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Hi all,
I have a Hornby loco thats going to be placed in a presentation box to give as a retirement gift to one of our people here at work.
I have got the loco - a Hornby Merchant Navy class and the presentation box which now has a length of track laid and ballasted, but I'm wondering what is the best method of holding the loco and its tender in place? I don't want to just stand the loco on the track as it will move and possibly fall off and could become damaged. Equally, I don't want to glue the whole thing to the rails if it can be avoided.
I though of removing a couple of the screws that hold the loco's axle plate in place and replacing them with longer screws which would pass up though predrilled holes in the display boxes plinth and track and then fit into the loco, thereby pulling the loco firmly down onto the rails?What size thread are these screws?
But then what of the tender??

Have you mounted any tender locos in presentation boxes or got any suggestion on how to fix the loco & tender?

Cheers
Brian
 

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I would suggest that the presentation display case and the loco should be presented as seperate parts of the gift permiting the new owner to set it all up as they wish. Modellers I know simply place the loco freestanding on the track when on display. Looking at the chassis on my Bulleids I can understand the difficulty. Even that plastic coated twizzle wire thats often used would be useless for this.

Really you need to fix a removable bracket to the underside of the loco and tender which is entirely independent of any of the loco fixings. And then bolt this bracket through the base of the presentation case. What you do not want to do is put any pressure on any of the wheelsets and axles by directly fixing the loco to the base as this could lead to wobbly running if the loco is to be run.

It might be a good idea to contact Hornby directly on this one as they may have experience in this area.

Happy modelling
Gary
 
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