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  1. I have recently read, on another website, that in order to get the Zimo M644 decoder to work properly, one needs to remove the suppression board. Something to do with it interfering with the BEMF. I would be interested in any observations as I have two to fit and I intend to use the Zimo chip with Paul Chetter's sound file. Also, what stay-alive would folk recommend? I don't want it to be able to run for seconds, just enough to cope with the odd blip. Thanks in advance.
  2. Hi Paul,

    I have just had your class 57 sound file uploaded onto a Zimo decoder by Digitrains and fitted it today. Now the information sheet I have been sent (ZS57ASL Class 57 Active Drive Speed Lock V18.10) would appear to have some discrepancies with what is actually happening.

    Engine start up claims that  activating F14 prior to start-up will start the BIS sound playing followed by the pump which will continue for as long as F14 is active. When F14 is disengaged the pump sound is joined by the pre-start warning alarm, a series of four loud beeps. 

    When I disengage F14, nothing happens at all.

    It goes on to say that Engaging F7 immediately after F1 will result in engine speeding up as  on prototype in order to charge air tanks.

    On mine it has no effect. F7 is just listed as Speed lock in the Function List. There is no reference to engine speed-up for any function. However, in reality, when I engage F6 which is engine idle, it actually results in engine speed-up.

    I have also noted that on the You Tube vid on the Digitrains site, for the Class 57, the horn is two-tone. On mine, when activating F3 'horn', it plays a high-low-high sequence.

    Now I don't know if there has been an updated version and I have the wrong instructions, or whether the wrong instructions have been cut and pasted under the Class 57 header, or, indeed, if the wrong sound file could have been loaded (I must confess to not knowing what a class 57 particularly sounds like). Sorry to trouble you, but any light you can shed would be much appreciated.

    Kindest Regards


    1. pauliebanger


      Hi Steve,


      I do not work for Digitrains, but Jeremy is a friend of mine.


      I passed responsibility for the Class 57 project to Digitrains over 4 years ago and I've had nothing further to do with it since. That version did not have Speed Lock.


      I know that Jeremy has updated various sound projects to include Speed Lock amongst other improvements, but I've no idea if that includes Class 57, sorry.


      Chances are that there is a mismatch between the instructions and the sound project loaded, but it will be better to contact Jeremy as he will have all the info to hand.


      If speedlock is not activated in your decoder, it can be added with CV356. The value to enter will be the F key you wish to use as the Speed Lock key.


      Sorry I can't help in more detail.


      Best regards,





    2. Steve Williams

      Steve Williams

      Hi Paul,


      That's fine, much obliged. I will be getting in touch with them tomorrow. Was just after a bit of background info in case I was missing something.


