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Old 22-03-2018, 01:18 AM   #1
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Default OO Graham Farish Questions.

1. I know virtually nothing about Graham Farish- I thought they do, or did
mostly N. What's the status of GF?

2. I am eye balling a 0-6-0 on eBay right now, says it runs good, but my
main concern is do these things typically run like slot cars? (I want one that
has low gearing and has a good slow speed range).

3. Do these things have weak little contacts or something reliable? (Some of my older Tri-Ang and really old Hornby DC possess really small, fine springs for contact- not ideal, though they still work pretty good after 40 to 50 years).

4. Overall, how would GF be rated for general reliability?
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Old 22-03-2018, 03:57 AM   #2
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I've never actually owned a GF 00 gauge locomotive so I can't say much. I did hear there were issues with some of them as they got older but I can't remember what the issues were.
It maybe the case like some of the locos made by Mainline where many ran like a dream after a little clean, but the odd one or two split their plastic axles with age... I think it best for someone who knows more to reply. I did once read about these locos and their issues on one of the forums I'm on though I can't remember which forum I was on where I saw it.
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Hi Chops, in my humble opinion you should avoid Graham Farish OO. I believe they suffer from all sorts of problems including Mazak rot. There are far better products from the same era made by Triang and Hornby.
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Old 22-03-2018, 05:37 PM   #4
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Thank you! Being an overseas modeler, it really has to be right the first time as
return shipping just doubles the cost of the error.
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Old 22-03-2018, 05:46 PM   #5
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Graham Farish OO was made between 1949 and 1981. Most of the locos had a short production span; Black 5 1949-1951, West Country 1950-1953, King 1951-1953, 61xx 1951-1953 / 1961-1971, Q 1953, and 94xx 1961-1979. There were also various coaches and wagons. Pullmans were produced until 1975, and corridor and suburban coaches of a freelance design with LMS overtones along with a number of wagons until 1981. I think I still have somewhere a couple of the coaches which previously to my ownership had been converted into a push pull set.
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Most interesting, I'd like so see that Push-Pull.
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I do have an old (in very good condition) 94xx Pannier Tank. As far as I can see it was built like a tank. Still runs well I have owned it for a long time.
Detail wise not to very high standard compared to modern standards but what old loco is. john
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The early Graham Farish BRITISH prototype 00 locomotive range had amazing two pole motors in the case of tender locomotives, in the tender connected by a drive shaft either via a spring or an even more amazing centrifugal clutch, to the locomotive. The New York Central Hudson had the same drive system from the tender but was powered by a conventional motor, I recall Pittman being one of the suppliers.
The two pole motor needed sometimes a push to move and was unreliable so quickly conversions with conventional motors were advertised.
Pickup was by two plungers on the tender to the track again for the British prototypes with plastic wheels throughout. The NYC had pickups from tender wheels and was a far more sophisticated model with steel wheels.
Somewhere I have the servicing instructions for the British models and when I have mastered how to post images on this site, if interested I will post.
The early range also included the ex-GWR Prarie again with two pole motor and plunger pickups to the rail head.
They are significantly different to the later 94XX and 61XX models of the late 1960s early 1970s.
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Apologies for shouting the word British. I am not sure how that happened.
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Thanks Andrew. That is interesting.
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