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does anyone know how to convert Hornby's R2306 King George VI loco which is a DC into a DCC please?
 

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Is this loco tender drive? ie with a Ringfield motor.

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QUOTE (KODIAK BEAR @ 9 May 2007, 07:11) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi
does anyone know how to convert Hornby's R2306 King George VI loco which is a DC into a DCC please?
 

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It seems R2306 was 'The Caledonian' Train Pack with a Super detail Duchess/Princess Coronation loco in BR Green.

In theory, this SHOULD be DCC Ready with an 8 pin socket, however, my experience with recent Hornby Train Packs is that they do seem to penny pinch by not fitting a socket. It's true, my Silver Fox A4 Train pack required the use of a soldering iron, as there was just a gap on the chassis where the DCC socket should be
 

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QUOTE (ashleyh @ 9 May 2007, 10:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It seems R2306 was 'The Caledonian' Train Pack with a Super detail Duchess/Princess Coronation loco in BR Green.

In theory, this SHOULD be DCC Ready with an 8 pin socket, however, my experience with recent Hornby Train Packs is that they do seem to penny pinch by not fitting a socket. It's true, my Silver Fox A4 Train pack required the use of a soldering iron, as there was just a gap on the chassis where the DCC socket should be




where would the DCC be ashley ? the loco or the tender ?

dont want to take it to bits to much as its 1 of 3000 loco's made and if i break something i will be
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QUOTE (Gary @ 9 May 2007, 15:04) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Does the Hornby service sheet help? They normally answer any questions about taking locos apart.

http://static.hornby.com/files/ss-260c-233.pdf

Happy modelling
Gary

A service sheet will help yes, but it is not a King Class loco, rather a Princess Coronation/Duchess (The sheet for this is also on the Hornby website)

http://static.hornby.com/files/ss-223e-77.pdf links to the sheet for a version without a DCC socket.

I too was initially misled by the name, but then looked up the train pack using the R number.

If there is a DCC socket, then it will be in the loco, but my recommendation to you, as you are understandably cautious about dismantling it, is to take the loco to a specialist dealer who can fit a DCC chip for you whether it has a socket on the chassis or not.

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QUOTE (ashleyh @ 9 May 2007, 15:22) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>A service sheet will help yes, but it is not a King Class loco, rather a Princess Coronation/Duchess (The sheet for this is also on the Hornby website)

http://static.hornby.com/files/ss-223e-77.pdf links to the sheet for a version without a DCC socket.

I too was initially misled by the name, but then looked up the train pack using the R number.

If there is a DCC socket, then it will be in the loco, but my recommendation to you, as you are understandably cautious about dismantling it, is to take the loco to a specialist dealer who can fit a DCC chip for you whether it has a socket on the chassis or not.

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AshleyH

It is a tender drive Ashley

kind regards
 

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If it is a Princess Coronation then it's an old one as they have been loco drive for quite some time, 2001 I think. If it is tender drive then the DCC socket will be in the tender. But I would think that given the age of this loco there would be no socket so you would have to hard wire the decoder in place. This requires some skill so it would perhaps be best to take it to a hobby shop that specalises in fitting decoders.

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QUOTE (KODIAK BEAR @ 10 May 2007, 03:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It is a tender drive Ashley

kind regards
 

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I'm pretty sure if it's an R2306 then it is the loco drve super detail model.

I could be wrong, but I'm looking at one on Ebay at the moment.

Item number: 330115820026

However, in either case, the best advice any of us can give is to find a dealer who ofers a DCC chip fitting service.

Good Luck!
AshleyH
 

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QUOTE (KODIAK BEAR @ 9 May 2007, 18:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It is a tender drive Ashley

kind regards

Well i have had an email from hornby themselves on 9/5/07 that stated that my loco was tender drive !!!!!!

Well, i have just pulled out the loco from the wardrobe today and hey presto, hornby do not know their arse from their elbow !

it is a loco driven model.

so, how easy would this be now to turn it into a DCC everyone ?

do i need a degree in quantum physics or can anyone do it ?
 

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Even easier. One draw back with this model is the tender pick-ups are on only one side of the tender ! A bit of a Hornby throw back this one.

Select a nice small decoder, as this one is going inside the loco. Please get a reliable make, Lenz ( mini gold or silver ), Digitrax DZ143, TCS (M1 MC2), ZTC (403 ? ) all make excellent micro decoders with a good peak amp load. Remove all the Hornby confetti around the motor and snip off the wires from the motor. It's then it's simply Red and black wires from the decoder to the pickups one of them is a brass washer located on top of the gearbox cover. The orange and grey wires are soldered to the motor terminals. Tidy up your wiring and secure the decoder with double sided tape. Please use shrink tube for the joints, insulation tape will unwind and cause a short. If you use a lenz decoder protect the decoder with a shroud as they don't have a protective sheaf. You don't say which DCC system your using so we assume you change CV's with your system.
 

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QUOTE (Makemineadouble @ 13 May 2007, 18:38) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>If you use a lenz decoder protect the decoder with a shroud as they don't have a protective sheaf.

Just one small point - Lenz specifically advise not to enclose the decoder completely - quote (from Lenz) "Never wrap the decoder in insulating tape as this prevents the necessary air circulation around the decoder".

A shroud will be OK, provided it is not tightly wrapped round the decoder. We have had a couple of failed Lenz decoders in for repair where they have been completly taped over.
 
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