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Old 07-12-2017, 03:48 PM   #1
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Hello all,
My name is Bill and not only am I a new member but a complete newby to model railways. My profile says I was born in September this year (oops) senior moment. Suffice to say I am retired and have just inherited a job lot of model railway kit that seems to date back to the 1960's and has been stored in a loft for about the last 40 years. Has a former electronics engineer this has fired my interest in restoring antique railway models. So for now I am interested in forums dealing with servicing and restoring antique kit and sources of spares for obsolescent models.
Just as an example: I have an engine whose motor appears to run really smoothly but does not move. I have discovered that the drive is coupled to the wheels through elastic bands which must have perished over the 40 years in store and accounts for the particles in the bottom of the box when I first opened it.
Any advice and suggestions will be most gratefully received.
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Old 07-12-2017, 04:41 PM   #2
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Hi Bill
Welcome to the forum.

As a fprmer electronic engineer you should be well at home with modern DCC and PC layout operation.
Cant help with the old elastic band gearing I'm afraid though. Never seen one! A picture of the insides would be great if you can.
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Old 07-12-2017, 05:53 PM   #3
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Hi Bill and welcome like you I am new to model railways and enjoy restoring the old Triang locos they are easy to dismantle and work on cleaning brushes and contacts etc and parts still available. You will find lots of info on YouTube
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:13 PM   #5
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Nice to hear all your welcome messages. Re Elastic band drive See attached photos.
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Old 07-12-2017, 09:18 PM   #6
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I have heard of these. I can't remember the make. They were the thing for a short time but like many ideas, they didnt last long. I can only assume to try various elastic bands, but why not visit a bicycle shop and ask for an old bicycle tube that has been binned. Racingbike tubes give small bands while mountainbike will give large. Of corse there are various widths and qualities of tube. Most tubes chucked in bicycle shops actually can very easily be repaired, but for the sake of time and the sales pitch of selling a tube, very few bicycle shops will fix a tube,so their bins get filled with the things!
If you can get more then one tube width.also be aware the better quality tubes are more flexible. Something that a lot of cyclists do not even realize that there are different qualities of tube out there.
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Welcome to the forum Bill. Friendly and helpful bunch on here who will be more than happy to assist you when they can. Have fun...
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Hi Bill - welcome.
I think you may find these are Lone Star OOO scale - I don't know of any other manufacturer using rubber belt drive (DAF motor cars don't count!!). They dated from late 59's to early 60's but didn't catch on.
OOO re-emerged a few years latter as N gauge!
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Hi Bill and welcome to the forum.
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A belated welcome Bill. This is a great forum, any questions, just ask away. BB
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