Heljan class 05 in O gauge.

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  1. York Paul

    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    It seems that 2400 - 07 were also 41E allocations at the same time.
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Just a heads up regarding Rails of Sheffield Heljan 05's in O gauge. I had an email of their sale and new stuff and in the O gauge section they have discounted the BR green, no wasp stripes, for £159.50 with free postage. It would have been rude not to order one!

    Cheers, Pete.
     
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    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    Afraid I succumbed to temptation also. Yes, I know these were not used on the Southern as far as I know, BUT my 0 gauge layout will be a Southern biased "Heritage" railway, which gives me 'Carte Blanche' to run whatever I like. I did have intentions of a Class 08 shunter, but the price of the 05 was what swung it! Which decoder type do these loco's use, 8 or 21 pin?
    Keith.
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Keith, it uses a 21 pin decoder. I have the Lais chip in my first one, but I have bought a Zimo sound chip for it. When the new one arrives I will fit the Zimo to the first and the Lais to the new one, then start saving.......

    Pete.
     
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    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    Think I have a 21 pin in my decoder stash too so that'll go in after running in. I intend sound fitting each 0 gauge loco, but not immediately as other things have priority. (Like actually building a layout!):giggle:
    Keith.
     
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    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    My Heljan Class 05 shunter arrived from "Rails" yesterday, so after unpacking and removing it from the wood plinth it comes fixed to, I put it on the rolling road and gave it 30 minutes in each direction to run it in. From the outset it ran very smoothly and quietly on DC with directional lights and cab light on, DCC conversion was easy, 6 screws to remove, 2 around 20mm long to the rear of the front buffer beam and 4 very small screws about 4mm long securing the cab. Running current is only 0.2 amps, even on stall current only rises to 0.4 amps so any standard 00 gauge decoder will suit this loco. Easing the cab back slightly allows removal of the 'bonnet' under which lives the DC plug, so a quick swap with a Bachmann 21 pin decoder (don't know where that came from, must have had it a while as I've used LaisDCC ones for ages!), refitted the screws, programmed and back on the rolling road. I've not had time to look closer, but it seems the cab light comes on together with appropriate directional lights on F1, though the cab light is switchable via a switch on the loco underside. I'd prefer to make the cab light switch via another function button rather than with the directional lights, but I'll look into that another time. As can be seen, it's quite a detailed model, and for "Rails" price of £159 for an 0 gauge loco, it's in the price realms of 00 gauge, future fitting of DCC sound will be simple as there is space for a 28mm speaker behind the radiator grille, loco seems well made and quite weighty for a relatively small loco and good value for money from "Rails".
    Keith..

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  7. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    Very nice locos Pete and Keith. I'm still waiting for my delivery of the 64XX and Autocoach... One of these would have been nice, but I think if I'm going to buy a diesel, it will be the 08, although this is tempting... ;)

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    I have the 05, weighs a ton. Lovely loco. Got an 08 as well. Also lovely.
     
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