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Author Topic: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N  (Read 90718 times)

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #555 on: July 23, 2016, 02:52:27 pm »
Couple of new items have arrived... first up, a class V90 (Epoch IIIb) heavy diesel primarily for shunting but also trip workings. This is a Minitrix model, which comes with what some of the German forums are calling a "Zwangsdecoder" or an "enforced decoder" - many newer Minitrix models are only supplied with an on-board, factory fitted decoder. However, they are capable of running on analogue as well. The V90 is available with a decoder, or with a sound decoder; a plain analogue version has not, yet, been offered (or announced).

It runs well, although the starting speed is a little faster than my analogue Minitrix BR 217. Top speed is surprisingly slow, but then again this is a heavy shunting loco and it isn't a problem. I assume that the decoder is regulating or causing this in some way. The German 1zu160 forum has reported some users having difficulties operating recent Minitrix decoder fitted locomotives on analogue, particularly, it would seem, with Heisswolf controllers. One user in particular reported adequate performance on analogue but superb control on digital.



The major criticism has been of the lamp housing; this is quite a feature of this loco, and many modellers have described it as too heavy and "lego brick" in style, particularly when compared with the Roco V90 (no longer available). The body colour has been the subject of debate as well, as the red does seem a little light.

The other new item to arrive on Steinheim is the Ommi 51 tipper wagon. These were quite a common sight, and this model is a re-issue by Fleischmann, now equipped with a close coupler mechanism and with two wagons in the box.



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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #556 on: July 23, 2016, 07:16:18 pm »
The V90 is available with a decoder, or with a sound decoder; a plain analogue version has not, yet, been offered (or announced).

It runs well, although the starting speed is a little faster than my analogue Minitrix BR 217. Top speed is surprisingly slow, but then again this is a heavy shunting loco and it isn't a problem. I assume that the decoder is regulating or causing this in some way.


A DCC chip expects 16-18v input to get a 12v output. Hence a DC controller ( 12-14v) will ensure a slower top speed because the chip will deliver <7v to the motor.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #557 on: July 25, 2016, 11:33:52 pm »

The major criticism has been of the lamp housing; this is quite a feature of this loco, and many modellers have described it as too heavy and "lego brick" in style, particularly when compared with the Roco V90 (no longer available). The body colour has been the subject of debate as well, as the red does seem a little light.

Colour seems OK to me. As with any red, weathering and fading changes appearances over time. Light cluster also seems OK, certainly far better than the Roco Brissoneau & Lotz (SNCF 63500).

Incidentally I picked up a Roco 290  s/h a short time ago and it runs as new. (I've wanted one for nigh on 30 years but never got round to it!)





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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #558 on: August 20, 2016, 07:52:51 pm »
I know this is probably common as muck and uninteresting to most but it represents my final commitment to German N.


Fleischmann BR112 and Dosto trailer.


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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #559 on: August 20, 2016, 08:48:14 pm »
I know this is probably common as muck and uninteresting to most but it represents my final commitment to German N.

Not as common as muck and always interesting to see what others are up to. No Dostos on Steinheim, so pleased to see one. Is the loco an ex DR class 143?
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #560 on: August 20, 2016, 08:58:47 pm »
Its a 112.1 which I think, based on my current admittedly limited knowledge means it was one of the class ordered specifically as 112s just before/after unification.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #561 on: August 20, 2016, 09:33:09 pm »
Correct.
The 112.1s were still ordered by the DB and the DR. They are based on the 243/143 design but with a higher max speed of 160 km/h instead of 120.
You can distinguish them by the different headlight arrangement.

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #562 on: August 22, 2016, 09:50:20 am »
A rather nice set of three weathered Fads 175 hoppers have joined the fleet. These are an Arnold set; original RRP 89.90, since reduced by some retailers, and then DM-Toys posted a load for auction (rather than buy-it-now) on their e-bay shop. It would have been rude not to at least try...  :)





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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #563 on: August 22, 2016, 01:26:45 pm »
It would have been rude not to at least try...  :)

And no doubt it was only accidental when you attempt succeeded :D!

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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #564 on: August 24, 2016, 05:01:57 pm »
So a second visit to Scograil in Ipswich resulted in a nice little find that the internet hasn't shown. Last time I was the gent who knew his continental stuff was on holiday, today he was not. Asked about DB red Dostos. After some internet consultation confirming the Fleischmann Steuerwagen was out of production and a Minitrix one was unreleased he began rummaging in cabinets and under his desk...



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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #565 on: August 24, 2016, 06:03:32 pm »
Very nice, well done on getting a Steuerwagen to match.
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #566 on: August 25, 2016, 05:03:30 pm »
Yes indeed. I thought it was the TGV that was lit, but it might have been the Eurostar?
Probably the much more recent Eurostar. This is a very old model by the looks of the packaging - haven't found an exact date but this video suggests around 1980, and I'm pretty sure I saw a similar version on the "museum display wall" at the Kato HQ shop (maybe their first overseas model?). For a model of that age it's very well made and can hold its own against much more recent ones. Anyway I'll toddle along there some day soon and make some enquires, as I need to get some other spare parts.

Interestingly I see the original TGV trainsets appear to still be in active service.

18 months on... Having finally set up a decent loop of track, I dug this model out, still no idea exactly how old it is but certainly at least 20 years old (the box has a pre-1997 Japanese postcode and looks very 80's style), but a fantastic runner which looks amazing, if I can update the end car lighting to LEDs it would look like a contemporary model (though I still haven't fixed the pantograph).
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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #567 on: September 11, 2016, 02:46:57 pm »
Every model railway needs Das Boot!


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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #568 on: September 11, 2016, 04:55:26 pm »
Went to TINGS and those lederhosen at DM-Toys were just too much and I was overwhelmed...


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Re: Show your Latest Loco and Rolling Stock Purchase - Continental N
« Reply #569 on: September 12, 2016, 10:12:02 am »
The Talent 2 is a wonderful model. I have the 2-car version. Quite heavy because it has a motor in both cars. I also like the interior lighting.

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