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Metal disc wheelsets for your R439 HST Mk3 coach are supplied in a pack of 10, pack number R8096.  Available direct from Hornby.

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I don't think there is anything wrong with the wheel quartering (and if there was, the loco would run very poorly all the time) but the shaping/positioning of the wire (?) sandpipes is concerning.  If they are wire, they could well be causing short circuits if they link a wheel or a rail with the chassis. Also, it may be a trick of the light but the front coupling rod in the upper photograph looks to be bent inwards towards the wheel.

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The outer bogies on the coaches are the same.  They are held in to the underframe by a barbed central pillar.  To remove, pull firmly.  While dealing with the bogies, check that all the wheelsets are located correctly in the axleboxes on the bogie frames: if not, this could also be a cause of the coach tilting. 

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When you say one coach coupling "sticks", do you mean it does not move from side to side freely?  If so, try to find out what is "sticking" and see what you can do to cure the problem: is, for example, there some excess plastic which stops its movement, or is it mounted correctly on the coach.  The problem probably is occurring only in one direction because the couplings will be under tension when the power car is pulling the train but being compressed when the power car is pushing from the back and this may affect the coupling's ability to move freely. 

Eurostars (prototype and model) do not tilt.

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Glad to be able to help.

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If you refer to service sheet 133/A, you will see that towards the bottom at each end of the main motor block casting, there is a horizontal lug.  These locate in to slots at each end crossmember of the chassis frame.  By inserting a flat screwdriver blade at the rear end, between the chassis frame and the motor block, the lug can be eased out of the slot allowing the back end of the frame to fall away and in so doing, release the front lug from its slot.  

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PL-10W and PL-10WE are still showing on Peco's website.

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Except offering advice as to which types of threads would have been generally in use at that time, I very much doubt that there is anyone in the current Hornby who had any dealings with the Rocket at the time of its manufacture 40 years ago or during the relatively short time it was supported.  Documentation was very scant but if I remember correctly, a few screws on the loco were also used on 00 models so those would almost certainly have BA threads. 

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I bow to Gowest's immense experience with live-steam and apologise for introducing slight doubt but the Rocket having been manufactured in Margate so many years ago, I would have expected BA threads to have been used. 

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Service sheets 41 and 81/B quote "current" of 0.1 and 0.25 amps for the X500 (Rocket) and X04/X03 motors but do not state under what conditions those figures apply.

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