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LC&DR

Signature: Green trains are best!

Bio: Railway modeller since 1952 (started with Hornby O gauge Clockwork), progressed to Tri-ang OO/HO in 1956 and still model in OO and O. Dabble a bit in 304mm to 1 foot, HO, TT, and OO9. Joined BR in 1964, retired from Network Rail 2006 and then did 6 years on NYMR. Still actively involved in Institution of Railway Operators and occasionally volunteer at the NRM.

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LC&DR

10186 posts

I think I have told this before, but my best puller was a Wrenn "Clan Line". We were exhibiting the club layout "Highley" at the Sheffield City Hall, and it was getting near the end of the show. So just for amusement we set "Clan Line" away with twelve carriages, no problem, so kept adding six at a time until we had used up our entire stock of 36 by which time the rear coach was about a foot from the front of the loco.

Clan Line didn't stall or slip!

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LC&DR

10186 posts

You do not say if the set was new or pre-owned. 

 

A new set should usually come with a trackmat, and a plastic envelope with instructions for the set and the locomotive.

 

The cheap controller which comes with the set doesn't have a lot of stamina but with a new set ought to work for more than ten circuits. Check out the sticky post at the top of the forum which should have a link to a pdf which describes basic fault finding. One useful tip is to use a PP3 9v battery to test the loco. Usually touching wheels on both sides with the battery terminals should get a reaction, the wheels should turn. If not there may be a fault in the motor.

 

The cheap controllers have a thermal cut out and after a while it warms up enough to trip. If you leave it for five minutes to cool down nine times out of ten it will start up again.

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LC&DR

10186 posts

I rather liked the fanciful Triang Set box pictures of layouts we certainly could not afford!

 

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LC&DR

10186 posts

This is one of mine there are four brass screws in the roof.

 

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LC&DR

10186 posts

The roofs of Hornby No 2/3 and Special Pullmans and the Metropolitan coaches are attached by four thumb screws in the roof which screw into roof supports which also support the sides..

 

Soap and water and a gentle soft brush can be used to remove dirt, but must be dried off thoroughly afterwards.

Green trains are best!

LC&DR

10186 posts

Airfix kits were a very important part of my youth. I built many Airfix aircraft, ships, cars, and of course the Railway rolling stock and buildings*. With Meccano construction outfits and Triang Trains it occupied most of my spare time, and taught me how to put things together and make them work. 

 

*Kitmaster railway kits too came along at the same time and added to my delight.

 

Of course there are modern equivalents (almost) with Parkside rolling stock kits now marketted by Peco, and Slaters too. I have moved up to building wagons in 7mm scale (eyesight isn't what it used to be) but I do have a bit more pocket money nowadays.

Green trains are best!

LC&DR

10186 posts

As it is getting to "that time again" I would like to express my hope that the following items might be added to the Hornby range.

 

Night Ferry sleeping cars and baggage cars

 

Maunsell L1 4-4-0

 

Pullman 1951  type U parlour and kitchen cars (Festival of Britain)

 

Maunsell U1 2-6-0 three cylinder mixed traffic locomotive.

 

Well I can wish can't I?Embarassed

 

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LC&DR

10186 posts

Link may not work, post is a 'sticky' at top of forum.

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LC&DR

10186 posts

Yes you can add tracks to the basic set to make the run longer. There are in fact Hornby extension Packs to help you do this, although you can add track pieces you choose yourself.

 

Chrissaf’s guide can be found here: A Guide to Getting Started with Track Extension Packs

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LC&DR

10186 posts

Wooden sleeper points in stretches of concrete sleeper plain line was (and still is) very common. 

 

Concrete rail bearers used in points have to be specially cast to accomodate the fastenings used to hold down the rails so it is cheaper just to keep a small number of sizes and use standard turnouts than to put in bespoke sets of P&C. Where non-standard geometry is required  it is still normal to use wooden point timbers.

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