Hornby Series 56 DCC Fitted Decoder

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rb0135
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Hornby Series 56 DCC Fitted Decoder

Postby rb0135 » Sun May 17, 2015 12:21 am

Hi All,

This might be a silly question (or two).

I have a Hornby R2645X DCC Decoder fitted Loco.

Is the Decoder it comes with Hornby's own decoder (I presume it would be) and if it is, how to find out which Hornby Decoder it is to actually see the functionality of the decoder (it is 8 pin).

I am have trouble with it, so I thought of replacing it. Looking at ESU or LENZ Silver Direct. Any comments on these or is another better?

Thanks,
Rob

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Re: Hornby Series 56 DCC Fitted Decoder

Postby Roger (RJ) » Sun May 17, 2015 7:41 am

It will be the R8249 decoder.

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Re: Hornby Series 56 DCC Fitted Decoder

Postby BananaRepublic » Mon May 18, 2015 2:50 pm

Hornby factory fitted DCC locos have their own decoders fitted, except for the full sound equipped models, which have ESU LokSound decoder fitted.

What is fitted to yours will depend on when it was made.
Hornby's original budget decoder was the awful R8215, which was rapidly replaced by the R8249 after just over a year or two.
The R8215 was used in the DCC fitted models.
Unfortunately, Hornby continued to use the old R8215 in their DCC fitted locos, long after it had been replaced by the R8249 (possibly using up old stock?), plus there would have been a lot of DCC fitted stock on the shelves and in the warehouse, that had been made at an earlier date.
The newer decoder eventually started appearing in fitted models, presumably once stocks of the old decoder were exhausted.

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Re: Hornby Series 56 DCC Fitted Decoder

Postby BananaRepublic » Mon May 18, 2015 3:11 pm

rb0135 wrote:I am have trouble with it, so I thought of replacing it. Looking at ESU or LENZ Silver Direct. Any comments on these or is another better?

Almost everything else is better that the Hornby decoder.

If living in the UK, it's a good time to be thinking about buying solid quality decoders from the likes of ESU, Zimo and Lenz, as the £ to Euro rate makes buying direct from the "continent" very cheap at the moment.
A LokPilot V4.0 or Lenz Silver now costs as little as £18 and a Lenz Standard about £14, but this will only last while the exchange rate works in the UK's favour.

Another option is TCS. Good reliable decoders at a decent price, with their "goof proof" warranty.
The TCS keep alive versions are worth looking at, especially for short wheelbases locos like shunters.

One issue with replacing the decoder in some Hornby DCC fitted models, is where they've not used a standard 8-pin or 21-pin connector, but a non-standard 4-pin connector. In this case it will be necessary to remove the provided connector and either hardwire to the loco's circuit board, or rip out the circuit board and do a full hard wired job. Alternatively, hardwire in your own 8 or 21-pin connector.

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Re: Hornby Series 56 DCC Fitted Decoder

Postby rb0135 » Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:19 am

Thanks All,

I replaced it with a LokPilot V4 and it works fantastic now.


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