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ColinB

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So where do you get them from and what are they called?

As for the electromagnetic danger, from my information the jury is still out, I have watched many programs about people living under transmission lines and read articles in my Institute magazine but nobody has ever proved it. I think it is the 50 Hz that is the big issue. If it is the electromagnetic field then our youngsters are going to have big issues with their mobile phones in years to come.

ColinB

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I must admit that is what I am beginning to do, put an order in and hopefully get it when it arrives. As long as you don't put down a deposit then no real issue, it is just annoying especially if the model is over subscribed and your model shop was the one that missed out. I have been waiting two years for the blue Merchant Navy loco. I know a coach is much easier to make but it is funny how they rush these out, similarly with the Terrier because someone else was about to make them. We will probably be able to get an estimate of real release dates when we see a prototype in the magazine, it seems to be six months on from that.

ColinB

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It hasn't changed much. I remember as a little boy rushing off to the toy shop to buy the latest release, only to find out that it didn't arrive at the time stated in the catalogue. After a couple of months I gave up bothering. It seems they don't change. Looking at most of their new locos their release dates are about October to December 2021, from previous experience if they release them at all, they will probably be early 2022 or later. Just look at their 2020 catalogue and see how many of those locos destined for 3rd and 4th quarter got released, I know we had Covid, so I can forgive them but they rushed out the Stephensons Rocket carriages (probably, just to upset "Rails"). So what happens to those releases now? Perhaps if they focussed on what they can achieve in the required timescale it would be better.  Lets face it a lot of those new models are photos of the original locos, so that probably means, they have not even started the initial development.

ColinB

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So what decoder do you have in it at the moment? When they changed the loco did they change the decoder?

ColinB

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You could try a Zimo decoder, I have found that they are slighly better at dealing with a bad DCC signal. Do your other locos have loco and tender pickups, that definitely makes a difference. I have a "Rails" Terrier so I cannot comment how good/bad they are, but I remember seeing "Sams Trains" test and in that they came out pretty good. You might consider adding "Stay alive", the DCC Concepts decoders come with it fitted in some cases. As Going Spare says, it might be worth checking if the wheels have dirt on them and that the "pickups" are working properly.

ColinB

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It sounds like pickup issues if it worked ok for several hours. I don't have one of these in the Hornby model, my one is a Rails own. You could try a Zimo decoder which I found has a bit better tolerance to losing DCC due to pickup issues. Also with some of these you can add "stay alive" which should help matters. DC Concepts do a similar model which Rails sell, which is also supposed to respond well to the missing DCC. Other than that, I don't know if this model has an issue with motors, I will leave that to someone who has more experience with them. 

ColinB

1613 posts

Well without being too negative, most of the release dates are sumer or October time. Seeing as Hornby has great difficulty meeting most time scales, these are probably destined for 2022. I know we have had Covid but there are an awful lot of things in the 2020 catalogue that have not been released yet. Similarly the same for the 2019 catalogue. Nice "wish list" though. I am sure the 4 and 6 wheeled carriages will be released really quickly, they seem to like doing this.

ColinB

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When I had the magnet in the wrong position, there was a noticable difference between forward and reverse speeds.

ColinB

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Are you sure it is the controller, some DCC decoders especially the TTS ones wait a while before they move off. So you instintively increase the speed because you think it is not working, so when the loco decides to moves it goes to the requested speed. Have you tried dialing up a slow speed and just waiting. Similarly, some also take a while to slow down, it is meant to simulate the dynamics of a real loco.

ColinB

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With mine I found it could be that the magnet is in the wrong place. I had taken the magnet out as I needed to drill a hole to take a pickup, when I put it back I got the positioning wrong. It worked but not very well. Alternatively, on the one in my HST, I found a winding had gone open circuit, again it worked but not very well.

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