Episode 128 19 Retro-Fitting Coach Bogies

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  1. gormo

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    G`day Folks,
    Some of you may remember some years back, a magazine was published promising you that you could build a model railway with parts and pieces that came with each edition.
    The first edition entered the market at a considerably reduced price and was complete with a Mk1 coach as well.
    In Australia the first edition was $ 8.00 for the magazine and the coach. It seemed worth a punt to me so I bought 5 first editions, ditched the magazines and kept the coaches.
    The coaches, as pictured below, were of inferior quality, however made up into a rake of 5, looked quite OK trundling around my layout.

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    It soon became obvious that these coaches were not free wheeling at all. The rolling resistance was high, and compared to a Hornby or Bachmaan equivalent, they were quite inferior.
    However, at 8 bucks a throw, they were full of potential, especially when one was trying to increase numbers of coach trains on ones layout.
    I decide to have a crack at improving the rolling resistance by turning down the points on the ends of the axles.
    This certainly improved the coaches but was still unsatisfactory for me. So I just parked them in the to do basket and felt that I would get around to solving the problem one day.
    I eventually bit the bullet and decided to convert them over to Bachmaan bogies. The Bachmaans are just under 15 bucks a pair at my local model shop, and if one adds the original 8 bucks purchase price, 23 bucks for a free wheeling coach that can be tarted up to look nearly as good as 50 bucks worth of coach, is still a viable proposition.

    The Bachmaan bogies have a nice little recess built in underneath the bogies that will accept a 3mm washer quite nicely.


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    So it`s quite easy to Superglue a washer in place and center it reasonably well


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    The thing is though, this 3mm hardware could be used across a range of older models too, therefore offering a fairly easy solution to adding new bogies to them.
    Anyway, we have a video below to briefly cover how it`s done.



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    G`day Folks,
    One of my YouTube subscribers pointed out that the retro-fitted coach bogies work fine when pulling, but what about when pushing.?
    So I did another video showing how they perform through a couple of tricky point configurations whilst being pushed.



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