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by RFS
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Dcc decoder plugs
Replies: 8
Views: 598

Re: Dcc decoder plugs

Just slide a thin-bladed screwdriver underneath and gradually prise up. Fingers are fine - they protect the wires - but you risk bending the pins!
by RFS
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Question about BR Mk1 carriages
Replies: 20
Views: 1176

Re: Question about BR Mk1 carriages

I believe they are filler pipes for the toilet water tanks.
by RFS
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Modify and combining standard points and slips
Replies: 7
Views: 698

Re: Modify and combining standard points and slips

Although the seller claims the unit has live frogs requiring polarity switching that's only partially true. The 3 simple turnouts are Electrofrog but the double slip and diamond crossing are both Insulfrog, so only 3 out of 7 frogs are live. I assume therefor it's Peco code 100 components rather tha...
by RFS
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 4 road engine shed
Replies: 2
Views: 475

Re: Bachmann 4 road engine shed

Sounds like his track is fixed to some underlay thereby raising it up so there will most likely be a need to add some packing strips for the shed. My track is on a 5mm underlay, but it extends to the side so the shed sits on that too and I have no problems.
by RFS
Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What size spanner?
Replies: 8
Views: 666

Re: What size spanner?

I believe what you need is the Hornby R913 Connecting Rod spanner. Alternatively, have you tried with a small pair of pliers? I've removed and replaced rods on Hornby locos when changing the wheels and found a small pair of pliers works too.

I have the Expo tool Roger mentioned above.
by RFS
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Help for a beginner - short circuit
Replies: 6
Views: 1750

Re: Help for a beginner - short circuit

In simple terms the tracks in the centre of the points need a break in them. The normal way to achieve this is with the use of insulated rail joiners. No this won't be enough. The layout is DCC so these turnouts positioned here constitute a reverse loop and hence some form of auto-reverser will be ...
by RFS
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: K1 decoder
Replies: 8
Views: 1053

Re: K1 decoder

Both the Zimo and Lenz decoders have a similar wiring harness, but there should be plenty of space in the tender to accommodate it.

I believe the "working brakes" is only a feature of Zimo sound decoders.
by RFS
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: K1 decoder
Replies: 8
Views: 1053

Re: K1 decoder

The decoder socket is in the tender so you should have no problem fitting a suitable decoder of your choice. I would recommend either the Lenz Standard+ or the Zimo MX600R.
by RFS
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R4860 Devon Observation car.. DCC?
Replies: 4
Views: 753

Re: Hornby R4860 Devon Observation car.. DCC?

Yes it will work - that's how all my Hornby Pullmans do.
by RFS
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: K1 decoder
Replies: 9
Views: 1013

Re: K1 decoder

Suggest you have a look at the Coastal DCC website - https://www.coastaldcc.co.uk/

Lenz Standard+ is 10231-02, and Zimo is MX600R. Coastal DCC will charge postage at cost whereas others seem to have a flat rate of £4 even for a small item. As they say, shop around!
by RFS
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: K1 decoder
Replies: 9
Views: 1013

Re: K1 decoder

The DCC socket for this loco is in the tender so there should be no problem fitting a non-sound one. My recommendation would be the Zimo MX600R or the Lenz Standard+, both of which are excellent, quality decoders at a reasonable price of around £20. Can't advise on sound but provision is made in the...
by RFS
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco code 75 track
Replies: 11
Views: 1594

Re: Peco code 75 track

Hope that helps Well no it doesn't! Quite simply I think if you are going to dispense expert technical advice in this way you really ought to know your subject which it seems you don't. As a long standing DCC-user with a large layout containing 70+ Electrofrog code 75 points and slips perhaps I can...
by RFS
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco code 75 track
Replies: 11
Views: 1594

Re: Peco code 75 track

Well I'm still completely lost as to what you are trying to say! You cannot convert a code 75 Electrofrog point into Insulfrog just by cutting the two link wires, since otherwise you end up with a dead frog of up to 4 inches in length which very few OO gauge locos will cross without stalling. If you...
by RFS
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco code 75 track
Replies: 11
Views: 1594

Re: Peco code 75 track

Code 100 versus code 75 - What's it all about ? Peco do not seem to have made it clear that in Code 75 Electrofrog points can NOW be made Insulfrog by removing two tiny connections underneath each point before it is laid ! The Duke 71000 Don't understand what you mean here. If you remove the two bo...
by RFS
Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: A one-coach train
Replies: 4
Views: 555

Re: A one-coach train

You do need a brake coach, and if the service is offering 1st and 3rd class accommodation then it would need to be a brake composite, and Hornby have made examples of this in the Maunsell range.

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