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Anyone tried converting the China made B12 to run with an older Tri-ang Chassis, smoke and X.04 motor?

I have tried it and it works!

Here's how to do it.

1) Find a Tri-ang B12 chassis, Synchrosmoke smoke unit and a wrecked Tri-ang B12 body with a loose good smokebox door.

2) Very carefully remove the modern handrail that runs around the loco boiler by gently lifting the rail with a small screwdriver so that the handrail knobs come out of their holes.(it is best to do a load of these knobs slowly so the handrail doesn't bend and use a bit of tissue under the screwdriver to stop the body being marked. Keep the hand rail you will need it again

3) Remove the smokebox door from the modern Hornby B12, you will find this has been more than well glued in and will probably self-distruct.

4) Remove the smokebox door from the wrecked B12 body (usually pretty easy to do with the Tri-ang one)

5) Remove the massive weight from the smokebox of the modern loco, it is held in the body by double sided sticky tape and will push out of the hole left from removing the smokebox door!

6) Remove the two small weights that are placed under the cab steps, they are held on by double sided sticky tape!

7) Remove the two handrail knobs that fit the smokebox door(if you want to that is)

8) Fit and glue in the Tri-ang Smokebox door in place and refit the handrail to the loco.

9) Drill the chimney out on the china made loco

10) Recondition the Tri-ang chassis, smokeunit and motor.

11) Wet smoke unit felt with Seuthe or Hornby(use only Seuthe or Hornby smoke oil anything else will cause long term damage to Tri-ang smoke unit elements)

12) Fit the Tri-ang chassis to the loco.

13) Put the modern chassis in the spares bin, you may need it one day?

14) Test the loco, you now have a great little runner that will pull a house and it smokes!

15) Put the loco on your layout, sit back and watch your smoking China/British Hybrid B12 zoom by with an express or freight.

16) Enjoy!
 

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Sounds interesting - I wonder if there are any other locos this could be applied to?

Regards

John
 

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Possibly John,

The new Issue LOI or Caley Single, but you would need a Tri-ang chassis and not the new chassis Hornby use so they can put the cheap throw away can motor in, the 0-4-0 Holden tank might suitable or the J83.

Worth exploring the possibilites, anyone else done my conversion out there?

Regards
The Triangman
 
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