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  1. How about a WR gas turbine? Ran regularly on the main line in the 1950's, and certainly looked nothing like a 1930's King!
  2. Based on the tread profile, that wheel is intended to carry a traction tyre. Which is odd, because I thought that VITrains locos had 8-wheel drive with no tyres. Could a previous owner have swapped something?
  3. When I re-wheeled my Triang/Hornby "Hall" tender I used common-or-garden 16 mm wheels. Romford/Jackson, I think, but Markits, Gibson etc. would do just as well. The odd quarter millimeter difference in height isn't noticable.
  4. Northwest Short Line sells "shaft adapter bushings" including 2.4mm (3/32inch) OD, 2.0mm ID. I used one to replace the Airfix motor in my GWR 14xx with a Sagami unit. Their catalog is here: https://nwsl.com/collections/shaft-adapter-bushings/products/bushing-shaft-adapter-reducer-2-0mm-id-x-2-4mm-od-x-3-0mm-l-steel-2-pkg They seem to have closed for the duration, but I expect they'll be back when this unpleasantness is all over.
  5. I have a Mainline 5600 Class running on a Bachmann mechanism. The bits fitted together well, although I think the brake shoes were mounted differently so there had to be some bodging in this area. The Bachmann mech runs so much more smoothly than the Mainline original that I would recommend retaining it if your dug-out model turns out to be a Bachmann. Have you considered stripping the body (e.g., with brake fluid) and respraying it? The BR livery for a 5600 is dead simple, and even the GWR livery has only two-and-a-bit colors.
  6. For close coupling within the rake, I'd suggest Keen Systems couplers, like https://www.keen-systems.com/Fits To.html. At the outer ends, use Kadees as Melmerby said.
  7. In the specific case of Bachmann Mk.I and Mk.2 coaches, a simple fix is to replace the coupler arms with the correct-shaped (cranked) ones available from Keen Systems. I've always suspected that when Bachmann designed their close-coupling system, they simply copied the parts from Roco's HO coaches, not realizing until too late that OO coaches have higher floors!
  8. Many years ago I re-wheeled and re-motored a Wrenn "Castle", as much as anything to get rid of the unsightly Ringfield motor which filled the cab and which was nowhere near as controllable as the marketers had led me to expect. The 5-pole motor came from Scalespeed and bolted right in with no need for an adaptor. As far as I know, Scalespeed still has them available. There are two types for the Castle: one replaces the old Dublo "half-inch" motor. Mine still runs beautifully.
  9. When the pad on my ROCO-CLEAN gets dirty, I clean it with IPA. No signs of disintegration yet! But like all flat pad cleaners, it only does the top surface of the rails and doesn't shift much muck from the top "inside corner" of the rails, which is where the wheels (if properly profiled) actually make contact - physical and electrical. To clean this area I use the little whitemetal cleaner wagon kit from Wills which drags upright cigarette filters, moistened with IPA, along the top and shoulders of the rails. It finishes the job nicely.
  10. "The effect can be mitigated by equalisation or springing." Perhaps I was doing it wrong, but in my experience 4-wheel wagons and bogies with equalized or sprung suspension are more likely to "fall into the gap" than those with rigid suspension. If the orientation of the axle over the crossing is fixed with respect to the other axle(s), the other wheels will tend to "carry" the unsupported wheel. A flexible suspension just pushes floating wheels down to drop into the hole and bump into the crossing nose on the way out, causing them to jump and possibly derail. "A rule of thumb...should be met by BRMSB and NMRA as well but the sloppy tolerances of most ready to lay track prevent it" This is borne out by Shinohara Code 100 turnouts, which are built exactly to the NMRA standard (S-3) with no extra slop. Standard wheelsets never have a problem with them. "Hornby Dublo used this method" Also Maerklin, of course. (I think they still do.)
