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by RAF96
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Adding TTS Decoder to Rebuilt Merchant Navy
Replies: 2
Views: 131

Re: Adding TTS Decoder to Rebuilt Merchant Navy

I just swapped the provided speaker for a sugar cube and sat it on the shelf in the loco ahead of the socket.

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by RAF96
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Are the Hornby Schools and Merchant Navy class any good?
Replies: 9
Views: 454

Re: Are the Hornby Schools and Merchant Navy class any good?

US Lines MN from the VS Orient Express Boxed Set is a good model. Mine has had a hard life and the valve gear pivots wore out. Replacement valve gear (now rare spares) installed, no problems since.
by RAF96
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: adding the Hornby R8213 DCC Select Controlle
Replies: 6
Views: 203

Re: adding the Hornby R8213 DCC Select Controlle

The Select was to have been made PC connectable by use of the Select-a-lInk cable hence it could have operated via Railmaster, but Hornby bean counters cancelled the cable so the Select remains stand alone. Edit - hence why you see Select as a controller option in RM drop down list. - End Edit. Shor...
by RAF96
Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Capacitors, chokes & mysteries - Bachmann "Hall"
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Capacitors, chokes & mysteries - Bachmann "Hall"

The problem with a rolling road is you cannot easily load the loco, except by pressing down on it. Running a loco on a flat track up against a buffer will load it but at risk of overheating the motor. An example of how little load a rolling road imparts is my old Class 56, which would run sweet on t...
by RAF96
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Capacitors, chokes & mysteries - Bachmann "Hall"
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Capacitors, chokes & mysteries - Bachmann "Hall"

I had read somewhere about using an AM radio to listen for circuit noise (unfortunately I mislaid the frequency I used but easy enough to twiddle the dial). It definitely worked as I came near to my PSUs with the radio there was obvious ‘leakage’ heard. One wag on the forum said it was a good way to...
by RAF96
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Batch sizes, availability and whatnot
Replies: 10
Views: 283

Re: Batch sizes, availability and whatnot

Thanks for the marketing instructional Bigmet - very informative. I suppose direct sales by a manufacturer are small potatoes compared to what they provide to retailers, hence retail forecasting is their best indicator. E.g. would they ever manage to sell 10,000 train sets from their on-line shop wh...
by RAF96
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Batch sizes, availability and whatnot
Replies: 10
Views: 283

Re: Batch sizes, availability and whatnot

My understanding is that many products are batched to production only on the basis of pre-orders. Who coordinates this twixt Hornby and their retailers I do not know, if indeed it happens at that level. Maybe external pre-orders are added to Hornby’s own pre-order list, maybe retail pre-orders are h...
by RAF96
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Web Site Articles - Help contribute to the site
Topic: Review - Train-Tech Smart Screen
Replies: 0
Views: 249

Review - Train-Tech Smart Screen

I trust this is the correct place to lodge this.

I have written a review of how this device works in conjunction with Hornby Railmaster, please see here http://www.halton96th.org.uk/smart-screen.html

Rob
by RAF96
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC Problems
Replies: 9
Views: 351

Re: DCC Problems

Also worth resetting the controller as well. I have seen this fix a ‘won’t program’ problem.
by RAF96
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: 16 volt AC plug and socket
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: 16 volt AC plug and socket

In my day of slot car racing (60-70s) the hand controllers were always connected by a small three pin mains plug, which from memory was 2 or 5 amp. There was no chance of plugging it into the mains as most all UK wiring had changed over to 13-amp. Something of similar size but more flimsy was used i...
by RAF96
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: loco coding program
Replies: 5
Views: 191

Re: loco coding program

ELink is virtually an Elite for function, but without a screen or controls as these are provided by Railmaster. The problem is it only works with Railmaster, not any other rail control software packages. Another limitation is it does not support POM, now whether this is a limitation of eLink or Rail...
by RAF96
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC Problems
Replies: 9
Views: 351

Re: DCC Problems

Interesting you say controllers (plural).
With DCC you should only ever have one master controller connected to the layout, unless the additional controllers are Walkabout handsets, which are connected to the track and pass commands via the master controller.
by RAF96
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: The Triang and Hornby 0-4-0 Loco Thread.
Replies: 105
Views: 4402

Re: The Triang and Hornby 0-4-0 Loco Thread.

Easy enough to install an 8-pin socket in these locos...

Decoder is Hornby basic R8249 so not tiny.

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by RAF96
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Connecting switch panel to layout
Replies: 31
Views: 948

Re: Connecting switch panel to layout

You can get D connectors with screw terminals in both male and female versions.
This links to a 25 way male pin version.
https://images.app.goo.gl/e18XJSv7tzXtdwBk7

Edit - you may wish to extend your mortgage if you need a few.
by RAF96
Wed May 01, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Hornby Class 20 TTS Loco in Consist
Replies: 56
Views: 2895

Re: Hornby Class 20 TTS Loco in Consist

Physically turning the pair around on track should not have affected anything as DCC polarity effectively cycles +/- ... -/+ like AC so the track has no idea you have relocated the locos and the locos head in the direction of their forwards regardless. I presume the lights were set such that simply ...

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