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Potbus2378

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Hi, I'm looking at getting a 'Hogwarts express' for a Christmas present. I've been looking on ebay, and there is a large selection to choose from (different variations for each Harry Potter movie). I enjoy 'tinkering' in the workshop, I'm pretty good at soldering and modifying stuff. I now have some of questions for you... 

Are they pretty much all the same? 

Which one is easiest to convert to DCC?

Am I just better off getting a new R3803TTS? 

What's the difference between a Hall and a Castle? 

Thanks in advance. 

Potbus2378

81 posts

The Duke 71000 - thanks for the tip, which I have modified. I cut the loop off, and used the Dremmel to cut down to the air tanks. Then I drilled out the couplings from a scrapped track cleaner (the old one, with the strip of material that you soak with IPA and it drags underneath the track cleaner), then drilled holes in the original coupling and used track pins to screw them together. Perfect! Cheers. 

Potbus2378

81 posts

ColinB - thanks for your time searching this out, but it's just not what I'm looking for - I need the metal hook which attaches to this. And no, it wasn't me who was pushing coaches around with the front of the HST!

Going Spare - you're on the same wavelength as I am. All I'm trying to do is get the two units running together on their own. 

Right now I've cannibalised an old wagon for its hooks, it's still in the workshop right now, but will be on the layout tomorrow. 

Potbus2378

81 posts

Hi, I'm wanting to fit interior lighting to some teak, and BR blue coaches. I will be changing the wheels on the coaches and fitting wiper style pickups (if there's a better way, please let me know)

My question is - are all Hornby metal wheels the same size? I've seen the R8096, R8097 and R8098, plus a few more, but are they all the same size?

Thanks in advance. 

Potbus2378

81 posts

Hi, I have quite a few Hornby Mk1 coaches spare. I would like to paint some up in Hogwarts coach colours for when I eventually get a Castle/Hall. 

Is there a code for the paint? 

If not, is it just a maroon colour?

Thanks in advance. 

Potbus2378

81 posts

Hi, I have two Intercity 125s sets - two power cars and two dummy cars. 

They don't have any couplings on them! I would like to be able to run a power car and a dummy car together, just on their own, but they will not couple without a coach in between them. 

Any part numbers for an extra coupling, etc would be very helpful. 

Thanks in advance. 

Potbus2378

81 posts

Hi, and thanks for all your information and support. 

Fishmanoz - I followed the links you posted earlier on, concerning CVs and I had a lot of success! 

I set

CV 150 to 1

CV 153 to 80

CV 154 to 25

It works brilliantly now, thanks again. 

Potbus2378

81 posts

Hi, as I said in my (second) comments, I have fitted a 'can' motor as a kit from the guys at Strathpeffer. Does this use less current? 

Potbus2378

81 posts

Hi, and thanks for all your information and suggestions. I have changed CV 150 to a value of 1, but there is no difference.

Do I now have to start playing around with CV 153 and 154 as suggested earlier? 

Thanks in advance. 

Potbus2378

81 posts

ColinB - thanks, unfortunately I work shifts so won't be able to do this until tomorrow morning, but I will certainly do as you advise. 

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