/127822-do-you-think-bruce-springsteen-would-fancy-me/ Quite sobering to think written probably 40 years ago - and that after most of the Western Hydraulics had already been and gone. Cheers Ray
  10. Great comments Mikkel I can still picture the checked tea towel (Yasser Arafat). We can usually identify with what Pam Ayres has to say. Perhaps that comes with age and maturity? Cheers Ray
  11. We listened to Pam Ayres in person at Alnwick Playhouse, she is great. I thought the quote very applicable. I have had a bit of short fuse of late, that would be an electric fuse. Cheers Ray
  12. I am minded of Pam Ayres and her words: “Infallible, articulate, self-confident... and wrong.” From her monologue ‘They should have asked my Husband’ https://monologues.co.uk/Pam_Ayres/Ask_My_Husband.htm Heljan D1000 Western Enterprise and D1010 Western Campaigner fitted with etched plates When the opportunity presents itself I will buy etched plates. Lately I came across a set of C.G.W nameplates for D1000 Western Enterprise. These were followed by a set of plates for D1010 Western Campaigner from Extreme Etchings. C.G.W. Etched plate for D1000 (top) plates from Extreme Etchings for D1010 (bottom) With all this ‘dreich’ weather we have been having I would spend a morning cutting out and fitting these plates. I don’t know why I had not noticed before but the Enterprise plates looked to have been made to a different scale than those for Campaigner. C.G.W. Plates compared to Heljan printed plates The C.G.W plates were ‘obviously’ defective. I would return them to the seller. “Hello. Sorry to hear that you are not happy with these nameplates, they are certainly not defective. From what I know about Westerns, D1000 was the first build and it carried over sized nameplates on the real loco, a set of these are at the NRM. D1001 onwards had the smaller size. Not prepared to accept return”. I would need to undertake some research. I had a copy of Brian Haresnape’s article in what used to be Trains Illustrated. Clearly the name plates were substantial. I would also look at RS Carter’s book ‘British Railways Main-line Diesels’ from 1963. The RS Carter drawings are printed to a scale of 3.5mm to the foot. By good fortune there is a drawing of D1000 with plates measuring 38.5mm (11ft). The C.G.W plates measure 44mm – exactly 11ft at 4mm scale. So – spot on! An online search directed me to a 2012 Post on RMweb from RUGD1022 http:// https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/54225-western-liveries-1961-1977/ This Post states; “It's worth mentioning here that D1000's nameplates were of a non standard size, the backing plates being the same depth as the number plates. All other Westerns had the standard shallower height plates.” I would fit the C.G.W. plates to D1000 and the Extreme Etchings to D1010. Courtesy of Modern Railways March 1962 British Railways “Western” Class diesel-hydraulic C-C – courtesy RS Carter 1963 Full marks to Extreme Etchings, I was able to cut their plates from the fret in minutes. The C.G.W plates must have been made of tougher (thicker) material because separating their plates from the fret took hours (well a long time) and I had to change the blade in my craft knife three or four times. When using a craft knife to separate etched plates from their fret I place the etchings onto a smooth hard surface such as a Melamine offcut. This way the plates remain well supported and do not distort under the action of cutting. I used my preferred procedure for fitting the etched plates. I covered the existing printed name plate with matt varnish lowering the etched plates into position with a piece of ‘Blue-Tak’. Western Enterprise entered service with three dimensional cast aluminium crests on the opposite side of the cabs to the plates carrying the running numbers. The etching techniques used for the name plates do not lend themselves to making three dimensional objects. Applying the C.G.W crests turned out well, helped I guess by being exactly the same size as the Heljan printed crests. I have added some pictures below of the models fitted with their etched pates. Contrasting Crest and Number Plate A couple of images to highlight the larger plates fitted to Enterprise. Larger name plate fitted to Enterprise Standard size Western name plate as fitted to Campaigner Finally a close up image of one of the cast crests which I feel has turned out rather well. Close up of the etched ‘cast’ crest The images above show D1000 in its original Desert Sand livery with no yellow panel and D1010 in Maroon livery with a small yellow panel. The RMweb post by RUGD1022 which I previously referred to details D1000 carrying the livery without any yellow panel from its introduction to traffic on 26/12/61 up until 05/11/62. The same reference indicates that D1010 carried maroon livery without any yellow panel from its introduction to traffic on 15/10/62 up until 01/03/63 when it received a small yellow panel. These dates indicate that my model layout configuration with D1000 having no yellow panel and D1010 with small yellow panel did not happen! But then isn’t that what railway modelling is about? Heljan Box End Flap – in the words of Pam Ayres ‘and Wrong’ As a postscript I have added a picture of the box end flap for the Heljan model of D1010. I would say in the words of Pam Ayres – ‘and Wrong”! I first spotted the Heljan variation of the spelling on an eBay listing. What a conundrum, should you advertise the model as named or as boxed?
  13. What do the prototypes look like? Did the full size lamps have concrete plinths? I have removed all the metal bases from my Hornby signals and the concrete blocks from my Ratio loading gauges and planted them directly into the base boards. Cheers Ray
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