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Hi folks

Couple of q's

What is the difference between a Hornby R410 and an R070 turntable?

Can I just wire it to the 15v output on my "Select" control box? (through a switch or not?)

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I have read on eBay by some guy supplying an adapter, that without this adapter, I have to 'mutilate' the operational components to make it DCC compliant? Thoughts anyone?

KR's (Kind Regards)

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Well after waitng to see what would be posted as 'help' form the forum members, I went ahead a couple of days later with my thoughts about connecting the R410 turntable through the 15v output on the 'Select'.

Apart from the fact that it is unbeleivably noisey, and only travels clockwise, it seems to work okay, except I notice that it sends the 'Select' into a 'start-up' routine of displaying 30,11 then 03 remaining on 03.

I have concluded that as the tails of track on the table itself turns through the arc of the powered 'entry' road upto the table it must see this a temporary shorting out and triggers a reset.

It does not appear to happen anywhere else including the 'exit' road that the loco leaves by.

Upon returning to align with the 'entry' road it repeats the start-up sequence again on the 'Select'

Now, I wonder if this is what the adapter to which I refered to in my first post overcomes.

My obvious concern is that what if using this method is actually going to do damage to the 'Select'

I have checked out Hornby's site and I have not found any information about modifying a turntable for DCC control, but I have found reference to a DCC Accessories controller. Do I need to fit one of these?

There must be some one out there among you who has DCC operated turntable (R410/R070) who can just let me know what you did when fitting yours?

Perhaps some one would be kind enough to post a quick advisory please?

KR's

Mike
31.8.08
 

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QUOTE Hornby R410 Turntable has one inlet track and seven outlet tracks. Operated by turning the water crane which turns the turntable. Attached to the base is a foreman's hut and water crane. Dates from around the late 70's.

Ah, well there's something I didn't know. My R410 arrived motorised with no sign of a Water Crane. I just assumed it was motorised from the get-go.

Just shows where 'assumptions' can get you, doesn't it?

Thanks both for your help David and Doug, it is appreciated.

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Hi Doug and Peter.

Well I followed Hornby's information page and did the conversion. Peter you're so right about the noise level at slower speeds, it is so much more acceptable.
I used a standard R8215 Loco decoder and it works well and now I have the choice to go clockwise or anti-clock. Interestingly it wouldn't accept the code 99 (which I would have preferred to assign, as an 'accessory' - strange that!)

Fortunately my layout has the t/table on the inner edge of a 1st radius curve with the entry road at 7 o'clock (relative) and only one exit road at 4 o'clock (relative) which is a spur that rejoins the existing yards. This allows for a quick 180 degree turn around either prior to rejoining the main rail or before retiring to the diesel fuelling station in the yards. (The yards are accessible from elsewhere on the layout as the 'main' entrance)

Sorting the small incline over a short entry slip was an interesting challenge, but the Loco's all seem happy with result. Not one complains, slips or does a "Duchess" ( ie, falls off)

Thank you all for your help. Especially to David and Doug for moving my posting into the correct forum.

On a different subject, the railway society I am a member of has a 'track night' every month. At the first one I attended a group of chaps were talking about the Pendalino 'leaning' train and I commented that when I had my first layout in early sixties, I had the "Duchess of Atholl" which was a leaning train, sometimes it leaned so far that it leaned all the way off at the corners! Hence, my expression 'Doing a Duchess'

Thanks again folks.

KR's

Mike

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