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I have 5 locos fitted with Hornby decoders and I intend to buy an NCE Powercab controller.

Before I part with any cash can anyone confirm that the Hornby decoders will still function OK with the powercab.

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*** Yes, they will be fine.

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Not sure about Hornby decoders but i tested a couple of Bachmann HO locos last night that came DCC fitted and they lost their addresses only working on address 03 ....... after addressing again they seem to be fine , if it persists i'll either sell them on or fit a different decoder ....unless someone could explain why it happened.
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Funny that Nick... I have a Bachmann class 4MT with factory fitted Bachmann decoder and at the slightest hint of a short anywhere on the layout, it resets to 03. I've a 5amp PowerPro and never ever thought it might be the DCC controller that could be sus - I've always blamed the decoder, which I intend changing for a TCS at sometime. No other loco - which are all fitted with TCS or Bachmann decoders, does this although I must say I don't use Hornby decoders/electronics (would sooner break my fingers with blunt pliers) so can't comment on those.

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From what I've read, the older Bachmann decoder had the same problem as the early Hornby one, namely resetting to address 3 when there was a short. There should be no problems with the new Hornby R8249 decoder, at least nobody has reported any problems so far. I have just noticed that the Hornby R8215 decoder is still being included in their DCC train sets.
 

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*** The problems are 100% related to the earlier bachmann EZ command decoder and the first two (superceded) versions of the hornby decoder. Both thee decoders had/have significant problems.

Horny are now at version 4 and while still not a very good decoder, it is now more stable. Bachmann changed to an ESU designed decoder and this model is very good for its price.

Personally I still prefer to avoid decoders made by/for the train brands as they are not DCC experts and train branded DCC always has more problems than DCC specialist brands... As a viable better quality option in future, avoid dcc fitted loco's (perhaps other than sound fitted as both B and H use ESU which are good) and fit a quality decoder brand. TCS as mentioned above is a very good choice.

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Thanks to all for the replies on the decoder fitted by Bachmann, i suspect they are the E-Z type fitted and eventually i will replace them with TCS which always perform well, also i have noticed a hum before the motor cuts in i hope stops once they are fitted with TCS.
 

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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 26 Feb 2009, 13:38) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Horny are now at version 4



(I had several comments in mind but none were fit for viewing before the watershed!)

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***LOL


Doop - sorry

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