Oxford Rail N7

This forum is for the discussion of railway modelling of the LNER and its constituent companies.

Moderators: 52D, Rlangham, Atlantic 3279, Blink Bonny, Saint Johnstoun, richard, Tom F

earlswood nob
LNER A4 4-6-2 'Streak'
Posts: 1594
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:23 am
Location: Surrey

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by earlswood nob » Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:00 am

Good morning all

SEF do a Buckjumper kit, which was upgraded a while ago.

It's a lovely loco and can be built in several versions.b

Earlswood No

Hatfield Shed
LNER P2 2-8-2
Posts: 952
Joined: Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:34 pm

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by Hatfield Shed » Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:31 pm

Or you can carve about a J72, with new tank, cab and bunker wall overlays and new tank tops and roof to make a reasonable 'lookee-likee', if you go in for that kind of thing. The GER/NER relationship is quite apparent if you embark on this project: we put the dome 'here' at Stratford, 'there' at Darlington, style; much in common underneath the external differences.

Quite how this very neat class has avoided a RTR OO model eludes me! I did suggest to the previous Bach MD when it became clear that the J72 would have to be wholly renewed, that going for a different class - yes Stratford's - rather then competing with a mountain of your own decent looking s/h product, (and the endless bleating for mechanisms to be sold separately) might be the better choice; but that clearly didn't make the cut...

65447
LNER A4 4-6-2 'Streak'
Posts: 1551
Joined: Fri Oct 19, 2007 2:44 pm
Location: Overlooking the GEML

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by 65447 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:14 pm

Hatfield Shed wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:31 pm
Quite how this very neat class has avoided a RTR OO model eludes me! I did suggest to the previous Bach MD when it became clear that the J72 would have to be wholly renewed, that going for a different class - yes Stratford's - rather then competing with a mountain of your own decent looking s/h product, (and the endless bleating for mechanisms to be sold separately) might be the better choice; but that clearly didn't make the cut...
A model J69 was planned by Airfix and would have gone into production had that company not gone into liquidation. Hornby had previously developed an N7/3 but acquired the Airfix tooling for the N2 and made that instead. The N7/3 sample was numbered 69633 and is said to have survived.

Hatfield Shed
LNER P2 2-8-2
Posts: 952
Joined: Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:34 pm

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by Hatfield Shed » Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:38 am

65447 wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:14 pm
A model J69 was planned by Airfix and would have gone into production had that company not gone into liquidation. Hornby had previously developed an N7/3 but acquired the Airfix tooling for the N2 and made that instead. The N7/3 sample was numbered 69633 and is said to have survived.
Shame to have 'lost' the Airfix J69, as if to the standard of their other tooling - such as the N2 - it would still be useful today. A friend who is quite interested in the development of RTR model ranges has never shown me that, but has chapter and verse on all
the Triang-Hornby/Hornby 'might have beens'. My reaction to it is that the business seems to have invested steadily in scoping potential new subjects for the range, and then deciding not to go ahead after all on practically all of them. Stagnating in short by not doing enough towards increasing choice. But then again we had a good choice from the kit makers.

RayS
LNER Thompson L1 2-6-4T
Posts: 85
Joined: Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:18 pm

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by RayS » Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:32 pm

Accdg to Hattons, the BR N7 is moved backwards still further to Oct-Dec. What's the betting we don't see them this year? Why was production space wasted on the photographic grey versions - surely a minority interest. :(

exile
LNER J94 0-6-0ST Austerity
Posts: 47
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:58 pm
Location: France

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by exile » Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:11 am

I think you will find that photographic grey was in fact pre-grouping war time austerity grey - used from around 1915 - 1923.

jwealleans
LNER A4 4-6-2 'Streak'
Posts: 3527
Joined: Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:46 am

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by jwealleans » Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:09 am

... and still being used up (although maybe not on N7s) in 1927.

65447
LNER A4 4-6-2 'Streak'
Posts: 1551
Joined: Fri Oct 19, 2007 2:44 pm
Location: Overlooking the GEML

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by 65447 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:42 pm

Oxford Rail have notified today (10/10/19) the availability of the early BR version at £114.95 MRP:

www.oxforddiecast.co.uk/products/br-ear ... -or76n7003

Note discrepancies in the product details re running numbers and suchlike - the heading states 69621 (the last Stratford-built N7), the photograph shows 69612 and the text states 9621...

RayS
LNER Thompson L1 2-6-4T
Posts: 85
Joined: Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:18 pm

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by RayS » Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:35 pm

69612 arrived today - thanks Hattons. Back-to-backs checked and seem all correct. Only time for a quick run up and down through a few Peco points. Runs very quietly and smoothly. Not being a rivet counter I am very happy to have a nice little GE loco, apart from the overlong couplings. I am toying with using Vitrains ones, which are much shorter and without a socket, but the tiny wedge that fits into the triangular gap on the chassis is too small and would need padding out with plasticard to make a tighter fit. Any other ideas?

mick b
LNER A4 4-6-2 'Streak'
Posts: 3189
Joined: Tue May 30, 2006 4:43 pm

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by mick b » Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:13 pm

If ?? they are the normal NEM style coupling .

Cut the back off the coupling box and then glue them to the mounting pronged part of the coupling. That will pull them in by at least 3mm .

RayS
LNER Thompson L1 2-6-4T
Posts: 85
Joined: Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:18 pm

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by RayS » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:51 pm

Thanks Mick b - I have just done that for the rear one; the Vitrains idea is fine for the front; altogether much neater looking and both work fine forwards and backwards, with freight stock at least.

RayS
LNER Thompson L1 2-6-4T
Posts: 85
Joined: Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:18 pm

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by RayS » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:04 pm

First try to post a pic - my N7 with shortened couplings

RayS
LNER Thompson L1 2-6-4T
Posts: 85
Joined: Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:18 pm

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by RayS » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:15 pm

Try again
Attachments
N7 lge_compressed.jpg

drmditch
NER C7 4-4-2
Posts: 864
Joined: Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:55 pm
Location: Durham

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by drmditch » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:24 pm

I hope that works!

(I find that on my railway the coupling bar needs to be outside the buffers - to avoid buffer locking.)

RayS
LNER Thompson L1 2-6-4T
Posts: 85
Joined: Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:18 pm

Re: Oxford Rail N7

Post by RayS » Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:19 pm

Front coupling bar 1.5mm ahead of buffers; rear about 2mm beyond. No probs so far.

Post Reply