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Just had a chance to inspect the newly released Bachmann Class 37/4 Scotrail loco and two of the batch failed to run at all - one bogie was getting the drive but the other none at all - has anyone else had this problem? Bachmann have asked for a return because the cardean shafts have dis-engaged.....

A small issue has arisen with the new Hornby Maunsell coaches as well... on the non-corridor side of the 1st Class corridor coach the centre door seems to be suffering from a surfeit of hinges! Ho hum......

I hasten to add that these coaches are very good, for what are very plain prototypes Hornby have incorporated a lot of fine detail, separate handrails and VERY delicate end steps on the underframes, excellent "first" and "no smoking" signs and good gangway bellows.

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QUOTE (60134 @ 4 Oct 2007, 15:28) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Just had a chance to inspect the newly released Bachmann Class 37/4 Scotrail loco and two of the batch failed to run at all - one bogie was getting the drive but the other none at all - has anyone else had this problem? Bachmann have asked for a return because the cardan shafts have dis-engaged.....
I have seen odd examples of this over the years on shaft drive models of various makes. No problem with the components, engage the shaft correctly, and ever after all is well, and no amount of experimental wigglings and positionings of the bogie while shaking, inverting, whatevering, the loco ever induce it to come out again. I reckon these are most likely assembly errors.
 

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QUOTE (34C @ 4 Oct 2007, 17:57) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have seen odd examples of this over the years on shaft drive models of various makes. No problem with the components, engage the shaft correctly, and ever after all is well, and no amount of experimental wigglings and positionings of the bogie while shaking, inverting, whatevering, the loco ever induce it to come out again. I reckon these are most likely assembly errors.

Wasn't this the batch that befell some disaster happening to the container? Bachmann certainly had to do some remedial work. Hopefully they checked the quality of those now released.

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I really dont want to be the one to say this, but why dont you simply send them back and get them swapped?
OK so they have problems. its really no big deal to get them replaced. i am sure most of us have had a problem with 1 loco or another.

Yes it should run straight from the box but sometimes things just happen or get missed.
The manufacturers in the uk are generally very good about such problems and the retailers are usually very understanding.

I dont really think its fair to post threads like this. its inviting us all to bitch about our experiences of manufacturers.

I am going to stop now before i start sounding like gary.

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QUOTE (60134 @ 4 Oct 2007, 15:28) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>- one bogie was getting the drive but the other none at all - has anyone else had this problem? Bachmann have asked for a return because the cardean shafts have dis-engaged.....
Reports elsewhere that the cups which drive the shafts are not well secured in the flywheels. Return to manufacturer, unless confident of ability to epoxy (or similarly secure) the cup in place.

I don't think this is bitching: it is useful to know what problems occur, and the potential solutions so that the individual can make an informed choice on whether to purchase, and what fix options are available.
 

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I have to agree with 34C, I posted this as a "heads up" for forum members who may think they have the only examples - I hasten to add that in terms of detail both models are excellent but clearly batches of models are affected so others may well find similar problems. Both manufacturers are aware of these issues.

I suspect that if Hornby revise the Maunsell coaches the original multi hinge versions will become collector's items!


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QUOTE (60134 @ 5 Oct 2007, 13:09) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have to agree with 34C, I posted this as a "heads up" for forum members who may think they have the only examples - I I suspect that if Hornby revise the Maunsell coaches the original multi hinge versions will become collector's items!


Oh well I had better start taking them off the market now then.............


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