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    Hornby diesel class 40

    Where exactly do they derail? On curves? Points?
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    Hornby diesel class 40

    Well if I remember correctly the Hornby class 40 just has 1 powered bogie, similar to the Railroad class 55. So it won't have a hell of a lot of pulling power to begin with. It would probably slip its wheels long before it could burn itself out but it still wouldn't do the motor any favours.
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    Hornby diesel class 40

    I have to agree with Garfield here, 5 ounces per wagon is WAY too much weight. As he said the wheels may well be the issue here. Can I ask, are they metal wheels? A lot of the cheaper Hornby tank wagons come with plastic wheelsets. These can often be out of gauge or just distorted and they cant be fixed. If you switch them out for metal sets they will run much better straight away and probably won't need any extra weight.
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    Painting Code 75 Rail

    Prefer hand painting myself. A mixture of Humbrol matt leather and black looks really good. on my layout I painted all the track and points by hand before I layed it. Just need to be sure to leave unpainted spots on the rails for soldering on the track feeders, it’s a pain to remove when it’s stuck down!
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    Murphy Models 071 with sound chip won't move

    Yes, Hornby DCC is hit and miss AT BEST! Get yourself either the Powercab or the Gaugemaster Prodigy 2.
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    Preorders of IRM Tara Mines Wagon begin this weekend

    Bummer! But not IRM's fault for sure, and thanks for the update!
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    Kingsbridge - Kadee + coupling conversions

    @Dave Yeah I get that, but to be honest I find that to be a lot of messing around. The Kadee magnet is plug and play and I can deal with how it looks. Also easily removed if needs be.
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    Kingsbridge - Kadee + coupling conversions

    It's also dependent on which couplers you use. The neodymium magnets work fine with the NEM couplers as the sideways movement is more limited, but draft box Kadees get pushed apart too far to reengage for delayed uncoupling. Also, NEM and draft box couplers don't like to be mixed and matched.
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    Kingsbridge - Kadee + coupling conversions

    But again they tend to be too strong for the couplers and push them too far to the side. Also, when you increase the area you start to get problems with the magnets attracting the metal axles of the rolling stock. All methods have their drawbacks but the Kadee uncoupler's problems are purely cosmetic, they work well.
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    Kingsbridge - Kadee + coupling conversions

    The neodymium magnets are a cheap alternative but they create their own problems. Like Noel said the uncoupling area can be way to small making uncoupling difficult. it get's even more messy when you're driving a sound equipped loco with lots of momentum as it makes it very hard to stop in the right place! Also the magnets can be way to strong which forces the coupler knuckles too far apart. This means the couplers won't reengage correctly when pushing the stock which causes buffer lock and derailments! The electromagnet uncouplers are a good alternative but again but are near impossible to retrofit to an existing layout. The between track magnets not be visually appealing but they simply work best.
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    Murphy Models 071 with sound chip won't move

    Everything can be restored after a reset and the sound file is not affected in any way. He should not lose any settings as these are usually locked in as the default setting if the sound is factory installed.
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    Murphy Model spares

    Dave, 1 set of 141 handrails and 3 sets of horns. Will the full detail pack for the 141 be available?
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    New for the freight yard

    They're nice! Found similar ones here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/20ft-Oil-Tank-Containers-Shipping-Container-Freight-Cars-HO-Scale-LOT/371677769041?hash=item5689b8ad51:m:mr6Ve-OWtLxUl1Ad44AMFhg They'll come on the "slow boat" but they're a bit cheaper.
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    Glengarriff + my former Irish models/layouts

    Certainly seems a viable alternative. I'm about to start ballasting my own layout and I'm dreading it! The toothpaste is a clever idea! I've been experimenting with various techniques including mixing talcum powder and pva or varnish to simulate cement dust. I've been doing this with old Hornby tank wagons, I want to have the method right before I touch my lovely new bubbles...
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    Glengarriff + my former Irish models/layouts

    Looks fantastic! Very hard to tell it's not regular ballast. The weathering job on those cement bubbles is great too. What techniques did you use on them?
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