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by Bigmet
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Suprise Move by Hornby
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: Suprise Move by Hornby

It's a 'hand washes hand' deal. ARM wanted access to some old* Lima tooling for suitable coaches to go with their newly tooled C38, which of course are in Hornby's tooling collection. The C38 is a handsome beast, I'd guess a number of UK modellers will buy it as an interesting item. *And not scrappe...
by Bigmet
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby, Imperial Airways Set
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Hornby, Imperial Airways Set

...It is a bit farcical that NEM was supposed to be a plug and play solution... The farcical aspect is that Hornby, nearing 20 years since they began to use the NEM coupler pocket, have still not standardised it throughout their range, or alternatively made a clear division such as: Volvo bumper si...
by Bigmet
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Early Diesels and decoders
Replies: 13
Views: 266

Re: Early Diesels and decoders

...is the yellow blob, marked C1 in the photo a capacitor? Do the others look like that? It is, and the ones attached directly to the motor are of similar appearance on all the Bach OO twin bogie models I have seen. The aperture in the grey block just above the fuel tank moulding should allow you t...
by Bigmet
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Early Diesels and decoders
Replies: 13
Views: 266

Re: Early Diesels and decoders

1. Remove any capacitors on the motors. This can be tricky with the Bachmann can motors as the caps can be hidden at the bottom of the motor. In my experience, there are usually three capacitors in Bachmann's diesel models. 2. Try a different brand of decoder. I have had no problems at all in Bachm...
by Bigmet
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R9926 passenger coaches
Replies: 8
Views: 271

Re: Hornby R9926 passenger coaches

The first of those is R409.
https://www.hattons.co.uk/254218/hornby ... etail.aspx

If you do a search on 'Hornby E121345' you can turn up the rest.
by Bigmet
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Heljan class 02
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Heljan class 02

That will be popular in both scales, and has that distinctive safety feature of a centre rear exit from the cab onto a platform. Think that was unique among UK shunting designs, so that bit different.
by Bigmet
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire (Scotland)
Replies: 9
Views: 532

Re: Train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire (Scotland)

The railway driver is trained to run at 'line speed' for the class of traffic they are driving on the section of the line they are on, when a green signal is showing; unless specific instructions by an authorised body are given. That's essential to ensure the timetable working isn't disrupted. The o...
by Bigmet
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R9926 passenger coaches
Replies: 8
Views: 271

Re: Hornby R9926 passenger coaches

Like this R9295 on Ebay? (The R9296 also on Ebay hung up, that's the brake end version coach.)
by Bigmet
Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Old Locos, DCC decoders and Hornby Select
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: Old Locos, DCC decoders and Hornby Select

I would take a step back from this, and first ask how comfortable you are modifying and rewiring the locos you have? Because what you will have to do to make the plan work is fully isolate both motor terminals from the rails, and then solder the decoder's black and red wires to the pick ups, and the...
by Bigmet
Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Layout repair/overhaul
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Re: Layout repair/overhaul

...Does anyone know of someone who would be willing to undertake this paid work anywhere in the Bedfordshire area?... I don't, but as suggested above, between model railway clubs and retailers in the area lies your best chance of finding someone. Anyone worth engaging for this project will insist o...
by Bigmet
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: EZ Command problem - Pease Help
Replies: 7
Views: 423

Re: EZ Command problem - Pease Help

Is there a 'reset' facility for the EZ command - probably need to read through the manual to find out... Have you already tried power off for 24 hours and then see what it does? Once out of options on a 'black box' piece of electronics, next step is to contact the manufacturer's support team; I take...
by Bigmet
Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Layout in progress - Name undecided
Replies: 28
Views: 1428

Re: Layout in progress - Name undecided

Not totally impossible to have an LNER connection, as the NBR reached the North coast of the Lake District at Silloth, and might well have gone further if the Isle of Man had actually been a peninsula in the style of the 'Sodor and Man' of Awdry's creation. Rather like Scotland, the LMS group would ...
by Bigmet
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: EFE Rail
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: EFE Rail

The 35 is the OO Heljan tooling. The 17 is N gauge, as also the Mermaid ballast tippler, both from tooling by the now disappeared DJM. There's also the J94 in OO, ex DJM, upgraded by Bachmann; and a motorised EFE OO tube train.

Some entries relating to the J94 in the Bachmann section.
by Bigmet
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann K3
Replies: 9
Views: 541

Re: Bachmann K3

... I think I'll need to add some weight to it to pull very much... Exactly what I found. Remove the screw attached ballast weight in the front end of the body, saw off the mounting for the decoder socket, pack all the body interior voids solid with lead, give the cab a one piece lead floor and fal...
by Bigmet
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC decoder Pins
Replies: 12
Views: 428

Re: DCC decoder Pins

Thanks. So there is absolutely no need for these capacitors. The practical impact is negligible with almost all broadcast traffic now digital, which has very high rejection of the Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) generated by any sparking at the commutator, wheels and pick ups. (The spark quenchi...

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