  11. "Not sure how you integrate Diode matrix with individual CDUs." Here's one method which has been found to be successful and reliable: Each of the individual CDU's has 4 terminals: common negative, positive 20V for charging the capacitor, and one control input for each direction. Each control input grounds the base of a general purpose transistor, which turns on a Darlington pair which connects the capacitor to the turnout motor in the desired direction. Leads from the CDU to the motor are thick but just a few inches long. The Diode Matrix, on the control panel, has one input per route and two outputs per turnout motor as usual. However, since the (microscopic) current is flowing from the transistor base to the negative supply, the diodes are wired the other way round from usual. Together with direction indication leads from switches on the turnout motors (using the same common negative), the system uses 6 wires per turnout, but since the currents between control panel and CDU are small, six-wire telephone cable is quite adequate and the cable runs can be neat.
  12. On the Mainline chassis, thin springy metal strips are bolted to the brush holders. They press on to the chassis halves, one on each side, to provide the electrical connections required to power the motor. If the chassis bolts are loosened, or the motor is otherwise disturbed, contact may easily be lost on one or both sides. As 34B-D says, strip it down and try re-assembling it. But pay particular attention to the springy strips where they are supposed to bear on the chassis metal, and maybe file or sandpaper some paint off the contact areas. Worked for me - but after a while I substituted a Bachmann chassis because it was smoother and quieter!
  13. Pale blue for the walls. It's approximately "sky blue" but of course the real sky is not always the same colour. On the floor I have some rugged non-fluffy variegated green carpet. The overall feeling is more like the real world in miniature and less like an engineering lab!
  14. I fitted Profi-couplers to Bachmann Bulleid coaches, a Kitmaster Blue Pullman, and a rake of Mainline & Bachmann GWR Collett "sunshine" stock. None of these came with close-coupling arms, so I used the type 6574 "Close-coupling adapter set" which incorporates a NEM363 attachment so the coupling head may be adjusted vertically. In all cases I had to cut a rectangle out of the floor so that the box would be high enough to clear the wheels. In the Bulleid coaches I glued the coupler boxes to the underside of the seating sections. As I remember it, I had to shorten the buffers of the "sunshine" stock (simulating the "compressed" state) so that the corridor connections would touch on straight track. Later, I added standard "plug-in" Profi-couplers, Type 6515, to a Hornby Hawksworth coach which was manufactured with a close-coupling mechanism and NEM362 sockets. The Hawksworth coach runs perfectly, coupled within the Collett set. I prefer the Fleischmann couplers to the Roco type because they are sturdier and don't have the flimsy and easily-bent prongs which stick out of the Rocos.
  15. There is possibly confusion because you don't say which type of Cobalt motor you have. The original "Cobalt Analog", as I remember, was wired the same as the Circuitron Tortoise. This has the motor connections at terminals 1 and 8, as described by Mick above. If yours are like this, the wiring diagram on the Circuitron website shoud be helpful. The current "Cobalt Classic Omega" has a different wiring layout as shown in the DCC Concepts PDF. I think they mislabelled two of the terminals in the PDF as Switch 2 Left and Switch 2 Right when they should have been Switch 3 Left and Right respectively.
  16. It's pretty easy to find things on youtube. The shot is where the OP says it is, at 17 minutes into the 51-minute video entiltled "Collyhurst Street Signal Box" on youtube.com. The flat wagons look a bit like the spacers used at the ends of breakdown cranes?
  17. Actually, the early Bachmann Class 46, which I have, needs this same upgrade. Although they put in the good 8-wheel drive system with central can motor, they didn't take the buffer beam off the body and put it on the bogie until a later release of the Peak family. So I'd like to know how it's done, too! P.S. I'm thinking that one of the NEM362 series couplers might be easier to fit?
  18. I use Kadees on the outer ends of passenger rakes. When I converted my Bachmann Collett brake seconds, the NEM362-type couplers with their undershot shanks were not available. I used No. 46 (short, center-set) couplers in the traditional rectangular draft gear boxes. I unscrewed the original coupler and sawed a slot in the bogie end, 10 mm deep and 7 mm wide. Then I bridged across underneath the slot with a rectangle of 2 mm styrene sheet, 20 mm wide and 10 mm deep, using small countersunk bolts to fix the "bridge" to the protruding "wings" left on either side after cutting the slot. The draft gear box, with its ears trimmed off, could then be bolted on top of the bridge, which put the coupler at the ideal height and position. (I had fitted 14 mm metal wheels in place of the original plastic ones, which may have been a little smaller: of course, this affects the coupler height.)
