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  1. Well, I got one of the DCC Concepts rolling road gadgets and have given the loco a couple of more break-in runs (30 min each direction) and still noisy. I am resigned to the fact that you get what you pay for and since I got it for about half the original MSRP they threw in the noisy gears for free! If I turn up the chuffs they for the most part drown out most of the gear noise, especially if I keep it down to a crawl, leave the cylinder cocks open, and blow the whistle a lot. Easy to see why DJM is no more.
  2. Coreless motors generally give decoders trouble with BEMF so you might try adjusting those parameters or if possible turn BEMF off entirely and see if that improves it any. I had the same issues with my Oxford Rail Dean’s Goods 0-6-0 with the factory installed LokSound decoder. I tried adjusting it to no avail. I then tried a selection of decoders until I installed the SoundTraxx Eco-100 UK steam version. It runs great now and I use that decoder in all my UK locos. Their motor control parameters seem perfect for these coreless motors which UK model makers seem to be using more often.
  3. I finally installed a SoundTraxx Econami UK steam sound decoder, TCS KA1 Keep Alive, and sugar cube speaker in mine. I have been breaking it in for several months on a DC track and DCC Concepts Rolling Road but it is still noisy. I have a video of the process on my “Model Railroading” YouTube channel here Hope it will be of use to some. I can offer a couple tips, (1) do not over tighten the hold down screws in the coal bunker as this can increase noise, and (2) be careful with oil on the axles as it will interfere with electrical pickup resulting in erratic running—Larry
  4. For those interested YouChoos has an excellent page on disassembly and installing a speaker in the tender. He also took the boiler off and provided photos of the DCC interface and offered a fix for the dim firebox light. Basically requires glueing a piece of foil behind the LED assembly to act as a reflector. I now plan to gut the circuit and install a SoundTraxx UK steam sound decoder once it arrives. That will make it compatible with all my other locos and allow installation of a keep alive and some extra weight in the boiler cavity.
  5. I have installed a sound decoder from a manufacturer I cannot name as this is a prototype and the loco runs fine with it. As of now I have not reprogrammed any of the functions but I will test F1 and F0 to see if either control the flicker and if there are any associated issues. Mine runs great as of now without any oil or break in running. When I asked Dapol about disassembly instructions all they would say is it would violate my warranty and they ignored my followup questions. Right now I would rate them very low on customer service. If I do run into any problems I likely will remove the bo
  6. I fear it will be easier to simply renumber the loco to match the configuration than trying to get Dapol to provide the steam pipes. All you need is a couple etched number plates and the decals for the rear buffer beam. For example 6386 didn’t get steam pipes until 1952. I would imagine that installing the steam pipes might require drilling a mounting hole or two and even taking the model apart. I’ll take the easier path.
  7. What irks me is I specifically switched my order to 6385 just to get the outside steam pipes as shown in prerelease photos! Now I guess I need to renumber it to one that had the shirt button emblem and no pipes. At least they did use metallic gold for the emblem instead of yellow. To make it worse when I asked about a wiring diagram so I could remove their space hogging decoder interface I got a rude email back telling me it would void my warranty so no diagram!
  8. Thanks Dave my preorder is in; one 4 coach GWR set plus a full brake. Hopefully my Dapol GWR Mogul will arrive before the coaches!
  9. OK, let’s do that again now that I have refreshed my memory. After I built the Peco GWR 4 wheelers I ran into the problem with the coaches stopping during a free roll as they passed over an under track magnet. I tested my Hornby coaches and they didn’t do it. So I ordered a couple sets of Hornby R8218 14.1mm coach wheels and swapped them out. I just tested these with a magnet and it is the wheels themselves that are apparently non ferrous not the axles. On the Peco wheels both the axles and wheels are apparently ferrous as they are magnetic which is why they bring the vehicle to a halt over t
  10. Well these 3D renderings have sold me on a GWR set as well as an all brake single. One question I have concerns the axles—are they of a non-ferrous material? This is a concern for those who use under the rails magnets for uncoupling as ferrous axles are attracted by the magnets and tend to afrect rolling stock performance. I have had to replace all the Peco kit wheelsets with Horby ones due to this problem. Also non-metallic axles would make power pickups much easier since they would electrically isolate the wheels. Looking forward to running these with my GWR Mogul if they ever really arrive!
  11. Well, I finally got mine quieted down quite a bit, however running it in wasn’t what did it. I disassembled the model, removing the cab, boiler, weight, and associated bits and pieces. After checking it all out and doing some lubing around where needed I reassembled it component by component. Then as I added back each section I gave it a test drive. It ran very smooth and quiet. However when I reattached the cab using the 2 small screws under the coal load it got noisy again. So I loosened those screws and it quieted down again. Also when I installed the cab roof it got a bit noisier but I thi
  12. Mine arrived today and it sounds like a 1950s coffee grinder and runs worse than my Oxford Rail Dean’s Goods did right out of the box. I turned BEMF off in the decoder and that helped a bit. I have also lubed it and now will start a long run in as The Stationmaster suggested might help—I hope he’s right.
  13. i can’t remember the website where I read this but it is likely they simply interpreted what Rivercider and The Stationmaster discussed as being yellow and blue ratings. Good to have this more nuanced Look at the actual facts.
  14. Prior to 1943 the line was rated yellow but during the war they upgraded the line to blue use it as a bypass in case the Germans shelled the seaside tracks at Dawlish. Be aware that Pomroy apparently did 2 books, the one you have mentioned plus another titled “The Teign Valley Line“ which is the one I purchased and have on order. The Peter Kay book sounds like a more exhaustive one but it is a bit pricier so I think I’ll hold off and see what is in the one I just bought.
  15. Thanks, I’ll look for those. I did find a copy of the Teign Valley Line by Pomroy on eBay and it is on the way, but most others were not available. I’ll keep and eye out for the South Devon book too. If I can’t find an appropriate schedule I guess I can merge the others into a reasonable facsimile. There is a fairly interesting website on the Teign Valley with some nice photos and links. I read somewhere that the largest locos used on the line were 2-6-0s and I have one on order although Dapol has now set delivery back to September—anyone interested in a Hornby King class—too big for the TVR.
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