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by SRman
Sat Jan 08, 2022 11:58 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Heljan Class 33
Replies: 25
Views: 437

Re: Heljan Class 33

This appears to be a somewhat random affliction on Heljan's product, and I have never seen one of their loco models with a coupler pocket mounted higher than the NEM spec. , which would be 'the why' of a downward cranked coupling. I have seen Heljan models from notionally the same production run so...
by SRman
Sat Jan 08, 2022 2:48 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Heljan Class 33
Replies: 25
Views: 437

Re: Heljan Class 33

Regarding the Heljan couplings and buffer beam details: I cut most of the detail pipes off flush with the base of the buffer beam, leaving any towards the outer edges uncut. I don't use the Heljan tension lock couplings. Although they are nice and fine, they are cranked downwards, which can cause pr...
by SRman
Wed Jan 05, 2022 1:25 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Heljan Class 33
Replies: 25
Views: 437

Re: Heljan Class 33

I agree with all the points raised above: the newest releases from Heljan seem to have very tight-fitting bodies that take quite a bit of effort to get off, initially. Earlier examples were easier. RFS raised the point about using a decoder with 1A capability (or more): I recommend this for all Helj...
by SRman
Wed Jan 05, 2022 1:14 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Peckett, Three Axle Coaches, Terrier
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Hornby Peckett, Three Axle Coaches, Terrier

I have a couple of W4 Pecketts. Superb running from the W4, dare I say it even better running than the Peckett 0-6-0 B2 Obtained mine last year on some 'deal' prices well under £100. Can't fault them. Geoff T. Experience* over here with the B2 Pecketts suggest the pickups are both too brittle and n...
by SRman
Sat Oct 23, 2021 1:20 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC loco on DC problems
Replies: 13
Views: 305

Re: DCC loco on DC problems

The problem of DC on DCC is that when the baseline voltage drops back to zero and the loco stops there is still an 18V waveform on the tracks. A good old clunker like an X04, one of the old Romfords or an Original H-D is going to have a solid iron core in the motor and the AC will make it hum a lit...
by SRman
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:30 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: my train takes ages to stop
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: my train takes ages to stop

Current Bachmann sound projects are on Zimo decoders, I think. At least some recent sound projects for Zimo have a brake function. I have a Bachmann Collectors Club London Underground class 20 with such sound, delivered yesterday so I am still getting to grips with it, but one thing it does have is ...
by SRman
Thu Sep 30, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Zimo MX600R
Replies: 19
Views: 607

Re: Zimo MX600R

My MX600R decoders have arrived, I know red and black to the track and orange and grey to the motor. I intend to snip off the connector and hard wire. The other wires I will cut off but leave a short length (insulated) so that I can connect to them in future if I decide to add lights. Whats puzzlin...
by SRman
Mon Sep 27, 2021 3:03 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby class 101 DMU
Replies: 12
Views: 1688

Re: Hornby class 101 DMU

I have FOUR Triang Class 101 DMUs all of which have the same directional light-up headcode of "A7", firstly what does this signify and secondly which area of BR? My Hornby Class 47s have directional light-up headcodes of "1V03", this probably has no relation to the Anglia region...
by SRman
Sun Sep 12, 2021 4:28 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: FALLER ROADWAY - FINALLY WORKING AFTER 4 YEARS
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: FALLER ROADWAY - FINALLY WORKING AFTER 4 YEARS

That looked really effective. I'll look forward to seeing more of this. 8)
by SRman
Wed Aug 25, 2021 3:06 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Help please - 6x4ft.. 6 year old involved lol
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: Help please - 6x4ft.. 6 year old involved lol

If you can stretch to multiple track levels you might gat a few more things in, but I would question whether you could fit a turntable and sidings and the retail premises - turntables take up quite a lot of usable space. Besides the planning software, there are many books available with layout plans...
by SRman
Wed Aug 18, 2021 1:36 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Sound decoders, hear before you buy?
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: Sound decoders, hear before you buy?

As said above, there are a good many clips on YouTube, but the compression of the videos can affect the sound a bit, so you have to interpret how they would sound at full quality. lso, it depends on what the computer or phone speakers are like - I can play clips on my laptop (using just the laptop's...
by SRman
Sat Aug 14, 2021 2:54 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Position of running number on early BR diesels
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: Position of running number on early BR diesels

You would really need to find a photo of the locomotive concerned at the time you wish to model it. Early BR blue had a number of variations including, but not limited to: BR arrows under each cab side window, with numbers behind the cab doors on the main bodyside. BR arrows under each cab side wind...
by SRman
Wed Aug 04, 2021 1:20 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: All new class 47 tooling from Bachmann
Replies: 9
Views: 482

Re: All new class 47 tooling from Bachmann

This also seems to be a direct challenge to Heljan, who also have their all-new class 47 on the way.
by SRman
Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: History of a Mainline loco
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: History of a Mainline loco

Thank you all for informative, helpful comments. Will consign the loco to DC only, George North Carolina If you did want to convert this or a similar locomotive to DCC in the future, I converted a couple of Bachmann split chassis Lord Nelsons which were good runners to start with. Using a very smal...
by SRman
Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:39 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: History of a Mainline loco
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: History of a Mainline loco

The Mainline one will be a split chassis, and while the motor is different (a flatter, square shaped design), the principles for converting to DCC are exactly the same for either brand. Mainline running qualities could usually be best described as indifferent, so I would question whether it is reall...

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