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Bill7437

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Bio: Ex Medical Rep, collector of French HO scale models

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bill7437

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I write to ask if any member has information on the Hornby Supersound R 396 unit included in set R 587 made between 1983-6. This is NOT the unit used with batteries but connected to 16VAC and each track circuit. I have two of these units but unfortunately after a major short circuit on their 16V input they no longer operate. Although somewhat primitive by todays standards they provide an reasonable whistle/horn unit and the "chuffing " noise can be adjusted to the loco speed. The only knowledge I have is that the item has a PCB marked " FAMOUS PCB 038 ". I would like to be able to repair the units I have as they are built into the layout control panel but have no facilities to determine which of the components have failed or whether a repair is  actually feasible. Can anyone help ??? I would be eternally grateful.

 

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bill7437

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Ebay is a lottery, some you win, some you lose. We all know there is bad behaviour and total jiggery pokery. If you are bidding as others have said, set yourself a limit around what you think the item is worth and don't exceed it. There ARE bargains to be had but many items listed as buy it now are priced far beyond their worth and sellers have unrealistic expectations. Never get drawn into a bidding war. You have been warned !!!!!

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bill7437

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Why is this item in the Hornby International forum when it clearly refers to a UK outline locomotive ?????

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bill7437

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I certainly agree with you. My main interest is Jouef and the same applies - no entirely new models - transfer of X 2400 railcar from the Electrotren brand and more liveries on the same bases. Modelling these days seems to be more and more paintbox technology as the cost of tooling escalates, a great shame.

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bill7437

61 posts

Simplest way is to remove the decoder and to bridge the circuit to run the item on an analogue layout.

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bill7437

61 posts

The 2019 catalogue for Hornby International  has been released and is on the Hornby website together wtih details of new releases. All the International brands are covered in the same catalogue and it would seem that a further catalogue will be released to cover Autumn/Winter. Both new issues and items already available are covered in this interesting issue.

 

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bill7437

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Gaugemaster do not import Mehano directly but through the European distributors in Germany who are Lemke Collection. Mehano train sets are distributed through the Toy trade and at present there is no agent in the UK but these items may be obtained fairly easily from an agent in the Irish Republic. The early Mehano products made for the US market were fairly mediocre being made to a price but the items made in the last few years equal in detail and performance the products of the major European manufacturers.

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bill7437

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Hardly surprising - although AC has a following amongst dedicated Marklin fans, in the greater scheme of things it is all but dead Makers are concentrating on where they can get sales, difficult enough these days as interest in the model rail hobby seems now confined to those of a certain age !!!!

 

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bill7437

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A programme like this does nothing for the hobby apart from placing it in the realms of  " silly old men playing with toy trains". If TV companies need to produce this kind of garbage to attract audience there is no hope - the only folk gaining are the highly paid and fairly stupid presenters. Complete dross !!!!!!

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bill7437

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Sommerdeldt did indeed come up trumps, delivered from Germany two days after order placed. Item was in metal, same shape as original but fractionally longer. After some filing of the cover to allow the pantograph to be lowered and locked into position, a touch of grey paint to match the other parts - Gottardo now as good as new. Well done Sommerfeldt. !!!! 

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