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Fishmanoz

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Bio: 65 years old and new to railway modelling

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Fishmanoz

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Hobbyco is one Australian agent. I’ve had excellent warranty service from them, replaced a faulty decoder which failed after some months, but I bought it from them. 

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Fishmanoz

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Take a look at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_battery_sizes  In short, U11 is a C cell. That unfortunately doesn’t help except, if you look for rechargeable C cells, you may well find them to have a slightly smaller diameter.  Then you could try AAs and use some packing As suggested in the link. 

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Fishmanoz

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That colon shows clearly in the syntax in the manual when switching both points and signals this way.  Examples are on pages 82, 83 and 89.

 

I’m betting this will be the only change needed, not the other things HRMS did. 

 

I think this will also obviate the need to use a second decoder port for the second point.  With correct syntax, it will work with Ray’s phantom point solution with both points connected to the same port.  At least it’s worth a try. 

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Fishmanoz

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I have previously bought bodies from eBay but some years ago so no idea if available now.

 

Two traps for the unwary:

 

- there are 2 versions, the older without light and a Ringfield motor chassis, the newer with light and a can motor.  The bodies are different beyond the hole in the smoke box door for the light  

 

- the body is very prone to having the bush to which the tender post screw connects being pulled out of the body if overtightened. Once that’s happened, you can bin the body.  From the second hand market I’ve seen, some people do this on first assembly out of the box. 

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Fishmanoz

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Idle question without having checked in Design mode - how come there are no direction indicators on your points?

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Fishmanoz

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Re Jane’s suggestion, these decoders are rated at 1.1 Amps so should be ok.  Worth doing a stall current test to check though. See Brian Lambert site for how to do this, you need an ammeter that will handle at least 2 Amps.

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Fishmanoz

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A question and a comment.  Rog, why does the point position matter?  It’s all the same phase/polarity so I would have thought being on the point and the isolated section entry at the same time wouldn’t be a problem. 

 

And the comment is the length of the isolated section - the possible problem with such a length is that you have the potential in operation for a train to be entering/leaving the section at the same time as another train is entering/leaving.  This would cause the RLM to go berserk trying to reverse the phase in two directions at the same time so is a no-no.  Much better to shorten the section to minimize the chance of this, as long as you leave it longer than the longest train.

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Fishmanoz

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Or for more complete instructions you might refer to SoT’s excellent https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/forum/making-the-x03-and-x04-dcc-fitted-the-proper-way!/?p=1

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Fishmanoz

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Clearly more than one way to skin a terrier then. 

 

And a a real burst of nostalgia pulling up a thread with a post from Graskie, RIP.

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Fishmanoz

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Yes, you can certainly run it on a separated length of DCC powered track, separated on both rails and no chance of contacting DC.

 

Not sure what you hope to achieve with it like that?

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