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Re: Pendolino - a new approach
« Reply #2775 on: August 10, 2018, 03:03:05 pm »

Hello Jonny,

I am sorry you are having problems.  We don't want any customers to have difficulties and we are determined to get you a model you can run.

Rapido Repairs will reimburse postage; I don't know why this hasn't happened but I am sure if you contact them they will help.

By all means email Canada if you think that will help but if you're UK based I am confident that getting things resolved with Rapido Repairs is a better option.

In terms of cars riding up on curves - what minimum radius are you operating?  The Pendolino is designed for 12"radius curves, though I have seen it coping with tighter curves.

Cheers

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Re: Pendolino - a new approach
« Reply #2776 on: August 10, 2018, 11:15:21 pm »
Hi Ben

Thanks for the reply

We are running mainly 24” curves with one that is just over 12”  nothing smaller not only does it ride up but you can see and hear that one and a couple of others click on the end faces on the side onthe inner face of the curve . Not every car just odd ones . It’s as if the couplings are allowing the next car into far

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Re: Pendolino - a new approach
« Reply #2777 on: August 10, 2018, 11:29:54 pm »

Hi Jonny

I am on holiday at the moment but I have emailed Simon about this.

An intermittent and inconsistent fault is very hard to trace - he did suggest checking the back to backs on the trailer cars that derail as if slighltly out this might cause occasional derailing.

One option to try to isolate the problem is start with, say, a 5-car train and add one car at a time in its correct position until you notice a problem.  Pull the trouble car out and check that the coupler moves as it should, is correctly located and that the bogies on that car aren't binding, that the back-to-backs are right etc.

Simon will help if you want him to, or I think he said that Gareth at Rapido in Canada is trying to assist too.

Cheers

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Re: Pendolino - a new approach
« Reply #2778 on: August 11, 2018, 08:35:35 am »
There is a possibility this could happen if you are running dcc and havent tuned the chips to ensure both power cars run at the same speed?



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Re: Pendolino - a new approach
« Reply #2779 on: August 11, 2018, 08:43:06 am »
There is a possibility this could happen if you are running dcc and havent tuned the chips to ensure both power cars run at the same speed?

Yes this happens until they run in.

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Re: Pendolino - a new approach
« Reply #2780 on: August 11, 2018, 08:51:40 am »
Reminds me of the first time I ran my Blue Pullman over a section joint with no power on the next section.

First power car stopped instantly, the end one kept going....

The rest I leave to imagination.  :worried:
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Re: Pendolino - a new approach
« Reply #2781 on: August 11, 2018, 10:07:13 am »
think I will run my power cars in separately, yes still waiting for mine. long story they are sitting at my mothers waiting for me to pick them up in November;

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Re: Pendolino - a new approach
« Reply #2782 on: August 11, 2018, 10:18:23 am »
think I will run my power cars in separately, yes still waiting for mine. long story they are sitting at my mothers waiting for me to pick them up in November;

Back to back with one coach is best for running in.

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Re: Pendolino - a new approach
« Reply #2783 on: August 11, 2018, 11:54:55 am »
There is a possibility this could happen if you are running dcc and havent tuned the chips to ensure both power cars run at the same speed?

The chips were tuned together as a matched pair . Then settings were changed to try to match for start up . Slow down speed and cons running. Both power cars were run i for over 45 min each way at 75%  on dc
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Re: Pendolino - best way to couple and uncouple carriages.
« Reply #2784 on: August 12, 2018, 09:17:26 pm »
There must be a knack to coupling the Pendolino’s coaches together which I have not got.  In the same vein there must be a knack to uncoupling the coaches which I have not got.   I have not got either knack and I just know that I will damage a coupling- or perhaps even two!

How do you do this?  What is your preferred method? (No smutty answers please).

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Re: Pendolino - a new approach
« Reply #2785 on: August 12, 2018, 09:26:40 pm »
On a straight piece of track, I hold the bogie of each coach between forefinger and thumb and then push the to coaches together. It seems to work most times, occasionally I need to straighten out one of the couplings. The opposite when uncoupling them

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Re: Pendolino - a new approach
« Reply #2786 on: August 12, 2018, 09:27:52 pm »
I find it best to have the ends slightly raised, bring the couplings together, and use my thumbnail on the bottom of the male coupling to guide it into the female coupling. Works for me.

For uncoupling, I just carefully pulled them apart.

Cheers, Timmo

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Re: Pendolino - a new approach
« Reply #2787 on: August 12, 2018, 09:29:55 pm »
Once they are coupled and uncoupled a few times they loosen and are easier to couple.

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Re: Pendolino - a new approach
« Reply #2788 on: August 13, 2018, 09:22:09 am »
Snowwolflair is right about the couplings when I tried them at T I N G S last year they just pushed together on the table without any problem .
I found if you just angled them slightly they couple easier at first and get better after a few times they are definitely better than the Brighton Belle system .
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