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QUOTE (PaulRhB @ 24 Apr 2008, 23:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>They started in OO but abandoned it around the 1970's to concentrate on N gauge. Absorbed into Bachmann industries a few years back.
There are still quite a lot of their OO coaches around at toy fairs and on ebay.

My first venture into 00 was with a Graham Farish boxed set bought by my parents round about the mid 50s. It comprised a " black five" loco and a couple of pullman coaches. Extra items included a goods wagon set. The track was ' over scale' (heavy) and made up into a regular circle about 3 or 4 ft in diam.
The set included a mains transformer and controller.
The quality of the finish overall, as I remember, was pretty poor but the loco's performance was first class and very reliable and in fact it was still running on Peco track work some 10 years ago. It was tender powered and the motor was a most ingenious affair ....instead of a commutator it had a system of make and break contacts activated by cranks on the armature shaft .
The Farish coupling system I have to say was very poor indeed, I suppose it has a name, but basically it was an oversize hook and bar which tended to 'foul hook' when reversing.
I later bought another Farish 00 loco, a Prairie tanker which sadly was a very poor runner. I believe a third loco in the Farish stable at that time was an LNER Gresley Pacific.
Too late now to weep, but I wish that I had not parted company with this stuff which, in it's time must have been quite innovative. And probably a collector's item by now.

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Woops! opened the wrong valve and posted a blank.

Yes, dbclass50, your'e right . Just wish I hadn't succumbed to temptation.

Britho, my memory's probably gone South a bit .... fancy confusing an A3 with a Merchant Navy Class. Anyway. one thing for certain, it was blue (I think !!).

The two pullmans had metal chassis with plastic (bakelite perhaps) bodies and after a few years the material developed a "sag" especially along the roof.

The goods wagons were all metal, except for brittle plastic wheels which eventually suffered severe splintering of the flanges.

The "black five" loco was a solid chunk of cast metal and was a colossal weight for it's size .....one of it's endearing features was that owing to a sort of clutch in the drive shaft between the motor in the tender and the driving wheels it would 'coast' when power was cut off.

Just out of academic interest I 'll keep my eyes skinned on the ebay listings.

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Interested to hear, 41235, that you have bought a couple of Farish wagons and assume from your remarks that the wheels are in good order as all wheel p;astic wheel flanges on mine became badly chipped,
As mentioned in my previous post regret parting with my Farish stock and would like to have seen it now lying idle in derelict lineside sidings. I have some odd bits of the old 3 rail Hornby Dublo wagons ....tinplate uppers with printed details, some are a bit bent out of shape and wheeless but OK for lineside effect.
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QUOTE (41235 @ 26 Apr 2008, 13:59) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hello Tiebar. the wheels on the van are plastic and the flanges are in very good order, the wheels on the wagon are metal flanges and are very good, what I do find amusing is the handbrake lever on either side which gives a lot of detail.

Didn't remember the brake handles until you mentioned them...and they were secured in place by a tiny sort of splayed out rivet. Some of mine were loose and dangled round about rail level so removed them. Modern treatment would be to reach for the Araldite but I did try to solder them without any success at all .....obviously a non compatible metal
They must have sorted the wheel problem out and the metal flanged ones were a later development
I assume that the couplings are bare metal....I thought that they were hidious things and felt an improvement would be to paint them a rust colour but perhaps only an illusion!! Come to think of it they were no better or worse than some of the current couplings!!

Here's to nostalgia.
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