Hornby J15 conversion

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    • #240688
      Martin Sutor

        Hi. I am a very new member attracted by the Society’s new scale track and turnouts. Having been railway modelling for 30 yrs I know that I can model buildings and,scenery, construct wagons and coaches, paint and weather track, locomotives,rolling stock and figures and,just about, handle the electrics. What I am not is an engineer. Track and loco building involve black arts that I have never managed to master. I have a Hornby J15 which has been working well for some time and would be grateful to find someone to convert it to EM for me. I have found and read the conversion Instructions on this site but sadly would not really know how to start. Can anyone help? Obviously I expect to pay.. Martin Sutor

      • #240894
        Bob Allison
        Participant

          Martin,
          Hopefully someone will be willing to accept a commision for your J15.

          In the long term though, conversion of these small 0-6-0s is more a matter of confidence than engineering. A George Watts quartering jig, a set of Gibson wheels and Gibson washers (to reduce the holes in the coupling rods) and you are away.
          I would urge you to attend the nearest EMGS area group meeting and let them know in advance that you are hoping for some guidance on RTR conversion – more than likely someone will bring along a sample or three for you to study. Also, it would be very unusual if there wasn’t a demonstation on this topic at the next Scaleforum/ExpoEM.

          It really isn’t about engineering, unless you want it to be.

          Regards,
          Bob

        • #240896
          Martin Sutor

            Thanks Bob
            That’s very encouraging. I’ll wait for a week or so and then have a go. If that works I will try a Model Rail J70 !!

            Regards.
            Martin

          • #240898
            Dai Davies
            Participant

              I agree with what Bob said on the previous reply. But if you are definitely moving your loco to EM, you may as well get an Em wheel gauge, and pull out the wheels on their axles. I don’t know the J50 particulars, but this has worked on other Hornby locos and can be a good short-term fix. Some people keep it as a long-term fix!

            • #240900
              Martin Sutor

                Many thanks to both. It works!
                Martin

              • #240901
                Ray Byde
                Participant

                  @David Davies said:
                  I agree with what Bob said on the previous reply. But if you are definitely moving your loco to EM, you may as well get an Em wheel gauge, and pull out the wheels on their axles. I don’t know the J50 particulars, but this has worked on other Hornby locos and can be a good short-term fix. Some people keep it as a long-term fix!  

                • #240904
                  Bob Allison
                  Participant

                    Martin.
                    Excellent news that you have got it to work – there should be no holding you back now.
                    Alan Gibson’s website contains instructions for converting a number of proprietary locos to EM – they are a bit more detailed than the EMGS manual sheets so may be useful. You can find them in the Download section.

                    Regards,
                    Bob

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