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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

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 I too used the GF carriages as Southern main line stock prior to Hornby's excellent Maunsell Restriction 4s. I still have them, but they are now in storage.

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LC&DR

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 It is always going to be a matter of personal preference. The Double O Association appears to use alphabetic OO, I prefer this as well.

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LC&DR

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 Here is the 'Booster' inside an HA, the local name for the Motor Generator set that kept the locomotive running when passing  over gaps on the conductor rail.

Note the air duct  on top taking air into the machine. When starting away the sound of the 'booster' running up to full power was quite distinctive. There was a lot of air being blasted over the set to keep it cool. Class 91s make a similar row when starting off, but in their case it is the cooling fans blasting air over the transformer, rectifier and traction motors.

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LC&DR

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 Sounds like you ought to join the Hornby Railway Collector's Association (HRCA). The association is dedicated to the metal Meccano built trains introduced by Frank Hornby first made at Binns Road Liverpool  and later in factories round the world, including Argentina and France! The French really took to Hornby and were the last factory to make them.  The Original Liverpool Hornby company folded in 1965 and the name was taken over by Triang in 1966, based in Margate Kent. This moderrn company is only 'Hornby' by name, the metal train tradition being lost and replaced by the plastic of Triang / Rovex.

 

The HRCA http://www.hrca.net/ is an enthusiast body to support those of us who still love and use the Meccano Hornby trains of yesteryear. They support and welcome  international enthusiasts. There is a full colour magazine that comes out 10 times a year and they run auctions of pre owned Hornby products.  Probably the most useful thing for you would be the Spares and Services directory. This gives the names and addresses of people many of whom are HRCA members who make and sell spares to keep your old Hornby trains in working condition, and sometimes offer services to repair them. 

 

A few answers to your questions -

 

20V is AC, but will work on DC, they can draw a lot of current so you need a substantial power source. I use a bench power supply I bought from Maplins (an electronic chain store sadly recently shut down) .

 

I haven't looked at the French built locos so I cannot answer the question about the switches, my locos have two knobs which stick out of thr driver's cab. On clockwork one is brake the other is reverse, on electric only one knob and it is reverse only.  And also for the clockwork they have trip switches underneath the motor which operates from trips in the centre of the rails.  Some electrics can be reversed from the controller by pressing a button.

 

Beware of old transformers they can develop faults over a period of time. Get them tested before use.

 

24 V bulbs should be OK.

 

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LC&DR

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Sadly the Irish 3 foot isn't modelled as much as it deserves.

 

 However I remember GE Mellor used to make 4mm scale kits for Isle of Man locomotives and carriages for 12mm gauge track. I nearly went along that avenue myself, but marriage happened first, and later gauge O turned my head. I had a brilliant holiday on the !sle of Man in 1964 and managed to 'do' all the railways (apart from the by then closed Foxdale branch, and Snaefell, because it was foggy) including walking the Groudle Glen 2ft gauge line, by then abandoned.

 

I do rather like narrow gauge and have started collecting ready to run OO9, there are some great models coming available.

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LC&DR

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 "LC's photo looks as though it had a catastrophic failure, and blew all the engine oil out of the exhaust!"

 

I guess so, it was after all standing in Inchicore works presumably awaiting a decision. However many of those locos I saw that time were remarkably grubby. The Irish Railways are however very interesting. Dublin has a modern street tramway too.

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LC&DR

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 Yes 81F, it was the HO version of the 33 (also produced as D6506 green and D6526 blue) . As too were the carriages and the 4F and wagons as well. Lima made a good start into British HO and it seems a pity they got cold feet and converted to OO. HO is far more accurate.

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LC&DR

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 I have a couple of Trackmaster wagons in original condition but no boxes. They had uninsulated metal wheels so were no use on the new Triang two rail system although OK if you were only using the N2 which was clockwork, and of course OK on Hornby Dublo.

 

Trackmaster made an open wagon and a covered van, available in a variety of colours but no other body shapes. Triang replaced the wheels with plastic ones and substituted the couplings for theit own Mark 2 version. These wagons lasted in the Triang range for a very long time.

 

I believe Triang's first wagon of its own design was the short NER style brakevan.

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LC&DR

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 The original name plates were up for sale recently, so it is possible even the maker's plates are fake too! As the loco was manufactured 95 years ago and metal parts may wear out and deteriorate there really cannot be much of the original left.

 

On the Ffestiniog Railway they are still using locomotives 182 years old ('Prince' and 'Palmerston') . I seem to recal someone saying that the only original bits are the wheel centres and regulator handle.

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