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by SRman
Wed Aug 04, 2021 1:20 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: All new class 47 tooling from Bachmann
Replies: 2
Views: 51

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: 170

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: 170

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...
by SRman
Tue Jul 13, 2021 1:01 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The grills on Class 25 diesels
Replies: 9
Views: 259

Re: The grills on Class 25 diesels

Tinkering with the 25 got me thinking, I recently bought some brass head code discs off eBay to try and replace a couple of missing discs off the front of my Bachmann 24. I decided that I'd try and convert another Hornby Class 25 into a 24. I could of bought a blue Bachmann 24, but this seemed like...
by SRman
Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:31 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Triang R357
Replies: 17
Views: 875

Re: Triang R357

A bit late, but I have found that cotton buds with plastic stems (now probably being phased out, replaced by card stems) can provide a replacement to the round “spring” part of the plastic bearings on these motors. A section of stem is cut off. Not glued in place, just put in place of the broken or...
by SRman
Thu Jun 24, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 471

Re: Decoder Advice

None of those previous connector formats can be 'retired', because there's an up to 30 year legacy of installations of them in customer's hands, and a raft of model toolings with those connector formats, which will continue to be reissued unchanged. (Margins are tight, not going to spend anything o...
by SRman
Thu Jun 24, 2021 1:33 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 471

Re: Decoder Advice

PluX-16 is also an N-Gauge socket with quite a few decoders available for it, but not many locos use it yet, unfortunately the Next-18 socket appears to be more popular. The PLuX format is a little bulkier than Next18, but is also more flexible, with 12, 16 or 22 pin versions readily available, and...
by SRman
Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:51 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 471

Re: Decoder Advice

I've noticed that some newer N gauge locos are using Next18 so I'm guessing that they may offer additional functions, like cab lighting, that wouldn't need to be wired as it could go over the additional pins (assuming the vendor is not being lazy). Absolutely. The Next18 allows direct connection fo...
by SRman
Tue Jun 22, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 471

Re: Decoder Advice

Thanks both - the MX617N sounds like it would be perfect for my needs and price-wise matches up with the lower end of the ones I listed in the first post. I guess I should ask the next question as I don't fully understand it - my current decoders are 2 function and those Zimo's are 6 function, as f...
by SRman
Tue Jun 22, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 471

Re: Decoder Advice

Personally, other than the Lenz range, I would not use any of the others! I would also suggest the Zimo MX616 or MX617N 6pin direct fitting (MX616 is also available with leads too) as being a first class decoders. Though thankfully I'm a OO scale modeller, so the need for a small size decoder isn't...
by SRman
Thu Jun 17, 2021 2:40 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Diesel advice required
Replies: 12
Views: 504

Re: Diesel advice required

The Lima BR class 20 was also not bad, but sort of a half-way house for the mechanism. It had the central can motor and flywheel, but only drove one bogie, and had no lights. Their class 67 went one better on both scores, although Hornby eventually superseded the Lima design with an even better mode...
by SRman
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:18 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Judge for yourself: Hornby T9, the Peckett, 3 axle coaches
Replies: 13
Views: 464

Re: Judge for yourself: Hornby T9, the Peckett, 3 axle coaches

Both loco models very well received when first released. The only negative I recall on the Peckett was the minimal space for a decoder - it is a small loco... The T9 has had two well documented problems on the drive. The motor mounting of the first production run was apt to fail from mazac rot, (zi...
by SRman
Thu May 27, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: loco short address
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: loco short address

If you want to use short addresses you can, just remember that on NCE you have to enter them differently, short addresses have a leading zero so 03 is a short address, while 3 is a long address - they are not the same. Since NCE allocates consist addresses automatically, and these are also short ad...
by SRman
Mon May 17, 2021 2:06 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: bought Atlas Diesel but received some butchered gizmo!
Replies: 9
Views: 366

Re: bought Atlas Diesel but received some butchered gizmo!

Yes, return to seller, "not as described".
by SRman
Wed May 12, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann DMU, Cravens / class 105
Replies: 29
Views: 6963

Re: Bachmann DMU, Cravens / class 105

What with being a fast worker (ho ho ho) I have just got around to completing the motor block removal programme for the unpowering and through wiring of the required sets for the scheduled services. I had a 'flash of insight' while this was underway, and realised that I only needed six sets rather ...

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