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Practice makes P4rfect

30 Jun

Risborough & District MRC are currently building a new P4 layout based on Aylesbury.

I have recently started building up freight stock with the aim of running it on the layout. Today was my first chance to try them out.

I now have a better understanding of the perils of P4 but with steady examination and rectification, we were able to fine tune both track and rolling stock so by the end of the session, the train ran multiple circuits without incident. We treated each failure in turn, an out of gauge switch blade, out of level or aligned joints, wobbly wheels etc.

The rolling stock is a mix of Bachmann, Accurascale & Oxford Rail RTR wagons fitted with Gibson or Wizard P4 wheel and Smiths couplings. A bit of weathering and jobs sorted. Traction is a Heljan class 35 Hymek fitted with Ultrascale wheels.

The perils, by the way, are the minuscule flange depth requiring a degree of luck for stationary stock to not fall off and the need then for track to be defect / imperfection free. The next step is I need to check and adjust the weight of the wagons, the Accurascale HUOs being particularly lightweight.

So an interesting and rewarding day. The layout will be on show next week at the free to attend, Festirail open doors show.

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