Another new video from Ray with the comment
“A rare beast on a Dublo 3 rail layout,a Hornby SR Class.71 converted to run on my layout.A challenging conversion,at first,i thought it couldn`t be done but with a bit thought ,this is the result.It`s hauling a set of Trix coaches in the video,they are slightly underscale which shows up in this video but they are extremely free running These 750v third rail locos hauled the Night Ferry from Victoria,then BR`s heaviest train at around 800 tons and the Golden Arrow,also from Victoria”.
Ray had some information on this conversion on the forum which I have taken the liberty of repeating
Must be the lock down or the masochist in me!.I`ve just bought a Hornby Cl.71 with a view to 3 railing it. It has got room for a skate under the bogies but i want to remove a triangular piece on the keeper plate moulding.There is a countersunk screw which appears to hold the keeper plate on but I`m a bit loath just to undo it without knowing what`s underneath.
Further to the Hornby E5000 conversion,progress so far.One more bogie & p/UP to make then to sort out the wiring.I`d like to keep the lights working.
The Hornby Cl.71 SR electric 3rd rail loco.I wanted to convert one of these as there is a dearth of Dublo SR locos.These were used to haul the Night Ferry from Waterloo which was the heaviest paseenger train at 800 tons in the UK at the time,they also hauled the Golden Arrow as well.The 3 rail conversion was one of the most challenging i have had so far but it runs & is a powerful loco. The couplings are a bit of a problem but hopefully here is my answer at the moment to the NEM Dublo coupling, A Trix plastic Mk1 coach coupling with a piece of plasticard welded to the shank & shaped to fit the socket for a friction fit.It shouldn`t have been cranked but i welded the card to the wrong side of the coupling,Hopefully,the Mk2 version will be better.
Another of Rays conversions of modern Hornby models. A 2BIL fitted with a Marklin 7164 skate on the front bogie of the driving trailer car wired through the motor coach using a home made plug & socket as in Dublo 8fs & Castles through the coach ends.
The latest video from Ray
Ray is a frequent poster on the Facebook Hornby Dublo Group and he has allowed me to add his layout to my Other Layouts section of my website.
Ray runs Hornby Dublo, converted Wrenn trains, Trix and modern engines converted to 3 rail. He also runs Trix, Triang and Heljan under a section of catenary on his layout. He posts lots of videos and some of these have been included.
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I think you may be interested in a project I recently carried out. My rake of SR green Mk.1 SD coaches was missing a full brake in green so with a scanner & Photoshop, I produced these overlays for the SD full brake, while I was at it,I resized them to convert a Trix Mk1 coach. If you want a copy of the artwork to print out,let me know & i`ll email them to you.The green version is the Dublo coach, the second is the Trix coach & the third is my never produced Maroon 3 car EMU.
I thought you may be interested in this short movie of one of my Triang Electras running on 3 rail track picking up traction current from the OHLE.The trailing bogie is fitted with modern Hornby metal coach wheels fitted with wire wipers for extra return to the track
Many years ago,the mid 80s i believe,a model shop in London ,Hadley Hobbies,sent me a sample pack of JV catenary,a French product,which was a pretty accurate version of mk.1 25kv catenary with very fine soldered catenary. I still have this sample pack & will post a pic.It`s still available from a company called Marno LTD.It`s on google.
A line up of some of my AC & DC electrics.The trix AL1 is 2nd from the front behind the Triang EM2.The idea was that the layout was built to run trains but it seems to have turned into a test bed for these,my converted other make locos & EMUs + my restored HD locos.
Talking of most expensive purchase,this my Wrenn Royal Scot which i bought a few weeks ago & converted to 3 rail hauling a rake of refinished Trix Mk1 coaches.
Whilst on the Trix theme, I thought you may be interested in my Transpennine unit running on my HD 3 rail layout.
A Wrenn Spamcan converted to 3 rail using a Marklin skate.Clearances are very limited on these locos,you can`t fit a Hornby dublo collector unit unless you alter the chassis.I do have two of these locos.
A modern Hornby 2BIL converted with a Marklin skate under the trailer car & power fed through to the power car via a plug & socket.I do have photos of all my conversions but i can`t post them on here.
A Hornby 9F railroad loco drive since modified with a Dublo 8f 3 rail tender
And finally for now,an Airfix tender drive Royal Scot with a Marklin skate under the loco.Sorry about the radio,i forgot to turn it off!!.
Some information from Ray on 3 rail conversions
Getting ready to 3 rail my latest acquisition. Lyme Regis.Since I have a few Marklin skates in stock,rather than buy & wait for a Dublo collector,i thought i`d use this.I have used these before on Dublo locos & other makes.Easy to fit,getting the long 6ba screw may take a bit of searching on the auction site but they are available,you only need them for WC & Diesel shunter conversions.You will have to enlarge the hole in the p/up to get the screw through & fit a 6ba brass washer to contact the phosphor bronze of the p/up to make contact with the screw but the rest is pretty much plain sailing.the other pic is of the connection on top of the chassis.
You mentioned the Trix A2, not being familiar with Lilliput locos it was a bit of a brain teaser. Because the chassis is live. What I didn’t realise was that although the driving wheels were insulated on both sides the bogie wheels were not. When I ordered the centre rail p/up parts, I should have ordered insulated bogie wheels as well. However all was not lost. I connected both sides of the tender p/ups, the loco being a loco drive model but wiring it to the motor gave a dead short .I overcame this by removing the wheel keep plate, opening out the original hole for the p/up assy & tapping it M3 for a nylon csk screw. several layers of black pvc insulating tape was applied to the chassis & the collector assy was fixed in position with the nylon screw & a very fine wire soldered to the p/up & connected to the insulated carbon brush spring. All parts are available from the TTRCA but you have to be a member but it`s only £14 a year & gives me access to a lot of Trix spares. A multimeter is a must if you do these sort of conversions yourself,all sorts of annoying short circuits can pop up. In finishing,I`ve sent you a pic of my Wrenn Golden Arrow spamcan & pullman train & the latest development of the loco shed & my from new in about 1950 Sir Nigel Gresley which was bought for me for Xmas by my parents.