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Signature: Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/robs_rails.html

Bio: RAF aircraft apprentice 1960-63, 96th Entry of Lord Trenchard's Brats, hence the handle and avatar. RAF fitter, then technician leaving as a Chief Technician multi-trade skilled in 1984 Engineer in the aircraft industry 1984-2009, mainly product support for various MoD aircraft, ending my days as Design Authority for RAF/MoD airfield arrestor gear in UK & overseas. Now retired. β-tester.

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RAF96

13910 posts


Morley and Gaugemaster have a good range of DC controllers in current production, some of which can be panel mounted, the others being stand alone.

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/robs_rails.html

RAF96

13910 posts


I can see your logic GWR and its probably a reasonable workaround on a mobile. You may have to refresh your browser screen to unload the deleted post, which has gone from my screen. I avoid browsing on a phone as it is so limited and my fingers are not best fitted for the phone screen keyboard.

 

Just be aware if any of the mods see a blue button post before you get your amendment done and updated they may delete it in error not being aware of your ‘cunning plan’.

 

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/robs_rails.html

RAF96

13910 posts


Hornby unfortunately seems locked onto control by time.

 

The Sapphire decoder auto-operations feature and RM programs all operate on a timed schedule, which can obviously be converted to distance if you can control the speed, but you can’t guarantee this so control accuracy drifts over time, compounded by positional errors, which build up with each iteration of a programmed event.

 

Lenz ABC stopping accuracy is supposedly based on distance, but I imagine that is also internally just a time based conversion.

 

Until we get positional loco detection then I am afraid we are stuck with this vague control accuracy.

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/robs_rails.html

RAF96

13910 posts


Your post deleted GWR tank as you pressed the dreaded blue button without adding any other text.

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/robs_rails.html

RAF96

13910 posts


If the same physical motors are working OK from the other decoder it seems like your bargain-buy wasn’t what it was sold as.

If a reset by writing value 8 to acc decoder CV8 does not improve things then it would appear to be duff.

The built in CDU does not have much grunt and good motor alignment coupled with freedom of point movement is critical to reliable point operation.

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/robs_rails.html

RAF96

13910 posts


Not TTS and not Suethe smoke either, but nothing much wrong with this...

https://fb.watch/2a4wx7dSfz/

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/robs_rails.html

RAF96

13910 posts


If you lived next door to me, their garage has been converted same as mine, so a couple of interconnecting holes in the wall would have made a great layout to operate.

 

 

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/robs_rails.html

RAF96

13910 posts


The hoover bit is the only part of it worth bothering about in my opinion. It definitely picks all sorts up, fluff, pins, odd bits of loco, etc. Just be careful not to run it flat out as per the caveat in the instructions.

The wizzy disk is ideal for changing points as you pass over them and derailing the whole lot.

The  fluid tank is small and the dripper is not adjustable so it runs out in a very short time.

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/robs_rails.html

RAF96

13910 posts


Write to Hornby - Simon Kolher is always on the box saying ‘...tell me what you want...’ - e.g. his recent YT live Q&A session. You can find his email address on a recent Engine Shed blog.

 

Hornby must have arranged a licence to use the artwork so doing the same for a snatch of the song would not be beyond their legal team, possibly covered by an existing Performing Rights Society licence if they pipe music around the works or canteen.

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/robs_rails.html

RAF96

13910 posts


My removable section has to be slide out as it is a double track running over two bridges at two levels, and quite heavy, so I was unable to hinge it without either clever hinging or lift it out without damage.

 

 

This is the safety ‘switch’.  2 pins are power in from the main bus and 2 pins power out to the isolated section. Same at the other side to feed that isolated section but only 2 pins used. You could use this idea mounted vertically at the open side of a hinged section.

 

 

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/robs_rails.html

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