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Wheels, wieghts and wobbles…..

I’m pleased to say I only have my station section and fiddle yard (piddle yard, as it’s become known due to it taking over the old ensuite! ) track to complete. To save driving myself mad and my fingers from bleeding everyday, I have decided to take a break from track and tackle a long overdue project on getting some of my longer wagon rakes running better.
The track I do have down would be challenging to even new stock with two double inclines, endless sets of points, diamond crossings, double slips and three ways all dispersed around the 24 ft X 14ft layout on two levels.
I pride myself on good track work but even with my best efforts some track is sent to challenge us!
My particular nemesis seems to be diamond crossings, yes my double slips need everything right but on two junctions, four line routes rely on two diamonds followed by a double slip to navigate!
Having finally narrowed it down to these being the remaining challenge I found newer stock and some Lima stock, even 30 unit rakes, run fine. However, my Hornby stock is a different story.
I have a nice rake of 10 bogie bolsters and 30 MGR hoppers, plus varing rakes of brown rail frieght, frieghtliner and of course many many coaches.
All of my Bachmann, Lima, Dapol, kit made and even Joufe stock runs great.
Having read many good comments on our group site and Facebook I decided the logical approach for me is A) Couplings
B) Wheel gauging
C) Wagon weight
D) Bogie movement
So with the aid of a few photos, here we go…..

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I started my interest in model railways and then the real thing when I was 10. It was Christmas 1975! Yes I'm still alive! My parents bought me a GWR pannier tank frieght set, with smoke! I was hooked. Then I discovered girls, beer, motorcycles and that was that from 17 until I got married in 1988. My wonderful wife was encouraging and we had the attic converted. Career, money and children interrupted things and despite a brave attempt about 13 years ago I only really returned about 5 years ago. Having been forced into early retirement with severe health problems, the railway became my saviour. It challenges, engages, entertains and most important for me takes you to a different world and time. I have met some truly wonderful friends through this hobby. I am working on my "layout of a lifetime" it's called Snow Hill and is in its own upstairs room, 24ft X 14ft, built on two levels with a centre board cutting right along the length. Its DCC, mainly with sound and set in 1976-79 Midlands. So far including the fiddle yards (piddle yard as Steve calls it, due to being in the ensuite) I have laid a true half a kilometre of track! I will populate the site with some articles and galleries and things move on.

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