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Title: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Chetcombe on June 06, 2013, 09:11:36 PM
Hattons have just charged my credit card for my pre-order of a rake of 7 (to which will be added an existing Blue Riband RMB). So these babies must now be in stock!!! Looking forward to seeing them run behind my CJM Class 50 :D

Looks like their system has also altered the order date for my Class 22 AND the Western to today... Progress? Who knows, but fingers crossed :confused1:
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: class37025 on June 06, 2013, 09:14:48 PM
thanks for the heads up - just checked and mine to.

NOT showing in today's new releases.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: busman on June 07, 2013, 06:58:09 AM
Had email advice from Hattons (after 6pm) yesterday to say the Mk2a's had arrived in stock. Was able to order same online.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Jack on June 07, 2013, 08:01:31 AM
Looked but can't find them on the website  :(
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: StufromEGDL on June 07, 2013, 08:14:07 AM
Jack;

Look in 'Forthcoming Releases'. Showing last night as more than 10 of each (3 types) as I ordered a quick 5 coaches....bang goes 'No Buying in June'

Later;
Stu from EGDL
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Jack on June 07, 2013, 08:47:31 AM
Thanks Stu - Found them and rake ordered!   ;D
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: AndyGif on June 07, 2013, 11:05:40 AM
finally got mine order through this morning.

theres was heads up on the other places dapol forum from  mr dapol himself that the first blue 22's and grampus wagons were being shipped out to shops today.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: scruff on June 07, 2013, 08:43:09 PM
Just ordered my mk2a's and noticed the Grampus and 22 are showing as in stock now.

Cheers

Mark
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: scruff on June 12, 2013, 09:56:26 PM
Well, my 3 mk2a's arrived from Hattons quick smart thanks to Yodel.

First impressions were very good, looks like a mk2a, first class interior is a little lighter in colour than I expected.

Took them out of the box and all 3 types look great. Put them on the track and was a bit stunned that they are not very free rolling although the wheels turn freely in the bogies. Coupling up a Mk2a to a Blue Riband Farish Mk1 left the Mk1 towering above the Mk2a by about 2mm. is this prototypical? The bottom of the doors seem to be in line though. The bottom of the battery boxes also seem very close to the track.

It also appears the B4 bogies are a bit banana shaped and one has a wheelset that is sitting up off the track.

Overall, nice models but not hugely impressed and I hope Farish do a better job of the mk2d/f.

Cheers

Mark
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Only Me on June 12, 2013, 10:43:26 PM
Mk 2 was lower than the mk1 for a more stream lines look behind the dervs!
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Fratton on June 13, 2013, 01:04:19 AM

They look nice painted up too  :)


(http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/4075/dscf3437cf.jpg)

nearly finished, ends cantrail and transfers to do.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: H on June 13, 2013, 08:15:32 AM
That was quick. Well done - it looks good.

H.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Mike W on June 13, 2013, 10:53:45 AM
Took them out of the box and all 3 types look great. Put them on the track and was a bit stunned that they are not very free rolling although the wheels turn freely in the bogies. Coupling up a Mk2a to a Blue Riband Farish Mk1 left the Mk1 towering above the Mk2a by about 2mm. is this prototypical? The bottom of the doors seem to be in line though. The bottom of the battery boxes also seem very close to the track.

It also appears the B4 bogies are a bit banana shaped and one has a wheelset that is sitting up off the track.

Hi Mark,

I had the same problem with one of mine; as supplied, a wheelset was not located in the right place within the bogie. This made the coach run badly and seem lower. Once I sorted it, the coach ran very freely. Hope you get yours sorted out.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Plainline. on June 13, 2013, 06:09:46 PM
 >Hi all, received a MK2a brake today. Unfortunately the body moulding had blemishes and the coach number was badly printed! I am returning it, otherwise I thought it looked good.




Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: scruff on June 13, 2013, 09:18:17 PM
A quick update on the Mk2a saga..

I had a thorough check of all 3 coaches and found the following:-

TSO-floor moulding pushed in too far.
        3 out of 4 wheelsets not sat in axle boxes which caused the bogies to bend like a banana.

BSO-all 4 wheelsets not in axle boxes.
       one bogie mounting pin inserted at an angle causing the clip part to fold over and jam in the socket.

FK- 3 wheelsets not in axle boxes.
      floor moulding pushed too far in.
      Glazing not seated properly at top of windows
      Bogie mounting pin clip bent back and jammed in socket

Most of the above was sorted by just clipping the parts in place properly. I had to warm the bogies in hot water to get the axles seated properly but that also took the bowing out which was good. The bogie mounting pins have a retaining clip at the top which is inserted into the socket in the coach, these seem very fragile and are easily bent over as the pin is inserted. I managed to rescue mine but I can see people will need spare pins.
Now all 3 coaches ride at a much better height and are free running too.

