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NSWGR 40 class diesel electric loco by Eureka Models
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 Posted: 17 Dec 2017 23:36
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This loco has certainly been a long time in the coming being promised to the modeller for some seven years that I know of. Faced with poor factory service which ultimately closed down, a condensed history is that Eureka had immense difficulty in transferring the tooling over to new facilities. Finally arrived and on the layout.





The 40 class locomotive was built by the Montreal Locomotive Works and delivered to the NSWGR in 1951/1952. They were the first mainline diesel electric locomotive to be introduced in NSW and saw regular heavy goods service up until 1968.

My model is factory fitted with DCC and sound via a QSI decoder. I am not a great fan of these decoders and have had a fair bit of trouble with them in the past. The model's initial run was quite jerky but this soon settled down after two or three metres. Sound levels will need to be adjusted as the horn volume is OK but engine volume needs to be increased. The start voltage is ridiculously high and the loco can take off quickly. Tone it down to suit your preference.

The couplers do not appear to be genuine Kadees but you will have to replace them in any event. They are far too short and barely clear the buffer beam. Buffer lock will occur on even large radius curves. Long shank Kadees are the answer and no further problems have been evident. Pulling power is excellent and the model will easily cope with its description as a heavy mainline goods unit. Easily pulls 30 Trainorama FWH wheat wagons.

Like most Eureka presentations of recent times, detail is excellent and the model is a very good representation of the original which of course is in preservation at Thirlmere.

Although I have two other 40s, they were conversions from the Atlas RSD 4/5 units and later fitted with ESU sound decoders. I wanted this variation as along with 4004, it was painted royal blue to coincide with the Queens visit to Australia in 1954 and pulled the Royal train. I already had 3615 in royal blue and this then completes that historical set. 3615 is a little more distinct in that it sports a golden crown over the headlight whereas 4001 did not get that treatment








Overall my opinion is that it is a very good model and with a little bit of fine tuning fits the bill.


Happy modelling

Richard



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A nice history there Richard. A very strong and capable looking piece of kit.

A sound demo would be great :thumbs:



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The next part of my learning curve will be how to post videos which will then include sound. Lovely wife already has a Go Pro and if I am nice she may let me borrow it.

Then the technical challenges of posting the output will begin but I am sure that help will come from these pages.

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Richard



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I'm sure that will happen. I know that it's a case of uploading to UTube then copying the link over but shout out when you are ready.

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Nice. If I was still modelling NSWGR I would want one of those - in green.

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I was at Casula Hobbies on Saturday. Joe, another customer and I were discussing the Eureka 40 Class and how the model needs a little touch up from paint and if I'm right, the chimney needs to be drilled out and painted black down the inside. My reference to the paint is that the bogie chassis needs blackening out, as does the wheels. I have also heard that the decoder volume cannot be turned up. You may know better about this than what I have heard.

Regardless, I thought that the model looks superb, compared to my old Punchbowl Hobbies/Atlas RSD4/5 (Kato Mech) conversion that I did way back in the late 80's or very early 90's...

Cheers, Gary.



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Gary wrote:
I thought that the model looks superb, compared to my old Punchbowl Hobbies/Atlas RSD4/5 (Kato Mech) conversion that I did way back in the late 80's or very early 90's...

And miles better than my old Freidmont resin casting powered (if that be the right word) by a Mehanotehnika mechanism that I never managed to get to work properly. It went to landfill years ago....

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Rather than just observe that the volume needed adjusting, I got out my program track and set about making the adjustments. I mentioned in my initial post that I am not a great fan of QSI decoders and here is another instance of why. To adjust the volume you need to ser CV49 to zero before you adjust the volume at CV51. Problem is that although CV49 indicates a zero setting it is not in fact accepting that code so CV51 cannot be changed..

The issue has been referred to the gurus and I will keep you posted.

Cheers

and hopefully happy modelling.

Richard



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How often does this happen. You take a particular dislike to something and therefore it must be the problem. So it is with my association with QSI decoders.

Having referred the volume issue to the gurus, "Well lets look at CV 49 then...looks OK and is correctly set at zero."   I am now starting to worry!   "OK lets look at CV51..a value of say 120 should do the trick"

You guessed the outcome...volume adjusted up perfectly. Tried up and down adjustments a few times and all took perfectly.

So to conclude my product review of the 40 class, please add the following:

"Volume of the engine is a bit low and should be adjusted. This can be achieved by setting CV49 to zero and CV51 to 120, a level I have found to be most satisfactory."


We are dealing with the Dark Art of DCC..we are dealing with the Dark Art of DCC...we are, etc

Cheers

and back to happy modelling

Richard



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