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EFE Rail - Winter 2023 Announcements inc. Southern 'Booster'


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52 minutes ago, wainwright1 said:

I recall that Phil Parker modelled that.

 

All the best

Ray

 

Indeed he did, a lovely little model!

 

 

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On 05/02/2024 at 14:20, mikesndbs said:

Whoa! stop the press, sluggish high current Booster?

Check this out for the fix.

 

Quite shocked by this one as mine has been poor from the start, guess a more solid PCB would not have done this?

 

 

Hi,

 

Well spotted. My booster is drawing 440ma at the max setting of my DC rolling road.

 

Did you measure the current draw at max speed step/max DC voltage?.

 

Regards

 

Nik

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EFE have apparently announced a new batch of their OO gauge model of the Southern Railway ‘Booster’ electric locomotive No. 20002 in BR green livery as it sold out on initial release.
Source: an e-mail from TMC.

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On 04/03/2024 at 11:32, NIK said:

Hi,

 

Well spotted. My booster is drawing 440ma at the max setting of my DC rolling road.

 

Did you measure the current draw at max speed step/max DC voltage?.

 

Regards

 

Nik

 

Hi Nik, no, once I saw double the safe value I intervened. 

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1 hour ago, Phatbob said:

EFE have apparently announced a new batch of their OO gauge model of the Southern Railway ‘Booster’ electric locomotive No. 20002 in BR green livery as it sold out on initial release.
Source: an e-mail from TMC.

Correct, also seen in KMRC newsletter. Due late Summer '24

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5 minutes ago, ted633 said:

Correct, also seen in KMRC newsletter. Due late Summer '24

That's a pretty good delivery time for a second batch, although I imagine making more of exactly the same model (presumably ) is at least somewhat easier than a new variant.

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5 minutes ago, Hroth said:

The rerun could have been as 20001 instead!

"Surely" a number change wouldn't have slowed production down?

 


No.  Different tooling and decoration would be required to do 20001 instead of 20002.  At no point in time were 20001 and 20002 exactly the same!  So they've saved a lot of time by "just hitting repeat" on their original BR(S) green 20002.  it sold out on pre-order, so there's clearly more demand than supply.  I was lucky and blagged one the first time around but had I missed out I'd be greteful for this opportunity.

 

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20002 seemed to be the one which gave the greater number of problems if one goes by internet comments.  Derailing was one of those.  This may be a welcome boost (pun intended) to the ranks but might also be a make-good if manufacturing issues have been identified.  Either way it gives more of us the chance to own one of these locos.  

 

As they seem to have sold well there might yet also be new issues yet to be announced.  The BR green / yellow end livery has been mentioned here before.  

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On 05/02/2024 at 12:12, railcar1 said:

Sad truth with many retailers is if it runs its fine!

Have a look at the Hornby  Mag.,March, booster review main picture,the fault is obvious to see.

As previously reported I have mitigated the issue by adding  shims.This fixes the wheels in contact  with track problem but not the underlying fault. 

In my  opinion the problem is the screwed on side panel of the gear tower is not aligned properly causing  the axles to sit out of true.

This may be a manufacturing issue or perhaps damage in transit. 

This problem does seem relatively  widespread. EFE should really respond. 

 

three out of three that were seen at my model railway club last Tuesday didn't sit on plain track properly, so it does seem fairly common.

 

Jon

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