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Hornby Pendolino derailing

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We got my son a Virgin Pendolino set for Christmas. It's all wonderful except for one thing - it appears that the rear bogie of the power car keeps derailing. It usually happens on points, sometimes (depending on direction) at low speed, even a crawl. I've been experimenting this morning with inclines for a future layout, and it also would go on the uphill round a 2nd radius bend (not sure of precise angle, but I'd guestimate 2 degrees, and it would happen at a constant angle as opposed to a change in elevation at either end). On several occasions it would derail on a simple (if relatively abrupt) stop! No other wheel assemblies seem to cause a problem, just this one.

Fiddling with it, the rear bogie just seems less free than any of the other wheel assemblies, including the front of the power car. Might I have a defective unit? Or is there an adjustment that can be made? Obviously I'm not too keen on replacing the entire set if there is just one bogie issue, but what is the procedure for this sort of thing?
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hi I am new here, but I also bought a Virgin pendilino, the wheels clip in to a piece of plastic, if you are very careful with a small screwdriver you can pop them back in to place

First check them all to see which set of wheels isnt running smooth, then (very gently) adjust

Regards Pluto

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Sorry I have just re read my post (new at this)

The pendolino has fixed wheels set on axles clipped into a plastic bogie, the end of each wheel has a cone that click fits into a recess on the bogie.

If you are heavy handed with them (or a child playing at Christmas)
the wheel axle assembly can be forced up into the bogie dislodging it from its recess.

As I posted earlier the best way to reposition the wheel axle assembly is to carefully manipulate it with a small screwdriver until it clicks back into place.

Trust me, my daughter has dislodged three axles already (or was it me playing)


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I forgot to mention that if it is the drive or dummy car, care should be taken to ensure the contacts are not bent and are contacting the wheels
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