I think Farish need to look at the way these coaches are assembled in the factory. These are good models being let down by poor assembly.

Cheers

Mark
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Guy on June 13, 2013, 09:50:32 PM
I received my rake of 7 Mk2s on the 8th June. (2 x Firsts, 4 x TSOs and a BSO) All are fine except the BSO which has derailed a few times and also "wobbled" through points.

I'll definitely be having a look at the wheel settings etc on the BSO.

Considering the large hikes in price of coaches (and locos and wagons) over the last couple of years (hugely above the rate of inflation), you'd have thought that quality of assembly would be more assured....
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: SD35 on June 13, 2013, 10:26:07 PM
I missed them from Hattons as I blinked twice.  :laugh:

I picked them up from C&M in Carlisle instead who were kicking them out at the same price as Hattons and had plenty in stock.  For the sake of balance they've had a right good run and were all in tip top condition out of the box.

I thought the numbers on the TSOs were printed a little too high on the bodyside but comparing it to pictures in "British Rail Mark 2 Coaches" it seems that the position varied and is therefore acceptable.


Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: scruff on June 13, 2013, 11:28:31 PM
According to ehattons they have more than 10 in stock of each.

Cheers

Mark
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: 1977joey on June 14, 2013, 12:32:23 PM
A quick update on the Mk2a saga..

I had a thorough check of all 3 coaches and found the following:-

TSO-floor moulding pushed in too far.
        3 out of 4 wheelsets not sat in axle boxes which caused the bogies to bend like a banana.

BSO-all 4 wheelsets not in axle boxes.
       one bogie mounting pin inserted at an angle causing the clip part to fold over and jam in the socket.

FK- 3 wheelsets not in axle boxes.
      floor moulding pushed too far in.
      Glazing not seated properly at top of windows
      Bogie mounting pin clip bent back and jammed in socket

Most of the above was sorted by just clipping the parts in place properly. I had to warm the bogies in hot water to get the axles seated properly but that also took the bowing out which was good. The bogie mounting pins have a retaining clip at the top which is inserted into the socket in the coach, these seem very fragile and are easily bent over as the pin is inserted. I managed to rescue mine but I can see people will need spare pins.
Now all 3 coaches ride at a much better height and are free running too.

I think Farish need to look at the way these coaches are assembled in the factory. These are good models being let down by poor assembly.

Cheers

Mark

Hi Mark,

I noticed on a few of my Mark 2a's that the windows weren't seated flush with the coach bodies, especially towards the top. Are they easy to dismantle & fix?

Cheers,
Mark
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: scruff on June 14, 2013, 01:12:18 PM
Dead easy, the chassis part pulls out of the body and interior is clipped to the chassis. There may be some glue on the glazing though.

Hope that helps Mark

Cheers

Mark
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Fratton on June 14, 2013, 01:18:17 PM
Dead easy, the chassis part pulls out of the body and interior is clipped to the chassis. There may be some glue on the glazing though.

Hope that helps Mark

Cheers

Mark


yes i second this when i dismantled them there was just the right amount of glue,,,, (some of the mk1's have an amazing amount of glue holding the glazing)

speaking of which it's all back together and finished with painting (bar cantrail on roof gutter)

(http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/3779/h6kt.jpg)
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Tank on June 14, 2013, 01:30:59 PM
How much, and what's your paypal address?! :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Mike W on June 14, 2013, 02:51:35 PM
Ditto! Great work.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Fratton on June 14, 2013, 04:30:52 PM
  :laughabovepost:   My lad goes to school in September leaving me some extra time on my hands during the day, I'm thinking of doing a few for sale on the fleabay and some for sale on the NGF after then, gonna stock up on Phoenix and fox transfers first over the summer, maybe speak to them about some mk1 and mark2 number sets as putting numbers on 1 by 1 is a pain!!!
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Shaun Harvey on June 14, 2013, 04:34:01 PM
I missed them from Hattons as I blinked twice.  :laugh:

I picked them up from C&M in Carlisle instead who were kicking them out at the same price as Hattons and had plenty in stock.  For the sake of balance they've had a right good run and were all in tip top condition out of the box.

I thought the numbers on the TSOs were printed a little too high on the bodyside but comparing it to pictures in "British Rail Mark 2 Coaches" it seems that the position varied and is therefore acceptable.

