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  1. Has anybody ever modelled this?... https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=669759863644573 For that matter, does anyone know any more about it than this video?
  2. "Railway catwalk" - that's a nice phrase, and very descriptive of a certain type of layout Having said that, I do think that, done well, a layout that consists of nothing but trains running from one side to the other can be very effective. The "train in a landscape" layout, to give it its more usual term, can do a very good job of recreating the experience of just sitting by the lineside and watching trains go by. You don't necessarily need a lot of operational interest for that to work - what's more important is that the setting works from a scenic perspective and the selection of trains running through is appropriate to that setting.
  3. MarkSG

    New Hornby Rocket

    There's always someone who cancels their pre-order. And some shops that cancel (or reduce) their orders with the manufacturer. In this context, bear in mind that many smaller shops without an online presence will have been closed since March and may well have cancelled orders they have with their suppliers as they don't want new stuff coming in (and having to be paid for) while existing stock sits unsold on the shelves. And any of that stock will have been made available for other shops to buy. So Rails, Hattons et al have probably been able to get their hands on some additional Rockets, if not all that many.
  4. MarkSG

    New Hornby Rocket

    At a guess, I'd suggest it's to give options depending on the curvature of your track. For typical "train set" track (radius 2), use three long ones. For more prototypical curves, use one long one (between tender and first coach) and then two short ones between the coaches. So what you've got are two separate sets of couplings: one set of three long ones and one set of one long one and two short ones. That is just a guess, though, as the rather brief manual doesn't give any clues about the couplings. It doesn't even tell you how to fit them.
  5. MarkSG

    New Hornby Rocket

    Mine arrived this afternoon. It is, indeed, as tiny as I had expected I haven't had a chance to run it yet, because, in a feat of unhelpful coincidence, I completed the conversion of my current project to DCC last weekend so to run the new arrival I either need to switch the controller back over or set up the test oval. I'll probably do the latter, maybe next weekend, as that way I can give it a decent extended run on the oval rather than just shuttling back and forth along a shunting plank.
  6. MarkSG

    New Hornby Rocket

    Had an email this morning to say that mine is on the way. After reading everybody else's comments I'm not expecting to be surprised by how small it is
  7. It did occur to me, afterwards, that I should have titled the topic "Loose Chippings", and illustrated it with this image!
  8. In the end, I found that gently bending all the pins was the solution. Partly, it gives them more "stick" in the socket, but it also means that the chip itself presses down slightly on the chassis which helps to hold everything in place. I've also now chipped my Hornby J15, which was a lot more straightforward. Hopefully the rest of the locos will be, too.
  9. Thanks, that's useful. The pins do look long compared to the socket, but, as I'm not an expert, I wasn't sure whether that was because I was doing something wrong! I'll try adding a slight kink and see if that helps. If not, then I'll try some tape. That was what I'd thought of, anyway, but I thought it would be wise to just get some advice first in case there was a more obvious solution that I wasn't seeing.
  10. OK, so I've finally got round to making the switch to DCC, and have just chipped my first loco - a Rapido/MR J70, using a Zimo MX617N chip. It's fine. It runs. Woohoo! But... the chip doesn't seem to want to stick in the socket. I assumed that it would be a fairly firm push fit, and, once in, would stay there. But, it isn't, and doesn't. I'm pretty sure it's in as far as it will go, as pushing harder doesn't seem to help (and it must be in far enough to make contact, and the right way up, because it runs). But, because it's only a loose fit, it works free while the loco is in motion. And then, of course, it stops working! At the risk of asking what may seem like a dim question, is this normal? How firm a fit should it be? And, if loose chips are a common problem, what's the best solution for making them stick?
  11. For reference, the Peco ones do fit. So the problem is solved, and my faulty point is now working again! I suppose it's not that surprising that the extenders are interchangeable. After all, they're all designed to fit the same trackwork, and all the RTR points seem to have the same size hole for a point motor pin. So it's reasonable that the pins themselves are all the same diameter. In terms of dimensions and basic functionality, solenoid point motors are much of a muchness. The differences between them mainly come down to build quality and value for money.
  12. MarkSG

    New Hornby Rocket

    As I recall, MR did some research and concluded that coaches, and GER liveried J70s, wouldn't sell well enough to justify the initial investment. Of course, if the liveries that are produced sell well enough there's no reason why they can't do them in GER livery as well. But the coaches would still be a different thing entirely (as, for that matter, would be a G15/Y6). If Hornby, or anyone else, does ever do a Titfield Thunderbolt themed Lion, then the coaches may well become a worthwhile adjunct, along the lines of Rails' second class L&M coaches. But you need a realistic prospect of enough customers to make the worthwhile before doing that.
  13. Even in live frog mode, unifrog points have the advantage over the older style electrofrog in that you don't need insulating rail joiners (unless you have a reversing loop), and all rails are always live. So they're a lot easier to wire up. Mine are currently in dead frog mode, as they're operated by fairly basic solenoids without polarity switches and the control unit that they're currently connected to doesn't have switches either. But the frog power wires are ready to connect when I want to (dangling below the baseboard), and when I replace the temporary DC power system with the DCC one that will run the layout long term, then the frog polarity wires will be connected to the control unit (a DCCconcepts ADS-8sx), thus making the points live frog. And all without having to modify the points in any way.
  14. MarkSG

    New Hornby Rocket

    The replicas are based on an assessment of what Rocket looked like at the Rainhill trials. There are enough descriptions, and drawings, to give a reasonable degree of certainty when combined with the actual preserved Rocket in its later state. Although contemporary illustrations show that the production versions of the Rocket class were more like Rocket as preserved, we don't know for certain when Rocket itself was modified to be like its later siblings. So it's plausible enough that Rocket did run in service in unmodified form, at least for a while. At least, it's plausible enough that you don't need too much modeller's licence to use the model on a layout depicting the L&M. Of course, if you're really hardcore, you could always modify the Hornby model so that it looks like a later Rocket
  15. I agree; I think the problem is simply that the clearances are a bit too tight for some RTR locos. They'd probably only have to move the insulating gap by a millimetre or so to avoid the problem. That would slightly extend the dead area when used in dead frog mode, but I doubt it would be a serious problem for all but the shortest-wheelbase locos. And it wouldn't be any problem at all when wired for live frog mode. Meanwhile, you've still got the advantage that they can be wired up for live frog use simply by connecting the feed, it isn't necessary to make any other modifications. I do like the unifrog concept, and I'm happy enough with the bullhead points that I've installed. But, like a lot of innovative designs, there are some issues which really only become apparent with actual widespread use rather than in-house testing. If they are planning to use unifrogs on the rest of the Streamline range then that's something that can be addressed before they make that change.
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