Classic UK Minitrix Models  -  Ivatt 260
Take it Apart

The boiler door is the way into the main loco body. It pulls off easily with finger nails.

Position of the screw to hold the body in place.

A video of the process of taking off the body, a manufacturing anomaly, removing the motor and refitting the electrical contact clip.

Note that this is the 2-6-2 model, but the method for the 2-6-0 is identical at the front ......

.... but at the rear, you have to ease the bottom part of the body moulding over the rear of the metal casting.  The part is marked with a red dot on the photograph - click to see the enlarged image.

The electrical contact housing. Release the bottom from the clip with a small screwdriver.

(Note the extra weight above the rear bogies on this 2-6-2 model).

And here again on the left hand side.

The motor is held in place with two spring clips. Do not try to bend these clips - they will break. Use a small screwdriver to lift the bottom of the clip on each side, and then lift straight off.

The rear motor clip in position. When removing, the chassis slot provides leverage for a small screwdriver. However, the clip tends to lift one side sooner then the other, and a little help at the bottom of the clip is required. If the clip skews, don't force it. Being spring steel, it will break.


The baseplate is held in with two screws. On removal, a large number of parts become free to fall out. Note the front bogey, and the contact strip; 3 main drive axles with tyres on the front pair of wheels; 2 smaller gears seated between the drive wheel axles. Note also that as soon as you remove the wheels, the very delicate arms of the contact strip become unprotected. They are easy to catch, bend and damage.

Stop.  Before you do this, you may want to mark the centre wheel in some way.

Removing the pins. A gentle prise from under the coupling rod with a fine screwdriver will release the pins. These are metal on this loco. The centre pin holds the con rod which is linked to the valve gear. Probably better to remove the valve gear before the wheels rather than have it flapping around with the chassis not elevated enough to clear the delicate mechanism.

To remove the valve gear you have to remove the gearbox. A fine pointed screwdriver pushed against the pin will force it out of the chassis. The face that you are looking at is plastic - it forms an open box around the metal casing of the gearbox. Once the pin is removed, the gearbox and contact strip will lift straight up.

Note that when you do this, a small plastic washer which is under the brass washer on the front bogie position, becomes free. Don't lose it and don't lose the plastic gear from the gearbox! Keep this assembly protected.


Here, the 2-6-0 chassis showing the plastic top-hat insulation washer in place with the conductive brass washer bent out of the way.  The washer provides conductivity for the right hand bogey wheel pickup.  The top hat washer stops it from earthing agaisnt the chassis.

The Ivatt 2-6-0 in bits placed in a handy little tray with lid that I located.  The tender is still in one piece -apart from the front axle which I needed to remove in order to get to the screw to remove the coupling. 

Left tray top to bottom:  Motor and clips; front bogey; valve gear and con rods; Boiler weght, drive gear and axle; Loco Body
Right tray left to right:  Chassis, plastic contact holder and insulating top-hat washer; baseplate, screws, intermediate gears and axles; Tender, motor clip, spring conductor, coupling, front tender axle.

Removing the plastic chassis from the metal chassis. Make sure that the gearbox pin has been removed and turn the chassis upside down so that it rests on the bulb housing and the rear block. The contact washer for the bogies is soldered to the contact strip on the right side of the loco. This needs to be gently eased off its plastic washer, and bent upwards, so that it doesn't get in the way. Don't lose the plastic insulating washer.

Note how the plastic moulding dovetails into the metal casting. The plastic chassis has to be lifted rear first. The lugs behind the rear wheel axle slot are captive, and need to be gently prised outwards, away from the chassis, both at the same time, while gently pressing the plastic down towards the table. (If the chassis was the correct way up, we would be lifting the rear of the plastic upwards from the chassis.) The front of the chassis slots in under the metal lampholder upright. Be careful of the brass washer that you bent out of the way, and the whole assembly lifts out.

The valve gear comes off with the plastic chassis. In fact, it is possible to remove the valve gear with the plastic chassis raised just a little, and it is probably best to do this to avoid any damage to the fragile components. Note that the piston rod and the con rod on both sides are not permanently connected, and will drop off at some point if you are not aware of this.  The photo shows the rods splayed out to aid refitting, but it can be seen how the flat cross member slips under the gear housing from this photo.

The plastic cylinder mouldings slide out from the side of the chassis on each side. However, there is a little ridge in the metal casting which the plastic cylinders need to be eased over. A very fine screwdriver eased between the plastic and the side arm will help the plastic cylinder moulding to pop off easily. (See photo, and note the opposite side where the cyliners have been removed, revealing the metal ridge).

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