I just had to look at one of my as it didn't run free at all. The wheels really do need to sit in the boggies with much more refinement than just a hole in the molding.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: AndyGif on June 14, 2013, 06:54:59 PM
  :laughabovepost:   My lad goes to school in September leaving me some extra time on my hands during the day, I'm thinking of doing a few for sale on the fleabay and some for sale on the NGF after then, gonna stock up on Phoenix and fox transfers first over the summer, maybe speak to them about some mk1 and mark2 number sets as putting numbers on 1 by 1 is a pain!!!
Would be nice to get sheets of completed regional numbers.
My little boy starts school in September too,  but I doubt I'll get any benefit From it
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: 1977joey on June 14, 2013, 07:00:36 PM
Dead easy, the chassis part pulls out of the body and interior is clipped to the chassis. There may be some glue on the glazing though.

Hope that helps Mark

Cheers

Mark

Great stuff, cheers for your help Mark  :thankyousign:

All the best,
Mark
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Leo1961 on June 14, 2013, 11:28:06 PM
My 2 cents worth from my latest delivery of coaches,

Mk 1
374-085 4 out of 5 coaches not RTR, 5 axles needed realigning
374-164 3 out of 10 coaches not RTR, 3 axles needed realigning
374-188 3 coaches all RTR
374-258B 4 coaches all RTR

So 7 out of 22 coaches were not Ready-To-Run straight from the box

Mk 2
374-680 4 out of 4 coaches not RTR, 5 axles needed realigning
374-702B 2 coaches, both RTR
374-710 6 out of 10 coaches not RTR, 9 axles needed realigning
374-950 10 coaches, all RTR

So 10 out of 26 coaches were not Ready-To-Run straight from the box
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: H on June 15, 2013, 06:42:00 AM

So 10 out of 26 coaches were not Ready-To-Run straight from the box


Whilst axles not being properly installed/aligned is a poor showing, it's not a difficult job to nudge them in to the correct postion and I don't find it a big issue. Consequently I wouldn't exactly say that such a problem makes them not RTR products.

And, of course, you can never be quite sure that you haven't knocked them out of alignment when removing from the packing or handling, or even that it didn't occur in transit/post. Oddly, I've not found the issue to be so prevalent - less than 1% of all rolling stock that I've ever purchased. None of the six Mk2s I recently got had the problem. Maybe I'm lucky.

H.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Leo1961 on June 15, 2013, 10:14:49 AM

So 10 out of 26 coaches were not Ready-To-Run straight from the box


Whilst axles not being properly installed/aligned is a poor showing, it's not a difficult job to nudge them in to the correct postion and I don't find it a big issue. Consequently I wouldn't exactly say that such a problem makes them not RTR products.

And, of course, you can never be quite sure that you haven't knocked them out of alignment when removing from the packing or handling, or even that it didn't occur in transit/post. Oddly, I've not found the issue to be so prevalent - less than 1% of all rolling stock that I've ever purchased. None of the six Mk2s I recently got had the problem. Maybe I'm lucky.

H.

Just a couple of points,

1) I never claimed it to be a big issue, I was just reporting my findings.  ;)

Prior to this thread I would never have even thought to record the statistics.

2) I can guarantee that they were not knocked out of position during unpacking them.

You could actually see that some of the axles weren't seated properly whilst they were still in the box.  :worried:

Perhaps it was just one worker who was having a bad day?  Were they all built on Friday afternoon just before home time?  No one will ever know, but these were my findings  8)


I don't consider this to be a big deal, I was merely adding my findings to the forum, I will leave it to others to make their own minds up.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Roy L S on June 15, 2013, 11:28:46 AM
My experience is very different.

I have 11 of the new type Mk1 coaches in total plus 17 Staniers - that's 28 coaches and not a dislodged or misaligned axle on any of them :)

Guess I must have avoided those assembled by the tea-boy or on a Friday afternoon!

Roy
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: H on June 15, 2013, 04:31:52 PM

1) I never claimed it to be a big issue, I was just reporting my findings.


Yes, it's okay - I never said that you claimed that it was. It's just that there is a whole series of posts dedicated to that subject added by a number of people but is not and hasn't been an issue for me.

Also the bolded text in my post, as part of your reply, is not an emphasis that I added or necessarily intended, and presumably it is something that you have decided to add to subtly enhance a point.

I hope that you've got them sorted out now and I'm glad that I'm not the only one with a zero or negligible incidence of misplaced axles on coaches.

