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    • I've just about got the FEA wagons sorted, weathered, and put back together. There's some touching up to do and areas of weathering that I've missed which is evident in some of the following photos but I'm not far off. At least the four cracked vehicles appear to run okay. I've run a line of superglue along the cracks but I'm not sure if that was a wise thing to do or whether it will even make any difference. I just want them to hold together for a few more years. Here's 66552 hauling the newly released rake. And some of the weathered containers I only have the final two small containers to add plus another small one that I've already done but haven't yet fitted so there's going to be a number of empty spaces. Looking at the price of additional containers it might stay that way for the time being. Finally, my log wagons have arrived and I couldn't resist posing some behind 60087 'CLIC Sargent'. I'm going to be busy cutting little twigs for the foreseeable future. First impresssion are extremely favourable and they run ever so smoothly which is going to be important by the time they are fully loaded. Don't hold your breath with this one.    
    • I have put brass bearing caps in my Hornby PGA wagons, as most of the holes were badly worn. I changed the axles too iirc, to metal ones. Its worth the effort to get wagons that run freely and the axles dont fallout, when you pick them up!
    • These are the catalogue numbers of the remaining sets I have that appear to be unaffected: Dapol B724F (640221 & 640222), B724M (640709 & 640710), B724N x2 (640499 & 640500), B913C (640163 & 640164) - all in Freightliner green livery.
    • That's good to hear Dave and a relief to yourself I'm sure. These are the catalogue numbers of the remaining sets I have that appear to be unaffected: Dapol B724F (640221 & 640222), B724M (640709 & 640710), B724N x2 (640499 & 640500), B913C (640163 & 640164) - all in Freightliner green livery.
    • I'm pleased to say that my GBRf 640623/640624, Dapol B913A are also unaffected! After reading your report I was a little concerned as I had bought them at Dapol's open day off their "Not Quite Perfect" table in 2014. As far as I can see it's still only the box that's NQP.
    • Almost 11 years to the day since the above brief review I can now report that 2 pairs of my Dapol Spine Wagons have cracked chassis'. As an indication as to the likely source of the problem my 4 damaged wagons are in 2 coupled pairs. The wagons affected have the following catalogue numbers: Dapol B724C with vehicle numbers 640213 & 640214 Dapol B724D with vehicle numbers 640353 & 640354 The cracked areas are mainly confined to the underneath of the chassis but there is some additional cracking on the top surface of at least one of the vehicles. I must add that I have another 5 pairs of Dapol Spine wagons with different catalogue numbers to the above that appear to be unaffected to date.
    • I've just been up into the attic to check on the Dapol spine wagons and see what the damage is and fortunately, as bad as it is, it could perhaps have been worse. I only have four cracked chassis out of the 14 in my collection. And as perhaps an indication as to where the problem lies.... ...the four are actually in numbered pairs 640213 & 640214 along with 640353 & 640354. The Dapol spine wagons were sold in pairs : 640213/640214 was catalogue number: Dapol B724C 640353/640354 was catalogue number: Dapol B724D None of my other spine wagons appear to be affected (as yet?) I'll add some additional photos in my original post reviewing these wagons a few years back.   
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    • Hi Mate, Many thanks for the advise. I'll do some investigating when I have some time. Cheers,  Marcus
       
    • Athearn are a reliable brand. It sounds like your points may be too small a radius.
      I would try to open it up and see if you can re-gauge the wheels you speak of.
      Ideally an NMRA gauge is your best friend, but I've found turning the loco upside down and sliding a piece of set track, or identical kind of point over the wheels will show you what is going on.
      No fun having a new loco fail on the layout. 
    • Hi Mate, thanks for the feedback. This is an SD751. I'll take a good look at the bogies/wheel axles when I have some time. It seems like one of the middle wheel axles doesn't have any lateral movement. It could be a lemon loco, or just a design fault. Having been used to European locos (Trix, Brawa, Roco etc.) and Bachmann Branchline UK stock which are mostly great runners,  I was expecting something better out of the box. Maybe 3 axle bogies aren't really suited to tighter radius curves.
       
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    • Marcus

      Hi all, though you might like my video of my Blue Pullman set. It's vintage Triang Hornby (Couldn't afford the Bachmann one!). Runs really well. I just love the blue and white livery!
       
       
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    • John Barnacle

      Hi all
      I know this has probably been asked before but what is the best track for garden use?
      · 2 replies
    • 40027

      Garden railway novice ,railway in planning stage
      footpaths to cross/dive under and a planned pool for kids to navigate around
      · 1 reply
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