Tooling

We also have in the workshop, tooling such as presses, wheel press dies, wheel quartering jigs, brush bedding tools, vernier calipers and many other assembly tools for the mechanical engineering aspect of locomotive rebuilding. On the decoder side we have mDT digital software coupled to a Digital Programmer for decoder testing, setup, sound file and motor profile downloads, plus analysis. Current Märklin mLD/3, mSD/3 and equivalent decoders can be updated with firmware updates supplied online by the factory.

Eyelet Tooling for replacing broken lamp holder and valve gear eyelets.
Wheelset Press Tool.

This is a specialised press tool for replacing Marklin Wheelsets and regauging correct ‘Back to Back’..

Magnetising for the old Hornby-Dublo and Tri-ang Railways brands are done on an industrial grade machine with an excess of over 20,000 gauss. Built by ex Meccano Chief Electrical Engineer – Ronald Wyborn, who was the head electrical design of Hornby-Dublo from 1938-64. This we bought direct from Ronald in 1982 and it has repaired many locos since. This is an invaluable tool we have in the workshop.

This is new tooling being added and setup in the workshop. It is a coil winder for Hornby Dublo armatures. A very precise tool that can control coil wiring, by speed, pitch width and wire tension feed. Some special armature mounting tools have been made by our friend Alan Middleton in Melbourne for it, beautiful engineering to say the least. We are currently having new injection mould tooling made for the Dublo armature coil seats, a necessary sub assembly to perfect the armature rewinds. More details later as all on hold at the moment.

Winding tool face with mounted armature rotor
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