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by SRman
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: NBL Class 16 from Heljan
Replies: 11
Views: 1573

Re: NBL Class 16 from Heljan

Bigmet: the red circle electro-magnetic control system wasn't quite exclusive to NBL; the first 20 Brush Type 2 locomotives (later class 30/31) also had the red circle MU code, so could have worked in multiple with the class 16s.
by SRman
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby 2-BIL question
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Hornby 2-BIL question

As the others have already said, they are the route codes for the headcode boxes between the cab windscreens. Just expanding a bit here: The real ones had a few incandescent light bulbs behind opal glass, and the route stencils were black-painted metal plates that clipped into the apertures. The sma...
by SRman
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Sound chips
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Re: Sound chips

Hi Sammo, There's no one single answer for any of that. Talking only about the ESU LokSound decoders (v3.5 or v4), model manufacturers often have their own sound projects on them to start with. There are also third-party suppliers of sound who put their own projects on the decoders, and also sell th...
by SRman
Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 31-455, 41212.
Replies: 16
Views: 352

Re: Bachmann 31-455, 41212.

Yes, Bigmet's advice is sound. :) Yes the old style chassis do have a tendency to wobble and/or waddle, although my pair are not too bad in that regard. The new chassis should be a step or two better still. Renumbering the Ivatts is not difficult (I have done a couple of the old ones with split chas...
by SRman
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: OO Terriers - Dapol v. Hornby
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: OO Terriers - Dapol v. Hornby

I have two pre-group LBSC ones (oe each from Dapol and Hornby) and a BR lined black one (Dapol). The Hornby rendition of Stroudley's improved engine green (i.e. a yellow ochre) is less satisfactory, being a sort of pale tan colour, so when I wanted a second one, I specifically looked for the Dapol v...
by SRman
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: OO Terriers - Dapol v. Hornby
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: OO Terriers - Dapol v. Hornby

There is very little difference between the Dapol and the Hornby Terriers. Both use the same motors and make the same buzzing noise when running fast. I have converted both brands to DCC, using TCS Z2 decoders, and there is no difference between them for the actual fitting, space available and runni...
by SRman
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Southern pride emu kits
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Southern pride emu kits

Southern Pride kits tend to fit together a bit like the older Triang-Hornby mark 1 coaches, with sides and ends slotting or tabbing into place (with glue required, though). The sides are usually vinyl overlays with all the livery elements, stuck onto gently curved profile clear plastic sides. this m...
by SRman
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Railroad 'Southern' coaches
Replies: 23
Views: 710

Re: Railroad 'Southern' coaches

I always thought those pseudo-Maunsell coaches seemed to have a passing resemblance to the older LSWR 'ironclad' stock. Again, they are wrong in just about every detail, but I thought it was sufficiently passable to repaint one into Engineering Department red to go with a breakdown train.
by SRman
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Railroad 'Southern' coaches
Replies: 23
Views: 710

Re: Railroad 'Southern' coaches

While the majority of prototype Maunsell coaches had Pullman gangways, as modelled by Hornby on the 'super detail' versions, a few of the real ones had British Standard gangways fitted at one or both ends to match up with inter-regional stock from other railways. That means that the RailRoad coaches...
by SRman
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Train tech signals
Replies: 5
Views: 263

Re: Train tech signals

They can, and do, work without any programming, with the exception of those with 'feathers' (to indicate a route divergence). The red/green (plus yellow if appropriate) will all work automatically as the train passes. I have a few 2-aspect versions and they work fine. I also have a couple with the f...
by SRman
Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Class 31 decoder ?
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Class 31 decoder ?

Yes, most Hornby non-sound and TTS locos have 8-pin sockets. The ESU LokSound-fitted locomotives have 21-pin sockets. The super-detailed class 30/31 (again, non-sound) has the 8-pin socket. My early green one has an ESU LokSound with Howes Mirrlees sounds fitted, with the large, bass reflex speaker ...
by SRman
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: OO gauge class 70
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Re: OO gauge class 70

Bachmann make it in OO and N, and are the only manufacturer that I know of doing class 70s. I have the OO 70 003 model and it is a work of art as a model (extremely ugly as a prototype, IMHO!), I counted something like 43 separate handrails fitted to the OO model, as well as noting the very fine etc...
by SRman
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann/Kernow 4-TC units
Replies: 16
Views: 798

Re: Bachmann/Kernow 4-TC units

The logic functions can activate a circuit with a suitable 'amplifier' - the logic function tells it to turn on and the 'amplifier' on the locomotive/unit's PCB does the rest (a bit like the principle of using a relay, I suppose, but electronically). As such, a Lenz Silver+ 21 decoder (billed as 4-f...
by SRman
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Decals for engineering Dept.
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Re: Decals for engineering Dept.

You might find something in Cambridge Custom Transfers range. John does quite a few Engineering Department transfers for specific wagon types, so even if there isn't something there for a crane, you may be able to combine bits of transfers to suit.
by SRman
Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: TTS speakers
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: TTS speakers

All of the sugar cube speakers I have encountered are rated at 8 ohm impedance, which means they would be entirely suitable for a straight swap with the Hornby one. I intend to try a similar swap in one of my locomotives with TTS sound, when I get around to it (OK, I actually have two round tuits, b...

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