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Fellwalker
post 16 Jul 2019, 17:37
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Does anyone know if "Smokey Joe" is available as DCC ready? In fact is it still available? Mine has given in to old age and I hard wired the decoder but would like to replace the loco and DCC ready is so much easier.


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Peter Armond
post 17 Jul 2019, 08:42
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It is listed on the Hornby Web site at £40.99 as both available and out of stock, and no new stock expected.
However it is listed on the Argos web site at £32.99 and available.
Stock number is R3064.
There is no indication if it is DCC ready. As this is an old Hornby model I think it is unlikely to be DCC ready and it will have to be hard wired.
I suspect that it is now out of production so if you want one you will need to order quickly.
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post 17 Jul 2019, 19:22
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Or one of these for even less.
https://www.hattons.co.uk/73521/hornby_r321...tockdetail.aspx
It isn't a smokey joe body, but the mechanism is the same, and since you will need to get the body off for decoder fitting...

Other retailers may even offer the version you are looking for at much the same money. 'New old' stock can lurk anywhere.

That said, I have read that the latest versions of the mechanism have a higher gear ratio and superior motor, resulting in much more
controllable low speed performance. Unable to advise on what R numbers to look for.
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Fellwalker
post 18 Jul 2019, 19:47
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Thanks for your replies, I've ordered the Pug from Hattons and will fit my original "Smokey Joe" body to the chassis.


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post 19 Jul 2019, 16:54
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Hornby have a guide on DCC fitting "Smokey Joe"
https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/hornby-dcc/dec...er-installation
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Richard Johnson
post 20 Jul 2019, 12:06
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***Written by someone who does not understand what they are doing though.

There is no "Red capacitor" as they mention - that is an inductor. Also, all of the caps/inductors are 100% not required when a decoder is in place.

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