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by RFS
Wed May 27, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby Maunsell coaches.
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Re: Hornby Maunsell coaches.

On the 2-BILs they're clear plastic and part of the glazing. But just looked at a Maunsell coach and they're black so not sure what they're attached to. So have a look yourself - they're fairly obvious - but do proceed with caution!
by RFS
Wed May 27, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby Maunsell coaches.
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Re: Hornby Maunsell coaches.

There are 4 tabs at each corner. You need to carefully push these in with a small screwdriver. I've not opened one myself but if they're the same as the 2-BIL coaches then there's a tab in the centre as well. Best to slide a piece of plastic between the coach sides before pushing the tabs in.
by RFS
Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Lenz Digital Plus LS150 not accepting programming
Replies: 4
Views: 317

Re: Lenz Digital Plus LS150 not accepting programming

Did the Hornby transformer supply DC power rather than AC? According to the manual this can damage it.

You can pick up SH LS150s off Ebay quite cheaply these days - around £25-30 or so.
by RFS
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Dcc decoder plugs
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: Dcc decoder plugs

Just slide a thin-bladed screwdriver underneath and gradually prise up. Fingers are fine - they protect the wires - but you risk bending the pins!
by RFS
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Question about BR Mk1 carriages
Replies: 20
Views: 682

Re: Question about BR Mk1 carriages

I believe they are filler pipes for the toilet water tanks.
by RFS
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Modify and combining standard points and slips
Replies: 7
Views: 424

Re: Modify and combining standard points and slips

Although the seller claims the unit has live frogs requiring polarity switching that's only partially true. The 3 simple turnouts are Electrofrog but the double slip and diamond crossing are both Insulfrog, so only 3 out of 7 frogs are live. I assume therefor it's Peco code 100 components rather tha...
by RFS
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 4 road engine shed
Replies: 2
Views: 248

Re: Bachmann 4 road engine shed

Sounds like his track is fixed to some underlay thereby raising it up so there will most likely be a need to add some packing strips for the shed. My track is on a 5mm underlay, but it extends to the side so the shed sits on that too and I have no problems.
by RFS
Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What size spanner?
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: What size spanner?

I believe what you need is the Hornby R913 Connecting Rod spanner. Alternatively, have you tried with a small pair of pliers? I've removed and replaced rods on Hornby locos when changing the wheels and found a small pair of pliers works too.

I have the Expo tool Roger mentioned above.
by RFS
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Help for a beginner - short circuit
Replies: 6
Views: 1584

Re: Help for a beginner - short circuit

In simple terms the tracks in the centre of the points need a break in them. The normal way to achieve this is with the use of insulated rail joiners. No this won't be enough. The layout is DCC so these turnouts positioned here constitute a reverse loop and hence some form of auto-reverser will be ...
by RFS
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: K1 decoder
Replies: 8
Views: 770

Re: K1 decoder

Both the Zimo and Lenz decoders have a similar wiring harness, but there should be plenty of space in the tender to accommodate it.

I believe the "working brakes" is only a feature of Zimo sound decoders.
by RFS
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: K1 decoder
Replies: 8
Views: 770

Re: K1 decoder

The decoder socket is in the tender so you should have no problem fitting a suitable decoder of your choice. I would recommend either the Lenz Standard+ or the Zimo MX600R.
by RFS
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R4860 Devon Observation car.. DCC?
Replies: 4
Views: 608

Re: Hornby R4860 Devon Observation car.. DCC?

Yes it will work - that's how all my Hornby Pullmans do.
by RFS
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: K1 decoder
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Re: K1 decoder

Suggest you have a look at the Coastal DCC website - https://www.coastaldcc.co.uk/

Lenz Standard+ is 10231-02, and Zimo is MX600R. Coastal DCC will charge postage at cost whereas others seem to have a flat rate of £4 even for a small item. As they say, shop around!
by RFS
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: K1 decoder
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Re: K1 decoder

The DCC socket for this loco is in the tender so there should be no problem fitting a non-sound one. My recommendation would be the Zimo MX600R or the Lenz Standard+, both of which are excellent, quality decoders at a reasonable price of around £20. Can't advise on sound but provision is made in the...
by RFS
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco code 75 track
Replies: 11
Views: 1175

Re: Peco code 75 track

Hope that helps Well no it doesn't! Quite simply I think if you are going to dispense expert technical advice in this way you really ought to know your subject which it seems you don't. As a long standing DCC-user with a large layout containing 70+ Electrofrog code 75 points and slips perhaps I can...

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