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. 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!