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The Doc

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Bio: Modelling mainly Eastern Region in the early BR era.

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The Doc

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Not wishing to go too far off topic, but how many people actually try to control two locos simultaneously?  Running them at the same time - yes, but controlling them?  I have two circuits and a branchline on my layout, so I can run three trains at the same time, but at any one time I only try to control one of them.  I've tried stopping two trains smoothly in the station at the same time, and it's actually quite tricky, plus I can only really watch one of them at a time, so what's the point?  When I'm running the branch train I just let the mainline trains do as many circuits of the mainline as they want.

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The Doc

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Hi Kilsby,

I've bought several locos from Hattons over the years.  One (that was brand new and boxed) was faulty, and I phoned them up and they were very easy to deal with.  It was returned and they gave me the option of a refund or replacement.  I chose the latter and it arrived in under a week, running perfectly.  They are a good company with a good reputation to maintain, so you need not worry there.  Incidentally, exactly the same thing happened once with buying direct from this Hornby site.  Normally when sold as "Split from set" the item will be treated as brand new by the seller (even though, technically, they have unboxed it so it is now classed as used), so it should be in perfect condition, and if there are any problems you can return it.

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The Doc

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@BRClass125

 

Did you buy your Mailcoach set recently?  I've been trying to complete my train for a while, but was told that the kits aren't currently in production, so I only have a West Riding very Limited.

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The Doc

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@Lomo

 

Hi and welcome to the forum.  If your maximum length is 153cm you would be better off ditching the track mat.  However, you could still use a similar plan, but shorten it by removing one or two of the straights on each side of the oval.  Alternatively, have a look at some of these track plans:

 

http://www.freetrackplans.com/Hornby-Plans.php

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The Doc

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No.  Heljan make (or made, not that long ago) a "Baby Deltic" class 23 which is a Bo-Bo diesel.

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The Doc

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Is it always the front pony truck derailing first?  I seem to recall quite a few Hornby locos have this same problem with two wheel pony trucks. My P2 does this quite often whem travelling in one direction, but less often in the other.  Is it possible to add extra weight to it - maybe a small piece of lead?

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The Doc

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Before trying to unclip the tender top try to apply a 12V DC power supply to the plain wheels on one side of the tender (i.e. not the ones with rubber traction tyres) and the metal pin that connects the tender to loco.  If the motor works then that's a good sign.  

If no joy, then you need to remove the tender top next.  On this older model, I am pretty sure there are no screws holding the tender body to the chassis.  There are two lugs each side of the tender underframe (black plastic) that clip inside the tender upper body about 1/3 and 2/3 of the way along the length of tender.  If you put a very fine sgrewdriver blade in the narrow gap where the underframe and body join (about midway along the body), you can prise the body out slightly, and it should then be easy to pull it upwards.  

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The Doc

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What a lovely picture!  Our daughter had a Hornby Thomas at about the same age, and she loved it (him??).  We eventually got a 3' x 4'6" board and put down an oval of track + passing loop and sidings, but I think the best bit for her was building the papier mache tunnel.

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The Doc

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@wsmman66

The more recent Hornby models (since production moved to China, so including your model) are much slower than the earlier models Hornby made in the UK (which were very difficult to control and not much good at shunting), which possibly relates to the "pocket rocket comment above).  I have found these newer models much better.  So long as your model runs smoothly and is easy to control, you can be happy with it.

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The Doc

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Britannia class no 70040 "Clive of India" - which was shedded at Norwich and at Stratford in its early years, so ideal for my East Anglian based model railway.  Got it off ebay for £60 with DCC chip already fitted.  It's tender drive (which I know some people hate) and runs superbly.

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