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I recently posted a couple of pictures of the new Arnold British Military Train Coaches {N Gauge}, which ran a daily service from Berlin and back, through one of the Corridors to Braunschweig, in West Germany. At the time of purchasing the Berliner Coaches, I was looking to purchase a Ludmilla DR 132, which were the normal traction, and spotted one on Gaugemaster's site. It turned out to be a Minitrix 16234, which has sound, lights etc and which arrived shortly afterwards.
It turns out to not respond to the Headlights function and seems to like stopping at times, too {cleaning has seemed to cure that?}. I checked with Gaugemaster and they have advised checking whether it is an interface matter, with the NEC Powercab I use, failing which they can only offer a refund. Dilemma and bull's horns seem to come to mind.
{N.B. Gaugemaster also said that opening up the loco to look for a solution, would invalidate the warranty {I am not certain about the validity of that statement... }.

I checked the function on F0, the "Headlight button" and the light level (CV 52 - light level 31 which is the Factory Setting, reset to 30 to see if any change - none}.
I checked all the other listed Functions, which worked, as listed.
I checked the Decoder Manufacturer Number {131 Trix Modelleisenbahn and Version 47}.
The "0" button on the controller functions with addresses 10 & 20.
Decoder factory reset {CV8 to 8}.. Confirmed by address reset and light value {CV 52} reset from 30 back to 31.

Given Gaugemaster's advice to check if it is an NCE Powercab interface matter, has anyone had similar experience with the combination of Controller and Decoder, which might provide a solution to the lack of lights. Thank you for reading.

Julian
 

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... Gaugemaster also said that opening up the loco to look for a solution, would invalidate the warranty {I am not certain about the validity of that statement...)
If the product information includes instructions for body removal to gain access to attend to lubrication or other maintenance, and to install a decoder or sound system if such were not already fitted, without such restrictions on warranty; then the product is designed with the intent that the owner is able to open up the loco. For my money that would negate Gaugemaster's position, as they are infringing on what the manufacturer states are acceptable actions.

The NCE question: does use of F0 with other decoders switch lights on and off satisfactorily?
 

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If the other functions work I would start to suspect a problem with the lights themselves at which point it becomes a return to retailer for replacement/refund.
I had to return a Roco sound DMU to Gaugemaster earlier in the year when it decided to release the magic smoke when I switched on the layout one evening. There was no reluctance on Gaugemaster's part and in due course I received a replacement.

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If the product information includes instructions for body removal to gain access to attend to lubrication or other maintenance, and to install a decoder or sound system if such were not already fitted, without such restrictions on warranty; then the product is designed with the intent that the owner is able to open up the loco. For my money that would negate Gaugemaster's position, as they are infringing on what the manufacturer states are acceptable actions.

The NCE question: does use of F0 with other decoders switch lights on and off satisfactorily?
Thanks 34C, that was much along the lines I was thinking and it's good to have your reassurance, in similar vein. In so far as other locos go, the "Headlight" button and F0 both work, so I can't really see how it can be any different for a Trix, compliant, decoder as Gaugemaster suggested.

If the other functions work I would start to suspect a problem with the lights themselves at which point it becomes a return to retailer for replacement/refund.
I had to return a Roco sound DMU to Gaugemaster earlier in the year when it decided to release the magic smoke when I switched on the layout one evening. There was no reluctance on Gaugemaster's part and in due course I received a replacement.

David
Thanks David, I suspect the light circuit and a look in the exploded diagram shows what looks like sliding contacts from the main circuit board, similar to wheel pick-ups. In view of their comment about opening it up, I have left the loco alone for the time being, given Gaugemaster's willingness to refund. In the meantime I thought it might be interesting to see what Trix have to say about their warranty. I'm waiting for a reply to an email to them, outlining the situation. {That's assuming they can understand my German, it was pretty limited back 40 years ago.}
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