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Minitrix Service/repairs
« on: August 10, 2013, 12:44:42 pm »
Hi

does any one know of a person/firm that undertake Minitrix Service/Repairs I have a 9F that goes in reverse ok but forwards will only go in stops and start

Thanks

splinter

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Re: Minitrix Service/repairs
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2013, 03:59:22 pm »
Wouldn't want to say 'yes' but suggest you contact Bob at brlines@aol.com who will I'm sure be able to advise you.

Good luck!

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Re: Minitrix Service/repairs
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2013, 05:09:41 pm »
Although their website - http://www.brlines.com/index.html doesn't say anything about Minitrix repairs, their list of other products does show some Minitrix/Trix items so hopefully they may be able to do them? I would've suggested BR Lines as the most likely to be able to repair them though! (Not that I have had any problems with my Minitrix loco's but have had a Dapol loco repaired by them, and found they provide a good service!)
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Re: Minitrix Service/repairs
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2013, 07:50:29 pm »
Hi

does any one know of a person/firm that undertake Minitrix Service/Repairs I have a 9F that goes in reverse ok but forwards will only go in stops and start

Thanks

splinter


Or try The model Railway Doctor: -

http://www.raildoc.demon.co.uk/

He used to do minitrix repairs not listed on the websitr now but possibly worth a go.

Cheers

Roy

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Re: Minitrix Service/repairs
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2013, 10:08:17 pm »
I can highly recommend both of the above.  Personally I have always used RailDoc for Minitrix but I am sure Bob can help as well.

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Re: Minitrix Service/repairs
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2013, 10:32:42 pm »
Used Bob for two or three minitrix locos which were returned in perfect working condition. :)

Due to the amount of work he receives there is a delay in returning the loco but well worth the wait.

First class service and always willing to discuss matter over the phone if required.

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Re: Minitrix Service/repairs
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2013, 11:26:34 pm »
You might be worth checking to see if the loco doesn't just need a good clean. Minitrix are particularly bad for getting filthy with time - the wiper pickups on the tender for instance tend to accumulate grot, and the tender wheels seem to be a material that attracts dirt.

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Re: Minitrix Service/repairs
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2013, 09:14:19 pm »
Hi

does any one know of a person/firm that undertake Minitrix Service/Repairs I have a 9F that goes in reverse ok but forwards will only go in stops and start

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splinter

Sounds like you might have dirty/misaligned brushes. I had a similar problem with a dock tank once.
A good clean, as Dr Al says, did the trick. Failing that try the places others have suggested.
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Re: Minitrix Service/repairs
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2013, 11:31:35 pm »
Hi

does any one know of a person/firm that undertake Minitrix Service/Repairs I have a 9F that goes in reverse ok but forwards will only go in stops and start

Thanks

splinter


Hi Splinter,

I just read this and I can tell you I had this EXACT problem with my Minitrix Evening Star. I have quite a bit of experience and this was my first job. It almost drove me bonkers. OK here is what fixed it for me. The coupling between tender and locomotive is electrically important. Take it apart and you will find a tiny metal wire with an eyelet loop one end. Mine was very grotty and dirty.

http://www.jfheath.co.uk/ngauge/eveningstar/electrical.shtml

6th section is my write up, you will see it is the exact same problem as yours.


http://www.jfheath.co.uk/ngauge/eveningstar/reduced/9fcoupling.jpg

I cleaned it together with the other parts and VOILA..perfectly running forwards as well as backwards.

This is a brilliant site by my friend John Heath. He has forgotten more than I will ever know about Mintrix locos. I call im the Jedi-Master of Minitrix

http://www.jfheath.co.uk/ngauge/


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Re: Minitrix Service/repairs
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2013, 09:32:33 pm »
Hi

thanks to everyone that replied to my request
I  sent the loco to The Model Railway Doctor, who thinks he will be able to repair it

Regards
Cliff(splinter)

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Re: Minitrix Service/repairs
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2014, 05:45:17 pm »
Just found this posting and hopefully 'The Model Railway Doctor' will be able to
help me with this problem  :'(

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Re: Minitrix Service/repairs
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2015, 04:13:58 pm »
I've found this site really helpful when servicing my Minitrixes: http://www.minitrix.org.uk/index.php
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Re: Minitrix Service/repairs
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2016, 08:52:37 pm »
A question on how to improve the electrical wheel pickup on Minitrix locos, is the best way to remove the wheels, to enable access to bend down the wheel contract strips so that they make better contact with the wheel? If so is there anything to watch out for when removing the wheels?

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Re: Minitrix Service/repairs
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2016, 12:37:59 pm »
A question on how to improve the electrical wheel pickup on Minitrix locos, is the best way to remove the wheels, to enable access to bend down the wheel contract strips so that they make better contact with the wheel? If so is there anything to watch out for when removing the wheels?

If you're looking to improve the contact, I think you'd definitely need to remove the wheels to clean the wheel backs and the contact strips.

Depending on what sort of loco it is, things to watch for:

Britannias, 9Fs: make sure the quartering is correct and aligned for all driving wheels - you'll get a very bumpy ride if it's out! Also make sure the contacts on the pony truck axles are good and clean.

Ivatts: Same applies re quartering and pony truck axles - also make sure not to bend and snap the (very delicate) contacts strips when replacing the wheels.

Warships/Class 27s: Wheel-sets are "handed" - so it matters which way they go in (once wheel is insulated, the other isn't) - so make careful note of how they went in in the first place.

T3s/dock tanks: the middle wheel set is fractionally smaller - this ensures best contact for the front and rear wheelsets which carry the current to both -ve and +ve.
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Re: Minitrix Service/repairs
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2016, 10:48:17 am »
I also do minitrix repairs servicing and dcc conversions with leds
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