- 15 Dec 2018
Does anyone know the minimum radius required to run these coaches?
Hello,Agree with all of Malcolm's comments above - add metal wheels if you can afford them, and it is well worth swapping the white springs for black LGB ones (the white NQ ones are too stiff) .... I have several NQ coaches and wagons, including some conversions by German dealers like Zenner, and they all run just fine. R1 curves are no problem, BUT on some of the coaches - especially early ones, I don't know if they've fixed the problem with later production - you can get difficulties with the coupler shafts not being long enough, causing the buffers to foul - I have a rake of three early Green ones (with the "TB" logos) that I run behind my live-steam Aster/LGB Frank S - so as not to get the nicer but more expensive LGB coaches all oily and smutty - and to get round the problem I simply removed one buffer from each coach; it really doesn't notice when they are running in the garden!
Just seen your second post while I was typing this - you can buy LGB coupler hook sets as spare parts, each little sprue gives you a hook, a plastic concertina spring and the little round plastic "rivet" that holds the hook in place. One set of these per coach will allow you to add a second coupler hook to the end that just has a loop only, which will make the coupling of the coaches much more secure and less likely to uncouple when you don't want them to.
If you can get some spare extra LGB black springs at the same time, you can swap these for the white plastic NQ one, which as I mentioned above is quite stiff - the more flexy LGB ones will allow much more freedom of movement for the coupler hook and improve the overall running.
To see how the hooks and springs fit, just look at the existing ones on the coaches - the LGB spares are a direct replacement.
Hello,I've got around twenty of the first batch in all three colours. I've not modified them or changed the wheels (other than a couple that weren't running 'true'). To date no problems have been experienced, but then apart from a fan of R1 points the minimum ruling radius of my track is around R3.
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Hello,My husband and I have several of the Newqida coaches. We put metal wheels on them, but we've made no modifications to the couplers. The white spring is a bit odd, but no actual problems with them staying connected.
They will run just fine on R1 curves, but because of the length they look a little off on anything less than R3.
Thanks, Malcom - this helps me too!They are quite happy on LGB R1's...600mm radius.
Metal wheels help stability...Bachmann 32mm ones are a direct fit
Thanks - a great help.Hi Leslie,
We recently purchased two Newqida green coaches. At the moment, we're still playing with trains in the lounge for Christmas. To answer your question, I made a short video with two of the coaches on our current setup:
You can see the coaches take the LGB R1 curves fine. I haven't found there to be any trouble with the plastic wheels but our wooden lounge floor is pretty flat do it's not really challenge for them. That said, I can see them wobble when they go over the corners of the carpet so I will probably take the usual advice of fitting them with metal wheels when I get chance
Thanks, Malcom - this helps me too!
I'll second Melcom on this too, "For what they cost, great value!"
I don't think you will regret it - even with the cost of the additions, they are still pretty good value for what you get. Do shop around online for the coaches themselves, prices vary considerably.Thanks - a great help.
Thanks to all who replied to my query - I'll buy some, but I see steel wheels, new couplings and lead sheet on the horizon.