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EFE Rail launches N gauge Class 17 and Mermaids


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I received mine yesterday - D8606, BFYE, weathered, and very pleasing!

 

It's my first loco with a Next18 socket and I haven't ordered a decoder yet. Was wondering if anyone can advise how many LEDs are used for the head and tail lights and can they be individually switched? By the look of the exploded diagram there's two LEDs under the nose at each end - one for the headcode box and one for the tail lights. I'd like to be able to control all four LEDs explicitly from four decoder functions - is that possible?

 

Tail lights switched on when the loco's not running light is a particular annoyance of mine. Another is having both tail lights on at once - until the late 80s the only train that did that were the Edinburgh-Glasgow push-pulls and trains carrying the head of state. Looking at the diagram, the tail lights operate with a lightpipe from a single LED, so turning one of them off would be a permanent operation by removing part of one lightpipe - has anyone done this?

 

Finally has anyone customised the headcode panel and retained the lighting? Applying Rule 1 - in the alternate universe my layout is set in, by a quirk of fate, these designs turned out to be reliable and became the standard Type 1 loco. So I'd rather like to give it a domino headcode and TOPS markings for that post-1977 look ;)

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I have seen from the RofS product images that the Mermaids still have the horrendously large protruding coupling.  Alternatives may need to be sought if I pick up a few but it seems the Dutch yellow grey ones are already sold out!!

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36 minutes ago, John M Upton said:

I have seen from the RofS product images that the Mermaids still have the horrendously large protruding coupling.  Alternatives may need to be sought if I pick up a few but it seems the Dutch yellow grey ones are already sold out!!

 

They do look a lot better when a short NEM coupling is substituted for the standard one.

 

Les

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46 minutes ago, John M Upton said:

I have seen from the RofS product images that the Mermaids still have the horrendously large protruding coupling.  Alternatives may need to be sought if I pick up a few but it seems the Dutch yellow grey ones are already sold out!!

 

Yep, and they still look too leggy. I'm surprised that the Dutch livery ones are sold out at RofS as a lot of people moaned that they were the ones produced by DJM and claimed they didn't sell. But I noticed that they are also OOS at Kernow. Has EFE produced Dutch ones? And presumably Hattons don't stock EFE Rail being associated with Bachmann - or do they?

 

 

 

 

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I noticed my local retailer seems to have the same situation as per the Class 17's, receiving just two of each variant!!  I am guessing these are extremely small production runs....

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I got four Mermaids first time round so I'm waiting for upgraded Dapol Dogfish. We are getting a bit spoiled with Mermaids, Grampus and Dogfish ballast wagons RTR in N! 

 

Dutch ones still available from a number of sources on you evilbay, this is just one example who shows more than ten in stock (no connection and I don't buy from them personally): -

 

EFE Rail E87514 N Gauge 14T 'Mermaid' Side Tipping Ballast Wagon BR Engineers Gr 5023219875141 | eBay

 

Good luck those searching!

 

Roy

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