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  1. Hi A first for me in that I am contemplating trying out constructing working inside motion on one or both of my latest projects which are a Chowbent 3F and a Lanky kits L and Y Class 25 0-6-0 No 957. Not too bothered about working eccentrics and valve gear but the inside cranks and slide bars are very visible. Anyone any thoughts/ suggestions. tips. The JLTRT looks god value at £65 then there's Laurie Griffins at £95. Anyone else? Thanks in advance Kev
  2. Hi all Many thanks for nfo and numbers. I will number the 2 D1851 BTK 3497and 3498 and the D1999 intermediate coach 1956 I attach a picture of one of the 2 trailers I have constructed.. Ever helpfulll Malcolm Binns of Sidelines had made me up a D1999 kit which I have just started. Not decieded about the painting a I hate painting/ lining so I may bite the bullett and pay someone. Isnt the internet wonderfull Thanks again kev
  3. Thanks and thanks for the D1851 numbers Ive seen a picture somewhere of what looks like the other end of this set at Oxenhope and it had a driving trailer adjacent to the loco. I think im settled on so far a D1999 (Number????) sandwiched beween two D1851 BTK (Numbers 3497/8) compartment brakes converted to driving trailers. Apparently the D1999 has two toilets both at the same end which matches the vents in the picture. Kev
  4. I did inverst in a copy earlier but noit realising they were corridor stock I bought the wrong one. Saving/ looking for another one. Kev
  5. Thanks to very helpfull Malcom at Sidelines who had made the correct sides specially (SIX star service) the coaches appear to be a D1999 sandwiched beween 2 D1851 compartmet brakes converted to driving trailers. I dont think very many conversions were done Any more pics Any help with some numbers would be appreciated Kev
  6. The original Derby Lightweights were all Aluminium dictaed bythe largest engine available (125BHP) at the time and never received a TOPs class. The prototypes had hydraulic transmission which was prone to overheating They also had all EP valves in the train operated directly from the driven car which on a long train caused problems with volt drop. The light construction made them a bit fragile and many had to be rebuilt with steel ends after minor shunts. The later Class 108 was of similar aluminium construction but as well has having the larger 150BHP engines then available had stronger ends with sloping windows influenced some say by the MCW protortypes. The coupling code was changed to the now standard blue square system which had local realys to operat the EP valves. Some other Derby's - Class 107 were similar to look as the 108 but of steel construction, Class 114 were steel but longer at 64ft amd had to be up engined to Leyland/ Albion 235BHP engines. May be of interest Kev
  7. Interesting. The reblow is tempting. Ill be listening more closely to dmus when I visit exhibitions (were at Leeds this weekend). My speaker in the top compartment took less than 45min (just a slot for the speaker wires, a hole to let the sound out plus a recess in the clear lighting diffuser . Whether my one 16x25mm speaker or your two Eckig speakers iunderneath sounds best im not sure. Incidentally my Derby Lightweght is the original type not the later Class 108. (Has anyone managed to change the destination on one of these - Maryport is not where I want it to go) . Kev p.s. on the subject of useful sound features Ive never heard a "slipping steam engine" sound.
  8. Hi Derby Lightweight - I have fitted a Zimo 645 with a 16x25mm ESU speaker from Costal DCC with a Bachman 2 function decoder pluged into the socket in the trailer. As suggested by Costal I installed the speaker face down in the box that is ment for installing a decoder above the rear bogie. This did involve some cutting of the motor block for the wires and to let the sound out. The decoder sat on top of the motor which needed a retangle cutting in the plastic light reflector to allow the body to sidt down fully. This works well and generates lots of volume. The Zimo worked straight from the box but the Bachman needed CV29 setting to 2 and CV 41 to zero. Sound wise as someone who commuted on old type dmu's for 20 odd years Im perhaps a bit over critical of all the sound attempts Ive heard so far so Im still looking for something more accurate. Points to note 1. BR diddnt look after ther stock too well and compressed air frequently leaked away when the were stood. This requred the driver to rev the engine up to full revs for up to a minute or so to re-charge up the system.. This happemed a lot. I havent seen anyone replicate this. 2. The engine revs started very low on starting and slowly increased to max in eajh of the 4 gears. This is NOT like Sprinter dmu's where the engine stays at full revs unless coasting. 3. A free wheel was fitted so on shutting the throttle the engines returned to idle and the unit coasted. Costal have a coasting function F7 to replicat this. I havent attempted to switch the interior lights yet as the Trailer 6pin socket only copes with 2 functions for the head tail lights so mods would be requied.to fit an 8 pin one along with wiring mods in the power car. May be of help Kev.
  9. Hi Id like to change the desinations on my Bachmann Derby lightweight. The fitted ones looks like transfers stuck to the inside of the centre cab window. Has anyone mangaged to remove/ replace this? Thanks in advance Kev
  10. Hi I am wanting to build a 3 car corridor push pull set as ran latterly on the KWVR after corridor gangwayed coaches were introduced to allow the guard to sell tickets. The very helpful man at Sidelines has suggested two dgm D1905 converted corridor brakes with a D1999 open third between. This looks right apart from the window openors o the driving trailers which are much smaller than the centre car. Any more pics Any help with some numbers would be appreciated. Picture attached (Courtesy and copyright KWVR)- Note the LMS underframes and detail as well as the differing window openers and what looks like a pair of side mouldings. Thanks in advance Kev
  11. The signal needs 4 wires. The red and black need a constant 16V ac to power the lamp, motor and electronics. The 2 yellow ones change the state of the signal every time they are momentalary joined by say a push button switch.. This means even on a manual layout you need to be able to see the signal to decide if it needs changing. To me the strange electronics must have either been designed by a non railway modeller or [admin edit unnecessary tone removed]
  12. Just bought a 4mm BR upper quadrent to evaluate. Worked for 5 min then expired with no movement and just the lamp lit so prpobably going back to Dapol. Its not super detailed and has no balance weights etc so nice for toy trains or the rough and tumble of the exhibition circuit perhaps. Why they used a blueish LED in the lamp ive no idea. Mechanism is ingenious with a long thin motor and make to stop limit switches and 3 IC's. Strange over-design of electronics where the sgnal toggles every time the 2 yellow wires are joined making it practically useless for working where you cant see what position its in or any sort of automation or DCC. A tortoise point motor system works fine with a motor and 2 limit switches which I think would have been cheaper an simpler. I hear MERG are hope to make a new PCB to allow the signal to be worked by a simple ON-OFF switch or relay. Overall nice signal but strange electronics a big disapointmet to me. Perhaps Bachman or Hornby will make there own versions which can be operated correctley. Kev
  13. Im looking for some NER Green paint to paint my recently built F8. Is NER Loco green and LNER green the same or if not anyone have a paint ref. A reminder that a list Halfords rail equiv's is at www.bradfordmrc.co.uk under useful info Thanks Kev
  14. Ive solved it myself although not my question about if the decoder chuffs without the motor. Solution was to change the Consist CV (CV19) to zero. How it became changed Ive no idea. Info may be of help to someone. Kev
  15. Help I have had a Bachman Crab fitted with SWD LokSound 3.5 for a couple of years and this has run with no problem until yesterday. Now it makes all the whistles hisses clanks etc but wont move or make any chufing noises. Ive placed the decoder into an ESU decoder tester and its the same. Question Im I right in the assumption that if it was the motor driver componants on the decoder that had failed it would chuff but not move? Could it be something else other than a complete failure? Settings? I seem to remember one of my other locos doing something similar but it came back to life - how I forget. Thanks in advance Kev
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