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 Posted: Thu Jun 25th, 2020 09:54 am
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This just in from Hattons:
Hello

We thought you may like to know that an item you have on order with us, on order id xxxxxxx, has had some information about its release date added or updated.

Hornby R3721  61xx 'Large Prairie' 2-6-2T 6110 in GWR green £126.00

Our latest information from the supplier suggests this item will arrive with us on or after Friday 26th June 2020

Yippee, I can forget about renovating my old Aifix model!

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Sadly I have to wait a little longer.....the “GWR”  livery will not be in Liverpool until August........so probably late September for me :sad:
I do hope you will post lots of photos Bill......I am trying to work out how much space there is for a decoder and Stay Alive because unless I gamble and pre order there will then be a further delay until I can actually run them.

The early releases seem to be getting very favourable reviews so I am getting quite excited. 

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John,

In "the other place" there's a review with sound fitted so bound to be enough room for standard DCC and Stay alive setup. I see he used a Loksound 5 micro - will have a look around to see which decoders will fit.


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Hornby's service sheet is here, showing an 8 pin socket so that makes it easy. Must be plenty of room as the sound demo is with a 26 *11mm speaker fitted

https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/downloads/view/index/cat/34/?p=2


see HSS449B



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Hi John,

I found this most useful detailled review with lots of photos, which answers many questions which we all may have (''DCC fitting has been thought of in the design and I think will be a simple process to fit ''), prior to getting our paws on this model. I like the posable cab roof shutter.

Sorry that you have a while yet to wait, but it sounds as if it's worth it. Hattons say minme is in the post, but post is taking a little while longer to reach us here from the UK at the mo.

Very best,

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Thanks guys.
I found that review very encouraging......I missed the bit about speaker size Colin......thanks for pointing it out......hopefully there will be another 5mm in width for a Supercap.

I guess I will be removing the Socket and wiring direct as per your recent project Colin.....I do that for most of my installs ......the Zimo MX617 is amazing value and unfortunately the economy Zimo 8 pin doesnt support SAs

What decoder will you be using Bill?

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In stock now Bill.

https://www.hattons.co.uk/newsdetail.aspx?id=427&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=content&utm_campaign=mar-129-hornbylargeprairiegwrgreeninstock&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJlZGtpcmtAaG90bWFpbC5jby51ayIsICJrbF9jb21wYW55X2lkIjogIkpHUWVYaCJ9

(not much longer)


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Thanks Ed and hopefully not too much longer, but the Liverpool / Loire mail train has been taking a tad longer of late, my last order on the 17th June is still meandering towards me almost two weeks later!

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I just got one
Hornby R3721  61xx '[highlight= #FFFF88]Large [highlight= #88FFFF]Prairie' 2-6-2T 6110 in GWR green £126.00
DCC fitted but after I had paid for it, one of my mates said, he had one but not a real good runner.


Well,  after fitting plug-in Kadees & they slop in the mountings  Grr , while it runs nicely on ordinary flat track, not so flash slowly through insul or dead  frogs, IMO , not enough up & down movement in the driving wheels.


The decoder has limited CVs as well - no CVs for min/max speed, only momentum.


Perhaps I should have got a small Class 22 diesel ( so I have pre-ordered a Dapol beast)



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That's an ugly duckling IMHO Sol ...................

Stick with your kettles - with the exception of Bullied's part-built Q1, they're much prettier locomotives .................  Pity about the poor running of the Prairie - does it have a stay-alive fitted or even a decent decoder ?



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Petermac wrote:   Pity about the poor running of the Prairie - does it have a stay-alive fitted or even a decent decoder ?

The basic decoder that Hornby supplied fitted - no stay alive but a mate has or will be fitting one to his Prairie so I have asked him to do mine as well.



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Sol wrote:
Perhaps I should have got a small Class 22 diesel ( so I have pre-ordered a Dapol beast)


Hi Ron,
I bought D6320 when they were first announced and it arrived in 2011 ( how time flies)  very good runner. They are ugly but they remind me of my younger days when they ran from Plymouth although they did not do that for long as they were not very reliable - the Dapol model I have doesn't have this as a feature :lol:
 



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Sol wrote: Petermac wrote:   Pity about the poor running of the Prairie - does it have a stay-alive fitted or even a decent decoder ?

The basic decoder that Hornby supplied fitted - no stay alive but a mate has or will be fitting one to his Prairie so I have asked him to do mine as well.

You might want to add some weight to help both performance and haulage. Out of the box they are pretty mediocre performance wise but with after purchase mods like SA and weight they can become acceptable.

Good Luck!



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This diamond and the following turnout  near the signal box are dead frogs as I didn't want to organized live frog switching & in hindsight, now after running the new Prairie through them, perhaps I could have used insulfrog code 75 for the diamond at least.
   the Prairie running slowly through this trackwork dies / jerks badly - Stay Alive should fix it ( hopefully)



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John Dew wrote:

You might want to add some weight to help both performance and haulage. Out of the box they are pretty mediocre performance wise but with after purchase mods like SA and weight they can become acceptable.

Good Luck!


John, did you change the decoder & if so, to what brand?



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