Think they're unique to the GWR railcar. Hornby now make this model so you
may be able to source a Hornby power bogie to replace the original.
No idea whether these have identical fittings, but I should imagine so -
it's not like Hornby to modify anything unnecessarily.
The fittings aren't identical unfortunately. A Hornby replacement was
my first thought, but when comparing both Hornby and Lima, it isn't a
straight swap. It's certainly do-able but would involve a little
bodgery. Basically, the Hornby motor unit is top mounted and the Lima
one is frame mounted, so a new top mount bracket would need to be
fabricated and the chassis cut around a bit.
Basically, the Hornby motor unit is top mounted and the Lima
I could buy a new one for the price of a chassis and both bogie units
but I do like to keep my ancients as original as possible. I am also
getting a bit ancient and have no chance of new parts! In any case,
our ever cautious premier has cost me some 600 per month off my
pensions so the solution offered by Inter City Models at Porthleven is
very welcome and quite a highlight amongst the miserable news of late.
Try Inter-City Models. They import ModelTorque motors which are a
direct replacement for the Lima motor. The Hornby motor and chassis is
totally different. They are on 01326 569200.
On Thu, 26 Mar 2009 10:40:13 -0700 (PDT), Sailor
Thanks both of you. The outcome is that as stated when I looked at the
Hornby service Sht it was clearly different. However, I phoned ICM at
porthleven and Peter there kindly offered to sift through his pile of
gears (from that model). Unfortunately the replacement motors still
require the original gear trains.
My letter is on its way and hopefully all will pan out!
Lima produced about 4 different sized spur gears, which were readily
available as spares. These fitted about a dozen standard bogie mechanisims
as well as tender drives and a few steam locos. Assuming there isn't
something really odd about the GWR bogie you should find (with a little
that any 2 axle motor bogie of similar wheelbase will provide suitable
I've picked up bargain battered Lima locos at shows and from shop junk
as donors, and haven't yet had to fabricate anything.
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