I have been given a Hornby GWR 0-4-0 loco, almost new. It is extremely
light, plastic body, made in China on the under frame. Its a lovely little
engine, and suits my purpose admirably, but it runs horribly, and battles to
pull more than a brake van. Can I add some weight to it, would that help?
Its not dirt, its hardly been run, and my track is clean. Any suggestions?
- Weight weight weight!
- Then regear,
- New valve gear ...
- Two axle locos without a compensated axle never run well.
- New metal chassis.
- Replacement scale body.
- Better scale wheels.
Stop anywhere when you're happy.
See, it's easy. :-)
Cheap and nasty design produces cheap & nasty performance. You could
certainly add weight, but that may possibly result in premature expiry of
the cheap & nasty gears.
Ensure that the loco wheels are spotlessly clean, and the same for your
track - you then may find performance improves a little.
Add weight, some lubrication and a good couple of hours of running in, you
will be surprised what a difference it can make.
These little engines do run very well with the above, we use them a lot in