13 years ago
pointwork I have gone back to re-checking and re-spacing the wheels on
my various models. I'd already done some and I know you should be
able to run Hornby RTR on their 14.5mm B2B but I have consistently
found that if I re-space them using the spacing gauge to somewhere
close to 14.85 give or take a gnat's crotchet, as Humph would say, and
shim the check rails on all points with .010" plastikard, everything
is massively more reliable - and because the wheel track through the
points is predictable you can also work on those tiny deviations from
vertical that cause problems with short wheelbase locos.
It's not a five minute job, but I reckon it's worth it. The only
problem is that Bachmann is 14.25mm as I measure it, and re-spacing
the wheels on the Deltic looks like it might be quite tiresome. The
9F is also a bit daunting.