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Back to Trains The railcar from Trix is very nice. I bought when it first came out as i like that sort of Train.How is the Sound on the Piko is it any good as i have a few versions from different makes The Brawa ones inside are rubbish and they have run out of spares and they are not that old. P 's me off.
Take Care Buddy. Babs

Hi Babs,
Thanks for your kind words and glad to hear you are feeling a bit better. The sound on the Piko railcar is good, not so many sounds as some , but what's there is good, also some lighting functions that are listed with asterisk noting "Model Specific" so probably on their Expert range. Considering the price I'm very happy with it.
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Hi Julian,
I can only reaffirm what David has said, when Fleishmann made HO, they were my first choice for quality, I now buy mainly Roco, but I have also got several Trix locos and must say I do like them.
The diesel railcar in the earlier post is my first venture into Piko and I'm pleased with what you get for the price. I still purchase most of my locos from modellbahnshop-lippe.com although since Brexit there is usually duty to pay on the purchase.
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I am very grateful for your observations, and more confirmation of what is quality and where to look. It's rather confusing given the way much of them are advertised, quite possible to go in circles. I can have a much more informed search in the morning and with greater confidence about what I am looking at.

Many thanks to both of you, that's so very helpful.

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Hi Julian,
I can only reaffirm what David has said, when Fleishmann made HO, they were my first choice for quality, I now buy mainly Roco, but I have also got several Trix locos and must say I do like them.
The diesel railcar in the earlier post is my first venture into Piko and I'm pleased with what you get for the price. I still purchase most of my locos from modellbahnshop-lippe.com although since Brexit there is usually duty to pay on the purchase.
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Alan
Hi Alan, David & Julian. Inoticed your comment about Duty to pay There is no Duty on Toys or Models or Trains. So if you are being charged then get form Bor286 From HMRC for a refund from HMRC they are in the main most helpful I found that MSL are using the correct code on the CN22/CN23form. Hope this helps. Babs
 

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Good Afternoon Everyone Further to my post Last Night Here is some more important info for sending to the EU Mainly Germany.

VAT/ Duty CODE For Toys , model trains is follows for the CN22 AndCN23 Form (95030030 ).
The EORI number for MSL is as Follows.(DE7584245). This number is Casisoft Mindware GMBH.And you do not send the return parcel to MSL Only to Casisoft Mindware GMBH. PLease Check the Info for yourselves .
The EORI Number is MSL 's German VAT Number. I have my own EORI number.
I hope this helps Everyone.
Babs
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A new second-hand purchase for me, from Hatton's at not too bad a price was this Roco Swedish Rc5 locomotive in an obsolete but still around livery. I knew it was an older model so was not DCC ready, but a quick test on DC showed all was very well indeed with the motor and electrics, so I set about wiring a DCC decoder in. This involved cutting the tracks on the PCB to separate the lights and brush feeds out, then soldering the appropriate decoder wires to the various components. This also involved adding a few jumper wires to connect the lights' return (blue wire) and the red and black track feeds from each end of the locomotive. I chose a budget Zimo MX600 decoder for the job.

Testing on the programming track again showed all was well with my wiring. I had to resolder one wire that had come adrift from its bogie pickup during my handling of the loco, but other than that it worked perfectly first go anyway. I have removed the weight at one end to sit the decoder on top of the bogie gear tower, held in place by a bit of black tack - there is plenty of weight in the chassis in any case.

Now all I have to do is add all the handrails and other add-on bits that came sealed in their bag in the box, and choose a number from the transfer sheet that was also included.

IMG20210905154327 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr

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Hi Jeff,
That’s a lovely looking loco and train you have there, good for you.
My friend James, has a small collection of Swedish stuff and he says those (some?) Swedish coaches are the largest vehicles he has! Apparently, they are wider than standard Euro stock.
Cheers,
John E.
Thanks John. Yes, I found that the Swedish coaches look huge. The ones in the earlier pic are from NMJ and are a slightly smaller design than the more standard coaches from Roco. Putting them side by side with other Continental stock really shows the difference.

Here's a photo of the locomotive with all its detail bits added. I removed the coupling and pocket from this end and fitted the full snow plough. there was one handrail missing from the bits, so I made up a replacement from brass wire at the other end. Seeing as that end has the coupling, it will tend to be hidden by the stock it is hauling, so will be less obvious.

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Some Berlin rolling stock has arrived. I didn't have room for the 4 coaches and the loco {Ludmilla, built by the Russians, for the East Germans and used for the British train, from Berlin to West Germany, apparently?}

Overall view.



Train Duty officers' view after going to meet the Russian Border Officer.



That's not poor focussing, just the haziness caused by all that Vodka, which we never partook in..... 👺
 

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Some Berlin rolling stock has arrived. I didn't have room for the 4 coaches and the loco {Ludmilla, built by the Russians, for the East Germans and used for the British train, from Berlin to West Germany, apparently?}

Overall view.



Train Duty officers' view after going to meet the Russian Border Officer.



That's not poor focussing, just the haziness caused by all that Vodka, which we never partook in..... 👺
That's how the Russian Border Officer saw it! :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
 
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