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Bulleidboy

Signature: Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away

Bio: Have had an interest in trains since getting my first Hornby set in 1951. Train-spotted on the eastern region out of Kings X from 1958-1964. Then commuting into Waterloo from 1964-2009 - I became a Southern fan. I also have a passion for Ferrari road cars and Spitfire aircraft. Now retired, and appear to be a collector of locomotives, however over the last eighteen months the spare room (10x7) became available and now has and end-to-end layout around three sides of the room. It is based on a SR country terminus (WYKEHAM) - two main lines running into a fiddle yard and a branch line running station to station. All stock is BR/SR and the collection is increasing in size all the time!.

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bulleidboy

3177 posts

In the past I have just renewed - no mention of online renewal in the letter. On this site it says renewal should be available in a few days. I'm not to concerned what loco I receive.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away

bulleidboy

3177 posts

Renewal letter arrived in the post this morning.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away

bulleidboy

3177 posts

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away

bulleidboy

3177 posts

Hi Picnich

Chrissaf mentioned that some of the curves look like 1st Radius, which they probably are. If you have the space there is no reason why you could not start by making the inner circuit using 3rd/4th radius curved track, and then using flexi-track for the outer two circuits. You will have the same layout albeit slightly bigger. BB

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away

bulleidboy

3177 posts

I think I spoke to soon!  On the rolling-road, under DCC power and with body off, it ran beautifully. smooth and the slow running was very impressive. I put the body back on, placed it on the track, and it's a nightmare, to say it runs jerkily is an understatement. So body will be off later, and some investigating to do. 

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away

bulleidboy

3177 posts

Hi John - Reading through the thread again, it would appear that Hornby were aware there was a problem with "some" not all Adams Radials, and did repair/replace(?) those that were sent back. Mine has been sitting in the cupboard since I bought it in 2016 - although I think I did run it for a short time when I first got it. Having said that, from what has been said, it should have fried the decoder straight away - but it didn't. Barry

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away

bulleidboy

3177 posts

Thanks John - but I've had another "play", and fitted a R8249 decoder that I found in the scrap box, programmed it, and the loco ran fairly well. I then replaced the decoder with a TCS DP2X-UK, and it runs like silk - very smooth and quiet. Just need to replace the body and see if it's the same. The "re-wire" was ok after I'd untangled the wire, and as Rob suggested, I used a meter to check that I was attaching the correct wire to it's new terminal. So all good - many thanks all round. BB

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away

bulleidboy

3177 posts

I have done the re-wire - relatively straightforward using the instructions given above. With just the blanking plug fitted the loco worked very smoothly using the "battery" test across the wheels - but only the bogie wheels. Nothing happens when battery is applied on main drivers. Surely power to any wheels should get some movement? Do I have another problem? I have not fitted a decoder yet.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away

bulleidboy

3177 posts

Thanks Rob - I'll give it a go. It will need a steady hand. BB

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bulleidboy

3177 posts

Sorry - senior moment - just do one wire at a time.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away

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