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Hornby R2419 Class 09 Diesel Locomotive

"Dick Hardy"

Gary Leigh
DCC Decoder
installation by Doug Teggin

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original fleet of 26 Class 09 diesels shunters were built at Darlington and
Horwich works between 1959 and 1962 by British Railways, and allocated to
Southern Region. They were outwardly identical to the Class 08 0-6-0
shunters, but powered by an English Electric 400hp 6K engine. Fitted with
revised gearing, they had a maximum speed of 27.5mph, which permitted trip
working over the congested south of England network. This higher speed also
permitted running on branch lines.

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In 1992/93 a further batch of 12 standard
Class 08s were rebuilt with modified gearing and classified as 09s,
subgrouped as 09/1 and 09/2 depending on whether they were fitted with 110v
or 90v auxiliary electrics.

Hornby announced that they were to release an updated version of the Class
08/09 0-6-0 diesel shunter many wondered if Hornby had taken leave of their
senses as there was already what many consider to be a fine model of this
class available on the shelves for modellers. However, Hornby promised
something very special and that they would deliver a product that would set
a new standard for detail, finish, and running qualities. There has been a
Class 08 in the Hornby range since the 1950’s and given that the last update
of this model by Hornby was almost 30 years ago then do we now have a model
that will take Hornby through the next 30 years?

The model being reviewed is the Class
09 "Dick Hardy" in the grey engineers livery. No. 09 012 "Dick Hardy" is
named after one of SR’s most popular managers who was the depot managers of
Stewart’s Lane and Chairman of SLOA. The loco is currently working at the
EWS yard at Hoo Junction in Kent.

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Hornby have a new form of packaging that
permits locomotives to be removed without any risk to the fine detail as the
packaging comes apart around the loco. The package is complete with
operating and maintenance instructions, a history of the locomotive,
detailing parts to fit on the front and rear buffer beam, and an insulating
sleeve for a DCC chip. The loco is DCC ready.

The first impressions are that this loco
is something very special and well worth what is perceived as a premium
price for a loco of this size in the Hornby range. At the front of the loco
there is a radiator grill that has slats in it. The auxiliary electrical
wiring is all in place and all the maintenance eyes have holes in. The loco
side includes brake blocks that are accurately positioned, a fully detailed
chassis, doors that open, printwork that is perfectly legible with a
magnifying glass, and all handles and grab rails perfectly proportioned and
positioned. The toolboxes and cases all appear to be separate units with
appropriate gaps between them and the bodywork. This no doubt will permute a
number of permutations to be produced and with around 1000 of these
locomotives (Class 08 and 09) built the permutations are considerable!

Hornby Class 09 Diesel Locomotive "Dick

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There is plenty of detail on both sides
of the locomotive including separately fitted tool boxes and cases

The radiator grill is slated and all
auxiliary electric cables and pipes are separate components

Good detail on the cab end including
separately fitted windscreen wipers and coupling hook

The printwork including the driver
instruction table and dials is crisp and legible

Note the maintenance eyes with holes in
on the roof

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The paintwork on the cab end is crisp
with no paint creep visible between the black and yellow

A closer look at the printwork

The pump has to be fitted before the
drivers cab steps but this is all done by Hornby so not your problem!

A closer look at the printwork on the
opposite side

There is fine panel and handle detail on
both sides of the loco

The cab roof has a sliding vent

The cab roof has a sliding vent and once
again all maintenance eyes have holes through them. The cab rear has
separately fitted windscreen wipers and comes with all the brackets and
electrical circuitry as separately fitted components. The cab interior is a
perfect representation of the real thing in miniature and this can only
really be appreciated when the cab body is removed. There must be in excess
of 60 separate detailing parts that are factory fitted.

There can only be one score for the
appearance of the Hornby Class 09 and that is 10/10. It really is impossible
to see how Hornby could not have made a better looking model!

A photographic comparison of the Hornby
and Bachmann versions

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The Hornby and Bachmann locos side by

Note the difference in the maintenance
hook details.

The Hornby loco on the left has a slated

The Hornby loco on the left has a
prototype coupler hook fitted (to both front and rear buffer beams)

The roof detail compared with the vent on
the Hornby loco on the right in the open position

There are a few more rivets on the end on
the Hornby loco to the right

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The exhaust detail is slightly smaller on
the Hornby loco to the top

The motion gear on the Hornby loco to the
top uses smaller components

The Hornby chassis. Notwithstanding the
detailing parts it was much easier to remove the Hornby body without damage
which is an important consideration for DCC users.

The Bachmann chassis. Current examples
are now DCC ready. It seemed impossible to remove the Bachmann body without
damaging something as it is clipped in place as well as being screwed.

It is worth saying a few words regarding
how the Hornby version compares with that produced by Bachmann. When you
look closely at the two locomotives you can see differences in the detail
and the Bachmann loco does not exhibit the same running qualities at very
slow speeds. You will require a good quality control unit to get the best
out of the Hornby Class 08 and basic set control units really will need to
be replaced.

The Hornby chassis and body revealed

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The Hornby Class 09 Chassis

The mark placed on the flywheel to help
note how slowly the motor rotated - 6 revs per minute!

