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Just taken delivery of Thane of Fife and a handsome loco it is too, the dcc socket the usual 8 pin socket is in the tender and in went my favoured 8 pin nano and off it went until it fell off the track, it fell off repeatedly. A note here I use track pins and also the Noch underlay, as a result over time the pins will work out causing usually some problems such as instant stopping, another effect is that the track might move and this proved to be the case, even a little misalignment and off comes the bogie.
So the bounce on the bogie was improved by bending the very. weak spring and this improved matters but not enough.
It also took a dislike to the Peco level crossing and sundry other points, watching carefully the bogie seemed to bounce at the rear wheels and come off easy on the front. So next job was to replace the front wheels as a study of these shows very little flange in fact they look rather like those on a Heljan O2 a very thin flange depth but a wide flange.
I substituted a set of Wrenn wheels and although 8 spoke freight wagon type this solved all the problems immediately. I checked and it looks like Hornby wheels from an A3 will do the job and look right
Here is a pic of the new loco.
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