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HI Alan Thank you for your link and reply to which i have read. Here is my latest Purchase from MSL I Wonder why it wont fit on my HO Layout. Any way its a very nice model for next summer in the Garden.
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I got a bunch of second hand German coaches from eBay.

First there's this Roco Bm232 coach which I wanted for an existing train:



Largely in good condition, aside from a few marks on the roof. The destination plate is however completely inaccurate and I will need to do something about that.

Also in there was this Roco Bimz Interregio coach from era 5:



I have no use for it at the moment, so it will go into the display cabinet once I have that set up.

Last not least there was this Trix Cd21 3rd class passenger car:



Again, not an era I am particularly interested in, so display cabinet it is.

The purchase was worth it for the first carriage alone, it was cheaper than buying just that one elsewhere.
 

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My latest HO purchases were not actually trains, but intended to go in a very special train. I have been working on a fictional (of course!) Christmas train which is now ready for December. I painted two of the green DB coaches into more festive styles, and finally have added some Christmas figures, with Santa and a couple of helpers with sacks of goodies. Just a bit of fun.



P_20200805_224802_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20200819_135930_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20200819_135910_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr
 

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Newly arrived from Modellbahnshop Lippe: two Roco intermodal articulated wagns with Carlsberg trailers on board, and a Lilliput timber pair. The Roco wagons and lorry trailers have had their details added over the last couple of afternoons.



 

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QUOTE (Alex Hempel @ 17 Sep 2020, 12:53) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>SRMan, do MSL currently ship to Australia and what did you pay for shipping if I may ask? I am hesitant to buy anything from Germany at the moment because Deutsche Post isn't accepting parcels to Australia.

Hi Alex,

MSL do ship to Australia but not through Deutsche Post. I think they are using DHL, but I have had several orders delivered from them in the last few months.

Packaging and shipping on the last order was EU26.68.
 

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Lads,
I ordered from MSL at the weekend and a package is on its way. As SR man says, they use DHL. It's not cheap at the moment, but you kind of save it on the Mehrwertsteuer and the specials. So I don't really have a problem. Should get the goodies sometime next week I think.
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Having just won two Lima European locomotives from a prominent auction house here in Melbourne, for the princely sum of $AUS129 for both, I now have the job of fitting decoders to each of them. A quick test on the programming track on analogue DC proved both locos ran very nicely (I had reservations about them being Lima!). The Eurosprinter loco has a more modern arrangement with 8-wheel drive from a central can motor with large flywheels. Neither loco is DCC-ready, so both are hard-wiring jobs.

The Swedish T43 type has an older style Lima pancake motor, but it also had the extra pickups on the unpowered bogie, and much finer flanges than earlier models. The finish on the body is very good. It also had white incandescant bulbs, one at each end with a diode arrangement.

Yesterday evening I strated on the T43, and wired a Zimo MX600 decoder in for the motor/track connections only, after snipping off the 8-pin plug. I hauled all of the existing wiring out of the model, desoldering connections to the lights and brushes as I went. There was plenty of empty space at thefront of the long hood, so that's where the decoder is sited, held in place with a bit of Blu-tack. A test on the programming track proved all was well.

This morning I tackled the lighting. The Zimo decoder has provision for two more outputs with a light brown and green wire going spare - I isolated those but didn't cut them too short so thay can be utilised later if I decide to improve the lighting or add other functions. As it is, I soldered the blue return wires to each of the bulb support plates (the front one had to be snipped off the bogie retaining clip to ensure it was isolated from the track feed, although ultimately it would go through that path anyway), then the white wire was soldered to the feed tag for the front bulb, and the yellow (extended) wire went to the equivalent position at the rear.

The front light is floatin a bit, but anchored with Blu-tack for the moment - I will do something better later. Some kapton tape is ensuring that no metal bits that could accidentally contact each other can do so. Another test on the programming track showed that the lights worked directionally as expected on F0.

There is a large white capacitor between the brush holders on the power bogie. Unless I dismantle the model even further than I went, I cannot reach it to snip the connections, so it is still in place at present. The Zimo decoder seems fine with this. The model runs very controllably and will inch along if asked to do so. Not bad for $40 - the decoder probably cost me as much as the locomotive did!


P_20200929_112500_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


The other loco has yet to be converted to DCC, but that will involve cutting through some of the tracks on the PCB, which looks to be fairly straightforward, then soldering the decoder connections in to the appropriate spots.

P_20200929_112629_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr

I have another order from MSL on the way too, so more photos of new (new new as opposed to new old!) items will follow in a few weeks - a BR 245 and some DB Regio coaches.

Incidentally, the one thing I spotted in the auction that I really did want was also Lima, a DSB MR DMU, but it also had the old style pancake motor bogie, so to me it wasn't worth the price it eventually went for. A nice model but not that good.
 

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Nice haul. I missed that auction, sure there might have been a few things that interested me.

Is there a light cover missing from the Eurosprinter loco or is that just the photo?

Also, where do you procure your Zimo decoders? Is there anyone in Australia that resells them or do you get them from overseas?
 

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QUOTE (Alex Hempel @ 29 Sep 2020, 13:03) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Nice haul. I missed that auction, sure there might have been a few things that interested me.

Is there a light cover missing from the Eurosprinter loco or is that just the photo?

Also, where do you procure your Zimo decoders? Is there anyone in Australia that resells them or do you get them from overseas?

Hi Alex.

