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Offline Crackerbill

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Minitrix 9F
« on: July 24, 2011, 05:16:59 PM »
I have two 9Fs on my layout.  One is the Evening Star and the other is numbered 92018.  Both locos are DCC chipped and both run extremely well.  If only the modern British outline manufacturers could produce the running quality of these rather dated models.  Mine still hold pride of place and are used quite regularly, they seem like they will go on for another 30 - 40 years.

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Re: Minitrix 9F
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2011, 09:44:34 PM »
I have a Minitrix Evening Star, great runner and also the Minitrix Britannia that runs like a Swiss Watch.
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Re: Minitrix 9F
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2011, 04:24:53 PM »
I also used to have a class 42 and a class 27 (well sort of) which again ran like stink.  No problems through any point formation.  Stupid me really, I sold them some two years ago when I moved to DCC.  

Now there is DCC conversion information for the class 47 in the latest NGS journal.  As I see it the class 42 and 27 would be very similar and the actions do seem within my capabilities having cut chunks out of Farish diesels to convert.  Hindsight ???

The 9Fs I got converted as I could never part with them.  :beers:

 :-[ :-[Sorry it was 2/11 journal - I'll blame my age for getting it wrong  :-[ :-[
« Last Edit: July 26, 2011, 05:59:50 PM by Crackerbill, Reason: error in information »

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Re: Minitrix 9F
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012, 05:52:08 PM »
Is the Minitrix "Evening Star" significantly rarer/more in demand than the standard black 9F version?
I've recently been given an old Minitrix "Evening Star" and am intending (eventually!) to repaint it as a standard 9F in weathered BR black, possibly also converting it to the double-chimney version. I thought it'd be worth checking first in case I ruin a collector's item! Maybe I could arrange a swap with another forum member for a black 9F body, or an Evening Star body with worn paint/transfers (mine is in near-mint condition though the chassis is less than perfect, it needed new traction tyres and some adjustments to the tender connection to get it running well again)

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Re: Minitrix 9F
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2012, 07:04:15 PM »
In the pre Dapol days the evening star was the rarer item but not sure nowadays.

I have several of the black ones including a spare body that you could have to practice on. PM sent.
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Re: Minitrix 9F
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2012, 08:53:40 PM »
Is the Minitrix "Evening Star" significantly rarer/more in demand than the standard black 9F version?
I've recently been given an old Minitrix "Evening Star" and am intending (eventually!) to repaint it as a standard 9F in weathered BR black, possibly also converting it to the double-chimney version. I thought it'd be worth checking first in case I ruin a collector's item! Maybe I could arrange a swap with another forum member for a black 9F body, or an Evening Star body with worn paint/transfers (mine is in near-mint condition though the chassis is less than perfect, it needed new traction tyres and some adjustments to the tender connection to get it running well again)

Don't know about rarer as they sold 1000's of them but they do seem to fetch more 2nd hand than the black ones.
If its near mint bodywise I wouldn't repaint it, especially if Jerry has a spare for you to practice on.
I got a 2nd hand black one a few years back and it runs very nicely.   :)
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Re: Minitrix 9F
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012, 09:21:51 PM »
I have a Minitrix Evening Star and Mallard and they are practically new despite being 20 years + old as I bought them as my first locos when I intended to start my layout but due to work commitments and other things that just get in your way I have only just begun to start my layout.

I have now decided to go DCC and will probably sell many of my locos I had collected rather than convert them but in no way will I sell these.

Has anybody any suggestions who I could get to convert them?
I could do it myself but would rather get it done professionally on these two.

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Re: Minitrix 9F
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2012, 09:30:07 PM »
From personal experience I would recommend Digitrains, great service at a very good price. www.digitrains.co.uk/ but some members have recommended others. I am sure they will be along soon to give advice  :)

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Re: Minitrix 9F
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2012, 09:33:24 PM »
From personal experience I would recommend Digitrains, great service at a very good price. www.digitrains.co.uk/ but some members have recommended others. I am sure they will be along soon to give advice  :)

Marty



Cheers, I will certainly have a look.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Minitrix 9F
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2012, 12:56:54 AM »
I use A and H models Northampton for all my chipping - knowledgeable and excellent service

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Re: Minitrix 9F
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2012, 12:23:17 AM »
Managed to drop all of the drive wheels out and can't seem to get them properly quartered. :'(
Anyone have any tips on how to get all the gears to mesh properly, an awful lot of slop from first to last gear? :confused2:
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Re: Minitrix 9F
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2012, 12:37:41 AM »
Hello, welcome aboard !  :wave:

I hate to give you bad news on your first post but the only way i'm aware of, is to do one axle at a time and make sure each is pointing up on the same side (ie crank pin hole at the top). Trial and error really, by doing it one at a time hopefully you'll spot which one is a tooth out as you go.

Good luck !
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Re: Minitrix 9F
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2015, 12:17:28 AM »
Managed to drop all of the drive wheels out and can't seem to get them properly quartered. :'(
Anyone have any tips on how to get all the gears to mesh properly, an awful lot of slop from first to last gear? :confused2:
Did you ever get this sorted ?  I can help / describe how to get this all back together again.

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Re: Minitrix 9F
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2015, 12:49:44 AM »
I have a Minitrix Evening Star, great runner and also the Minitrix Britannia that runs like a Swiss Watch.
I opened up my Minitrix Ivatt out of curiosity and the innards really do look like a Swiss watch! Such a comparison with the Poole Farish locos at the time, where the innards look like cut-down Triang.

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Re: Minitrix 9F
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2015, 06:54:53 AM »
Wonderful examples of German engineering at its best.  Have we really progressed in this regard?

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