H.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: class37025 on June 16, 2013, 04:23:10 PM
just checked my ones that arrived the other day, work does interfere with proper jobs  >:(

out of 2 x BSOs and 6 x TSOs :

all axles fitted correctly  :thumbsup:

all coaches free running  :thumbsup:

all printing correct  :thumbsup:

all detail parts present  :thumbsup:

one coupler detached but in box, looks as though dislodged by the tissue paper when packed.  :thumbsdown:

so Inverknockie's luck holds, touch wood.

really pleased with these, and looking forward to the later mk.2s.

alan
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: scruff on June 19, 2013, 11:32:01 AM
To be fair I thought the problem with these mk2a coaches was going to be a big one.
After all 18 mk1 coaches without a fault I was a bit surprised/miffed that the mk2a had faults. The good thing was I managed to surprise myself by fettling the mk2a's in about 2 minutes each.
 
The only small niggle I have with the mk2a now is the roof height. The roof seems a little low.
Cheers

Mark
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: scruff on July 15, 2013, 07:35:08 PM
I just noticed that the Farish Mk2a tso is out of stock at Barwell.

cheers

Mark
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: scruff on July 15, 2013, 08:22:23 PM
my oh my! sorry about the third consecutive post...

But the height issue... which is taller??

(http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i434/scruffyted/Real%20Railways/20130705_1617440.jpg) (http://s1093.photobucket.com/user/scruffyted/media/Real%20Railways/20130705_1617440.jpg.html)


Cheers

Mark

And Please DON'T say the chimney!
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: EtchedPixels on July 15, 2013, 09:35:44 PM
They should be level.. the side profile is different but the height of the real Mark 1 and Mark 2 stock is all basically the same. Even the special "metro-gauge" Mark 1 coaches the only difference is the ventilators are further out on the roof (so lower total height) to clear the old Metropolitan Railway gauged tunnels from St Pancras.

Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 22, 2013, 06:11:11 PM
The DRS Courier coach is now out :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC16197.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC16197.jpg.html)

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Fratton on August 22, 2013, 06:26:21 PM
Very nice work there looks great!!!
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: RussellH on September 13, 2013, 07:52:46 PM
Hi Guys

I was wondering if these lovely coaches should have brake discs fitted? - from what I can see they should but I could really use some expert confirmation and maybe if I'm lucky what sort of pattern they should be.

Only one of mine had the dislocated axle issue on one wheelset. Looking and sounding lovely and a wheel clean.

Regards
Russ

Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: dr deltic on September 13, 2013, 08:08:43 PM
a number of these coaches were disc braked and i think this was those hard wired for blue star multi working with the class 27?1 and 27/2's on the Glasgow-Edinburgh push pull trains.
 
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: BernardTPM on September 13, 2013, 08:49:24 PM
The vast majority had normal clasp brakes (brake shoes both sides of the wheel acting on the tread). As mentioned, the Scottish push-pull rakes were fitted with disc brakes. When these coaches were displaced by the new Mk.3 push-pull rakes around 1980 they retained them in normal service, but they would have been the exceptions.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: bluedepot on September 14, 2013, 11:51:51 PM
it's a shame about the height difference because they look too small running with mk1s

apart from the height I think they look excellent though.  i have 4 of them, i will get a few more at some point.


tim
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: 47475 on May 11, 2015, 05:15:11 PM
I missed out on the initial batch of MK2a TSO coaches in blue/grey. It has been a while since they all ran out yet we haven't seen any further runs since. Does anyone know when a new run is likely to be released?
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: MJKERR on May 11, 2015, 08:49:34 PM
MK2a TSO coaches in blue/grey
Does anyone know when a new run is likely to be released?
Second Hand ones appear on eBay UK from time to time, but at a ridiculous premium now
I managed to acquire three where they were batched with other coaches, then sold the other coaches!

The next batch of Mark 2A TSO in Blue / Grey livery are due August / September (personally expect September / October)
Oddly a BSO is included, even though these are still available
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: railsquid on March 22, 2016, 11:14:32 AM
Oooh, glad I'm not going crazy, I only just noticed the height difference on these, which stands out particularly with the Farish 50, which seems to ride a little high (but not enough to really notice with Mk1 coaches).

Has anyone been able to adjust the height somehow, e.g. with slightly larger wheels?
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: scruff on March 22, 2016, 01:30:38 PM
I'm glad you noticed RS,

I felt like I was bleating about the height issue and no one else could see it!

I just can't work out where the height issue comes from but the more I look at them the more it bugs me..

The good thing is they match the Dapol Mk3 height wise so is it the Mk1 that is too tall???

Cheers
Mark
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: railsquid on March 22, 2016, 10:52:56 PM
Hmm, I'll have to start comparing more systematically with various coaches...

