how good is the Hornby silver/black controller?

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how good is the Hornby silver/black controller?

Postby meehow » Mon May 03, 2021 10:24 am

The only controller, I have is from ​the Hornby Christmas set.
It is the silver/black one.
The small red locomotive from the set runs well. Also had a success with a 90's 8-wheel drive Bachmann and 90's 8-wheel Walthers - both running slow but fairly smooth.

Recently acquired 2 spares/repairs: single pancake Tyco and a 4-wd tank Airfix, Done a full service. Both locomotives would only move a few inches and stop, sometimes just buzz and not move at all. I questioned my ability to bring them back to life.
Connected a 9V battery to track.
Both locomotives run so smooth and beautiful on the 9V battery and seem to be faster than the max "14V" from controller.

Is it a dodgy controller or is it the quality of it?

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Re: how good is the Hornby silver/black controller?

Postby Flashbang » Mon May 03, 2021 10:34 am

Its relatively low powered output causes many issues. :o
There are far better (probably more expensive!) DC controllers available, that do not suffer this issue. Gaugemaster and Morley are two makes
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Broken? It was working correctly when I left it.

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Re: how good is the Hornby silver/black controller?

Postby Roger (RJ) » Mon May 03, 2021 1:58 pm

It's rubbish. Invest in a Gaugemaster for (almost) total reliability and a lifetime guarantee.

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Re: how good is the Hornby silver/black controller?

Postby stuartp » Sat May 08, 2021 12:55 pm

Worse than useless. Trips out at the slightest hint of a short and takes ages to reset itself.
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Re: how good is the Hornby silver/black controller?

Postby Dalerailman » Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:16 pm

Silver/black no good many other controllers H&m before hornby versions like duette and clipper really good controllers. The output of he later controllers does not go well with older trains I found with Hornby 2000 controllers x-04s used to smoke and stall and hum a lot more than the old H&M Clipper i had at the time. anything at 14v is not good for 12v also. if do stick a loco on uncontrolled 16v be prepared for a small fire I have seen the result on a terrier which was a mess

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Re: how good is the Hornby silver/black controller?

Postby Mountain » Tue Jul 27, 2021 9:22 pm

The controller you mention does work for lower powered locos and it looks as if it should be good BUT after having had one for a bit, it is so horrible to use due to its over-safe safety features that I did not even want to use it to test trains with. Get a Guagemaster and buy a nice one. They are a luxury that is worth paying out for.

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Re: how good is the Hornby silver/black controller?

Postby Someone » Thu Nov 04, 2021 8:11 pm

Mine broke in a week......

I suppose that sums it up.
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