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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/page21.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

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I have one with Error on screen and that is broken, I just cannot get it to boot properly. Like you I have no idea why it died. Batch code from memory is 22/17.

 

As yours is within warranty I would send it back to them. Call HCC for a returns number.

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/page21.html

RAF96

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You say the layout boards will fold in on themselves when out of use, which is determining the height of the ‘guard’ rails.

 

You can make these guards any height you like to suit the little fellas viewing angle, but you could then mount the board hinges on blocks high enough to provide clearance for any awkward on-board bits and pieces when the boards fold.

Like this...

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/page21.html

RAF96

10989 posts


Another way is to write directly to CV1 (short address) rather than use the Elite write-address menu method. There should be no difference but as sometimes happens electronic devices seem to have a mind of their own.

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/page21.html

RAF96

10989 posts


Growling would point to gear train wear or poor mesh. As the gears load up the motor has to work harder. Less so in reverse as you say so maybe it has spent most of its life running fwds.

 

A little grease on the gears may help rather than oil, which is better for bearings, pin joints, etc.

 

If you want to fully dismantle it then it could be worth fettling any rough bits on the gears, even turning the gears over if possible to even out wear.

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/page21.html

RAF96

10989 posts


The clue is in DCC Ready, which means they are ready for you to plug in a DCC decoder to make them DCC Fitted - then they will work with your Select.

 

A decoder out of the factory has a default address of 3 so you have to give each loco some other address In order to be able to control each one individually.

 

You should be aware that the Terrier needs a Hornby 6 pin decoder with a harness as there is no room for a direct fit 6-pin decoder. The J15 as far as I know needs a standard 8-pin decoder.

 

Until you have fitted decoders it is not recommended to even place a DC loco on a DCC track else you run the risk of burning the motor out.

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/page21.html

RAF96

10989 posts


There is a good reason why Hornby know out about your problem  - I flagged it up to them, as seen in earlier posts about the CV29 DC enabled or not issue.

 

The Mods do more behind the scenes stuff on folks behalf than they realise.

 

As suggested I think the easy way out is for Hornby to ditch the speaker and say on the box and instructions that you have to source your own.

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/page21.html

RAF96

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Peco do 6th, 7th and 8th rad points but only in Code 83.

 

Googling 4th rad points brings up zilch, whereas I would have thought some of the specialist track makers would support this rad and show as hits.

 

How are your track making skills.

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/page21.html

RAF96

10989 posts


Direct link to the above...

 

Wire glue 

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/page21.html

RAF96

10989 posts


I reckon that blanking plate is ex-DCC Ready FS hence the number.

 

You could try filing down the pins on top a bit without going past the solder pad.

 

Hornby will be able to change CV29 for you, but so could anyone with a DCC Controller that can change CVs, which would save the inconvenience of a round trip to Margate.

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/page21.html

RAF96

10989 posts


Also on DC the lights if leds will only work in one direction, so to make them work in both directions you will need a couple of diodes to route the current the right way when you reverse direction. Bulbs will work both ways on DC but you would likely not use bulbs for table lamps. 

 

One of the aftermarket guys does a table lamp mod kit but for the life of me I cannot find it. I thought it was Black Kat or Express Models.

 

I also thought Chris had previously posted a circuit for diodes on the forum.

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/page21.html

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