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Train Surgery / Re: Operating strategy of new locos
« Last post by V72 on Today at 12:34:15 PM »
If you're a serious modeller, you should follow the gradients that actually exist.
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Excellent! Just what I need :)
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Real Railway Discussion / Re: New 800 series GWR Mulitple units-comfort?
« Last post by GrahamG on Today at 12:32:45 PM »
I think comments on the comfort, or otherwise, of the seats are valid, and something I noticed first time I sat down on one rather too quickly. I believe the amount of padding on the seat was specified by the DfT, citing trying to deter vandalism and fire risk, but all upholstered furniture has to be made of flame retardant materials for years. I suspect that has much more to do with cost.

Regarding the ride quality, there is not doubt that the ride is harder and nowhere near the superior ride of the Mk3. I also believe the track is not as smooth as it was when the HSTs were introduced.

Criticism of the lack of a buffet is also valid, but I guess for those who prefer to go to the buffet, there will be others that prefer the trolley to come to them. A case of not being able to please all the people, all the time.

Unfortunately train builders gave up trying to line up seats with the windows long ago and something that the Mk3s also succumbed to many years ago. Some people, myself included, quite like sitting an airline style seat so it will always knock the seats/windows out of line. I believe, and I've not particularly looked, the table seats to align with the windows.

Lastly, and I declare my interest here. I drive 800s for GWR on the Paddington to Oxford/Bedwyn routes and can say there is no instruction to switch to diesel on the approach to Paddington. There may have been some issue on that journey that made it necessary. The good thing with the 800 is if there is any problems with the 25kv supply, one button will set off the power change process.

Graham
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BachFar Steam / Re: Southern C class loco
« Last post by Paul-H on Today at 12:18:41 PM »
My decoder arrived today and all installed

Sound levels are a little low compared to most of my other self installed sound locos, but that should be expected as I used speakers with larger sound boxes than the one Farish used in the C Class.

All running well and I will be doing a haulage test to see if the reported lack of pulling power was true or just another thing they got wrong in the Hornby Magazine review.

Will post back with the results later.

Paul
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Train Surgery / Re: Operating strategy of new locos
« Last post by Bealman on Today at 12:17:56 PM »
But, like real railways, avoid gradients.  :beers:
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It should be.
But I bought a black one.
Bob
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Train Surgery / Re: Operating strategy of new locos
« Last post by Dr Al on Today at 12:13:27 PM »
The only way I can see haulage capabilities of a loco being a problem is on exhibition layouts, where you don't want a loco to fail.

Storm in a bloody teacup, I think  :beers:

I don't think so. It's not unreasonable that under normal conditions we would like models to be able to move realistic length trains.

Otherwise they simply don't fulfil many people's use cases - that may not be yours; but for many it is important, and not a remotely unreasonable expectation. Also, not a storm in a teacup given the amount of money these cost.

Cheers,
Alan
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Train Surgery / Re: Operating strategy of new locos
« Last post by ntpntpntp on Today at 12:11:22 PM »
Nope, can't quite agree with you there @Bealman .   A model loco should be able to pull a reasonable number of coaches or wagons appropriate to the type of loco it is and what the real thing would be able to do, you can't really "play trains" with it if it can't actually pull a train  :D   

It's not just exhibition layouts, there are more home layout owners with layouts large enough to accommodate prototypical length trains than there are layouts of that sort of size on the show circuit.  Buying a loco that can hardly pull itself and a small number of stock along the line is a real disappointment.   Of course some people's expectation of  hauling long expresses up unrealistically steep gradients is stretching things a bit!
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One question to those who have the Red version of the 45T crane.
Is the Red similar to that on the NGS Stove R/Dapol CCT/Cheltenham MC exclusive 10ft vans in Engineers Red. As I wish to assemble a breakdown train.

TIA
Martin
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Train Surgery / Re: Operating strategy of new locos
« Last post by Bealman on Today at 11:58:07 AM »
Might not be coreless but have any of you got the Farish V2, itís a gorgeous poser for the engine shed and yard movements, just donít try pulling carriages with it. Mine gets dusted off about every 3 months for a short run round, works well with three old Farish 4 wheel teaks. Wheel spin - oh yes! I have wondered about casting a new internal weight from lead but Iím not sure if there would be much weight gain. I do admire it though.

What exactly do people want out of these toy trains?

I'm happy to have a great looking model that has fidelity to the prototype, and runs on my layout!

Even in my garage, with a reasonably long run, I'm not even thinking about haulage capabilities!

If it's a good model, I'll run it light engine!

I do have a gradient on my layout, but seriously, I've never looked at that as a problem.

The only way I can see haulage capabilities of a loco being a problem is on exhibition layouts, where you don't want a loco to fail.

Storm in a bloody teacup, I think  :beers:
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