17647RE: [7mm NGA] Hornby Toby 0-6-0 chassis
- Jul 8, 2014
http://www.newmodellersshop.co.uk/images/Trains/thomas/ss-250b-225_toby_the_tram.pdf will tell you what is what. I've also used Peter's Spares, usually without problem, and when there as it was resolved with no fuss, so recommended.
Looks as if everything but the chassis is available as spares.
For spares I would recommend 'Peters Spares' of Middlesbrough.
I have bought spares for the Toby/Bill/Ben not to repair but to convert chassis to use different axle spacings.
Bachmann have always had a problem with the plastic they use for gears/axles, going back to Mainline days.
As far as I remember the Hornby Toby and Bill/Ben were not produced in UK. They originate from a clockwork system Hornby developed. I have one of the original Bill/Ben bodies with key hole in it. At the time I saw the potential for narrow gauge(hence reason I have the body), and I assume someone at Hornby decided they could be added to the electric range. Probably why they were bigger than standard OO models.
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I think it is only fair to add that you get what you pay for. The Chinese
are perfectly capable of producing the highest quality gears available, but
at a price. In reality, they build their mechanisms to the standards
required by the customer, who naturally wants them as cheap as possible in
order to maximise their profits. If Hornby had specified a better quality
product, the locos would have cost more, but they would have been less
likely to fail. It's the same with the Bachmann US range where many of their
locos, particularly the geared examples, Shays, Climaxes etc., have suffered
split gears. Unfortunately, it's the way of the world: Buy 'em cheap...sell
'em dear and hope that they last the guarantee period. I don't recall
hearing about the old mechanisms failing, because they included many metal
parts and were generally over-engineered. The new plastics are not
necessarily the wonder products they are supposed to be.
In the case of the Thomas the Tank Engine range, they are also intended as
children's toys, rather than accurate scale models, which are sold for play
on train sets, not scale model railways. Perhaps Hornby was working on the
presumption that kids today are said to get bored with things quickly, so
the train set and the cheap locos are unlikely to get terminal wear until
after the kid has moved onto other interests. For those few youngsters who
do give their trains a great deal of use, Mum and Dad will probably
willingly replace the locos when they fail, grateful that the
space-engulfing train set is at least getting some use and that a
replacement loco is relatively cheap to buy.
With regard to the Toby chassis, the Hornby website is quite unhelpful and
couldn't even find "Toby" on its search engine, however, first choice when I
"Googled" Hornby Spares was:
list a worm and gear set for the Hornby 0-6-0 steam engine chassis for £2.99
- Product Code: X8199. They also list a gear assembly for Toby, Bill and Ben
for £3.00 - Product Code: X9006. Are either of these what has failed? If so,
it seems a cheap fix.
I hope this is helpful.
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Sent: 08 July 2014 09:35
Subject: RE: [7mm NGA] Hornby Toby 0-6-0 chassis
Something else occurred to me, is whether its a lubricant that has been
used. I only use the Peco stuff now. Many years ago I was tempted to use
WD40, until I was told it damaged the plastic over time.
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