Operating the New Arrivals

The Flying Scotsman
Following a service and the correction of an intermittent short circuit. the Flying Scotsman now runs very well. It has a plastic body with the motor in the loco. It is nicely detailed with fine hand rails and good detail on the loco and the tender. Probably not as good as HD and nowhere near the quality of Wrenn but very satisfactory. The only questions I have is this an original 3 rail (it has a Marklin pick up) and about what year was it made. Any one who knows please reply through the comments section
Comments on Mallard are below Mallard. Now tihis is probably the disappointmet that I expected as it is a tender drive. This makes it noisy and has a tendency to stick on the bends and also to de-rail as there is no weight over the loco. I can see why the manufacturers went to tender drive, for standardisation of motors, but the running effect is poor.
The other intriguing thing is that this model seems slightly larger than the HD model of Sir Nigel Gresley, although they are both OO. The extra detail on the plastic loco, such as the safety valves and the footplate roof ventilators, make the model more realistic,but as a runner it doesn’t compare with HD or for that matter with the Flying Scotsman. Was`this a genuine 3 rail loc or has it been converted? This one also has a Marklin skid.
I welcome your comments.

New Arrivals

the two new locomotives arrived today. They were in excellent condition and very nice models. They need servicing as it would look like they had not been run for about 30 years so they have gone to Mike King for a general service and check over. I expect to have them back next week so that running and further comments can be added. So far so good.

New Acquisitions

Two locomotives have been bought from ebay. I think that these additions will mean that the number of engines exceeds the number of sidings available to house them. It might mean more track, but where to put it is the problem.
The two new locomotives are not Hornby Dublo but Trix 2 rail converted to 3 rail operation using a Marklin skid. They will add considerable interest to the running operations as one is The Flying Scotsman and the other is Mallard in iits original livery. The pictures are from ebay, they will be replaced with my own pictures in the gallery

Hornby Dublo Layout

Hornby Dublo was made by Meccano Ltd of Liverpool from 1938 to 1964. A 2 rail version was introduced in 1959 although 3 rail locomotives were still made right up to the time that they were taken over by Triang (Lines Bros) in 1964.
Collectors range from Mint and Boxed collections of single items, boxed collections of train sets and people like myself who collect as many peices as possible for the intention of running them.
It is a thriving hobby with a main association, the HRCA, and many swap meets and fairs plus a thriving trade on e-bay.
I have a reasonable collection of most of the less rare items mainly as I am not prepared to pay silly prices for old trains regardless of how “collectable” they are meant to be.
My layout has three running tracks with three sidings. The one on the left has a turntable, engine shed and goods platform. The inner track has 6 sidings with a passenger island station. There is also a siding on the right hand side mainly for passenger trains but also with a small goods yard.