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Author Topic: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)  (Read 31206 times)

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #45 on: March 20, 2015, 05:37:48 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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I didn't say there was anything wrong with the new version just that it wasn't enough of an improvement over the one I have.

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #46 on: March 20, 2015, 06:15:35 pm »
Been running mine in & it runs really well  :thumbsup: also noticed the headcode lights use a warm white LED which looks better than the yellow ones the class 25's have IMO.

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #47 on: March 21, 2015, 09:23:08 am »
I think that the new 31 is a real improvement in several areas, most notably the chassis and cab handrail areas.  The body/chassis now no longer wobbles like a jelly on the bogies as all the previous Bach/Far versions I have had did  - thanks to poorly moulded/warped bogies - but is now rock steady.

The one poor point is the much vaunted etched fan. This looks worse and much poorer to my mind than the old moulded one. It's not fine enough to be an improvement, far too coarse, and thus almost impossible to see what lies underneath. I'm sure there is something there, but I can't see it.

For those with a decent running/non-wobbling Bach/Far version I can see the view that it's not a huge improvement, and especially at the price that has now been set for it.

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #48 on: March 22, 2015, 01:57:13 am »
I'm a BR blue man myself although I do have 1 class 47 in green with full yellow warning panel. That green class 31 with small yellow warning panel looks absolutely fantastic. What a cracking looking model.

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #49 on: March 24, 2015, 06:25:21 pm »
What would be the date range for the livery on the model with full yellow front and BR arrows logos?
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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #50 on: March 24, 2015, 07:04:56 pm »
The green/full yellow end version dates from 1968-74. The early ones would have had full yellow ends and BR totems, then later they would have got BR double arrows as per the model. After this livery they went all over blue/full yellow ends.
The prototype modelled was an Old Oak Common/Bristol Bath Road loco at that time (and later) and would have hauled empty stock from Old Oak carriage sidings to Paddington and vice versa, and also hauled Mk 1 coaches to outer commuter towns like Oxford and on secondary routes like Worcester, Leamington Spa, Birmingham, etc, as well as hauling parcels trains made up of Siphon Gs, Full Brakes, SR Utility vans, etc.. :drool:

There is a picture of the exact model hauling a blue grey rake of Mk 1s here:

http://www.railphotoarchive.org/search_engine_2.php?_format=4&img=0219020154000&_PAGE=1

And another on parcels here (OK its blue but its early as there are four wheelers in the rake too):

http://www.railphotoarchive.org/rpc_zoom.php?img=0219021114000


Hope this helps.
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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #51 on: March 24, 2015, 07:25:46 pm »
Thanks! A very comprehensive response there.

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #52 on: March 24, 2015, 10:24:59 pm »
There is a picture of the exact model hauling a blue grey rake of Mk 1s here:

http://www.railphotoarchive.org/search_engine_2.php?_format=4&img=0219020154000&_PAGE=1


That link is not working (something about "session expired"  ??? ). This appears to be the correct one:
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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #53 on: March 26, 2015, 04:58:55 pm »
Having been paid last week, I decided to get a blue one. They have evidently been a good seller! Local model shop only had the green ones. Rails and Hattons both out of blue ones too when I checked on their websites this morning. However, Frizinghall models had one left, and as I had nothing much to do today (week off work!) I headed over there on the train and bought it - and as luck would have it, they also had just the building I was looking for (Farish servicing depot) in their second-hand cabinet, so I bought that as well.

Just got home and am running in the 31. It seems fine - ran smoothly right from when it was put on the track, and unlike the 47 I bought last month it shows no tendency to derail on curves. The head and tail lights are very bright - more so than any other loco I have, I think.

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #54 on: March 26, 2015, 05:17:59 pm »
Looks like I spoke too soon!

In one direction it works absolutely fine, but in the other no life at all - no movement, and no lights. If it's turned around on the track the same thing happens - if the end with the fan is leading it works fine (whichever way round it is on the track), but in the other direction it's dead.

Any ideas? Is there anything obvious to check? I don't want to have to take / send it back to Bradford, and in any case they don't have any more of them in stock.

Edit: I've taken the bodyshell off and had a good look at the circuit board. No sign of any burnt-out components or dry joints. I've had both bogies off and checked that none of the power contacts are bent (they aren't). Put bogies back on and placed chassis back on the track, and the same again - goes fine in one direction, but dead in the other.

Thanks
« Last Edit: March 26, 2015, 05:29:56 pm by davidinyork »

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #55 on: March 26, 2015, 08:53:53 pm »
David, Have you checked the DCC blanking plug is in correctly?

HTH
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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #56 on: March 26, 2015, 10:02:24 pm »
David, Have you checked the DCC blanking plug is in correctly?

HTH
Cheers
Mark

Yes - it is.

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #57 on: March 26, 2015, 10:27:20 pm »
Ran my green class 31 with small yellow panels in on club layout prior to chipping it. Ran very well. Yellow ends are crisp so no problems as far as I am concerned. Ordered at Hattons week before release and paid 93.46 plus delivery. Very happy with that. :bounce:

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #58 on: March 28, 2015, 07:29:58 pm »
I've gone & bought a second class 31 in blue  :help: Removed the bogies to remove the grease & lightly oil before running in & noticed on one of the bogies it was missing a 16T gear on one of the axles at the coupling end, the centre axles don't have any gears on them either which I believe is correct, so this bogie only has one driving axle! Maybe worth a check for anyone else who has bought one of these models.

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Re: Graham Farish Class 31s (2014/2015 new model)
« Reply #59 on: March 28, 2015, 07:43:54 pm »
I've gone & bought a second class 31 in blue  :help: Removed the bogies to remove the grease & lightly oil before running in & noticed on one of the bogies it was missing a 16T gear on one of the axles at the coupling end, the centre axles don't have any gears on them either which I believe is correct, so this bogie only has one driving axle! Maybe worth a check for anyone else who has bought one of these models.

Cheers, Stu.

As I understand it not only are the centre axles prototypically not driven but the wheels are also correctly of a smaller diameter. I wonder if they have put a wrong wheelset in by mistake...

Roy

 

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