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Don, I know you know your way around this stuff pretty well, but maybe two heads are better than one. I've been having plenty of trouble with a hornby 4MT into which I fitted a Zimo sound decoder. It ran like a hairy goat. To cut a very long story short, it turned out to be decoder settings that caused most of the problems. Apart from that though, I'm waiting on a new set of gears (an idler slid along it's shaft) and a new motor (sounds awful) to come out from England. I also had to rewire the socket (with plenty of magnification) of the Loco' to tender connection because it had a broken wire inside the insulation.

The upshot is, that even with the problems it still has, it now runs and sounds very nice.

My L1 runs very nicely with a Zimo non sound decoder, but I did have to tweak those pick ups.

I wonder what people think if they decide to start this as a hobby and then maybe find that things don't work properly out of the box.
 
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