The sale was at Abbey's Auctions, and they do have model railway orientd sales every so often. This last one had a lot of Maerklin stuff whch is useless to me. Keep your eye on their website for future auctions. Fortunately, they are just within the current 5km radius that I am allowed to travel in, here in locked-down Melbourne, so I was able to go and collect my booty.

The Eurosprinter loco (BR 127 001-2) is complete, it's just the angle. I haven't DCC'd it yet so the tracks had to remain switched off for the photo to be posed.

All of my Zimo decoders have come from YouChoos in England. John from YouChoos is also extremely helpful and will offer advice if you aren't sure what to order for your requirements. I don't know of any suppliers here in Oz.
 

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I had an unexpected windfall and used it to fulfill a long-standing wish:





This is a model of the VT 18.16, known in Era IV as BR 175. The prestige train of the East German Deutsche Reichsbahn in the 1960s and 1970s, which was used for high-profile international routes such as Berlin - Prague - Vienna and Berlin - Malmö. It was capable of reaching a top speed of 160km/h.

I didn't think I'd get one of these any time soon. They've only ever been made in H0 scale by Kato, and the last production run from 2018 sold out in no time. Prior to that, the last time they were made was in 2011. They're also very hard to get second-hand. But then, by pure chance I found a bunch of them in stock with a reputable UK dealer, and ordered one post-haste. Shipping to Australia via UPS was fast this time around, 13 days from order to delivery.

It will be a while until this train drives on my layout though, mainly because I don't have a layout right now
A new train room is being built, and I should be able to start laying track in a month or two.
 

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QUOTE (Alex Hempel @ 6 Oct 2020, 21:26) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>


This is a model of the VT 18.16, known in Era IV as BR 175. The prestige train of the East German Deutsche Reichsbahn in the 1960s and 1970s, which was used for high-profile international routes such as Berlin - Prague - Vienna and Berlin - Malmö. It was capable of reaching a top speed of 160km/h.

That's a fantastic set, congrats. I had it in my hands last year but I figured I could get 3 Vectrons for the same price so I didn't buy it. Now I'm thinking that maybe I should have. When I was a kid I always dragged my parents to the station to watch this thing come and go as it ran as the famous Vindobona. Coincidentally, today I rode the current Vindobona (CD RailJet) to Prague.
 

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QUOTE (Pantograf @ 17 Oct 2020, 23:28) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>That's a fantastic set, congrats. I had it in my hands last year but I figured I could get 3 Vectrons for the same price so I didn't buy it. Now I'm thinking that maybe I should have. When I was a kid I always dragged my parents to the station to watch this thing come and go as it ran as the famous Vindobona. Coincidentally, today I rode the current Vindobona (CD RailJet) to Prague.

We will probably run it as the Vindobona ourselves. A number of different stickers are included for different routes. Unfortunately I am too young to have seen this train operate in its heyday. There's a volunteer-driven project in Germany trying to restore one of the remaining trainsets to running condition. Perhaps on a future Germany visit I might be able to ride on it.
 

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At risk of being boring, I have another DSB IC3 unit from Heljan, but this one is slightly different in that it is unpowered. After first fitting the inter-unit coupling, 5046 has had a test run around the layout with unit 5051 as motive power. This is to the latest Heljan decoration standards, and matches 5051 in this respect. It may need my usual modification to the articulated bogie mountings as there is the same tendency to lift the outer wheelsets that the powered versions exhibit. Disappointingly, there are no lights fitted. The centre car is actually a powered car without the motor and drive shafts, and is very heavy as a result.

I do have the option later to swap the bodies onto a powered chassis, which would mean swapping the wires and lighting units into the dummy's bodies as well.





I am in for more expense in the next six months if delivery dates are to be believed, with one each of McKs IC3 and IR4 units on order. These promise to put Heljan's efforts to shame. We shall see.
 

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QUOTE (Alex Hempel @ 18 Oct 2020, 22:42) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>There's a volunteer-driven project in Germany trying to restore one of the remaining trainsets to running condition. Perhaps on a future Germany visit I might be able to ride on it.
I think it's a great idea by the SVT Görlitz group to restore the train and stretch it to a 6-car train, I hope they can raise the funds for the project. One of the SVT 137 units similar to the 3-car trains that operated on the Vindobona run in the '60's is on display at Leipzig Hbf, I remember seeing that one quite often when I was much younger as well.
 

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One further thing: with that dummy unit, I have still found it necessary to add the screws in place of the guidance 'pips' for the articulated bogies to keep them level. Having done this, I have had the units pictured above trundling around the layout quite happily for half an hour continuously.
 

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Another new model has arrived in HO scale, this time an Australian model as a companion to my NSW V set. This one is from Berg's Hobbies and represents one of the Sydney double deck suburban S set units with mark 1 Comeng driving motor cars and Tulloch trailers in the first blue and whte livery version with the lower white stripe.

A quick test on DC proved the powered car ran very smoothly straight from the box. An 8-pin Lenz Standard+ v.2 decoder was fitted in the motored car, while the unpowered driving coach had an old Hornby decoder installed as a function-only decoder to work the lights (even a Hornby decoder should not find that too taxing!). I had to add 1 to CV 29 on the Hornby decoder to get the lights working in the correct directions.

I actually would have liked to get a mixed livery set, as that's how I remember seeing them on visits to Sydney in the 1970s and '80s - blue with lower white stripe, blue with mid-level white stripe, Indian red and unpainted stainless steel, with the mark 1 and mark 2 Comeng types, Goninen builds and Tulloch trailers all mixed up at times (there were a few uniform sets too).



 
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