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by SRman
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: London Bridge to Brighton (driver's eye view)
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Re: London Bridge to Brighton (driver's eye view)

Looks good - I only had a chance to skim through bits of it but will watch properly later. It does stop at my old haunt, though; Three Bridges station. I used to live and go to school in Pound Hill, just to the left of the line.
by SRman
Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Unrebuilt bulleid poor haulage ability
Replies: 9
Views: 179

Re: Unrebuilt bulleid poor haulage ability

Does this model have the sprung rear driving axle? This can cause some problems if the spring is too soft and allows the adhesive weight to be transferred off the front driver and onto the trailing truck. One solution is to add extra weight at the front of the loco, another, more drastic operation i...
by SRman
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:46 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Running Older Stock
Replies: 10
Views: 218

Re: Running Older Stock

The old Triang will be the problem. Coaches and wagons are fairly easy to rewheel or re bogie, their couplers are also only marginally compatible. Steam locos are the hardest to rewheel and may not be worth the effort, the old X03/4 motor is a survivor, as long as its magnet has held out. Easy to r...
by SRman
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Class 17 Heljan
Replies: 11
Views: 203

Re: Class 17 Heljan

I agree about them being too bright - I did tweak the brightness down much later, after the photos were taken. The Heljan lighting didn't illuminate the whole width of the headcode, with just a 'letterbox' slot of bright light (even less realistic, especially as they were also done with Surface Moun...
by SRman
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Class 17 Heljan
Replies: 11
Views: 203

Re: Class 17 Heljan

I did buy one of the later models in green. It runs superbly, but the headcode lighting is, quite frankly, crap! I bought a replacement headcode lighting kit from Jason Edmonds (or was that Edmunds?), marketing under the name 'Stickswipe' on eBay, and that looks so much better than the originals. I ...
by SRman
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Class 17 Heljan
Replies: 11
Views: 203

Re: Class 17 Heljan

When they first came out and had all the well-publicised motor problems, a friend had one he dismantled to investigate the causes. He discovered that the bearings on those worm shafts had a flat on one side and that was supposed to key into the corresponding flat in the recess; however, the factory ...
by SRman
Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DC Vs DCC
Replies: 12
Views: 218

Re: DC Vs DCC

My own layout has a lower level and an upper level, and the two levels are kept entirely separate. The lower level with the simpler track plan has been wired to be switchable between DCC and DC - the whole level goes over to one or the other. With that in mind, I have wired in isolating sections in ...
by SRman
Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Cambrian OO wagon kits
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: Cambrian OO wagon kits

With one exception, I have liked the Cambrian Kits I have built (or still have to build!). The exception is the 1947 SR ballast hopper, which is distinctly fiddly and the instructions aren't entirely clear. In most cases I have bought the entire kit and kaboodle (literally!), including the Gibson wh...
by SRman
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Functions on a 21 pin decoder
Replies: 4
Views: 102

Re: Functions on a 21 pin decoder

Yeah! Wot Flashbang sed! I agree completely that it is better to avoid soldering directly to the decoder wherever possible. I have adapted a few different models at different times, and soldered adjacent to the pins where no separate solder pads were evident on the PCB itself. Soldering underneath t...
by SRman
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Cambrian OO wagon kits
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: Cambrian OO wagon kits

The Hornby and Bachmann wagon wheels tend to be a slightly larger diameter than the recommended ones. However, there may be occasions where they better suit the individual modeller's needs. If you do use them, you may have to alter clearances, particularly around brake gear. I recently built a 6-whe...
by SRman
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Suitability or not for DCC
Replies: 23
Views: 404

Re: Suitability or not for DCC

I have used several TCS Z2 decoders for really tight locations (three Dapol/Hornby Terriers and the Bachmann Wickham trolley). TCS M1/M4 decoders are also very small, as are those mentioned by others above. Smaller decoders tend to be dearer than 'standard' sized items, but a good many are quite cap...
by SRman
Thu May 18, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Zimo MX622N for Heljan 05 shunter?
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Re: Zimo MX622N for Heljan 05 shunter?

OK, I'm home now. Yes, the 36-568 was substituted, which, from its great running qualities, I don't mind in the least! :)

I'll definitely consider more of this decoder for my 6-pin needs.
by SRman
Thu May 18, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Zimo MX622N for Heljan 05 shunter?
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Re: Zimo MX622N for Heljan 05 shunter?

I'll have to double check that when i get home from work, Suzie. I ordered a 36-558A - it has arrived in a box labelled that it was made for Bachmann by Zimo, so I wonder if the shop has substituted a 36-568, then. Whichever it is, the running is very good and matches what I would expect from Zimo. ...
by SRman
Tue May 16, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Zimo MX622N for Heljan 05 shunter?
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Re: Zimo MX622N for Heljan 05 shunter?

If it is of any help, I have just fitted a Heljan 05 with a Bachmann 36-558 decoder, which is a Zimo product anyway. The fit was very tight but it got in there ... just. I also added a small rectangle of electrical insulation tape at the decoder end to prevent any potential shorts against the metal ...

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