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  1. John ks

    Hornby APT 2020

    For anybody interested here is a comparison of the 2 Hornby lighting boards that were mentioned in previous posts If D5 is a Zenner Like ZD1 then the voltage across the capacitor shouldn't rise above its rated value The solder pads marked CO1 & CO2 could be for capacitors (high value SMD types)which could help reduce flicker. John PS One of my favourite expressions when I disagree with some one is "you are entitled to your opination no matter how wrong it is"
  2. If my records are correct I ordered mine on 13-11-2019, I ordered the sound upgrade (14-6-2021 i think) My card was debited a week or 2 ago & 18000 was posted yesterday & the tracking shows it on its way to Heathrow My last parcel from Rails took 13 days so hopefully it will be here early November, although a parcel from another retailed took 32 days to get to me, so I guess I'll get it when I get it John
  3. The red things are Inductors or chokes for RFI & should not be necessary for DCC I Would remove all wires, connections ( including the chokes) to the circuit board (for the brushes) on the motor & remove all solder from it so that you have a clean surface to start with. This should isolate the brushes from the frame of the loco (check with a multimeter to ensure the brushes are isolated from the chassis & all pickups) in the picture i have added a red & black line to show where i think the chokes are connected, the black looks to be connected through the choke to the chassis. The red looks to be connected to a lug on an insulating board. the red wire from the tender may have originally been connected to the other lug on this board. The green wire is connected from the tender to the loco chassis Connecting DCC using NMRA colour codes Red wire from tender to decoder Red wire (usually connected to the pickups from the right hand side looking forward) Green wire from tender to chassis & decoder black wire (usually connected to the pickups from the left hand side looking forward) Orange wire from decoder to motor brush (marked Or on circuit board Grey wire from decoder to motor brush ( marked Gy on circuit board) The 2 wires poking out of the motor brush circuit i have marked "spring" look to me to be one end of the brush tensioning springs Provided that none of the copper tracks on the motor brush Printed board are touching the chassis or motor frame this conversion should be doable. Hope this helps John
  4. Excuse me if i am being a little pedantic but while the spec (copied from an email I received recently for the 18100 , E1000 & E2001) does say "all 4 axles " the rest of the spec indicates "Powered wheels on outer axles of each bogie " which is common with Heljans practice of having the centre wheels of 6 wheel bogies unpowered (eg class 47 & EM2) Model Specification Include: • Five pole motor driving all four axles (two on each bogie) with flywheels • Powered wheels on outer axles of each bogie • 21-pin DCC socket with easy access • Separately fitted wire handrails and sandpipes • Spoked wheels • Etched grilles • Sprung OLEO buffers • Flush glazing • NEM coupler pockets • Lighting: As per 18000. Two warm white headlights at front (lower left and lower right) in direction of travel and one red tail light at rear (lower centre). Including function (DC and DCC) to switch off tail light when hauling a train. • Warm white Cab lights. Including function to switch on/off. • Separate engine room lights John
  5. Here is how I would have done it The top image requires removing the 2 diodes & the 2 Coils (which you have done) & cut the PCB (printed circuit board) tracks in 2 places & add the red jumper wire as shown This isolates the 2 lights from the rest of the circuit & gives a place for the blue wire to be connected. If you want to isolate the chassis from all electrical connections then the option is to cut the PCB track & extend the wire from the rear bogie to the front bogie connection The lower image shows the lights wired for half wave operation, still requires removing the 2 diodes & the 2 Coils This wiring allows the loco to still pick up power from the catenary if that is wanted Don't forget to put the OH/Tk switch into the track position John Edit Here's one i prepared earlier, the big difference is that i treated the RH end as the front so red/black, orange/grey & white/yellow are all swapped as compared to the above images The blue wire with the green & purple wires from the decoder are not connected are terminated in the heat shrink near the left end of the pic
  6. Quote from an Email from Accurascale "The legacy of the pandemic is still being felt, with a backlog of projects which are being made by smaller workforces due to social distancing protocols and recruitment difficulties as freedom of movement was restricted for migrating assembly workers. As a result the 92 will begin production in the coming weeks and is now slated for delivery in Q3 2022. We apologise for this delay, but it is something completely out of anyone's control and reflective of the whole manufacturing industry as we begin to emerge from the pandemic restrictions. " If the highlighted parts are correct then does production take between 9 & 12 months ? (assuming Q3 is July to September) John
  7. John ks

