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Author Topic: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)  (Read 31227 times)

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2015, 01:41:35 am »
Had a quick look at the green & blue 31's today in ian Allan's, Manchester. They do look good, a bit sharper in places compared to the Poole 31, have to say the warning panel yellow really spoils the look of the front end! Almost hides all the good detail work they have to the front!!!!, this early form of 31 is a tad early for me, I wonder how long it will take for the latter body style to arrive 😕

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #31 on: March 19, 2015, 11:09:37 am »
Has anyone noticed that the model itself is indeed an A1A-A1A and not a Co-Co  :)

Like the prototype, the centre axle of each bogie is unpowered. Should help limit its haulage power to that of a type 2 too.

I think its a lot better than the Poole version. It has handrails, a fan (very well done with next to no penetration into the body), and body side bands for a start. 
No complaints about it being too tubby around the skirt like the 25/1 either.
The earlier Poole model was better suited to late variants without the bodyside banding, but this one suits me just fine.
Hopefully there will be a later version without side bands for those modelling the mid 80s onwards.

Well done Bachmann.

Best
Bob

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #32 on: March 19, 2015, 11:53:48 am »
Arrived this morning....................






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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #33 on: March 19, 2015, 04:44:52 pm »
Just been reading the review in this month's Rail Express, and it notes that there are two small switches on the circuit board for turning off the lights at either end when running on DC. This is a good idea, as the tail lights don't need to be on if it's pulling a train.

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #34 on: March 19, 2015, 08:54:45 pm »
Just been reading the review in this month's Rail Express, and it notes that there are two small switches on the circuit board for turning off the lights at either end when running on DC. This is a good idea, as the tail lights don't need to be on if it's pulling a train.

A good idea but the positioning of the switch could have done with some thought.

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #35 on: March 19, 2015, 09:02:11 pm »
Just been reading the review in this month's Rail Express, and it notes that there are two small switches on the circuit board for turning off the lights at either end when running on DC. This is a good idea, as the tail lights don't need to be on if it's pulling a train.

A good idea but the positioning of the switch could have done with some thought.

A long time since I've looked at one, but I seem to recall that the Dapol 153s have switches on the bottom, which is more practical. Some of the Bachmann 00 Gauge locos have it on the bottom, too. I guess with an N-gauge loco it's more difficult to do this.

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #36 on: March 19, 2015, 09:11:00 pm »
Is the choice of moulded handrails on the nose not a bit strange?

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #37 on: March 20, 2015, 01:38:22 am »
I had a couple on pre-order with Hattons for ages at 87 quid each.  I cancelled both earlier this week after I saw people posting pics of them on Facebook and now that I see the "real" price at Hattons is now more than 100 they definitely are not items I will buy.

Instead I bought a "like new" Bachfar 31 in green last weekend from Hattons pre-owned for 58.  Others will disagree (and that is fine) but something I can't put my finger on with the new one just looks wrong.  Heresy I know, but I prefer the old one.  At least it's money in my pocket.

Matt
« Last Edit: March 20, 2015, 04:43:59 am by oreamnos »

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #38 on: March 20, 2015, 02:07:37 am »
Looks OK to Bealman.... wannit!  :drool:
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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #39 on: March 20, 2015, 04:41:43 am »
Hi Gang,

In all reality, I don't reckon this is a massive step change from the older Poole version.....albeit, the Poole loco was over length.

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Re: the over length, I had a look at that tonight.  My trusty Marsden and Fenn "British Rail Main Line Diesel Locomotives" puts the length of the 31s at 56' 9" over buffers and my trusty Peco British N Scale rule measures my Poole and BachFar 31s over buffers at 57' even.  So over length yes, but the scale 3" difference isn't worth a fuss IMHO.

Matt
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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #40 on: March 20, 2015, 10:34:41 am »
Hi

I too will be keeping my old one



Cheers

Paul

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #41 on: March 20, 2015, 11:02:02 am »
Luke,
Viz handrails certainly better than the 25/1 where handrails stand a foot of the body front- albeit easily shortened. Easy enough to drill and then bend wire one for the fun of it.
Blue one looks the part and runs like a dream..
Robert     

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #42 on: March 20, 2015, 01:23:49 pm »
I ran my new BR Blue one in last night and DCC chipped it. It runs very smoothly and I am very happy with it. The PCB design looks new compared to my existing diesels and flashes when you input a CV change. Not had any problems to date with the existing PCB`s on any of my Farish locos but the board certainly looks a little more solid.

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #43 on: March 20, 2015, 01:30:36 pm »
my BR blue one arrived yesterday, as soon as I saw it was in stock I had gone on 'chat' with Hattons to query if they were honouring their price promise, or increasing like the 47s.

they honoured the pre order price on this, and 37251 weathered BR blue, so I left the preorder, but after looking at the new 31 and comparing with my older 'Sister Dora' based ones, I've shelved the plans to replace them and will stick with just the one new one.
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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #44 on: March 20, 2015, 05:11:18 pm »
Got my blue one yesterday and am very pleased with it - I saw a lot of these in my youth and it captures them perfectly in my opinion. Plan on getting more so the nay-sayers who are sticking with the old versions are simply increasing the availability for the likes of me. Cheers!

 

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