Shunting Tractor Series 208
Model Ref.: HR2038
Review by Doug Teggin
The Rivarossi model
Model production limited to 900 units of each type. See below for other types in the range.
The Rivarossi boxing is attractive, the models is nicely displayed through plastic windows in the front and on the top. The model is secured to a cardboard base with a thumb-screw that holds the model by the chassis.
The standard couplers fitted to the model will work with most Continental rolling stock. There is a scale loop-coupler supplied if you prefer a more prototypical look.
Underneath the model, you can see the metal chassis, tiny wheels and gears. To remove the body, the two outboard screws are removed - on the top and bottom of this photo below.
Here below, I have the body off. Easy to do, but if you have thick fingers (like me) take your time. I used the sharp tip of my standard Philips screwdriver - you don't need a special jeweller's screwdriver.
The DCC decoder -if you wish to install one - will have to be small (less than 10 mm wide).
The blanking plug contains the diodes to enable directional lighting under DC and a couple of capacitors. This is what we called for a few years back. It gets rid of the unwanted electronics in one step when you add the DCC decoder. Well done Hornby International.
The adaptor for a DCC decoder (below) is supplied with the model. This allows you to use a decoder with a 6-pin NEM 651 interface.
Perhaps the most suitable decoder to use is the ESU LokPilot micro V3.0 as it fits inside perfectly. Measuring 13.5mm x 9.0mm x 3.5 mm. It has enough power and it has back EMF giving very smooth control. For lighting, its two function outputs can handle 140 mA’s each, be dimmed separately for brightness, and allocated to functions, such as dimmer, firebox flicker, Gyra-and Mars light, strobe-and double strobe, flash-and alternate flash (or ditch lights).
Here below, the decoder is plugged into the adaptor and it is ready to go. Space is not a problem and the fine control suited this type of loco tractor.
The blue wire is a common return that is not needed in this case. It is used for example with a smoke generator as the common return thus preventing the asymmetric track signal from interfering with the power to the generator which be the case if the chassis was used as a return.
So snip off the exposed end of the blue wire and tuck it in. Close up the model.
So how does it run?
I tested it on my DCC layout without a decoder at address '0' so it buzzed a little as expected. Often DC locos at address '0' are not that smooth. This one however was smooth and easy to control. It pulled a few wagons and did it's job without fuss. The short 31mm long model can manage my points, but didn't manage to get up to my turntable - there is a minimum loco length of about 10cm to get over some isolated parts.
The lights are bright and white. They were always-on, but under DC and proper DCC control they will be directional.
Now wouldn't DCC controlled uncoupling just be great for a little model like this?
Check out this short video (Embedded here, the video is already in HD, you don't have to press the HD button):
Rivarossi Shunting Tractors in the same range:
Information on the other models (above) and review sample supplied by Ontracks.co.uk who are the UK distributors of Hornby International products.
- April 2009
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