Old Hornby loco's - bless them

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  1. Dave C

    Dave C Full Member

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    Old 0-4-0 now in working order :)
    A review of loco’s last week resulted in 3 categories – operational, service (lubrication/traction tyres), and overhaul (non runner / noise of cement mixer). One of the overhaul loco’s was an old Hornby 0-4-0 which came as part of a job lot from an auction site about a year ago, which my father in law had identified as ideal for a ‘Private Owner’ loco for the Suppit Hall Brewery at Setforth Junction. During this morning’s running session, he reminded me so I got it down from the overhaul shelf and had a look.
    Immediate problem – no pick up – spring wire missing. Annoying having just ordered 2 days ago a batch of spares/accessories – had I known and ordered the part then it would have been less than a £1.
    No worry – a bit of old GPO telephone cable bent round the pivot and rubbing on the wheels did the trick.

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    A good lube all over, wheels cleaned, and now we have one of the quietest and smoothest loco’s on the layout. I do like the old Triang Hornby stuff – nice and simple, 2 metal gears, die cast chassis. So much easier to fix than locos with 7 or 8 plastic gears in them all making noise and wearing down by the hour!


     
  2. Dr Tony

    Dr Tony Full Member

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    Yeah, I've probably got to do something like that to one of my old 0-4-0s, except that I do have the proper spring around...somewhere!
    They can virtually run forever, very easy to work on.
    Also bullet proof aesthetically for the kids, they can survive a lot of drops with only minor damage to couplers which is still usually easy to fix.
    Cheers
    Tony
     
  3. 60019Bittern

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    Got a few here that I have worked on a bit. Polly is now in plain black and awaiting a number when I get round to it. Smokey Joe is in the same state and the old Dock Shunter is in overall dark green and black. This has had a large fuel tank added on the rear and is on the list to have glazing fitted.
    I'll put some pics up tomorrow.
     
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    Herewith the promised pics. All need more work doing on them but I will get round to it eventually

    Triang Polly. This will get glazing & real coal added along with numbering (Private owner)

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    Smokey Joe. This will be glazed and numbered and perhaps a bunker added

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    Triang Dock Tank. Again it will have a number and glazing added.

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    Till later. Got a couple of old Lima shunters going through the mill at the moment so will post more when they are done as well as an 8-wheel drive Triang/Hornby Hymek
     
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    60019Bittern wrote:
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    Smokey Joe- the first 'serious' engine I ever got, for my 6th birthday.

    Was there really a loco in this livery?
     
  6. Dave C

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    I intend leaving mine in its current livery, adding a Suppit Hall Brewery nameplate and then using it as a weathering trial exercise before I start on something more expensive! Although would it be true to assume that PO locos were kept in good condition?
     

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