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  1. Yes, bought the set at the weekend! not unpacked it yet, and working away from home! Once I get it on a base board I will post it here. Got to say it’s a very nice set! Yes it has a proper sound chip which the EZ-Command won’t be able to do it justice, but it will control the first 10 functions its bomb proof and you could easily sell it if not required! Got mine at Mansfield model rail exhibition from Benhams trains and things. web site below http://benhamsonline.com/ I had the last one but he was going to order more. The price was outstanding! Give David a phone call and ask if he can get one in for you! Cheers Ian
  2. Another great weekend. Today seemed quieter than usual, but still busy. A big thanks to the Scouts for looking after us with food and drink. A great relaxed family show. Cheers Ian
  3. Hi traction hows things mate

    Befour  i go into detail i thought id as regards to signals are you formula with how to set up signals on the Hornby railemarster useing the elink as my controller ? 

    If so id love to hear from you 

    Thanks mate Gavin  

    1. traction




      Unforutnately I've not set up any signlas using Railmaster.

      Infact I've not used Railmaster for probably over a year!


      You may find asking a question on the Hornby forum in the Railmaster thread will bring quicker replies.


      Sorry I couldn't be more help.





    2. gavco


      Thats cool thanks for your reply i really appreciate it 

    3. gavco


      Hi all  just let you guys know that found something that do what im looking for it is a

      Atles 200 snap relay

      Thanks gavin 








  4. Nice Gareth! Will have to pop in when I get time! Not been in for a good while now, shops looking good! Cheers Ian
  5. Gaugemaster prodigy express with Wi-Fi module. Then use appropriate app on Android or IPhone to control everything. Cheers Ian
  6. I think that comment is somewhat unfair and not a little rude. If you listen to Laurie's interview with Jenny (link posted earlier) he does explain about the limitations he was working to, be that time or using existing models. He also says what he would liked to have done. So to just post a comment saying they chose the wrong consultant is harsh to say the least. I for one will be ordering a set of the locos as I think they are actually pretty good, the kids at an exhibition would love them on a suitable layout. Steampunk seems to be a broad term, this range looks to be a starting point. We all are aware that we need to bring new people in to the hobby this could be a great start. Cheers Ian
  7. Chrissaf, did an excellent tutorial on the Hornby forum for this:- https://www.Hornby.com/uk-en/forum/programming-accessory-decoders/?p=1/ Just scroll through the thread to find the star of his post, it's quitw long but very useful. That should help. Cheers Ian
  8. Hi Nigel, Have you looked at the Team Digital SMD84? It will do the easy addressing but it's also quite a useful but of kit that can be programmed to do routes etc. Has a built in CDU as well. I have two of the SMD82 units, the only difference being the Loconet support. They will operate two solenoid from one output! Might be worth looking at? https://www.digitrains.co.uk/shop-by-brand/team-digital/smd84.html Above is a link to Digitrains as they have some in stock. http://www.teamdigital1.com/prod_catalogue/smd84_product/smd84.html The above is a link to the Team Digital web site where you can download the manual. Some of it looks daunting at first but it can be easy or more complicated to set up depending on what you want it to do. Just a thought. Cheers Ian
  9. Cool, I find it a great way of getting the layout up and running very quickly. I was thinking about the wiring above the baseboard, you could use thin copper tape either side of the track and solder wires from the track to the copper 'go's The copper tape can easily be painted over or hidden with scenery. Cheers Ian
  10. It was a one off special that was done for me. A very long time Ago now. I was told it wouldn't be done again. Sorry Cheers Ian
  11. The sound file was a complete one pre-installed. Why don’t the clips fit streamline points? Ive bought a pack of them and bent them to fit in an N-gauge point so I can’t see why the wouldn’t be able to fit. cheers Ian
  12. Hi, This photo shows the Hornby point clips fitted. Also a short video, this is a basic layout for children to play with at exhibitions and for me to test stuff on, hopefully get it finished soon! There are only two wires from the Hornby Select to the track. Point clips have been fitted to all of the points. The points are fitted with Peco low Power point motors fitted direct to the points, these are controlled by the Peco passing contact switches via a CDU. All really basic DCC stuff and two wires, I do it this way initially so I can have things running quickly and see if I like that track layout, it saves lots of soldering wires to track if I decide to change the track plan at any time. Hope this helps Cheers Ian
  13. Having still got my Mallard set and the Flying Scotsman Loco the biggest issue is size of layout and speed of loco. I wired the tracks as I normally do for DCC, that is a bus which was 2.5mm² twin&earth ring main. I then soldered some heay duty droppers to the track, to connect to the bus. This would easily handle the current from the controller. I made it so I could easily disconnect the Live steam controller and connect up a DCC controller and all worked fine. After the initial heat up time to get the water boiling I just turned the regulator down to simmer and could run for over 20mins on a full boiler. Once you got to grips with the lag and speed control it was good fun running them. The speed was pretty worrying though. Where I think Hornby went wrong was not giving enough information on how to actually drive these works of art. You really needed to practice on the rolling road to get to feel how the loco would run, each loco was completely different and that changed after they had been run in. Hornby didn't explain this well enough at all, and just gave a big oval with 3rd or 4th radius curves, the instructions being nowhere near good enough to control the locos correctly, so on first try you would end up with the loco flying around the first curve and very likely coming off, and that's where most people gave up! I would always run 3 coaches each filled with liquid gravity so that one coach would weigh about the same as 3 coaches. I managed to run it very well around a small oval (baseboard was less than the 6x4ft) but you did have to be very gentle with the throttle and always use the coaches to add that extra drag to reign the speed in. Still have them and the distilled water that you have to use in the boiler, just no longer have the layout to run them on, but will have one day......I hope! Cheers Ian
  14. Call Digitrains, ask them to take a selection of Controllers you are interested in and they will connect them up to the test track they take with them to exhibitions. If you want to operate sound locos, ask them to have a sound loco available for you to try and test ALL the functions to see how easy it is or isn't as the case maybe! There are very few controllers that show all functions that have been operated or which can be set to momentary or latching. As an example the easiest one I've played with at Digitrains, (I live close so its easy to drop in and have a play) is the Sig-naTrak ACE, one complete screen with every function button shown. You would need the handheld driver handset to give you the rotary control knob though. Again, try the systems, with sound locos so you can see just what you are letting yourself in for, also try the ones out of your budget, it will either make you save more for right system or prove you don't need that system Have fun in the process. Cheers Ian
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