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Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« on: January 23, 2011, 11:12:36 am »
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Re: Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2011, 09:10:32 pm »
I bought a DCC ready 37 238.  It ran for about 50 feet and stopped.  It was too hot to touch and the top of the body was melting.  I believe this was due to the coils on top of the control board touching and short circuiting.  If you get one, slip the body off and check this.

I have since turned it into a dummy, and bought a new 37 254 to double head with.

The new one is superb.  Runs really well with the dummy 37 and 13 container trailers, up a 1/35 gradient.  They are very nicely detailed and quiet.

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Re: Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2011, 09:56:18 pm »
I have a Graham Farish N Class 37/4 Diesel Ben Cruachan, not a current model but a beautiful runner.
Keep on Smiling
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Re: Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2011, 10:03:20 pm »
I have the English Electric Type 3 (hah!) D6712 in green with split head code and it runs a treat but looks a little basic. Wrong livery but :Class37:

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Re: Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2011, 10:32:44 pm »
I have 3 of the 37s with 6 pin sockets in BR blue. All of them run extremly well pulling a variety of wagons/coaches through double slips/triple points and normal points with ease.

All in all, great locos, the 37 for me is a must on my layout.

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Re: Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2011, 06:43:59 pm »
i have got 37 254 and it runs very nicely

i would like a split headcode 37 as well.... not sure about what livery though


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Re: Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2011, 04:58:49 am »
Only have the one - 37 238 - which is a brilliant runner.  Definately going for more when enough beer tokens have been saved.
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Re: Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2011, 04:48:01 pm »
I have two of these locos, one is the latest split code type and the other a little earlier (pre DCC socket) Ben Cruachan.  Both are in BR green and both run under DCC and are excellent   

I hard wired Ben Cruachan with an M1 decoder.  One of my success stories. ;D  :thumbsup:
 
Ben Cruachan has always been noisier (don't know why), but the running qualities are extremely good.  If I had to make a choice I would say the new version would just edge it due to Ben being noisey.

I've seen the earlier 37s go for little money on Ebay recently, unless they are converted to DCC.  A good loco for practise if you havn't already taken the plunge and got your feet DCC wet.

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Re: Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2011, 07:32:50 pm »
Ben Cruachan has always been noisier (don't know why), but the running qualities are extremely good. 

This is one of the old tool models - not really comparable in any way to the new tools (not one common component is used between the two).

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Re: Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2011, 08:55:39 pm »
Funny the way the same model can be so different as my Ben Cruachan Class 37 is the smoothest and quietest running diesel I have, every bit as good as the American Atlas and Kato models I have owned.
Keep on Smiling
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Re: Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2011, 10:46:07 am »
My Ben Cruachan is now very sick!! :( :(

I has started to slow down and does take some coaxing along at a snails pace.   :thumbsdown:  I think it is in need of some major love and care like a motor refurbishment, but I find myself less able to strip locos down these days due to my eyesight not being what it was.  I do like my old Ben (older bachmann type) which I converted to DCC with an M1 decoder some few years ago and would like to have it transformed back to more like its younger days.

Any help or advice would be welcome with details of a reliable fixer upper.

Thanks in anticipation
Bill

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Re: Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2011, 10:50:36 am »
Any help or advice would be welcome with details of a reliable fixer upper.

This is a common problemm of a motor that's had a bit of running - it'll need the comm cleaning out - it's probably clogged with brush carbon. You'd see this as a rise in consumed current aswell if you can measure that (a healthy one will run on 100mA to 150mA).

Regards,
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Re: Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2011, 11:51:54 am »
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This is a common problemm of a motor that's had a bit of running - it'll need the comm cleaning out - it's probably clogged with brush carbon. You'd see this as a rise in consumed current aswell if you can measure that (a healthy one will run on 100mA to 150mA).

Regards,
Alan

Thanks for the info Alan, you confirm my suspicions of commutator/brushes problem, however I will not attempt the necessary action these days due to my eyesight and dexterity problems.  I can just about manage to fit 6pin decoders in new locos.  I don't want to go to the oppositiion, so I will continue and as necessary use experienced people for my offending locos.  Failing that Old Ben will become scenery.
Thanks
Bill

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Re: Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2011, 11:54:33 am »
Thanks for the info Alan, you confirm my suspicions of commutator/brushes problem, however I will not attempt the necessary action these days due to my eyesight and dexterity problems.  I can just about manage to fit 6pin decoders in new locos.  I don't want to go to the oppositiion, so I will continue and as necessary use experienced people for my offending locos.  Failing that Old Ben will become scenery.
Thanks
Bill

Let me know if you want help with it - I've done this before plenty of times on my fleet.

Cheers,
Alan
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Re: Graham Farish - Class 37's - Post 2000
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2011, 12:05:45 pm »
Thanks Again Alan, I do not think I will attempt to strip this loco due to - well its my age you know :( :(

I am now actually looking to have it done professionally, so if you know anyone at sensible rates or would attempt it yourself for a fee I would be in your debt.

Regards
Bill

 

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