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by RFS
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: By Passing DCC
Replies: 5
Views: 78

Re: By Passing DCC

I assume you have a loco with a 4-pin socket in the tender and a 4-pin plug from the loco. In this case it matters not whether it's DCC-fitted (ie has a decoder in the socket in the tender) or DCC-ready (has a blanking plug in the socket). The pickups from the engine go via two wires to the tender, ...
by RFS
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern Region EMU
Replies: 5
Views: 121

Re: Southern Region EMU

The 2-BIL and 2-HAL are fixed 2-car units and adding any extra coaches would simply not look right. You should have no problem adding a second unit even on DC. The motors are identical and therefore well matched, plus the current consumption for just 2 cars is quite low. The last additional 2-BIL I ...
by RFS
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What does the term rebuilt mean
Replies: 19
Views: 322

Re: What does the term rebuilt mean

This is usually referring to the prototype not the model. For example, the Bulleid pacifics on the SR were rebuilt with new valve gear, air-smoothed casing removed etc. So this is why you will see Hornby models of these engines described as rebuilt to distinguish from models in their original state....
by RFS
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Q1
Replies: 9
Views: 194

Re: Hornby Q1

Bigglesof266 wrote:Just need to watch that fragile body connection on the lubricator mech when handling is all.

In real life not all the Q1s had this lubricator and that's reflected in Hornby's models. My 33005 doesn't have one, but the one on 33017 failed and has been removed as it was far too fiddly to get back on.
by RFS
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Q1
Replies: 9
Views: 194

Re: Hornby Q1

I have 2 of them, the first bought about 11 years ago. I use them extensively on my automated layout and they run extremely well. Just had a couple of minor problems with the earliest. Firstly, it became a bit wobbly after about 5 years, but I found it any easy job to fit a replacement wheelset. Sec...
by RFS
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Hornby replacement wheels
Replies: 20
Views: 238

Re: Hornby replacement wheels

Mountain wrote:It's a shame they don't do 10.5mm wheels as I could do with some of those. :D



Alan Gibson do them, eg https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alan-Gibson-4008-10-5mm-Lowmac-10-Spoke-Wheels-x-2-New-00/382442299249?hash=item590b565f71:g:XtEAAOSwPcVVlnkt
by RFS
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Rails pricing anomaly on Hornby restaurant coaches
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: Rails pricing anomaly on Hornby restaurant coaches

Hatton's pre-order price was £40, but as with Rails their pre-orders old out. These are their prices for the second batch.

Also both Hatton's and Rails are incorrectly describing the BR version as S7946S when it's S7861S.
by RFS
Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Peco electrofrog points
Replies: 10
Views: 405

Re: Peco electrofrog points

Being as you've already bought the PM10s then perhaps your best option is to use the Gaugemaster GM500s to switch the polarity. They are simply wired together with the motors. As they're DPDT it means you have a spare switch for signals, or alternatively one GM500 can be used for both points where t...
by RFS
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Peco electrofrog points
Replies: 10
Views: 405

Re: Peco electrofrog points

Can I still link the stock and switch rail with wire for improved contact without having to do the polarity stuff too? Quite simply, no. If you do not use a polarity switch, then the frog's polarity is switched by blade contact to the stock rail, hence linking these together will cause an instant s...
by RFS
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Question Regarding Carriage Lighting
Replies: 2
Views: 136

Re: Question Regarding Carriage Lighting

No it doesn't I'm afraid, and nor does the 2-BIL.
by RFS
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: TV Surpressors and DCC.
Replies: 12
Views: 276

Re: TV Surpressors and DCC.

I too only use Lenz and Zimo decoders. But I've found some Hornby locos can cause poor running on other locos if they do not have their capacitors removed. Bought a couple of 2-BILs when they first came out and fitted them with Lenz Standard+ decoders. Unit #1 was fine all the time, but unit #2 beca...
by RFS
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 32-166 Class N
Replies: 7
Views: 210

Re: Bachmann 32-166 Class N

Do you mean the Bachmann E2? Hornby produce the E2 which is quite an old model, whereas Bachmann's model is of the E4.

I have both the E4 and the N, which is an older version the current model. The N does run quite smoothly and it's DCC-fitted with a Lenz Silver mini decoder.
by RFS
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: How Good is It
Replies: 23
Views: 587

Re: How Good is It

Hornby R8249 decoders only have 500ma of power and emit blue smoke if you overload them. US locos are often power-hungry and the Hornby decoder therefore might not be suitable. It also comes only in 8-pin version.
by RFS
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: How Good is It
Replies: 23
Views: 587

Re: How Good is It

If you're looking for a new DCC system don't waste your money on the Select. It is not fully NMRA-compliant for a start. Just do a search on this and other forums to see what people say. You can't change CVs, for example, which means you lose a lot of basic DCC functionality. If you're after a good,...
by RFS
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Three-way points ...
Replies: 9
Views: 230

Re: Three-way points ...

Although I use DCC and automation, I've found the easiest way to represent these on a control panel is as 2 separate turnouts. Same with double slips. Makes it very easy to see the routes through them, especially in places such as on my layout where one of these is connected directly to a double slip.

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