Bought a Hornby Duchess a few months ago, from a trade stand at a train
fayre. was a good price £60 and just the one I wanted - Duchess of
Buccleuch. Loco and box in mint condition. Had never met seller but had nice
chat, complemented him on his prices. Talked about other traders that we
both know so he was aware I could find him again.
Gave it a run recently (been busy), bit rough, clicked and wobbled. So
emptied ashtrays, cleaned windscreen - it became more wobbly and jammed.
Carefully took wheels and valve gear off, checked ok, checked btb, checked
quartering cleaned everything, put back together. It got worse. Stripped it
down again, got as far as motor off, gears out. No problem found except bit
of rough metal on one coupling rod. Back to .... worse still. Body off, turn
upside down connect wires, stare at it for long time at different motor
speeds. Stopped/clicked at same place, sometimes jammed.
Success, rod in one cylinder hitting slight ridge.
So what do I do ?
Try and fix it. Buy new chassis ? Send to be fixed (£20-30 perhaps). Display
Sell it with warning to trader (£20 perhaps). Sell it without (£30 perhaps).
Sell it on ebay - at least £50.
What gets me is why do people sell these things knowing that theres
something wrong with them. "Test Run" - well moved 3 feet on straight. "Good
Runner" didnt derail in test. Mint in box - crap runner. "Box not opened"
well the chap I got it from muttered something about a problem so i didnt
Isnt this supposed to be a nice, friendly hobby. Why do people (who are not
poor)want to screw someone for a few quid. Do they feel good about it ?
I've already decided what to do - commited to it. But what does the team
think ? What are your experiences ?
ps, no John this is not about hornby QC, bachmann are just as bad (or good).
Thats a different thread !
Nor is it about that snotty internet/mail order shop that sells returns as
Finally, I dont know it was sold with the knowledge there was a problem, not
accusing on here, will wait till I see the bloke and see what he says.
- posted 15 years ago