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 Posted: Sun Jul 1st, 2012 12:45 pm
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Hi All,

        I am a newby at model railways, And I would like to pick someones brains on how to get a Hornby Dublo 3 Rail Duchess of Montrose up and running, I have stripped the engine down and cleaned everything that I can, The brushes are OK, oiled all bearings, The engine is very sluggish and just about moves. All the track has been cleaned!!

I have been told that a new type of magnet called neodymium, Could this be the problem?

                                                            Regards Chockhead.:cry:

 

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 Posted: Tue Jul 3rd, 2012 02:05 pm
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Just checking but have you also cleaned the wheels and pickups?



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 Posted: Tue Jul 3rd, 2012 03:12 pm
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You could also try it without the body upside down to see if there's somethnig binding somewhere.

Presumably the magnets will eventually become de-magnetised but I have no idea how long that takes ............:roll::roll:

Also, as it's 3 rail, I assume you've got the power connected up properly ........:roll:  I think the centre rail is pos. and the outer rails neg. -  but I could be wrong.  I never had any 3 rail stuff when I was a kid.  :cry::cry::cry:  In fact, we were so poor, we lived in a shoe .......:lol::lol::lol:;-)



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Thanks Campaman, Yes I have cleaned the wheels, In fact everything is spotless, but still no joy.

                                            reagards Chockhead.

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Thanks petermac, I have tried reversing the connections on the controller but it only changes forward and reverse mode.

I think it may be worth buying a neomydium magnet as I have heard recently that it gives the motor a new lease of life, I will let you know.

Funny you should say that you lived in a shoe, I used to put cardboard in my shoes as I had holes in mine when I went to school, OK on a dry day:lol:

                                                                  Chockhead.

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We couldn,t afford a shoe.

We lived in a cardbord box.

An we ad ter lick water of road fer a drink.



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Eee by gum, life were reet tuff in them days !!!  :cheers

Yer shood uv sed, yer cud of borrerd sum of ooor shoe - it were a size 10 !!!

(I'll bet you wished you'd never asked the question Chockhead ...............you'll get used to us oldies. ;-))



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Try this site http://www.scalespeed.co.uk/ ( found using Google to be listed in the original site owned by Robert being http://barchester.webs.com/suppliersindex.htm)



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Oldies... The cheek of the man... I only class my self as just over middle aged by a bit more than some.

You could try applying power direct to the motor bypassing any pick ups and see how the motor runs, if its still sluggish then its the motor, if the motor runs then its pick ups or the mechanism binding.



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Thanks Campaman, Nice to get some sense out of somebody, I don't know if this would be of use to others but what i finished up doing was purchasing and replacing the old magnet with a  Neodymium magnet, and what a marked improvement it makes. The speed and response is so much better. And you are only as old as you feel!!! and boy some days I feel old.

                                                                 Regards Chockhead

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Campaman wrote: Oldies... The cheek of the man... I only class my self as just over middle aged by a bit more than some.
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Some one called me middle aged the other day... trouble is I don't know anyone who is 114!

:lol:

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Arghhh, that means I am not yet middle aged then :lol:

Plenty more time for modelling....



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Hi chockhead, I dont run 3rail myself but I have just purchased two neo magnets  from aallstar2k@aol.com for about £4.00 each and to be quit franki should have done it long ago as thay are great and powerfull.                                                                                              hounddog

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