  19. The one-piece couplers that came with the Airfix kit wagons were apparent attempts to copy the "horn-hook" device which used to be a de facto standard on the cheaper American brands of railway models, and was sometimes called "X2f" and sometimes "NMRA coupler" because it was invented by a group of NMRA members - although it was never adopted as an NMRA standard. The Airfix ones did not work with the US horn-hooks, and in my experience they didn't work very well with each other. They suffered from the defect of all couplers of this type, in that you can't lift the coupled vehicles straight up out of the train: you have to wiggle and twist them and in this respect they are even worse than tension-locks. If you really want to use this type of device you can still get them from U.S. suppliers. My original Airfix 16t minerals and Type B tanks are still running, but very early in their life they gained Kadee couplers! I doubt if the Airfix kit couplers were ever known as "PECO Automatic Couplers". The Dublo post-war couplers were of course similar to the PECO Simplex type because Meccano Limited licenced the design from Mr. Pritchard's Patent Company.
  20. But don't forget that the Keen Systems replacement drawbars are intended for use with the kind of coupler head that locks the two drawbars into one when mated. Kadee couplers don't do this, any more than tension-locks. So you won't get the best use out of the close-coupling drawbar if you fit Kadees. It's best to fit the Roco couplers as shown on the Keen website (or Fleichmann Profi-Kupplers) , or to save money within a semi-permanently coupled rake use the Keen Systems "dummy buckeyes". On bogie vehicles with buffers, Kadee couplers of whatever pattern only give derailment-free running when attached to the end of the bogie, as in the photo two posts above. That's how I use Kadees at the outer ends of a rake.
  21. As already mentioned, the Dublo/Wrenn Pullmans are significantly under scale length. Visually, the bogies are also a bit off because they are are a standard Hornby-Dublo type as fitted to their LMS corridor coaches and therefore quite unlike Pullman bogies. The appearance of the coaches is improved by substituting bogies from the Hornby R223/R233 Pullmans, these bogies being also less than scale length and therefore a fairly good match. But many would say that these coaches are strictly "nostalgia" items (although not particularly "collectable" going by low eBay prices) and so they would not be worth fiddling with. Two of the three types can be used in a rather approximate 5-BEL.
  22. Any decent CDU will throw at least two point motors at once, for example in a crossover. For more elegance than a basic (ON)-OFF-(ON) toggle switch, consider the Peco PL-26, which comes with handles in a variety of colors. It's described as a "Passing-contact" switch although internally the mechanism is different from the Hornby R044 passing-contact and the old Hornby-Dublo red point/signal switch. The Hornby and Hornby-Dublo types are not suitable for use with a CDU because when thrown they discharge the capacitor prematurely. (Peco make a CDU, PL-35, but I don't know how powerful it is.)
  23. I would recommend Shinohara turnouts, available from the best importers. They don't use the "radius" system (which is misleading anyway) but the #8 angle should be helpful. See www.scalelink.co.uk for UK pricing..
  24. I agree with everything that drmditch has said above. I've got recycled Code 100 in hidden trackage and SMP Code 75 where it's visible. My minimum radius (in hidden areas) is 22 inches (4th radius?) sectional track. The Keen Systems CCM's work a treat at keeping the corridor connections (very nearly) together on straight track while allowing pushing and pulling through the tight bits!
  25. Hi, Knitpick: the OO standards for the height of NEM362 coupler pockets and wheel/axle dimensions are maintained by the Double O Gauge Association: see www.doubleogauge.com Bachmann's excuse for fitting NEM362-like coupler pockets at a different height from what NEM362 specifies was lame, at best.
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