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 Posted: Fri Oct 27th, 2017 01:33 pm
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Hi I'm thinking about purchasing a Graham Farnish n gauge trainset as I want to model in n gauge and then at least I will have scope to extend my layout. What I would like to know is Graham Farnish a good make to buy.



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A lot depends on what you want from a model railway. For Steam locosFarish (now part of Bachman) & Dapol are the other major player, both turn out fairly detailed models, but in N gauge detail tends to be fragile so possibly not for the kids starters; less detail but mundane solid & reliable  Union Mills locos take first prize for me. I say mundane as UMs  output is nearly all older 4-4-0s,  0-6-0s, an 0-8-0 and a couple of 4-6-0s all with inside cylinders hence no visible valve gear which is usually the most fragile part on larger stock.

Also with UM the locos and tender are cast metal with tender drive and haulage is not a problem, some of the Farish and Dapol output can not equal UM in pulling power.

For Diesel and Electric only Farish or Dapol, not much to choose between them, not many classes are available from both, so it may depend on which class you want.

UM however only make locos, so you still need to go to Farish and Dapol for everything else in rolling stock.

So if you want main line expreses with highly detailed stock, then Farish and Dapol (but keep an eye on the kids) for branch lines and freight some of Farish and Dapol stock is OK like tank engines and freight locos but don't ignore UM



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Graham Farish by Bachman have had some manufacturing issues with some of the diesel locos produced in the recent past, split gears is one problem that i can recall, I have 3 diesels that are non-runners after a very small amount of track time and are currently waiting dispatch for repair. 
Having said that I have heard that Bachman are good at replacing the faulty models and there is always BRlines who will repair them for you for a fee.

I do have plenty of their locos that do perform very well and their rolling stock is good in my opinion.

The n gauge forum is a great place to get good advice on n gauge purchases and reliability.

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Hi Kev,

I never had a problem with UM and Dapol offerings (oitside cylinders), even the older models. As Mike says, UM engines pull a load of stock effortlessly.

G-F Bachmann offerings were also OK.

Most locomotives are still split chassis designs, split axles come with the territory. If you want safety, keep away from older models and go with new.

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Hi Kev,

I've got diesels from both the manufactures (Farish and Dapol), my preference would be Graham Farish but Dapol diesels aren't bad (I just have a very noisy Class 22). The Dapol DMUs also aren't as good as the Farish as they are not as easy to have fine control or have the detail nor the amount of lights.
I've only got one steam engine, a Farish 3MT which is a fine model although fragile and not as reliable as the diesels.
One thing to bare in mind is that Dapol tender engines have the motor in the tender connected to the driving wheels through a shaft through the cab which can take away the realism, recent Farish models are all loco driven.

Regards Connor
 



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