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  1. That's a lovely close up of a DB Red 90! Thank you for confirming the names. For some reason Jack aka 90036 is the only one I tend to remember. I'm glad that you saw the 90s on the Malcolm train. Did you manage to see it earlier this week and last week when both specials 90024 and 90037 were on it together? Kind Regards, Danny.
  2. Thank you, as always for the reply and the info. I thought it might be judging with the eye, as opposed to actually reading numbers on the controller. I know exactly what you mean, I had the same experience in 2017 when I bought my NCE Powercab controller and then I realised that the old version of the Bachmann 21 Pin Decoder wasn't compatible with the new controller. As a result every time I increased the speed step when moving each loco the lights would go on and off and I couldn't even add locos to or create a consist with the old type Bachmann decoders. So I had to buy quite a
  3. Thank you very much to everyone for all of the replies and the info. It's greatly appreciated. If I manage to sort out the speedmatching I will either let the sound loco start up before moving it, speedmatched with the other non sound loco, or I won't operate any of the sound functions until the pair are moving together and then I will start using the sound features, once both locos have got moving. Thank you. Kind Regards, Danny.
  4. Thank you very much for such a detailed response. I really appreciate it. That's excellent and it has helped my understanding so much. I have just thought of one last question. So when I have locos A and B running around the track and I'm undertaking the speedmatching, should I be judging the value/s that I should be changing on the CVs for each loco just purely by judging on how fast they are going around the track and how fast one loco is catching up to the other? Or is their another way in which I should be judging on what numbers to enter for the new values? That i
  5. Thank you both very much for the replies and the info. It's greatly appreciated. I wasn't aware of the two gen sites, so that's excellent because I will be sure to check on those regularly from now to give me an insight into the workings of the DB 90s. It's good to see that they have had some varied work in the recent past, even if they may not be that busy at the moment. It's also good to hear that the Malcolm contract has been running for several years with DB now, and hopefully the contract will be renewed/extended this year. Is 90036 Jack? Which one is Bill? Thank
  6. That's most interesting and I had a feeling that the type of decoder as well as the motor in individual locos would also play a part in the difference of speed and momentum in individual locos. Except the Dapol Class 68s that I have I think that all the rest of my locos are fitted with the Bachmann 21 Pin 36-557 decoders. I find that the Bachmann decoders operate faultlessly, they respond really well with my current and previous DCC controllers and they are a good all rounder. I only used the Dapol Imperium decoders for the 68s because the 68s require the decoders to have more functions to ope
  7. Hi all, I wonder if anyone could help me please? I don't wish to divert the topic to the prototype 90s but I have a couple of questions regarding their current duties, as I am sure that myself along with many others expects that Bachmann will release another batch of 90s next year. So the answers to these questions will inform which models I decide to buy in OO Gauge. Currently, is the only duty for the active DB 90s the Mossend to Daventry and return Daventry to Mossend Malcolm intermodal service? Also, if their are other regular services and/or regular
  8. Thank you to both of you for the replies and the help. I'm pleased that you have both mentioned this because I never knew that the values can be different from what is said in manuals/leaflets compared to the actual decoder itself. Thank you. Kind Regards, Danny.
  9. Thank you for the reply and for all of the help. Just a thought, once a loco has been speedmatched with any other loco once, does this same loco ever need speedmatching again? Or does this depend on if I would be wanting to speedmatch for example a Bachmann 37 and an Accurascale 37? If the latter I am assuming that because the motors will differ with the 37s been from different manufacturers this will mean I would have to speedmatch again? This then leads into another question. For every consist that I create I am assuming that I would need to speedmatch the locos each time, even
  10. Thank you everyone for your help and comments on speed tables and JMRI, I really appreciate it. This is definitely something that interests me, but I'm thinking that at the moment it may be slightly too complex to start using speed tables and the JMRI software. To start off with I think I'm going to try and gain a better understanding of the speed matching and then in due course I can try and further my knowledge with regards to the speed tables. Just to confirm if I'm using and changing the speed tables which are CV67-CV94, do I need to change all of these CVs, or just specific C
  11. Thank you for the reply and the info, I really appreciate it. So just to confirm if I want to remove a speedmatched loco from a consist, I just need to delete the consist, and then I can either run the loco by itself or I can speedmatch it with another loco. Do I always need to speedmatch locos together to form consists separately on a different circuit of track or can I have the wire still connected to my controller and track on my layout, and undertake speedmatching with all of my other locos on the layout? Also, once I have speedmatched a loco with another loco, doe
  12. Thank you all for the replies and info. I really appreciate it. What are speed tables? And what is the difference between speedmatching using CVs and their values to speed tables? I am assuming through what you have already posted that speed tables are more difficult to use than the speedmatching option? What would I have to do on a computer and does this support the option of using speed tables in order to match the speed of locos in a consist? I have a laptop with USB ports, that may be of use. What is JMRI software and where can it be found? Thank you in
  13. Thank you for all of the help and info. I really appreciate it. So I shouldn't need to change any CVs other than 3-6? I'm quite fortunate because I don't have any Hornby TTS or LokSound decoders, so hopefully I can minimise some of the potential confusion. So if decide that I want to speedmatch for example Loco A with a third loco, say Loco C, does that mean that I have to change the CVs and values from Locos A and B, back to their originals before attempting to speedmatch Locos A and C together? Also, if I want to run a speedmatched loco by itself and not
  14. Hi, Thank you very much for the reply and all of the help and information. I really appreciate it. Setting up a separate circuit of track is a great idea. That way it keeps the locos separate to all of the others on the layout. I have seen on tutorials online that when speedmatching people have changed CVs 3, 4, 5 and 6. Are these the only CVs that I should be changing? Also what the are functions of these CVs? I am assuming that these are for speed and momentum. If I do need to reset individual decoders do I need to do CV8 to 8 with just the one loco on the separate
  15. Hi all, I hope you are all well? I wonder if anyone could help me please? I have a range of UK, OO Gauge locomotives and all of them are DCC Fitted. I currently have Bachmann 21 Pin 36-557 DCC Decoders fitted to most of my locos. I am expanding my fleet next year with some of the Accurascale Class 37s and I expect to fit them with 21 Pin ESU DCC Decoders. I am considering buying a sound fitted 37602 loco to run with them. However, I would be wanting to run the sound fitted 37602 loco with DCC Fitted, but non sound fitted Accurascale Class 37s. I have never
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