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N Gauge Discussion / 372-676 4CEP EMU FOR SALE
« Last post by class37025 on Today at 03:45:01 PM »
apologies, but for some reason could not manage to list this in the n'porium.

I have a Graham Farish 372-676 4CEP four car EMU 7126 SR multiple unit set, in green with warning panels, never been out of the box.

anyone interested ?

if you are please PM me with an offer.

MODs, not sure if N'porium is working or if I didn't do it right.
Train Surgery / Re: Dapol class 86 Loco stopped working
« Last post by Intercity on Today at 03:42:38 PM »
Donít trash it, there are a few that are willing to work on them, I believe NGF has people that may be able to assist too, failing that wait for the new release and get on of those PCBs
Layout Construction / Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Last post by ntpntpntp on Today at 03:35:46 PM »
... and there was I half expecting a "Help!" ping from you Alec!   Glad you've sorted it, otherwise I might have considered knocking up some sort of mini CDU in a little box, just to drive the 4 motors of the scissors. 
Other Hobbies / Re: Baseball !!! Serrwiiiing, batter, batter, batter...
« Last post by emjaybee on Today at 03:34:41 PM »
Well, Joe Kelly (relief pitcher) has signed a three year deal, not with the RedSox...


...the Dodgers!

General Discussion / Re: Jools Holland model railway
« Last post by ntpntpntp on Today at 03:30:46 PM »
Presume that's the source of the model tram and car scenes at the beginning of "Later With...."
General Discussion / Re: Jools Holland model railway
« Last post by daffy on Today at 03:29:33 PM »
Great layout. :thumbsup:

Is that a coal man (no lorry or dray in sight) or a darkly clothed housebreaker leaving the house by the round-a-bout with his swag bag? :hmmm:
Train Surgery / Re: Dapol class 86 Loco stopped working
« Last post by Madann01 on Today at 03:24:11 PM »
Many thanks, soldering not my forte either! Its likley to end up the other side of the room in the bin, will leave it to the experts, although about Four years old only out of box last Saturday,
Train Surgery / Re: Dapol class 86 Loco stopped working
« Last post by Intercity on Today at 03:12:12 PM »
I recall Dr Al mentioned they are BAT54C diodes, soldering isnít my forte but I still bought a strip, they are cheap from many vendors, practice on an old motherboard or equivalent if you need soldering practice.

The other option is to wait for the new class 86s as it has been mentioned the Next18 PCB will fit the older 86 with modification to the lights.

DCC / Re: Suitable decoders for Dapol N scale locos
« Last post by Nigel Cliffe on Today at 02:29:16 PM »
How much too long, and how much modification are you willing to undertake ?

If its just a tiny bit too long, and its because the pins are over-long, then they can be trimmed a little.  But it needs some care to not end up removing the pins from the decoder.    Or, the model could have the socket removed and everything hard-wired.    Either practise will invalidate any warranties.

In terms of control quality for the small motors found in N, there are two outstanding small decoder makers:  Zimo and CT Elektronik. 
Zimo have decent documentation, a warranty service which works within the UK, and a help desk which answers questions in English. 
CT can be difficult to deal with, documentation has gaps, support variable to poor.    What CT have going for them is size, they make by far the smallest decoders available. 

Small six-pin options, which means you don't have to re-wire the loco:
Zimo MX622.  Cheap for a top-end decoder (around £20), and very good.  But you say too big. (14x9x2.5mm)
Zimo  MX617.  Marginally smaller than the MX622, but nearer £30.
Zimo MX616.  Considerably smaller ( 8x8x2.4mm), but nearly twice the price of a MX622 at around £39

CT DCX76.  small  (11 x 7 x 1.3),  around £30
CT DCX77.  really small (5 x 7.5 x 1.8 mm), around £30. 

In all cases they are available with six-pin connections, either directly on the decoder (like the MX622N), or with a plug on the end of wires.   

I wrote an article, its on the 2mm Scale Association website, on how to setup (tune) CT decoders to get the most out of them.  Though some years old, its still valid as an approach. 

There are other small decoders around from other makers.  They don't provide the same quality of control. Some people find them to be OK. 

- Nigel
General Discussion / Re: Jools Holland model railway
« Last post by crewearpley40 on Today at 02:23:50 PM »
its in january railway modeller out today

and a couple of n gauge layouts - worth  a read
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