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Mallard, Sir Nigel Gresley, Britannia, Boadicea and Flying Scotsman in two different liveries. A collection of excellent 4-6-2 Minitrix locos which share a very similar chassis.
The Mallard and Nigel Gresley A4 locos at the top were both marketed by Hornby Minitrix in the early 1980s as N211 and N214 respectively. The two Britannia 7P locos on the second line were also marketed by Hornby Minitrix – N203 with its smaller wheels and lower gearing appearing in the 1970s, the Boadicea, with its larger front bogeys appearing much later and seems to share the same chassis as the A4 and A3 locos.
Missing from this line-up are the two A3 Flying Scotsman models in BR green and in Apple green. Neither were marketed by Hornby, and only ever appearing under the Minitrix brand in green/yellow lined plastic boxes in 1988.
The Minitrix Mallard is the centre piece of many an N-gauge collection. Superbly engineered and runs beautifully when it is in good trim. Highly geared, it was was always fast and always with electrical pickup on loco and tender it is never baulked by track joints or insulated points.
And then after sitting in a box in the loft for many years, its re-introduction to a new layout showed that it had developed a wobble, and the wobble got worse, and then I tried to fix it. It never ran smoothly again.
More recently I decided to make a more determined effort to mend it and in doing so I solved a multitude of little problems. The problem is that these machines are so small and so intricate, that a quick fix often causes other problems. A new approach – taking it to bits and cleaning and servicing each part, worked wonders.
This mini site was originally dedicated to do with getting a Hornby Minitrix Mallard back into fully working condition again. At one point, this was the only set of pages on the site. Its grown a bit since then, as has my collection of these classic n-gauge models