Work Background

My background for servicing model trains comes from many areas. Once trained as an apprenticed electrical fitter I spent 6 years working in heavy industry. This was in a textile mill servicing production lines as part of a 40 manned maintenance crew. Much experience was gained in keeping plant equipment operating, without any available spare parts, as they had to be repaired or re-made. 

Hornby Dublo trains have been serviced for 20 years for members in the Australian Hornby club (HRCAA).  I have worked in conjunction with Lawrence Willcox (Exeter UK) in the remanufacture of essential Dublo spares such as motor commutators, brushes and traction tyres. Lawrence has a number of original Dublo factory tooling such as armature winding machines and injection moulding tools. These are used to achieve the best possible replacement parts for servicing Dublo for both of us.

Märklin model trains have been repaired for 10 years. We currently support two commercial firms for model train repairs. The actual Märklin brand I have had a long time interest in its products and collecting. As a boy I would always go into Jim and Cliff Searles in Pitt Street, Sydney and be given their latest Märklin catalogue. We would always look out for the new loco for the year, plus all the pieces we could never have. These days it is collecting information on parts obtainability and how to best to repair Märklin. Many trade houses in Germany and Italy provide us with the original spares we require. 

On the digital side, I have had 26 years experience working on IBM mainframes as an Analyst/Programmer. There are no coding changes done to decoders of course other than at CV level, however the background is helpful is understanding the decoder functionality, problems and setup. 

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