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GWJ

16 posts

Hello all

Does anyone know if the Hornby operating mail coaches (like the Night Mail version or similar) work OK with the R8206 power track (the one with the central bar betwen the rails) or do the under chassis levers catch on it and then throw the mailbags out in the wrong place?

Gareth

Vespa

2875 posts

They should work fine as they are made to clear points and diamond crossings.

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Chrissaf

7868 posts


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Are you suggesting that Hornby bring to market a product that is not compatible with a basic track component from another part of the Hornby brand stable of products.

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Shame on you  WinkLaughing

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However, based upon previous posts, there are issues other than the power connector with these mail coaches. Like for example, the inability to fit the operating ramp to some Hornby track pieces. Search "Mail" in the search forum box to find details.

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

GWJ

16 posts

@Chrissaf

Are you suggesting that Hornby bring to market a product that is not compatible with a basic track component from another part of the Hornby brand stable of products.

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Shame on you  WinkLaughing

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However, based upon previous posts, there are issues other than the power connector with these mail coaches. Like for example, the inability to fit the operating ramp to some Hornby track pieces. Search "Mail" in the forum search box to find details.

Ah, it's a bit of a leading question ...Wink

I have a R401 blue/grey mail coach from the mid-70s and that catches on the power clips (but not on points, interestingly).  Also, I have a standard twin track oval and because the collection and ejection flaps are on opposite sides, there isn't enough room between track centres to fit either the collecting hook or bin, depending on direction of running.  I can get the operating ramps to fit.

My kids really like it, though, so I thought that if I get a modern version, where the collection and ejection are done on the same side, then the issue of not being able to fit the trackside accessories goes away.

I've read the other threads, so will probably revert to glueing them onto the track if necessary.

81F

3315 posts

 Off topic but on the subject of incompatible track, I had the bright idea of using the uncoupler re-railer just inside the tunnels on my layout to re-rail any derailed wagon so I did not have to remove the lidt out sections to sort out derailments.

 

This worked perfectly well with wagons and coaches but not the GWR railcars. When these went into the tunnels they never reemerged despite the motors still running. I soon discovered that they were grounding on the re-railers so they all had to come out.

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

Jeff Mennell

836 posts

This worked perfectly well with wagons and coaches but not the GWR railcars. When these went into the tunnels they never reemerged despite the motors still running. I soon discovered that they were grounding on the re-railers so they all had to come out.

 81F, this sums up model railwaying perfectly!

GNR-Gordon-4

4675 posts

Yes, the Operating Mail Coaches can go over the power track piece, crossings and over points. It has been designed so none of these track pieces get in the way of the mechanism, on the chassis. Thers’s enough ground clearance, so it does scrap or get stuck on any piece of track, that isn’t a standard straight or curve.

 

GNR-Gordon-4

A Thomas & Friends OO, HO and OO-9 Model Railway Gauge's Collector Since 2005, an Eddie Stobart Spotter and Collector Since 2010 and an Airfix QUICK BUILD Collector Since 2017

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