Here in New Zealand during the 70s and 80s all retailers who did repairs
got a set of (loco) service sheets. I have a folder of them stashed
_somewhere_. These were all before Lima got serious about the UK market.
"Dragon Heart" wrote
Personally I'd buy him locos which work properly, but at least with the old
Lima stuff you can pick them up for a song on eBay.
To remove the body from your Lima class 20 (from memory) you need to remove
the four loco buffers and the body can then be lifted off the chassis.
Not much underneath which is serviceable I'm afraid. I think there's just a
cheap & nasty sealed can motor, and a bit of wiring. You can replace the
Lima motor with one from Mashima (don't ask me which) and I think
Branchlines stock these along with replacement wheel sets.
Thanks for the help John
Already removed the body and fitted decoder some weeks ago.
Branchlines say his Lima 20 requires :-
Mashima 18/30 motor (18 mm dia x 13 mm long) =A311.95
2 mm bore flywheel =A32.95 to =A33.95
1=2E5 mm x 2 mm drive shaft =A32.95
With p & p it's going to cost about =A320+ to fit new motor etc.
Whilst the addition of a flywheel will improve the running the loco
itself is not worth =A320 is it !
Apparently there was an article using their products in Model Rail
from August 2002 called "Turbo your Class 20"
Some time prior to my return to model railways, did anyone ever try
Think you're right
The Bachmann 32-029 Class 20 diesel 20023 in Railfreight livery is
only =A336 @ Hattons and the 32-042DC D8101 BR green with DCC on board
is only =A350
Can I use a Bachmann DCC loco on a Hornby Select unit ?
"Feedback" decoders shouldn't be used with flywheels, well in theory at
least, as the feedback circuitry will windup (and vice versa) the
traction current until the motor does what it is told to do. It can't do
that instantaniously because of the flywheel momentum.
In message , Greg Procter
I ran this train round my layout, flywheel-less tank loco, 45 goods
wagons, brake van, with the DCC set to feedback on. When it went down
the hill (30 feet of 1 in 75 or thereabouts) the wagons would start
pushing the loco and the train would accelerate until the feedback
noticed, and the loco would immediately slow down to what the feedback
thought the speed should be, resulting in some wagons derailing. The
only way to stop this happening was to turn the feedback off. A flywheel
in the loco would have been distinctly advantageous.