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Offline johnsom

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Dapol Terrier
« on: April 16, 2012, 07:14:55 PM »
I recently bought a Dapol Terrier which ran okay for about 30 minutes and then developed a Kangaroo like motion - despite a lot of tinkering I could not get acceptable running . l replaced it and the second one was a worse runner. In frustration I removed all the drive mechanisms so that it ran freely and put a Farish mk1 coach body on a Kato DD51 Chassis (I removed the snow ploughs !) An expensive solution - but at least it runs now - slowly and smoothly !!. and unless you look closely at the chassis under the Farish coach body it is passable.

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Re: Dapol Terrier
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2012, 10:27:25 PM »
Was the first one brand new? What about the replacement?
Were they from dealers or a private sale? A sorry tale, I was thinking
of getting one as they looked quite good and probably one of the
oldest types available as RTR , now I'm not so sure.  :(
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Re: Dapol Terrier
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012, 10:55:37 PM »
I find it a mixed bag. The usual Dapol some bad ones problem, but the good ones run well, are nicely weighted and pull a surprisingly large amount of stock. The coupling rods are fragile but the thrust is borne by internal gearing.

So I'd say be prepared to return dud ones but remember that most people who get good ones don't post "I bought a loco, it worked" posts 8)
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Re: Dapol Terrier
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2012, 12:29:23 AM »
remember that most people who get good ones don't post "I bought a loco, it worked" posts 8)

"I bought a [Terrier] loco, it worked"  ;D
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Re: Dapol Terrier
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2012, 06:47:29 AM »
I bought three and they all work although one is a bit iffy.

 :D

My favourite loco.


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Re: Dapol Terrier
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2012, 09:22:38 AM »
Do you still have the motor for the Terrier knocking about?

Alan
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Re: Dapol Terrier
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2012, 01:38:29 PM »
Agrippa and Dr Al - Strangely I already have a Terrier (in Southern markings) that I  bought some time ago and it runs very well if not particulary slowly - Dr Al - I destroyed the sprung pick-ups and wipers when I took it apart which are attached to motor so I slung it.

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Re: Dapol Terrier
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2012, 01:39:29 PM »
Agrippa - Both brand new.

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Re: Dapol Terrier
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2012, 02:12:38 PM »
Agrippa and Dr Al - Strangely I already have a Terrier (in Southern markings) that I  bought some time ago and it runs very well if not particulary slowly - Dr Al - I destroyed the sprung pick-ups and wipers when I took it apart which are attached to motor so I slung it.


Which controller are you using? alot of Dapol's locos don't run well with some of the older controllers and hang onto that Southern markings Terrier one just went on Ebay for £104!
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Re: Dapol Terrier
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2012, 05:47:11 PM »
My Terrier burls around the layout for about 15 minutes and then goes on a 'go slow', leave it for a while and it runs ok for 15 mins and then does a  :o. Cheers john.

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Re: Dapol Terrier
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2012, 08:25:43 PM »
MinZaPint - using Kato controller and Kato track - everything else seems to run okay using this.

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Re: Dapol Terrier
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2012, 11:47:27 PM »
I have a couple of these which are decent runners. Generally they seem to be one of Dapol's better steam locos and I was obviously lucky with mine (makes a change).

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Re: Dapol Terrier
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2012, 11:58:43 PM »
I have two; one is a real smooth runner, the other is a bit wobbly and not so good at slow running, but still pulls two mk1 carriages up a curved 1:30 incline...
I think both are really nice li'l thingies!
gerard

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Re: Dapol Terrier
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2012, 11:00:34 PM »
I have two Terriers, both run beautifully under DCC (Lenz Silver Mini). "Wadden" has a rake of three four wheeled Southern coaches (eat yer hearts out ;D) and the BR black with early creast quite happily pulls a rake of three Southern 57" coaches. They both look really good. I am watching Ebay for more but they command silly prices.......

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Re: Dapol Terrier
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2012, 12:16:59 AM »
"a rake of three four wheeled coaches"
Envy button, where are you!  :smiley-laughing:  :thumbsup:
Gerard

 

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