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Hornby aCHo, model railway

by Peter
Categories: HO Gauge, Locomotives, Model Railways
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Hornby Acho was a French subsidiary of Meccano Ltd. of Binns Road. It had no connection with Rovex / Triang who bought up the Hornby trade name when Meccano closed in the 1960s.

Hornby Acho 1960 to 1973, Acho being a play on HO scale (1:87)

The original Hornby Acho was very durable, and very well engineered and is still available secondhand.

This is my first Hornby Acho loco, my love of the centre cab layout and electric overheads made this an obvious choice for my collection.


This one is SNCF BB12061 in green, was also available in blue with the same number.

Both ends have directional working headlights, couplings are a standard HO type used by many manufacturers.

Hornby  Acho number 6392.

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The real locomotive.


Picture by; Tadeo59370 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The SNCF Class BB 12000 were electric locomotives operated by SNCF. The first examples arrived on the railway in 1953, operating on the 25 kV 50 Hz line to the coal mines of the Houillères de Lorraine in the north-east of France.

BB 12001 arrived in Mohon on July 17, 1954. Tried first along the Valenciennes – Lumes line, specifications called for a locomotive capable of pulling 750 tonne trains along a grade of 10 ‰. The 12000 Class proved more than capable, pulling 1100 tonne then 1400 tonne trains. BB 12006 using a different system of gears could pull 2000 tonne trains.

The 12000s integrated well with the SNCF CC 14100 series. SNCF would own 148 of this type of locomotive and another 20 were delivered to the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois in Luxembourg.

Real loco text from Wikipedia

Fleischmann 4028

by Peter
Categories: Fleischmann, HO Gauge, Model Railways
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This is not my usual type of purchase but I am getting a liking for European locomotives rather than just the British stock.

This is made by Fleischmann although an older model I love the style and look.

Believed to be made around 1972 and numbered 4028

I have seen this locomotive in black but not sure if that one has a different model number, this green one is known as ‘Carl in green’


These older locomotives were built to last and still runs sweetly, complete with working lights.


This is HO scale or 1:87 so slightly smaller than my usual OO gauge or 1:76, that said the track and wheel gauge are identical so can run on my OO gauge track.


Fleischmann is a German manufacturer of model railway products. Fleischmann was founded in Nuremberg in 1887 by Jean Fleischmann, as a toy company. Their first model train, in O scale, was produced in 1938. Their first H0 scale products were introduced in 1952 and their N scale “Piccolo” product line in 1969.

Nowadays, Fleischmann is a well-established brand name in the German model railway industry, rivalling Märklin in market share. Since they focus almost exclusively on central European prototypes, Fleischmann is relatively unknown outside that area. Most Fleischmann H0 products are made for the two-rail direct current system, but they make three-rail, Märklin-compatible versions of some locomotives, as well as replacement non-insulated wheelsets for use with their wagons on three-rail systems.

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Fleischmann shunter


The real locomotive

The Class 80 tank engines were German standard locomotives with the Deutsche Reichsbahn. They were intended to replace the aging, rickety state railway line engines performing shunting duties in their dotage at large stations.

Between 1927 and 1928 39 vehicles were produced, having been built in the locomotive factories of Jung in Jungenthal, Union Gießerei in Königsberg, Wolf and Hohenzollern. With the development of the Class 80, a relatively economical and simple locomotive class, it was hoped that the cost of shunting duties would come down.

After they had been on duty, prior to the Second World War, primarily in the area of Leipzig (including the shunting of post vans) and Cologne, 22 units went into the DR in East Germany, post-1945, and 17 to the Deutsche Bundesbahn. They were in service with the DR until 1968.

Class 80

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Fleischmann history and real locomotive text from Wkikpedia

Picture from Wikipedia


Product test; Trix HO locomotive wheel cleaner

by Peter
Categories: HO Gauge, Model Railways, Product test, Trix
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One of the biggest problems with operational model railways is keeping the track and locomotives clean and running smoothly, to this end I have acquired this Trix locomotive wheel cleaner to test.


Although classed as HO gauge this works just as well with OO gauge as well as narrow gauges based on 16.5 mm track.

The unit is simple and self contained and literally just sits on the track.


The unit has also dovetails either end to join more than on together for longer drive trains.

On test I used a small loco known to be a problem with dirty wheels and just touched is on the brushes the loco sparked into life and run it for about 30 seconds, trying it on the test track it ran well, a further 30 seconds and it ran like new.


At a cost of about £21 depending where you are this is more than worth it, I have since done many older loco’s with dirty wheels some a lot worse than this little example, all in all a good solid usable tool and come highly recommended by us.

To buy one of these click on the link below and for £20.95 post free.

Trix HO Locomotive Wheel Cleaning Brush # 66602

Model railway Exhibition, WhiteWebbs museum 2014

by Peter
Categories: Exhibitions, HO Gauge, Model Railways, O gauge, OO gauge
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Today I have taken myself to the Whitewebbs museum for a model railway exhibition, not been here before on the Saturday so was surprised how many people were there.

The first picture shows a larger scale narrow gauge mining layout and one of my favourites of the day.

Whitewebbs MR expo 1

At the opposite end of the scale was this suitcase N gauge layout.

Whitewebbs MR expo 2

Even smaller, N gauge in a video box.

Whitewebbs MR expo 3

Next a couple of O gauge scratch built diesel’s, first the class 33

Whitewebbs MR expo 4

And the class 08 with cab detailing.

Whitewebbs MR expo 5

This HO layout drew my attention for some time.

Whitewebbs MR expo 7

Whitewebbs MR expo 6

Whitewebbs MR expo 8

Finally this is an outside garden railway display known as G scale

Whitewebbs MR expo 10

There were dozens more but these were some of best, in my opinion.

Will be back here tomorrow for the Lone Star diecast exhibition.