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Chrissaf

Signature: Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Bio: Retired, but spent my career working in IT and Electronics. So using a PC to control things is what rocks my boat.

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Chrissaf

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Very little more for me to add with regard the original post, it has been adequately covered already by others.

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So on a slightly different tack.

TIP: As this is your very first post, just be aware that the 'Blue Button with the White Arrow' is not a 'Reply to this post' button. If you want to reply to any of the posts, scroll down and write your reply in the reply text box at the bottom of the page and click the Green 'Reply' button.

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PS - RailMaster with eLink may need a bit of setting up to get working 'out of the box'. There are many 'How To' threads on this forum that go into far more detail than that covered in the manual. Plus lots of TIPs found through experience that are not covered in the manual. So if you have any 'eLink communication issues' at all. Come back here to resolve them.

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Starting point for setting up eLink is this thread:

https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/forum/railmaster-help-site/?p=1

 

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

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boumacor

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Your post has been moved to the Hornby International Brands forum.

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You can find your post here:

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Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

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You say Cottage.....that infers something quite old.

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Does it have a Chimney......even if you don't have a 'live fire' grate and a wall mounted gas fire over the opening, then there will be gaps where insects can get in. Even if it is bricked up, you should have an air vent in the bricked up chimney opening.

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If you have any open flame gas appliances, then you must by law have ventalation to the outside world.....air vent grills and the like......again an entry point for insects.

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Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

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This seems to be a continuation re-ask of the same/similar issue you raised 9 days ago in this post.

https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/forum/hornby-a1-tornado-running-badly/?p=1

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Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

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Slightly confused. In your post on 18th, you said that changing the R1 curves made no difference. Yet in your last post you state that changing the track resolved your issue. So what was the difference between what you did on the 18th compared to what you did on the 21st?

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

8681 posts


Direct mode is the default mode that your first post said didnt work. Did you mean to say you used the Paged or Register mode which are not the default mode and need to be manually selected before you can use them.

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

8681 posts


You cannot rely just on the points to isolate power districts. You must use Insulated Rail Joiners. Sooner or later you will need to operate points to create a route between two power districts. At which time you will create a direct contact between the outputs of the Select and the Booster.

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The 4 amp power supply is designed to work with the Select. In fact the Select works better with the 4 amp supply than it does with the supplied 1 amp supply.

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

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First of all, the question 'Why are you adding a Booster?" needs to be understood.

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If you are adding a Booster because the standard Select power supply is only 1 amp. Then be aware that the easier option is just to replace the supplied 1 amp power supply with Hornby's own P9300 4 amp power supply. Hornby's P9300 Product page specifically states that this power supply is compatible with the Select. A P9300 power supply is the power supply that is supplied as standard with the Hornby R8239 Booster.

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Now reading your query. If I have understood it correctly. You are connecting the Select and the Booster together as per the diagram below:

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This is not the intended connection method, although in theory it should work. But as stated previously. The Select is compatible with the 4 Amp power supply. So the best, most technically efficient option would be to leave the R8239 Booster in its retail shipping box and just use the Booster supplied P9300 Power Supply as a direct replacement for the Select supplied 1 amp power supply. That gives you the 4 amp power you want but without all the added complexity.

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If the reason for adding a supplementary Booster is because you have already upgraded the Select power supply to 4 amps but your layout is large enough to warrant needing current capacity higher than 4 amps. Then read on below.

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There will be some on here that will question whether your layout is large enough to warrant the inclusion of a Booster. It is only useful if you want to run more than about ten locomotives on the layout at the same time, but note comment number 3 in my list further below.

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The best way to connect the Hornby R8239 Booster or any booster when using a Hornby controller is as per the diagram below. It is best not to use the Expressnet low level interface to make the connection to the controller:

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Note the following comments.

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  1. You MUST separate your existing layout into electrically isolated 'Power Districts'. There must not be any PERMANENT direct electrical connection between the output of the Select and the output of the Booster. The Booster electronics can handle the brief intermittent connections between the Power Districts that are created as rolling stock metal wheels bridge the Insulated Rail joiner joints.
  2. A Booster does NOT aggregate the current. That is to say, the Select power supply output (assuming it has the 4 amp upgrade) does not aggregate to the Booster 4 amp supply to give a total of 8 amps distributed across the whole contiguous layout.
  3. The layout must be separated into multiple Power Districts with Insulated Rail Joiners at every location where track route connections are made between them, each power district only has a maximum of 4 amps available to it. If all the trains at some time all reside in one or other of those districts then a situation could arise where they are collectively trying to draw more than 4 amps and will overload trip the Booster or Select. Thus the creation of the Power District layout design needs to be carefully thought through.

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IMPORTANT PLEASE READ: As your layout is/was Analogue DC then it will have used DC Analogue power tracks / power clips. These contain suppression capacitors. These capacitors are not compatible with Digital DCC operation and must be removed or the power track / power clips replaced with DCC versions R8241 & R8242. The removal of the capacitors is an easy task....see image below:

 

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Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

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Well done.........not everyone on here seems to be able to manage what you have done, without making a 'pigs ear' of it.

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Chrissaf

8681 posts


The reason why they recommend using the RED test button is so that they are sure that a 0 value is sent to the signal when it is in learn mode. Thereafter, RM uses a 0 value to set the signal to GREEN and a 1 value to set it to RED.

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Does seem rather skew-eyed logic Ray. If RM normally sends a 0 for green and a 1 for red. Why didn't they keep the same logic for the 'learn mode'? or am I missing something here.

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Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

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