I've been collecting various stock but don't really have anywhere to run it, anyway I was in a BR Blue mood and put the Mk2s on the bit of layout I have, plonked the 50 in front and it just looked wrong. I initially suspected the 50 might be a bit overscale, as it's an older Farish model, while it does seem it could benefit with lowering the body a bit it looks OK next to a recent Mk1, but the Mk1 is still definitely taller than the Mk2.

On a brief comparison of Mk1 and Mk2 the obvious difference is that the Mk2 wheels are distinctly smaller than on the Mk1 - I don't know enough about BR coach wheel diameters to tell whether that's prototypical, but I'm sorely tempted to see if I can find some slightly larger wheels and see what difference they make.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: BernardTPM on March 22, 2016, 11:46:18 PM
On a brief comparison of Mk1 and Mk2 the obvious difference is that the Mk2 wheels are distinctly smaller than on the Mk1 - I don't know enough about BR coach wheel diameters to tell whether that's prototypical, but I'm sorely tempted to see if I can find some slightly larger wheels and see what difference they make.

It is prototypical, though the smaller wheel size (3 foot, against 3' 6" used on earlier types of bogie) is also found on all B4 bogies, even when used under Mk.1s.  All Mk.2s were built with B4 bogies.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: crepello on May 05, 2016, 11:31:00 AM
Looks like you've cracked it. I assume you used a 0.5mm washer on top of the bogies; can you tell me your source of these please.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: CaleyDave on October 21, 2017, 05:02:52 PM
Hello All,

I was wondering if any one had any experience backdating the Farish MK2A to a MK2z/original production run?

I believe the difference between the Farish produced MK2A and a MK2z are the the brake equipment on the underside and the gangway/corridor door (Mk1 style rather than folding).

How easy is it to disassemble the coach and remove the door for replacement or modification?
(The nice image on page 8 of the Farish 2017 catalogue suggests the corridor doors are a separate)

Thanks.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: BernardTPM on October 21, 2017, 05:34:06 PM
I assume you mean Mk.2, Z is part of the TOPS code referring to Mk.2 (though as they used 1 for Mk.1s it seems odd they didn't use 2!). Yes, the main visible difference is the end gangway doors which were the sliding type (painted light grey) like Mk.1s. Internally the toilets were to late Mk.1 pattern and some were vacuum only brakes.
There were, of course, some Mk.2 First Corridors built in 1963-64 that were in Maroon and Green liveries. These had slightly different windows with four part sliding vents. Before that there was the one-off prototype (W13252) though that differed even more in having Mk.1 size windows and a slightly different profile (they used the jigs for the Swindon DMU bodies) and standard MK.1 interior fittings throughout.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Dickydcc on March 30, 2019, 08:07:46 PM
Finally got round to playing with my birthday presents. The green one is fine but on one bogie the maroon one keeps derailing over points. There seems to be a lot of "slop " in this Bogie compared to the other one. Any suggestions? ?
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: MJKERR on March 30, 2019, 08:46:16 PM
on one bogie the maroon one keeps derailing over points. There seems to be a lot of "slop " in this Bogie compared to the other one. Any suggestions? ?
I had this a few times with some of mine
Initially the wheels looked to be located correctly, but on closer inspection were very slightly out of alignment (pinned into the bogie instead of the locating depression)
Simply removing the wheels and then reinserting them solved the issue
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Dickydcc on March 30, 2019, 08:57:00 PM
I looked at that & they looked ok, but then my eyes aren't that good now! However there does seem a lot of movement in the biggie. I'll try & get the magnifying glass on the axle to check it again
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: crepello on March 31, 2019, 10:52:36 AM
Oooh, glad I'm not going crazy, I only just noticed the height difference on these, which stands out particularly with the Farish 50, which seems to ride a little high (but not enough to really notice with Mk1 coaches).

Has anyone been able to adjust the height somehow, e.g. with slightly larger wheels?

This subject has been covered before either on here on the N-gauge Forum; to equalise the height with the Mark 1s
just insert a washer (I used 0.5mm nylon, from Amazon, cut to fit the projection) before re-fitting the bogie.
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Bramshot on March 31, 2019, 11:57:59 AM
Dickydcc, I have also noticed that the wheels in Mk2as seem a much looser fit in the bogies than other types, and they are easily accidentally displaced upwards out of their correct locations.
Another thing I have noticed is how slack the couplings are in the NEM sockets, sometimes they just pull out! This in comparison with Mk1s where they are so tight it feels as though you ae going to destroy something by trying to pull them out!
Title: Re: Graham Farish Mk2a Coaches
Post by: Dickydcc on April 14, 2019, 08:29:14 PM
Thanks for the advice my son-in-law fixed it this weekend I still think they look a bit small compared to the mk1
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