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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2013
Some people do like to expend effort talking down low-end hornby products, but I've installed 6 of these and my direct experience has been positive.
There are the basic features needed in the product for lights and control, and although the top speed of the loco cannot be set the acceleration rate can.
Each model has a different top speed becuase of the way it is built physically, it's not always accurate, but my Virgin tilting train obliges by going 2-3 times faster than my Tornado (these two models both hornby).

If you currently inclined towards the "I want to get it up and running" end of modelling rather than the "adherance to protocol" end, these can be just the ticket.

I also had a basic bachman decoder, which I'm now having to replace (yes, with a hornby one) because it won't respond to any commands when the "zeros are stretched".
[the stretched zeros feature was intended to allow control of one analogue loco on a DCC circuit, but I would not recommended that for any length of time! I use it to drive dimmable lighting in the carriages instead.]

Oh, and don't stress the wires. Two things you can do to help the life of these decoders;
1) put a cable tie (or just a piece of [insulate] wire) around all the wires from the decoder board. This will keep them in a bundle and help prevent you from breaking the solder joints on any one wire.
2) wrap the decoder board in insulating tape as soon as its unpacked so you don't fry it with static from your fingers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2013
Have four of these in different loco's and they have worked without problem for the past year. It is a basic decoder that is put into the production models as standard. No nonsense easy to fit, easy to follow instructions. Dissemble the locomotive as advised, usually just one screw of the body, remove the protective decoder plate on the locomotive chip, press the 8 pin plug into the 8 pin socket. Program as per the handbook and check that the locomotive runs first before re-assembly. We have not had any problems with the Hornby R8249 decoder, just make sure it is the genuine article from authorised dealership. Shop around for best prices.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2011
This is a low end decoder with limited settings available. You can not for instance set the maximum speed of the loco . But having said that for the price it is fine. Its main feature is its small size. I have fitted these in some confined spaces within loco bodies. Bottom line its cheap and cheerfull
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2012
I got this decoder for a DMU set. It is very small and I had no problems fitting it in my N-gauge DMU set. Setting it up worked as it should. But when using it properly the first time I encountered a problems. Within seconds three (!) of the wires had come loose from the decoder itself.
Having got a replacement from Amazon I installed the new one and after about 5 seconds of driving one of the wires came loose from the replacement unit as well.

The quality of this product seems rather poor. Unless I have been extremely unlucky and got 2 poor ones it seems like it cannot do the job. It should be added that the decoder was well ventilated in the DMU set and the motor doesn't draw more than 0.5A, so within the specs of the decoder.

I shall not get another one but rather pay a bit extra and actually get one that works!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2013
I secured the wires from the decoder with tape upon arrival - meaning that wires will not become dislodged when being worked with. The decoder is functional, responsive and entirely effective at it's job and honestly, there's no need to spend more - providing you secure it in such a way that prevents it from being knocked around within the chassis!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2013
I will be buying some more in the near future at this very good price.
I have fitted the decoder and it works very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2015
Bought to upgrade the Tornado class A1 00 gauge train to digital layout as a gift. rating based on quality of other things bought at the same time as this is part of a gift not yet given.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2013
Not high quality but 'you get what you pay for'. The drawings seem to contradict the instructions with regard to positioning the decoder.
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on 10 May 2015
Not a good start. Tried to fit one to a Bachmann Class 55 Deltic, but the plug/socket were not compatible. Adaptor needed?.
Couldn't get into my Heljan Class 47 to fit one.
Manage to fit them to two Hornby and one Bachmann Steam locos. Got them working, but need to get to work out the best setting.
They were very awkward to fit on all three, there being very little space.
I will see how they go.
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on 19 June 2014
Fitted this to my daughter's Percy, works great, finally the little 0-4-0 can do it's natural speed rather than zooming off like it did when it was DC.
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