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gowest

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Another idea that would look good would be to build the 2 engines oil pump drive linkage from one of the main drivers.So looking at Hornby parts that I had it looked to be not that much of a problem so starting by making a bracket which would be held to the chassis with 2 existing screws for the electric motor I soldered 3 very small angle brackets to this large bracket and then started to rivet the linkage to these small brackets the centre bracket of the 3 would hold a 90 degree crank link which you can see in the layout here.

The oil pump linkage was made up and fitted and after some steam runs it worked ok.In the pictures here is the finished job.

I replaced the crank pin on this wheel for a longer one with the 2 flats to take the link and a small hex screw to fix it all in place.

The next part of the build that needed sorting out was the safety valves.

Even with the Hornby safety valve now 12 millimetres further towards the cab which you might be able to see in this picture as it shows the old hole position in the chassis it was still not in the right place to be under the brass valves on the P2 body.If these valves were to emit steam like the real engine then some sort of an extension or moving the Hornby safety valve still further along the chassis would be a way to go.After giving it some thought I cam up with this idea which will keep the standard Hornby lay out so should the unit need replacing in the future it will not involve remaking or moding a new valve why reinvent the wheel.

First I drilled out the 2 small holes in the cap on the top of the Hornby safety valve as in the picture then I silver soldered 2 short lengths of copper pipe in the holes.Then by bending the copper pipes I managed to bring them inline with the valves on the top of the body.

Some steam test will show how well this idea is.

The inside of the cab needs completing along with its 2 crewmen but I also need a tender and looking at the Hornby tender for the A3 if I used one of these most of the work would be done.

Having said that the body would need its corridor section removed as some might point out they never ran with a corridor tender and I would rather keep it as a spare than chop it about and as I do have the tender in the kit it makes sense to build that up and see if it will fit the Hornby chassis and wheels.Looking at the picture it looks ok all I need do is make up some new fixing points and to screw it in place and try it out.

gowest

928 posts

Rob

i wish i hadnt seen that as it shows 2 oil pumps on the right hand side of the engine were they then on both sides or what?

Ken

gowest

928 posts

Wishing you the very best have a 2 people that have had this and are on the mend so keep positive. I too have had the NHS treatment and the service was with out doubt very good, boy was I glad when they stopped using them leaches.

gowest

928 posts

I see your concerns and as time goes on even the spares will go up in price as they become scarce that will lead to engines being broken down for bits in an effort to keep others running.

as for the club I didn't think there was a charge to joint and apart from the bits for these engines they would have help and information for those in trouble with there engines and offer help.

ken

gowest

928 posts

Hornby did slip up with the how high there banner was and seeing Simon trying to get something done about it was a little less than professional but then came the Terrier and class 66 which all went to prove that competing with like minded models makers over laps will happen. And as Simone knows Hornby are loosing money and need to improve sales and put them sack as the number one maker and being nice will not cut the mustar.

good luck Simon and Hornby whens the 3rd program on tv " How we turned Hornby round"

gowest

928 posts

Can check fluff or hair on the axles and that the gauge of the wheels has not moved and is correct

gowest

928 posts

 30 odd years ago a friend of mine owned a toy shop and was a Hornby stockist he asked me to build a railway for his shop window which I did this consisted of a station and 6 foot of track the train a tank engine and coach would appear from inside the shop and run round to the station in the window as it approached the station buffers it slowed down and came to a halt it waited 2 minutes and then slowly at first pulled out of the station in reverse back in side the shop it would do this all day back and forth.

this all long before microprocessor and some are happy to run trains under this type of system and maybe several trains at a time.

If you ever get the chance to see the Live steam club at a show they can give tuition and a driving lesson on these little marvels and it might just click for you I have let children operate my engines both girls and boy and some seem to take to it like a duck to water some not so good, so gnr Gordon 4 has said if you have one stored away get it out and give it a try it might just click with you but remember put 4 to 6 coaches behind the engine you will find it easier to control. As for live steam making a come back it is very unlikely if all the jigs have gone but you never know I'm waiting for drain pipe trousers to come back into fashion as I still have some in the draw?

ken

gowest

928 posts

It's not just the tooling for bodies but all the other parts which could amount to about 30 mounds and fixtures to build one engine if the tooling has gone then to remake this would make a new project too costly as Rob may know when at Marconi all M.O.D jigs and tooling belong to the government as they would be part of a defence contract and the company does not have the right to scrap tooling and any one doing so might end up in the Tower of London hanging by his thumbs.

so let's just see Hornby get back into being the market leader in what ever it makes trains,cars and planes and back into profitability

good luck Hornby

ken

gowest

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Yes all of the above £? What ever the financial position is should not be aired on tv just the way forward with new models like with the Airfix new plan maybe we will see some more new models scalextric and Hornby Railways as this has got to be the best advertising for them on tv so profits should go up 

good luck with part 2

ken

gowest

928 posts

hi Rob

steam tests will show up any faults have ordered the paint

ken

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