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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:58 pm

Hi Guys

Just come in from playing with my new toy - An Accucraft Edrig.

Thanks mainly to watching Carl at the Paris Expo and gleaning as much info as I can from the various Forums - it was a painless experience and had her up and running within 20 minutes of coming out of the box.

Big thanks to Carl for recommending this as a first loco - the easy access to the controls makes all the difference.

Pics to follow. - in daylight !

Cheers Brian
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PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:57 pm

Great news, I hope you will bring it along in July
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:16 pm

Wild horses wouldn't stop me!

The great thing with insulated wheels it can be run at the same time as electrics.

Carl has also kindly promised to sort me out with radio control, which I guess will be essential for concurrent running with other loco's.

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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:22 pm

As already said Brian,

Radio Control in my opinion is not necessary for sucessful running and 'play value'.

I think having radio control can even be a nuisance sometimes. It is often nice just to carefully set the controls manually and let the loco do it's own thing for 20 mins or so while you watch and chat or drink.

However if you really want to drive it and go shunting then yes RC is the way to go.

BTW if you like steam shunting then RC uncoupling is a real possibility and not too difficult to do. you will need a third channel though and then there's a whistle to think of too.

Happy steaming.
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markbiff



Location : hinckley, uk

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:34 pm

my edridge is manual and i prefere the challange to get it running smoothly then sitting back and watch it .
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:47 am

Oh dear - must have had beginners luck it seems to run smoothly from the off (tempting providence here). My main reason for thimking R/C was to boost power around tight curves / gradients etc. I don.t think my layout is as graded as most!

I certainly have experienced the pleasure of setting it up the controls are pretty sensitive, had a couple of flameouts over-regulating the gas!
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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:57 pm

I saw Mark's Edrig running on his railway - a joy to watch Very Happy
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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:37 pm

The live steam experience is great fun.

I knew that my set up needed either R/C or a geared Regner type loco due to the gradients.

I shall have to send away for some LGB style loops to fit to Billy so I can hook up any of my stock.

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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:08 pm

Paul, I think you should be able to remove the rear buffer and replace it with an LGB-style loop, I think you just need to saw through a small bit of the buffer-beam plate to allow it to fit properly.

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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:52 am

clive_t wrote:
Paul, I think you should be able to remove the rear buffer and replace it with an LGB-style loop, I think you just need to saw through a small bit of the buffer-beam plate to allow it to fit properly.

Will the plastic be okay ? the loco seems to get quite hot - even the buffer beams.
Having said that, I have quite a few spare loop couplings, and the screw hole seems to be in the right place.........

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clive_t



Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:35 pm

Paul, I would have thought it should be OK. I've not really noticed a problem on my Lady Anne.

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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:43 pm

Paul

I fitted an LGB Loop straight onto the buffer beam of my Accucraft Edrig which gets pretty hot (ie to hot to touch) and the plastic fared OK! Though there was a bit of a height difference and the occasional uncoupling!

Though now, simply out of preference, I've re-instated the Accucraft chopper couplings - bought a couple of spares from Track Shack and fitted them to the ends of a flat wagon and a passenger car so they can act as "converter" wagons!

I'm not sure what your Billy is fitted with and whether you can get spares, but the solution works fine for me!

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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:46 pm

If the plastic doesn't work Paul I may have a couple of spare metal loop LGB style couplings you can have.

You can also buy these through Regner who as well make a kit for radio controlled LGB uncoupling. This costs 20.40€ part number 80150 all you need to add is a servo.

I have it fitted to one loco and is great for shunting.
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:17 pm

Carl Hibbs wrote:
You can also buy these through Regner who as well make a kit for radio controlled LGB uncoupling. This costs 20.40€ part number 80150 all you need to add is a servo.

I have it fitted to one loco and is great for shunting.

That's a thought Carl if I ever buy that 2.4 GHz set and re-instate my r/c controls Neutral

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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:54 pm

Obviously (after reading these postings) because i didnt know any better I coupled my tram to my LGB stock (chopper to loop)without doing anything else, and after at least 23 circuits have never had an uncoupling problem.

Beginners luck?

Mikey
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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:02 pm

Mikey,
As Alexander Graham Bell said if he had known more about electronics the telephone would never have been invented because he would have known it wouldn’t work.
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: My First Adventure in Live Steam   Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:54 pm

mikeyh wrote:
Obviously (after reading these postings) because i didnt know any better I coupled my tram to my LGB stock (chopper to loop)without doing anything else, and after at least 23 circuits have never had an uncoupling problem.

Beginners luck?

Mikey

Not beginners luck Mike - more likely a smooth track and no gradients. I tried it a few times but things came uncoupled on the summits of my wobbly track!

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