Classic UK Minitrix Models  -  Graham Farish
Class 66 Overview

The only reason that I include this in here is because I bought one cheap from Hattons. In fact it turned out to be not so cheap as shortly after, the motor developed a fault - part of the armature ferrite rings broke off, and the motor had to be replaced. So it had to come to bits.

The Farish locos are constructed completely differently from the Minitrix ones. The chassis is split vertically down the middle, with each side being electrically isolated from the other. All of the plastic components are held together with lugs and tags, and in order to relaease them you have to find out where they are and how to press them or pry them apart.

Basically, these tags are very fragile and the chances are that if you don't know exactly where they are and what to do, something will break.

These pages simply show some photos and aren't intended to be a set of instructions. Maybe one day I will document it properly, or so I thought, so I took some photos in case. I haven't got to that stage yet.

The Class 66 is a regularly seen workhorse on the rail network. This particular one is a GF model of the one owned by Bardon Aggregates. (Just in case you hadn't realised), but companies like EWS own many of them.

It is an excellent model, but what is interesting is the comparison of a genuine British N Guage loco, with the Minitrix models. Early British Minitrix models seem to have been based on existing European models. The Class 27 is a good example, and although it is an excellent loco, it is rather over-sized compared to other models.

In comparison, the later Minitrix Class 47s are much better, and a front on comparison between the Minitrix Class 27, the Class 47 and the Farish Class 66 shows how the Minitrix models developed in response. The Class 47 is a properly scaled N Gauge model, contrary to the oft heard comment that Minitrix are over-sized, and wherease the motor on the Class 27 is fast and has a noisy raps, especially at full speed (which is considerable), the later Class 47 is slower, and has a smooth, gentle whine. In fact, the motors look similar, but they are poles apart. :-)

See the pictures below.

Left to Right - Farish Class 66, Minitrix Class 47, Minitrix Class 27 Front to Back - Minitrix Class 27, Minitrix Class 47, Farish Class 66. The rear of the locos are all in line.

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