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Minitrix class 47?
« on: December 18, 2014, 12:17:26 pm »
Idly wondering - what's the verdict on Minitrix Class 47s? I came across a couple today (47170 "County of Norfolk" in large logo blue and 47378 in Railfreight grey), albeit not at prices I found particularly exciting.
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Re: Minitrix class 47?
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2014, 12:20:40 pm »
Very reliable motor
Apart from that, nothing going for them now
The body represents the early Class 47 and so most of the liveries applied are incorrect
General detail is nothing compared to the latest DCC version / Blue Riband Farish Class 47

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Re: Minitrix class 47?
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2014, 12:26:07 pm »
Thanks. The paintwork did seem a bit on the rough side.
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Re: Minitrix class 47?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2015, 12:08:00 pm »
I LOVE mine..it's a beautiful running loco....one of the best Minitrix made. In terms of reality..it does not look so great next to my Graham Farish Class 47 but they run really well.

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Re: Minitrix class 47?
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2015, 01:58:11 am »
Yeah.... I had one once, and really have NO idea where it got to, but I do recall it being a nice runner.
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Re: Minitrix class 47?
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2015, 02:25:48 am »
Maybe it did a runner on you? Har har, I'll get my coat.

Anyway they were still in the shop last time I checked, at about 55 and 85 quid respectively which is way more than I'd be willing to pay. Also I'm not exactly short of 47s, though only one has a proper livery.
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Re: Minitrix class 47?
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2015, 02:43:48 am »
Maybe it did a runner on you? Har har, I'll get my coat.

 :D

Yeah, as you say, the price seems a bit steep.
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Re: Minitrix class 47?
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2015, 11:57:19 pm »
They are superb little locos.   All wheels driven, one pair of wheels with traction tyres, smooth, quiet motor compared to many earlier Minitrix motors, and sensibly geared.  Good scale too, not using the larger continental chassis like the class 27 offering from minitrix.  Very solid, very robust - Minitrix made 4 varieties - 2 when they were marketed by Hornby and another two when they reverted to Minitrix.

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Re: Minitrix class 47?
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2015, 06:57:02 am »
Did Minitrix ever release a BR green one?  I have not seen one, just wondering...

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Re: Minitrix class 47?
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2015, 11:58:56 am »
Very reliable motor
Apart from that, nothing going for them now
The body represents the early Class 47 and so most of the liveries applied are incorrect
General detail is nothing compared to the latest DCC version / Blue Riband Farish Class 47

But much more reliable and with a long service life -- most of my Minitrix date back to the eighties and still run perfectly!

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Re: Minitrix class 47?
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2015, 02:01:00 pm »
I LOVE mine..it's a beautiful running loco....one of the best Minitrix made. In terms of reality..it does not look so great next to my Graham Farish Class 47 but they run really well.

Agreed! Perfect runner, so reliable, and pulls like a carthorse!
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Re: Minitrix class 47?
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2015, 03:50:02 pm »
It's one of the best Minitrix locos - the 27 is miles out, the warship is mostly a reworked German version but the 47 is one of their proper UK locos. It's not up to the current Farish 47s but its certainly the equal of the old ones.

Big heavy beast, pulls anything, runs well on dirty track. Not so easy to DCC convert though.
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Re: Minitrix class 47?
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2015, 06:28:22 am »
DCC fitting is quite straight forward, especially with the Lenz silver mini chip.  Roofspace is tight for larger chips like Gaugemaster, but is possible with a bit of surgery to the upper circuit board.  Both types documented at my site link below.  Use the right hand menu from the Class 47 page.

http://minitrix.org.uk/Diesels/Class47/
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Re: Minitrix class 47?
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2015, 01:06:12 pm »
Anyway they were still in the shop last time I checked, at about 55 and 85 quid respectively which is way more than I'd be willing to pay. Also I'm not exactly short of 47s, though only one has a proper livery.

I paid 39 quid for my immaculate Railfreight Grey version back in August..that was a really good price in my opinion (hence I went for it) but those are definitely on the high side...85 quid what are they "smoking"..hahahaha

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Re: Minitrix class 47?
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2015, 01:15:38 pm »
Anyway they were still in the shop last time I checked, at about 55 and 85 quid respectively which is way more than I'd be willing to pay. Also I'm not exactly short of 47s, though only one has a proper livery.

I paid 39 quid for my immaculate Railfreight Grey version back in August..that was a really good price in my opinion (hence I went for it) but those are definitely on the high side...85 quid what are they "smoking"..hahahaha
And they were still there as of a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I should print out some Ebay auctions etc. and negotiate (they know me well enough by now...), would like to have at least one for the collection.
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