Resurrecting something different.

Bored today, laid up with shingles so not doing much.
Decided to finally have a look at the Every Ready tube train I
acquired about 5 years ago just out of curiosity and see if would
actually run. The power bogie seems to have held together and not
disintegrated through metal fatigue which was a common problem with
them. Motor initially wouldn't run, the power bogie was easily removed
with a small spanner supplied with the set and a drop of oil put on
the bearings. I was half expecting the 55 + year old magnet to have
got too weak but a few finger spins with 3 volts applied soon had it
running nicely with no sign or smell of electric smoke. I don't think
it has actually run much even the Ever Ready label remaining on the
Reassembled and the crude 4 ft diameter circle of 3 rail tinplate
track laid.
Surprisingly power reached all sections despite the crude joining pins
possibly haven't been connected since the fifties. Took a while for
the train to run smoothly despite power reaching it. It's only two
wheel drive and very light and it seemed friction from a light coating
of rust on the rails was enough to hold it back . A bit of a clean and
a rub of a soft pencil along the third rail made all the difference.
It's now whizzing around the track sparking like the real thing on a
frosty night destroying all MW wireless around the house for that
authentic 1950's effect.
It was designed for 6 Volts originally from a battery that slotted
into the controller but applying 6 Volts makes it run demented and
disappear under the sofa so 4 Volts is enough. Remembering how
batteries of that era run down that is probably deliberate.
Tomorrow I'll solder some wires to the controller.
The missus is working away tonight so I won't have to pick it up off
the carpet before bedtime.
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I remember seeing one of those in the toy shop window in the 1950s and wishing I could have one. I now have an EFE 4-car set of 1938 stock which I've motorised with 2 Tenshodo power bogies, and replaced the other wheels with Romfords. It runs quite well on OO/HO track.
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I seem to remember reading an article where somebody had made the sliding doors open and closed (in some BR stock) using memory wire.....
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Christopher A. Lee
Well LT track always looks a bit clunky anyway with the use of Bullhead rail until comparatively recently and the two current rails,which on the open sections seem to be a much heavier section than the equivalent 3rd on the Southern.
Giving it another listen is there a compressor sound there as well? or is it a recording artifact. G.Harman
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I'm not sure. I did think it was a compressor noise too at first, but it seemed continuous so perhaps it was something else.
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Nick Leverton

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