The "DCC ready" installation point

Be careful when removing the body as the
plugs for these fittings have to be removed from the chassis first

Be careful when removing the body as the
plugs for these fittings have to be removed from the chassis first

The boxes and cases on the side of the
body are all separately fitted

Now apart from promising us something
very special on the appearance front (and Hornby have delivered here) they
also promised a locomotive with running qualities that at least equal the
very best of Continental and American models. Now bearing in mind that this
Hornby loco is around £45-£55 and Continental locomotives of this size are
around £70-£90 then if we are indeed getting Continental style performance
we are getting it at bargain basement prices! So have Hornby also delivered
on this promise?

The answer is
an astounding yes and better!

New owners of this locomotive will
never have experienced anything like this before. The slow running
performance is so slow that motion can be imperceptible. I invited my better
half to have a look at the locomotive and it took her 30 seconds before she
realised that the loco was in motion. It will crawl along at the pace of a
few millimetres in minutes. It is important to have the right controller to
appreciate the slow running of this locomotive and I found that my old H & M
Duette with the high resistance and half wave settings was perfect. It has
made me wonder whether a 128 stepped DCC control unit has enough steps as I
am confident that any DCC user will notice the steps at slow speeds when
running this locomotive. One of the benefits of analogue is that the control
in infinitely variable.

The five pole skew wound motor
combined with the sizeable flywheel has a lot to do with this. This motor
design is unique to Hornby and offers a very smooth performance as a result
of power being available for 100% of the motor cycle, and the skew winding
permitting a longer armature coil for a given size of can motor. The
flywheel was marked up and the motor was timed for revolutions and an
absolutely astoundingly low 6 revs per minute was possible. Now noting that
the loco is geared at about 50:1 this does mean that it would be possible
for controller to be set so that the locomotive takes over 8 minutes to
complete one revolution of the wheels! This sort of performance has simply
not been seen before in a British outline locomotive and probably has never
been seen before in any model locomotive worldwide!

So there is only one score to offer
for performance and this is also 10/10!

The Hornby Class 09 Cab Interior

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The images are taken from a number of
angles. Note the printed dials and the separately fitted control levers. The
cab could not be removed as it seemed to be glued in place. From the images
though it is clear that new standards have been set.


When you compare the detail and running
qualities of American and European equipment this Class 09 locomotive is a
good match and arguably much better. And taking into account the price of
around £45 to £55 you are getting exceptional value for money. This is the
slowest running model you are likely to have experienced and to get the best
out if it you will require an analogue control unit with a high resistance
half wave pulse setting. The loco has not been tested with DCC and this will
be the subject of a further review. If this is the first of a new range of
upgraded and new locomotives from Hornby utilising this chassis then Hornby
are to be commended and this and subsequent models are likely to be very
popular. Certainly, as far as "Dick Hardy" goes, it seems impossible to
suggest how Hornby could have made the model any better!

DCC Decoder installation

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Follow the supplied instructions to
take the loco apart. 4 screws under the chassis and some fiddly hoses
and pipes to pry free and you're set. You don't have to force
anything - if you do it right, it comes apart easily.

Note: The TV interference
suppression capacitor has to be removed for DCC use.
A capacitor
is only needed for conventional operations to prevent radio
interference. With DCC operation a capacitor corrupts the data
format and the error free data transfer is disturbed. A snip with a
small cutter does the job. I removed the capacitor and covered the
exposed all the wires (above-right).

Remove the sponge pad from the
inside of the body if it helps make a little more space for the
decoder wires.

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I installed an
Arnold Digital 81201

decoder into the Loco. As there are no extra functions required by
the locomotive a simple, but robust decoder is fine. The 81201 can
handle 1.5 amp.

The Lenz LE1035E is probably
the best decoder for this loco as it has a half-speed shunting mode
that can be activated using function 3 at any time. Using the Arnold
81201 decoder, the loco moved 20 cm in one minute at the first speed
step. That is slow - If you need slower, use the Lenz LE1035E.

The installation was
very easy as the decoder with its NEM plug simply plugged in and
after the wires were routed, the decoder fitted well between the
front screw pillars. It is shielded by the sleeve supplied by
Hornby. Tape down the decoder wires over the NEM plug as there is no
room for any wire above the gearbox armature and the body will rock
if you don't.

Close up the body carefully and
start programming the decoder. I noticed that the direction of
travel was wrong so I assume that the factory wiring of the NEM plug
must have been wrong. This is corrected easily using CV29, adding 1
to this value, so mine is now 3 instead of 2. Program CV29 according
to how your Class 08 was wired.

We debated the top speed and after
some experimentation we agreed that 100 seemed realistic enough at
the top speed for the loco. The mid point was set to 50 giving the
speed curve a straight line shape.

DCC CV Settings
for the Class 08/09 Locomotive
CV112Address (The loco
CV21Minimum Speed (V Min at
step 1)
CV34Acceleration delay
CV44Brake Delay (0-15)
CV5100Max speed (V High)
CV650Acceleration Curve (V
CV9216PWM frequency (69Hz)
CV293Decoder Configuration
CV490Decoder specific values
CV5020Decoder regulation

The rest of the CV's are left
untouched (factory default).
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A very interesting model that
handles very well under DCC. Smooth and faultless. High torque and
excellent traction make it a perfect shunter. With 6 new models to
choose from by Hornby and Bachmann we are a little spoiled for



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