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Ennitoun – Update – 28th May 2020 – Steam Still Rules

Modernisation Is Not A Threat

The surprising introduction of a BR Class 110 DMU caused a mild panic and consternation in the ranks.  One colleague made the comment “This will go down in history”. He knows I am a died in the wool steamie fan.

Today’s arrival of two additional Steam Locomotives should reassure followers and colleagues that my feet are firmly planted in the “Steam Era” 1923-1966.  It wi9ll come as no surprise that once again a “Coronation/Duchess/Princess” has joined the ever growing stable of these loco motives.

Hornby R3111 BR 4-6-2 Princess Coronation Class 46241 “City of Edinburgh” in BR Blue has entered the stockbook/register of Ennitoun Locomotives. Unfortunately the loco is not DCC Fitted, but it is ready and has already been earmarked to be chipped, with sound of course. This is the second example of this locomotive.

The first being Hornby R3681 LMS Princess Coronation Class “City of Edinburgh” No. 6241 in LMS Black, also awaiting chipped.

It may have come to the notice of those knowledgeable, but, then perhaps not  noticed that the recent list of the current DCC stock ,only one was not West Coast – LMS pedigree.  The lone East Coast LNER is NB J36 673 Maude.  Worry not folks, no discrimination here.  There are A4s, A1s and A2s and the most famous engine in the world (reputably)  in A1 and A3 form.  Regrettably the A3 “Flying Scotsman” requires a very expensive service to get back into running condition. The most recent arrival will address this balance somewhat. I* source my pre-owned models from several sources , Hattons, TMC, Rails of Sheffield and Olivia’s Trains (6 locos had full conversion (Smoke,sound,Lights, Firebox ad crew). The majority of locomotives purchased since middle of March – when I started to prepare for DCC have come from Tri-angman .  In all my dealing with Tri-angman I have found him to be very reliable and his stock is high standard.  Usually I purchase from his stall at various meetings, this year it has been done by post.  The latest locomotive  arrived last night and for a change it was not a Coronation/Duchess/Princess though there is a link with Coronation.  Hornby R3280 4-6-2 LNER Class A4 “Golden Shuttle” No. 4496 fitted with ESU sound chip.

This was the test run of  model.  I know it is fitted with an ESU sound chip – but not which one.  I know what the loco hesitated on some of the points and will rectify that problem.  I am somewhat puzzled by the sound, it does not sound like an A4 sound file, at least to my memory of travelling behind No 9, not the whistle.  I have no complaints about the model it cam as advertised, however I’ll get it serviced and have the sound file changed.

I m currently waiting for The City of Sheffield to arrive hopefully tomorrow.

Further Loco motives will be sent for DCC conversion (with sound where possible) until all stock has been upgraded and available for traffic duties.  Those that are not up-gradable/convertible will be gracefully retired to the “Ennitoun Railway Museum).

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Ennitoun – Update – 27th May 2020 – Modernisation Threat

The Modernisation Threat Confirmed!

For some time there has been speculation that the Thinnish (as then) now Slightly Stoutish Controller (after  8 weeks Lock-down) had been contemplating introducing some new form of modern train, not ultra modern,  but a train not an engine.  Whilst updating the Ennitoun stock album (https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNrqRK3) it was discovered that a BR Class 110 Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) was on the books.  It had been declared as NON-DCC and was destined to be consigned to the Ennitoun Railway Museum.  At first the controller was happy with that decision, however, as time wore on and the DCC enable locomotives were enjoying a new lease of life it became more apparent that exploratory measures had to be undertaken to check the viability of having the DMU upgraded to run on DCC.

The conversion project was forwarded to Mark Gawthrop at Horns & Whistles Model Railway Workshop.   The consensus reached it was viable and at a reasonable expenditure.  The go-ahead was given and the DMU power car was dispatched to Marks workshop.   A video showing the results of the conversion was shown to the Stoutish Controller. The converted  unit was re-united with the remaining two cars of the set and given a test run on Ennitoun System.  This test run ended the speculation regarding a nearly modern DMU being incorporated into the running vehicles of the SW & WH “Ennitoun MR”.  The slight stutter at the points was due to fact that the DMU was running at a very slow speed and causing a short on the points.  The setting as “2”.  On the return run  and subsequent tests it was ran at normal speed of 3 – 4 with no stutter or hesitation.

In light of the successful conversion an agreement was reached that Horns & Whistles Model Railway Workshop be tasked to undertake conversion of:

Hornby R053 LNER B17  Manchester United and Hornby R1019 LNER A1 Flying Scotsman – currently in their workshops. Latest news is that B17 has been converted but alas no sound as no space for speaker.  A1 is currently undergoing upgrade with (hopefully) TTS Sound.

Further Loco motives will be sent for DCC conversion (with sound where possible) until all stock has been upgraded and avaiable for traffic duties.  Those that are not up-gradable/convertible will be gracefully retired to the “Ennitoun Railway Museum).