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Ennitoun – Update – 4th June 2020 – New Locomotives Join Ennitoun Stock

New Locomotives Join Ennitoun – Changes in Coast

On the 19th April the date that the change over from DC to DCC was implemented the system was in sudden lack of locomotives stage. as these figures from April’s blog revealed:

  • DCC Fitted 9 – able to be run on new system
  • DCC Ready 19 – awaiting fitting of DCC Chip
  • Non-DCC – 33 with possibility of 14 being converted to DCC by fitting chip
  • Possible DCC stock = 42 out of 61 as at 9th April 2020.

As of 19th June 2020 the tale is different:

  • DCC Fitted 23 – able to run on system
  • DCC Ready 22 – Waiting to have sound chips fitted
  • Non-DCC  16 – Confirmed too old (Coarse wheels or Split Chassis – they will be on display in Ennitoun Museum
  • Up-gradable (Previously Non-DCC) 16 (2 undergoing upgrade to sound @ Horns and Whistles Workshops.

Breakdown of DCC Fitted

  • 16 are LMS/Ex-LMS locos
  • 2 are BR Class
  • 5 are LNER/Ex-LNER

West Coast  engines out number East Coast engines by a considerable margine.  If you take in the DCC Ready figures:

  • 17 are LMS/Ex-LMS Locos
  • 2 are BR Class
  • 3 are LNER/Ex-LNER

The West Coast outnumber the East Coast.  Yesterday the balance started to be addressed with the arrival of 2 DCC fitted locomotives (no sound).

Bachmann 32-280 Class K3 61869  EX-LNER

Bachmann 31-716 Class B1 61180 renumbered 6103 Mayflower

A policy change is soon to be implemented – obtain more East Coast Locos.

 


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Ennitoun – Update – 3rd June 2020 – DCC Conversion Update

DCC Upgrade Modernisation Update 2nd June 2020

On 30th May 2020 we welcomed back Hornby R053 LNER B17  Manchester United and Hornby R1019 LNER A1 Flying Scotsman after Horns & Whistles Workshops  completed the conversion on both locos from DC to DCC.

The conversions went well and I must admit I thought problems would be encountered converting the B17 as Hornby released it in 1980  and ceased in 1982, making the model at most 40 years old.  Models at that time were not as scaled or detailed and had outsize wheel gauge to fit on the older Triang/Hornby system 4 and not the latest scaled tracks produced by Peco and Hornby.

The video of the test run on Ennitoun’s modern tracks confirmed my faint suspicions but by no means caused me to be disheartened as the problem is not unsolvable.  The stutter as she crossed the points is not the fault of the conversion done by Horns & Whistles Workshops.  The cause is the outsize wheel rim bridges the iso-frog and causes a small short as the wheel hits both metal parts of the frog (the V formed where the inner rails meet in the point).  This will be rectified when the layout undergoes its expansion to have a loop (tail-chaser) added.  In fact for a 40 year old model she ws in very good condition and on the straights proved to be a fast runner.

The A1 Flying Scotsman was part of a  Train set released in 1999 – 2002 so I did not expect any problems with the running of this model and pleased my  faith was well founded.

Further Locomotives 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 – 29th May 2020 – DCC Conversion Update

DCC Upgrade Modernisation Update 29th May 2020

On 27th May 2020 we advised that Hornby R053 LNER B17  Manchester United and Hornby R1019 LNER A1 Flying Scotsman – currently in the workshops of Horns & Whistles Workshops awaiting upgrade to DCC (with sound if possible). Latest news the B17 had been converted but alas no sound as no space for speaker.   Horns & Whistles Workshops have provided two videos showing the test run of the B17 and A1 which completed its upgrade to DCC/TTS Sound.

 

B17 2862 Manchester United:

A1 4472 Flying Scotsman

 

Locomotives should be in shed Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Further Locomotives 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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