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    • https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zPvBcJEFjv8 As a postscript, this morning,  a oouple of useful hours were spent removing the incumbent DCC system. The 'new' two-wire Direct Control system was a doddle to install, a mounting plate for the 5-pin DIN socket took longest to fabricate. The first run was carried out by a brand new Bachmann H2, it ran perfectly, unlike the Hornby Bulleid Lighr Pacific that constantly derailed at any speed.  The control of the ancient AGW PE1000 handheld leaves nothing to be desired, the coreless motor in the DJH U class no longer buzzes and it runs without overheating.  Consequently, an under-used and boxed Digikeijs DR5000 and complete Roco MultiMaus system are currently on a well known auction site. All the decoders have being carefully removed, all killa and no filla, they will go the same way.  Beaminster Road
    • Fantastic, very many thanks. We live at the bottom of the climb out of Sherborne towards Milborne Port. The sound of two 50s assaulting the gradient was impressive, to say the least. I had no idea that 50s were in revenue earning service. Beaminster Road https://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/gbrf-livery-for-two-class-50s Wow!!!    
    • Googling has found this video  Which shows the pair of GBRF hoovers
    • Hi, Thanks but what on earth was running through Sherborne, was it an HST or a big loco hauled special? Is that Penzance-Waterloo service a regular train, I ask because we so used to just 159s and the occasional Cathedrals Express. BTW all we could see was lots of coaches and hear a throaty roar. Tim
    • Not a DCC vs DC rant,  merely adieu to one system and a welcome return to another. About six months ago, I began a gradual return to British steam outline after many years of successfully exhibiting small German layouts.  The two systems have quite different requirements:- The German layouts used locos with sound, lights whilst all the turnouts were DCC controlled.  The British layout is permanent, the steam locos merely need motor control, no sound whilst the Tortoise turnout motors are analogue controlled. The turnouts are self-isolating Peco Code 75, working equally well with both DC and DCC.   Recent incompatibility issues with Bachmann and Hornby products forced the question of why I need anything more than motor control, therefore  why am I fitting decoders?  The Digikeijis DR5000 is coming out, the locos are being restored to DC and everything will be sold.  In its place, I am using an AGW PE1000 handheld, a new pair were bought on eBay for less than the price of a basic decoder. Their control is switchable PWM with a handy 'inch' button that gives a tiny kick during coupling. My requirements are really simple, the real lesson is to consider what is actually needed rather than following a trend. The real advantages are:-  Direct motor control, cool running coreless motors.  The extra £25 for basic Zimo and all the faff of installation doesn't seem to be worth the effort. Finally, no compatibility issues or wondering if it is the loco or the decoder. Moreover, with the removal of the decoder, there is an option to fit a larger stay-alive capacitor with obvious running advantages.     
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