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Dapol 'B17' 2857 'Doncaster Rovers'
« on: May 25, 2018, 09:58:10 am »
Hello Chums

About 10 years ago I had my third effort at British 'N' gauge.  This quickly turned into US 'N' scale because of a few bad experiences.  One of the worst, probably the worst, was with a lovely present I received.  Dapol set ND-079 Set 1.  Doncaster Rovers and three teak coaches.  The coaches are excellent and feature in many of the photographs of the Table-Top Railway which I have inflicted upon you.  But the 'B17'?  It's an absolute stinker.  Unbelievably noisy and the tender sides get hot.  The noises it makes are unputupable; as it goes faster it sounds in even more agony!



It's a fine-looking locomotive and I have tried to make it better.  To no avail.  At least I have not made it worse.  But I have a cunning and subtle plan...



Behind the 'B17' is a spare Union Mills LNER Group Standard tender which runs sweet as can be.  It came with my first Union Mills 'B12/3'.  My second one had the GE Section tender that was introduced with the 'D16/3'.  I liked this so much that I ordered a spare so that both 'B12/3s' looked the same.

I'm wondering about bashing things about a bit to see if the Dapol locomotive will run with the Union Mills tender.

But before I attempt this; would anyone like the 'B17' as it is?  I know little about Dapol engines and it might be a model which is no longer available and be just the thing to add to someone's layout.  And, just because I have not got it running well, doesn't mean that one of the Dapol experts here will be similarly defeated.

Many thanks for looking and best wishes.

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John
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Re: Dapol 'B17' 2857 'Doncaster Rovers'
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2018, 05:08:49 pm »
But before I attempt this; would anyone like the 'B17' as it is?  I know little about Dapol engines and it might be a model which is no longer available and be just the thing to add to someone's layout.  And, just because I have not got it running well, doesn't mean that one of the Dapol experts here will be similarly defeated.

This should be pretty simple to put right - they can run very nicely - maybe a little noisy, but that's often just amplified by the plastic tender top rather than being an inherent problem.

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Re: Dapol 'B17' 2857 'Doncaster Rovers'
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2018, 09:58:43 pm »
But before I attempt this; would anyone like the 'B17' as it is?  I know little about Dapol engines and it might be a model which is no longer available and be just the thing to add to someone's layout.  And, just because I have not got it running well, doesn't mean that one of the Dapol experts here will be similarly defeated.

This should be pretty simple to put right - they can run very nicely - maybe a little noisy, but that's often just amplified by the plastic tender top rather than being an inherent problem.

Cheers,
Alan

Many thanks for this, Alan.

This particular locomotive certainly does not run well and never has. 

I'm much encouraged to hear that it might not need my proposed rather drastic solution to sort it out.

With best wishes.

John
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