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Offline Tony S

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Class 08 to Victorian F class
« on: November 20, 2019, 10:07:06 AM »
I was asked about my conversions of a couple of Class 08 shunters to Victorian Railways' F class. The VR bought 16 Class 08 locos in 1951, the first diesel units to run in Victoria (photo 1, courtesy Mark Bau, http://www.victorianrailways.net/ ). They were designated as F class. Although my layout, based on a rural Victorian junction station and single track branch line, doesnít really need an F class shunter, I was attracted by the challenge of converting a Class 08. And who doesnít want more locos?

Unfortunately I made a relatively easy job of decoder installation into a drama by using a TCS Z2 decoder, which I have in several other locos. But its size necessitated a lot of grinding and filing to get it in (photo 2), and the upshot is that the unit does not run very well. The other problem is that the side rods stick out so far I couldnít fit any shuntersí safety boards to it (photo 3), and these are a distinctive feature of the prototype.

I then obtained one of the older Farish Class 08s (known as a Poole model, I think) with one-piece chassis. I fitted a digi-hat to one of the motor brush housings and installed a Lenz Silver Mini decoder, which is really tiny. I like lights in all my locos so utilised four surface mount micro LEDs (photo 4). Shuntersí boards were also attached (photo 5). It runs reasonably well and has excellent pulling power, so Iím pretty happy with it.

But it sounds like a meat grinder, and Iím wondering if anyone has experience with the Silver Mini decoder. Iíve tweaked CV50 a bit but nothing seems to change, and the minute manual is not very forthcoming. Does anyone have a definitive list of Silver Mini CVs and what they do? I run a 5amp NCE system.
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Tony










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Re: Class 08 to Victorian F class
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2019, 10:36:14 AM »
Have you turned the coupling rods over, or did the Poole Farish one have them on upside down?

I hope the bearings are greased, otherwise the oil will run out of the pots :hmmm:

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Re: Class 08 to Victorian F class
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2019, 11:20:34 AM »
That's the way it was when I got it.

Tony

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Re: Class 08 to Victorian F class
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2019, 12:43:49 PM »
Have you turned the coupling rods over, or did the Poole Farish one have them on upside down?


C'mon Chris - Victoria - Australia.  ;)
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Re: Class 08 to Victorian F class
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2019, 12:51:58 PM »
Have you turned the coupling rods over, or did the Poole Farish one have them on upside down?

C'mon Chris - Victoria - Australia.  ;)

You now owe me a decaffeinated computer screen   :D

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Re: Class 08 to Victorian F class
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2019, 12:55:20 PM »
 :smiley-laughing: Sorry!
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