Over several months I have suffered problems with my WC Clovelly in that the crank fouls the coupling rods on both sides. The problem is bad enough that the piston guides get damaged and now the rear driving wheels have become detached from the axle! This loco was new last year. A similar incident has occured with the Lady Patricia whose gear suddenly fell to pieces ( this was also a "new" loco) but I have sucessfully repaired /rebuilt that. Call me suspicious but both of these units were bargins from a well known seller and I am suspicious that some of the "recycled" failure stories may have some substance.
14 years ago