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Hornby West Country Short Circuit

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I bought the Devon Belle Train Pack for my wife for her birthday, and have fitted an Hornby DCC decoder to it (not sure whether DCC relevant or not).
With just the Loco on the track it runs very well, but when we put the tender on the loco, it shorts out the whole system.
I can see 2 contacts on the eye on the loco which appear to contact a metal plate a the top of the pin on the tender, and I am guessing it is this that is shorting out the system. Should this be happening?
I am looking for advice as to
a) why it is happening and
what can be done to resolve this.

Hope someone can help


Bill Bells

n.b. I have emailed Hornby, but their response time is usually not quick.
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Common problem. Those little wipers you have noticed must not touch the pin on the tender. The pin is used for the other polarity, contacted by two more wipers below the 'eye' on the loco. Gently bend the little wipers to keep them away from the pin.

[Rant mode] Hornby have demonstrated with the Britannia that they know how to do better. How long before they standardise on the neat plug and socket for electrical connection and a realistic drawbar for coupling on all their models, and confine the dated monstrosity to their toy range? [/Rant mode]
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