    Hornby APT 2020

    Confirming what has been said in the last few posts. I seem to recall seeing the coupling between the power cars & the coaches & didn't see any electrical connection between them i would hope there is some sort of electrical connection between articulated coaches but wont know until i have one in my hot little hands If you want sound with your DCC then it may require up to 4 Sound decoders (1 for each power car & 1 for each DT assuming you want the horn sound coming from the DT & not the Power car) John
  8. I Had the same problem & IIRC it was one of these locos Remove the worm gear retaining clip from the gear tower. Gently pry off the worm retaining clip by spreading the out the sides shown with the red arrows Lift out the Worm gear assembly ( don't loose the rear bearing & washer) engage the drive shaft into the flywheel engage the coupling cup over the drive shaft while lowering the worm assembly back into the gear tower Replace the retaining clip onto the gear tower the drive shaft should have a little back/front movement but not enough that the drive shaft falls out Hope this helps John
  9. Looking at the couplings they look to be lower than scale height I understand that they are at this height to keep the NEM pocket at the correct height to allow for the fitting of other couplings I had a thought & realise that it is probably to late to retool the couplings pockets but if you were to add a second MEN pocket above the standard NEM pocket then the deliner coupling could be placed in the top pocket to be closer to scale height. The modified pics should illustrate my idea Should the diaphragm completely surrounds the couplings or not( as per you model), there are images of both arrangements John
  10. This is a bit like the "how long is a piece of string " question It depends on specification of the LED, the series resistance value, if there are more than 1 LED in series with each resistor & how bright the LEDs are this will be a bit inaccurate but will give results that should work OK First ignore the LED & calculate the current draw for the series resistor A 1K resistor connected across 12V will draw 12mA (from the formula V=IR "I" being current) 8 resistors across 12V will draw 96mA which is less than the 100mA rating of your decoder If you put a LED in the circuit then the current draw will be less so in the above case you could put at least 8 LED/resistor sets for each decoder output If you are referring to the LED strips that come on rolls with each group of 3 LEDs fed by one resistor Then you may find that with the onboard resistor they are still to bright Cut a group of 3 off the strip & connect another resistor is series with that group of 3 LEDS Keep increasing its resistance until the LEDs are at a suitable brightness With a 1k resistor the max current draw for the group of 3 LEDs will be 12mA as shown above, Now you can have 24 LEDS per output(8 groups of 3) With a 4k7 resistor the max current draw for the group of 3 LEDs will be 2.55mA. Now you can have 39 LEDS per output (13 groups of 3) With a 10k7 resistor the max current draw for the group of 3 LEDs will be 1.2mA. Now you can have 96 LEDS per output (32 groups of 3) Hope this helps John
  11. I seem to recall reading that some Heljan locos were wired wrong If this is the case you have several choices Contact Heljan to see if they can help Correct the wiring yourself Change some CV's to remedy the problem It will depend on what you are using to program your Decoders If you are manually entering values into CV's then you will need a manual for the decoder*** Here is a couple of screen shots from my setup I am using JMRI DecoderPro connected via a Sprog II to an ESU Decoder tester*, With a NCE decoder** After JMRI identifies the decoder go to function mapping & swap F0(f) & F0(r) as shown in the images Or you could do something similar in "lights" by changing "Output 1 active" from "Only in forward" to "Only in reverse" Repeat for output 2 Hope this helps John *instead of the tester you could place your loco on a track connected to the Sprog ** The decoder that was handy to get the screen shots *** find the section on function mapping/lighting & change the relevant CV's to suit
  12. It is a choke, also known as an inductor It is there to reduce RFI (Radio Frequency Interference ) on DC & can be deleted on DCC If I wasn't clear in the previous post the wire from the inductor needs to be unsoldered from the RH motor brush & replaced with the orange wire from the decoder If you wish to retain the inductor then the following drawing should help John
  13. They are really small bulbs They will work on DCC provided their current draw does not exceed the decoder function output If my knowledge of Fleischmann is correct then the lights are controlled by diodes which are a small disc between the lamp & its contact (Represented by the grey disc in the drawing) You need to isolate the motor brushes from the track pickups Disconnect the red wire to the rear light at the motor Disconnect the & remove the choke (is used for RFI suppression in DC it is not necessary for DCC) Cut the bridge on the circuit board that holds the brushes (marked on the drawings) Once this is done the brushes should be insulated from the chassis & all wheels Use a multimeter to check The 2 drawings represent the before & after electrical connections in the loco The thick blue line represents the metal chassis of the loco If the uninsulated wheels that connect to the chassis are on the left hand side of the of the loco then the colour of the wires from the decoder will be to NMRA standards If not then swap the red & black wires to the decoder(IE red goes to where black was & black goes to where red was) & similarly swap the orange & grey wires to the decoder Regarding the lights Front light( cylinder end), disconnect the red wire from the pickup & connect it to the white wire from the decoder Rear light Disconnect the red wire at the motor end & connect to the yellow decoder wire If one or both lights don't work as expected the the diode for that light can be removed , turned around & replaced or removed completely The blue wire from the decoder is not needed as the lights get half wave DCC from the chassis If you decide to go to LED,s then you will need a resistor for each LED & the blue wire from the decoder will need to be connected to each led John
  14. John ks

    Hornby APT 2020

    To the best on my knowledge they are a Janney tightloc coupling First picture of one i saw was on a Santa-Fe F7 Passenger loco (Type F) Quote from Wikipedia " They are designed with mechanical features which reduce slack in normal operation and prevent telescoping in derailments, yet remain compatible with other Janney types used by North American freight railroads." According to wikipedia type H are used on class 321, networker & other EMU's My guess that when used on the APT-P they lock the 2 couplings together when the power car & first coach coupling twist (rotate relative to each other) especially if the tilting of the the 2 cars is out of sync John
  15. John ks

    Hornby APT 2020

    If i am reading Hornby's site correctly then July for the 5 & 7 car sets & September for the rest of the coaches & power car Hope this helps John
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