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  1. Thanks, that's it, perfect. I'll try i.
  2. Gaugemaster DCC90 - works on other similar units
  3. I have just bought an NSE liveried 4-VEP. I tested it on DC and all worked fine. I fitted the DC chip. CV17 = 193, CV18= 167 (hence ID #423) and CV29 = 34 It drives correctly. F0 operates the directional end lights but the internal lights do not work on F1 as described. Any ideas? Could I have loosened the connector to the lights maybe?
  4. I'm going to hard wire in a decoder & remove the socket.
  5. DCC ready, I just used the 8 pin plug
  6. Everything was tested, running DC only was fine, power car alone failed on DCC 1st time and as a unit the 2nd time. Time 1. Chip fitted to power car only. Ran alone on test OK, but no lights. Tried to turn on lights but when I pressed F0 it died. Went to repair man who checked it on DC, then DCC and ran it for a while OK with dummy - lights OK. Brought it home and tested it as a 6-car unit and lights OK. It is a pain to drive as deceleration is very slow to respond. After throttle is off, it continues on full power for 2 unit lengths before it starts to slow
  7. There is a decoder in the dummy which works just the lights. The power car has fried 2 decoders so far. Both have the same ID.
  8. I did wonder that, but the chip has a 1.5A rating, 2A max. The command unit didn't detect a short either.
  9. The first DCC chip I fitted was to my Hornby class 395. I fitted it, run it backwards, then forwards, then pressed F0 and it stopped, dead chip! OK, maybe as a newbie I messed up, so I took it to a train repair man at my local model shop. He tested the loco, found no defects and fitted a new chip. After a few runs, again whilst running power car first it stopped dead, lights & power off, but the dummy is fine with lights on. Any ideas?
  10. I have some older Hornby diesel locos where I fitted a second motor so that they could actually pull a decent load. Any advice on what decoder power limits I'd need of issues to consider before I fit a chip? They have directional lighting too.
  11. Thanks everyone, I have chosen to switch to the Roco Z21 set up.
  12. The 5 loops have around 50m of track each, plus sidings and sub branches. I will operate up to 10 trains at once, MUs might include more than one power car. No idea what counts as Large? I have around 130m of track down so far and I'm not half way around yet! Maybe I'll only need 1 booster
  13. As expected, 101 opinions! I get it that I need 1 master, and some power boosters & slave units. I will stick with the Hornby Elite until I outgrow it. If I was to choose a DCC master system, which ones do you consider 'Good', 'great value', 'avoid' and the same for chips (including sub groups of) so that I can make an informed choice. Also, is there a good book to read & learn how to do this? thanks
  14. Everyone seems to claim that their system is 'better', but most look to me anyway to be quite dated. There is probably a need for something more modern across the board on DCC control in my opinion.
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