Here is the latest addition to the Goon Valley Railway stock After waiting for what seemed to be an eternity the Duke of Gloucester eventually arrived , but what a disappointment. Placing it on the track ready to run-in I noticed that the left front oval buffer head was missing but worse than that it would do nothing more than jerk 1/2 cm forwards then 1/2 cm back. After a complete inspection I could find nothing wrong. Quartering was OK Nothing wrong with the valve gear ( what there is of it ). Then,even with the help of a magnifying glass I could not find any trace of any lubrication of any sort -- It was bone dry. So I poured in far more than the proverbial drop ,and at last it moved a little, then more oil especially in the area of the gears and it started to move as it should have done in the first place. Now it is fully run -in and hauls quite smoothly, the 8 coach trains asked of it .
It is not worth the postage to send it back to Hornby for the buffer . I have in fact found a replacement
. ( from a Kitmaster Duchess of Gloucester kit )
If you have never seen inside a Duke ,-- here it is
THe Duke hauling a train of BR mk 1 coaches crosses the Goon River bridge
Another new purchase is the Ex Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Aspinal designed 2-4-2T
The Dukedogs were associated with the ex Cambrian metals But a handful was sheded in the Midlands and I remember seeing a few at Banbury. Hence the nostalgia for me. Shown at the head of a B- set in GWR livery , I have not got a BR set
Mainline Royal Scot class 6127 Old Contemptibles can still put in some good service irrespective of its age
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