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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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In January 2020, that's not a typo it really was way back then - BC (Before Covid) - Rivarossi's new model announcements included 3 sets of ex CIWL coaches in VSOE livery. These are re-introductions, long standing members may recall Doug's review of some of them back in the early days of MRF.
The interest for me is that the train's route from Venice to London takes it over the Brenner Pass which means it adds interest to my collection of trains from that line.
I forget where I found information on the train's formation but from that I determined that HR2319 (Bar car), HR2321 (a pair of sleeping cars) and HR2322 (A restaurant car and Pullman car) model five of the 15 or so coaches which make up the train.
Accordingly I reserved one of each pack with MSL, thinking that they would arrive sometime that year. As we all know, that's not quite how it worked out...
And so the week before last I received emails from MSL telling me the stock for my reservations was now available. I went ahead and placed the order and this morning the parcel arrived. MSL use DHL and DHL use Parcel Force for UK deliveries. The Parcel Force VAT collection system has got a lot slicker since the last time I used it about four or five months ago. The detailed online tracking system told me that the VAT due had been calculated on Tuesday and on Thursday morning the invoice dropped through the letter box which gave me time to pay online in time for delivery today. The handling charge from Parcel Force was a flat £12.

I unpacked the coaches before sunset and took these photos on my Continental Shelf layout before they will travel to the loft layout where there is enough space to run them.
The bar car and one of the sleeping cars.


The restaurant car

The Pullman car and second sleeper

I didn't realise it when I was buying them but they have interior lighting

The lighting is in the ceiling. The very nice looking table lamps are non-functional.

The couplings are the traditional hoop and hook in NEM pockets mounted on cams under the coach body which allow very tight radii to be negotiated. They do go round the 360mm radius curves on this layout.
Unlike many continental model coaches, these do not close couple out of the box but I am sure I can find some other couplings which will.

The VSOE livery is distinctive in having the white roofs and white flashes on the bogies.

The rest of the VSOE train consists of one other restaurant car which has a YTb body, a couple of service cars with YTB bodies. None of these is available in model form so far as I am aware. There are a further eight sleeping cars which are also LX bodies. The train is topped and tailed by a couple of S1 bodied sleeping cars. The S1 is available but at present it is in a pale cream as used in trains in the Middle East. I do not fancy the respray...

You can find more details on the VSOE here - Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Vintage Train | London to Venice. This set of coaches is as close as I am ever going to get to the experience, although to be honest, having read the brochure, it seems to be more of a travelling gourmet experience than anything else.

To see the train arriving at Brennero from the south, watch from 26:30 into this youtube video -
. Note the double heading, and a couple of locos being towed dead for the ride. All of these 3kv DC locos will be uncoupled in Brennero and replaced with 15kV AC locos for the descent to Innsbruck. It remains to be seen if this route will still be used once the Brenner 'basis tunnel' opens - https://www.bbt-se.com/en/tunnel/pr...t,,km tunnel links to the Brenner Base Tunnel.

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The restaurant car

The Pullman car and second sleeper

I didn't realise it when I was buying them but they have interior lighting

The lighting is in the ceiling. The very nice looking table lamps are non-functional.

Lovely coaches david (y)
 

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Don't know why, but since I added my last post the sound has gone from all the videos, not just mine. Watch on youtube and its ok :confused:
 
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