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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

12064 posts


That would mean that if you had two of them they would both irrevocably have an address of 3. Surely that would be unsellable (if that's a word).

 

Read my reply again. I was highlighting and focusing on the reading function separately from the writing function in my reply. Of course you should be able to write to a R8215 and change the address from 3 [see last paragraph further below], you just can't read from it .... and you were primarily querying the reading function in your post which is what my reply focused on.

 

I am assuming [maybe incorrectly as I haven't checked] that RailMaster has an R8215 writing function in it. The Elite has with its 'Register Mode' option, probably the Select has the capability to write to the R8215 too.

 

The Elite manual states that for optimum R8215 support, the Elite has to be put in 'Classic' operating mode to invoke certain firmware routines designed to support the R8215. But this could be counter-productive as 'Classic Mode' is not supported by RailMaster [RailMaster requires the Elite to be in 'Standard Mode']. Also, 'Classic Mode' could completely upset your point operations as this mode implements an offset of 3 in the points addressing scheme.

 

If you do have R8215 decoders in your loco, the best all round option is to bin them and replace them with a newer decoder.

 

In RailMaster CV Writing screen ... double click CV7 and see if the R8215 is listed in the decoder list that appears.

 

The issue is that this R8215 decoder is so old, there is no R8215 manual listed for download on the Hornby site to check its features and functions.

 

...but I want to change the address to match the running number.

 

In 'Register Mode' programming, the DCC Address is held in 'Register 1' but I believe that this 'Register' can only hold values in the 1 to 127 address range. Thus, I believe that the R8215 might not be able to be given a DCC Long Address above 127 which presumably you would need to support a 'running number' [4 digit ?].

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

Chrissaf

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Should somebody suggest the PECO ST-250 Diamond Crossing. I would just point out that the ST-250 is not an exact duplicate of the Hornby Diamond Crossings.

 

The Hornby crossings come in left and right hand versions that are not symmetrical. They have a 168mm half and a 181mm half. Whereas the PECO ST-250 is 100% symmetrical with both halves at 168mm .... see image below.

 

PECO ST-250 Diamond Crossing

 

 

Hornby Diamond Crossing [offset left & right].

 

Note that both Hornby and PECO crossings above are at 22.5°.

 

Neither of the other two PECO crossings with Code 100 rail that PECO do [SL-93 & SL-94] come anywhere even close to being equivalents of the Hornby crossings. Again these two PECO crossings are symmetrical, but have completely different lengths and angles to suit 50mm track spacing.

 

Whether or not Bachmann track have an equivalent ..... I couldn't say. An initial browse of the Bachmann website does not show any Diamond Crossing listed in their track section.

 

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

Chrissaf

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Your post has now been moved to the "General Discussion" forum which is more appropriate to your query

 

You can find your moved post here:

https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/forum/0-4-0-wheels-locking-up-with-motor-removed-issue/

 

This thread will be removed after giving you time to see this relocation message.

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

Chrissaf

12064 posts


 

Whilst you wait for a reply, perhaps you would spend a few minutes reviewing the TIPs in the TIP page link below:

 

TIP: As a newbie poster on the forum, 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.

 

See also – further TIPs on how to get the best user experience from this forum.

https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/forum/tips-on-using-the-forum/

 

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

Chrissaf

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Those supports were released by Hornby years ago [and have never been rescinded by them] when locos were heavier and had more powerful motors and probably had 'Magnahesion' too on steel rails. In my personal view, they are not worth considering for use with modern low power lightweight locos on modern non magnetic Nickle Silver rail. The gradients that the R909 create are just too steep in my view for modern rolling stock products.

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

Chrissaf

12064 posts


If it is definitely a Hornby decoder, then it might be the R8215 decoder that is now obsolete and was superseded by the later R8249.

 

I am led to believe that the R8215 is programmed using 'Register Programming Mode' which means that amongst other things you cannot read the R8215 CVs using any DCC controllers. Although I believe you might be able to read the 'Registers' that contain CV information using a 'Register' decoder programmer [a programmer is not the same as a DCC controller].

 

The Elite controller can write [not read] using 'Register Mode', but since you say that the 'PROG' output of the Elite is faulty, then you cannot adopt that option.

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

Chrissaf

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@Jimyjames

Well Chris I was pretty much close enough with mine!!!

 

Bob never said why he needed the dimensions. Neither you or I have any idea why exact dimensions are so important to him. Just being close, is not a good enough reason for posting.

 

JJ, I posted my R645 info purely because you didn't even perform any 'due diligence' to even show the correct product in your post. If you don't know exactly what the R645 product is, then don't just post images of what something might be. A quick Google of the R645 stock code would have instantly shown up that your crossing product was not the right one.

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

Chrissaf

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Does this flashing error appear on the Handheld device or on the RailMaster PC?

 

If error displays on the Handheld device, is there any additional indication of something wrong showing on the RailMaster PC?

 

EDIT: After Googling "ERROR: Object Event". It might have something to do with a failure in TCP/IP handshaking between your handheld device and the RailMaster PC. Possibly loss of IP address matched subnet values. The RailMaster PC needs to be configured with a 'static IP address'. If you don't do this, then the default DHCP [Dynamic Host Control Protocol] can occasionally assign a new different IP address to your RailMaster PC. As this address is manually configured in the 'Handheld' device. If DHCP changes the RailMaster PC IP address, then the IP connection is lost.

 

However that said, further Google search results seem to link this error to either an issue with JavaScript or a missing or corrupted DLL library file. To be honest, it could be anything causing it.

 

This previous thread gives details and documents the IP address configurations options. The information in this existing thread might assist with your issue. Look at the ADDENDUM post - 4th one down on the page.

 

https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/forum/railmaster-and-ipad-31687/?p=1

 

If the linked thread above offers no assistance. Then report your issue observations to HRMS [Hornby RailMaster Support] using the integral 'reporting function' located in the RailMaster 'Help Screen'.

 

Some other things you can try.

 

If this error has only just appeared during this particular play session, then power down all your kit including the handhelds and reboot everything afresh.

 

If this error has been visible over several power-ups and shows on the PC, then it might be a missing / corrupted RailMaster DLL file [as some Google search results indicate as being a possible cause]. In which case, even if your installed RailMaster version is already 1.73 then download the current RailMaster installer file from the download link at the top of the RailMaster forum. Right click the installer file and choose 'Run as administrator'. Do not have RailMaster running and do not uninstall the existing version either. Just run the downloaded installer over the top. This should refresh the RailMaster files including the DLL ones and refresh the Windows Registry entries.

 

This screen shot shows the correct Download link to use

 

TIP: As a newbie poster on the forum, 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.

 

See also – further TIPs on how to get the best user experience from this forum.

https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/forum/tips-on-using-the-forum/

 

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

Chrissaf

12064 posts


Whilst you wait for a reply, perhaps you would spend a few minutes reviewing the TIPs in the TIP page link below:

 

TIP: As a newbie poster on the forum, 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.

 

See also – further TIPs on how to get the best user experience from this forum.

https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/forum/tips-on-using-the-forum/

 

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

Chrissaf

12064 posts


Wrong crossing JJ. This one is the currently available R645

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

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