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Hi,

 

Forgive me if this has previously been mentioned but according to Rails, Bachmann have announced a PluX22 DCC decoder for the Class 158 with a Brake Button enabled (so I guess it may be made by Zimo and from the price its a non sound decoder).

 

So probably the Class 158 will only have PluX22 connector(s) inside. If they arrange the wiring logically there may be a chance of using PluX8 and PluX16 decoders (but they have less function outputs than the 22pin Plux22 connector allows).

 

Regards

 

Nick

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impulse buy after seeing the rails email drop in my inbox. Just bagged a gwr from ttc diecast off ebay, then used the 5% off ebay code currently on offer. £213 delivered is not bad :)

now just need to sell my colas rail tts class 60 to help fund this!

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17 hours ago, 43179 said:

Lovely -  and weren't we good at coming up with seriously smart liveries for DMUs back in the day... 

 

 

Indeed the most stylish of liveries in my humble opinion and nothing has come close since. Also the Class 158 as a product has done very well over the last 30 years and still rides smoother than any DMU I have been on in this country that was built since, rides way better than very recent stock e.g. Class 195 and on bullhead rail puts DMU's like the Class 170 to shame. Perhaps the 175 units are the only ones that come close to ride quality, what a shame the T4 bogie series was not used on more units. Will be picking up this model despite its flaws within the next few days for sure.

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1 hour ago, cs233 said:

 

Indeed the most stylish of liveries in my humble opinion and nothing has come close since. 

It's a genius livery indeed  I love the way the light and dark blue stripes tie in with Regional railways , while the beige livery elements hint at INTERCITY - very clever. 

 

Jon 

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3 hours ago, fezza said:

These look good but £300+ will test the market's patience, especially as DMUs don't seem to sell well.  The last sound fitted DMU I bought cost £220 - this is a big leap.

Slightly less than the Realtrack 156 with sound but that does have two sound chips.

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3 hours ago, fezza said:

These look good but £300+ will test the market's patience, especially as DMUs don't seem to sell well.  The last sound fitted DMU I bought cost £220 - this is a big leap.

I paid 199.99 for the sound fitted NSE 101 from rails earlier this year. Other retaillers still have them for a similar price so like you say they haven't shifted very quicky

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Amazed that Bachmann seem to have got the 158s in the shops sooner than their most recent estimate.  OK, a matter of a couple of weeks compared to how many years of waiting but, in the right direction.

Now it's on the shelves I really must get my layout finished.  I put up the shed about the same time the Class 158 was announced and I thought it would be arriving just in time to Christen the new layout.  Look like I was right.

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Hurrah! Mine has just arrived and what a gem. 1000% worth the wait and I look forward to playing with it in due course. 
 

For those interested, it is a lot darker than Hornby’s take on GWR Green. Yet considering the livery in real life does often look gloomy I would say Bachmann have captured the livery more true. Best thing, it is NOT gloss! It has a satin finish which is not too bad at all. 
 

One thing, any one else have missing toilet tanks on the 52xxx car? 
 

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Anybody with a sound fitted one care to offer some thoughts on the quality of the sound file and speaker setup?

 

Tempted to order one but unsure whether to get a bare non fitted example and see what other sound files are out there.

 

Is it a V5 or Zimo?

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2 hours ago, Foden said:

Anybody with a sound fitted one care to offer some thoughts on the quality of the sound file and speaker setup?

 

Tempted to order one but unsure whether to get a bare non fitted example and see what other sound files are out there.

 

Is it a V5 or Zimo?

 

Yes I’d like to know this too.  I’d guess it would be a Loksound Select like the recent class 37s with DCC Sound. 

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2 hours ago, Foden said:

Anybody with a sound fitted one care to offer some thoughts on the quality of the sound file and speaker setup?

 

Tempted to order one but unsure whether to get a bare non fitted example and see what other sound files are out there.

 

Is it a V5 or Zimo?

Digitrains posted a short video of one running (sound fitted) on Facebook yesterday. Sounded good to me.

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8 minutes ago, MikeParkin65 said:

Digitrains posted a short video of one running (sound fitted) on Facebook yesterday. Sounded good to me.

 

Based on that video, it seems like the two-tone horn sound is pre-recorded rather than playable low and high notes. This is my biggest issue with most factory-fitted sound packages.

 

I've ordered the non-sound RR version from AGR.

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Cheers guys. Just ordered the basic DCC ready one myself now.

 

Reservations over the decoder type (not interested in a select), and some of the sounds as mentioned above has just left me wanting to leave my options open with the sound.

 

Still need to find a decoder now to get it going. Where has non sound DCC fitted option vanished to?!

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