      Best wishes



  3. Glad to hear all OK. Yes, I have now ordered some of the male connectors. I really do wonder why Heljan make life so unnecessarily difficult. What on Earth is wrong with solder pads like Dapol. I really do think they need to look at Dapol and pick up some tips on end-user convenience.
  4. Many thanks Steve. Have ordered some. Steve
  5. Mike, I was wondering those light leads with the mini-plugs solved the problem. I too need to attach speaker wires to that ridiculous little female plug! Steve
  6. Alan, When you say the side walls of the chassis opening, I am trying to work out exactly where you mean. I have one of these ready to have sound fitted, so any advice much appreciated. Regards Steve
  7. You wouldn't by any chance know how to remove the centre section of the body? The instructions just give a couple of arrows, which seem to imply that you stick something in the side and lever out, but I'm not sure if that is correct and, in any case, doesn't seem to work. It's necessary to remove the centre section to fit a decoder.
  8. Bought one of these when they came out and only just got around to fitting a decoder and the three link couplings and hoses. The hole for the three link is much too big, so the coupling just falls out, whilst the air hoses are a full 180 degree curve, resulting in them fouling the front of the bogie. I will have to glue in the coupling with super glue, hoping I get it correctly aligned before it goes off, and try and heat the hoses to straighten them slightly. Such basic things. Not impressed.
  9. It's the one on the Class 60 bogie side-frame that I am after. Suddenly realised that I had lost one. They seem to be held in place with two little projections smaller than a gnat's whatsits! I'm also after the ETH cables from the class 50. The most vulnerable part of the loco I would suggest. I was told in a separate email a little while ago, that they are awaiting supplies of these. I live in hope as these seem to have been unavailable for a long time.
  10. Sorry about that. I was rushing to get the post finished before the call for dinner. ;-) There, that should be easier for you,
  11. I have had a look on there Andy, but, sadly, to no avail. They were my first port of call after the Hornby website.
  12. Am I the only one who considers Hornby spares availability, completely unfit for purpose. For a start, I don't find their website particularly intuitive or user friendly. If you manage to get a list of spares up for any loco, it's utterly inadequate. I tried to access a service sheet and it failed to respond when I put in the loco concerned. The only way I could get the website to respond was to type in service sheets, which then gave me a few to choose from, none of which were what i interested in. What spares that do happen to be available appear to be quite random. I fail to see why any item that is currently being used, is not available as a spare. Also, those items that are particularly vulnerable to damage, or likely to drop off, should be available a a matter of course. It's as though Hornby are adopting a policy of built-in obsolescence by making availability deliberately poor. If I contact Atlas or Athearn in the US, I can acquire most parts. In the case of Athearn, when I have sent an email query, on a couple of occasions, I have even been sent parts free of charge! If Hornby want people to buy their products, they need to up their game considerably. I am sure there will be people who will say they have had no issues and been able to get what they want. Fair enough. I am equally sure there are an awful lot of people who have not been able to get what they want, and if you upset or frustrate your customers, they will go elsewhere. I don't expect to go to my garage and be told the spare part I need isn't available, especially when the model is still in production. Neither do I accept the cost argument of producing and storing items. If they want people to buy their products, they need to have a good after-sales service. I recently emailed their CEO with regard to this issue. I haven't even had a response. That says it all.
  13. This would seem to be the case Ian. If I am understanding things correctly, when changing the F4 value (CV522) from Whistle (value 19) to Air Horn (value 16), the practical result is that instead of continuing to get a 'double-toot', albeit with a horn rather than a whistle, it changes to a short 'single-toot' Air Horn Acknowledgment. I was under the, clearly wrong, assumption, that the 'double-toot' facility remained constant with F4, irrespective of which of the two values were entered I shall know all these damn CVs off by heart before long :-)
  14. That's excellent, thank you Paul. I'm presuming that once CV 519 is changed to 15, although CV522 is still changed to 16 (as before), its effect is simply to repeat the altered sound of CV519? I rather liked the idea of someone shouting 'Oy', it would be reminiscent of 'bunking' sheds in the 60s! :-) UPDATE: Changed CV519 to 15 and that has changed the whistle to horn. However, Changing CV 522 to a value of 16 is still giving me a single 'toot' rather than a double one..
  15. Thank you Paul. The user notes I have are V18.12 and the info you provided above does correspond with the notes I have. What was confusing me was the term 'ID', as I wasn't sure if that was referring to the CV value or something else. May be worth considering using 'CV value' in brackets after 'ID' for idiots like me! :-) . I do have the most up to date sound file as it was supplied by Digitrains only a couple of weeks ago and does have the speed related flange squeal. Have just had a play with the two CVs concerned (519 & 522). Entering a value of 17 into CV519 results, not in an audible warning device but, what I can best describe as a slightly more aggressive brake squeal. Rather like it's making an emergency stop! Entering a value of 16 into CV522 again, results not in an audible warning device, but a sound which is a bit like someone shouting 'Oy!' It would seem, therefore, that the latest iteration of the sound file has effected changes to the values of those two CVs. Regards Steve
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