Auscision Walker Railmotor

 
  art--vandalay Locomotive Fireman

The postie dropped off my Walker railmotor this morning.  Great looking model, tested it on DC and seems to run really well.  

https://picasaweb.google.com/114361629209261077341/August52013#5908440102100482450

https://picasaweb.google.com/114361629209261077341/August52013#5908440180927483250

Just needs a sound decoder in it now....how about it Mike, are they ready yet?

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  Mansfield Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
A 21-MTC decoder can reside in the power unit, while there is room for two speakers, one in each passenger compartment roof. The sound project has been available for a while, but I've held back as I want to optimise the sound around the model. Hopefully mine will be here soon, at which point I'll see how best to configure the speakers, wires and sounds to suit.

Mike
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

The postie dropped off my Walker railmotor this morning.  Great looking model, tested it on DC and seems to run really well.  

https://picasaweb.google.com/114361629209261077341/August52013#5908440102100482450

https://picasaweb.google.com/114361629209261077341/August52013#5908440180927483250

Just needs a sound decoder in it now....how about it Mike, are they ready yet?
art--vandalay

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  73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs
I missed my parcel delivery so mine's at the post office.

Steve
  jamiepb Junior Train Controller

The trailers on mine are fouling the motor compartment causing it to derail on curves, it's very close coupled. Minimum radius on the layout is 24" Anybody else or is it just me?
  art--vandalay Locomotive Fireman
  LaidlayM Chief Commissioner

Location: Research
I am very pleased with my silver and blue unit, it runs quietly and smoothly on DC.  The test layout has 30" curves with Shinohara code 70 turnouts and some medium Peco in staging.  The interior detail looks great.  I am waiting for a couple of TCS 21 pin decoders before I can run it at home.

I do wonder about the radius question though, I sat it on a 30 curve then tried to test what it would go to on the diaphragm side and the centre bogie popped of the track with very little tightening.  Maybe the diaphragms need to be removed for tighter curves.  The LEDs are too cold a white.  The curve thing won't worry me and I might find the LEDs and replace them when I fit a decoder and the bogie sideframes.

I think we need three hands to pick it up though.  Mine will just stay on the track.

I wonder which end the VR considered to be the front/no 1/A end (for DCC purposes)?

Really, Auscision stand out head and shoulders in delivering Chinese sourced RTR.

Mark
  2LaGrange Train Controller

The trailers on mine are fouling the motor compartment causing it to derail on curves, it's very close coupled. Minimum radius on the layout is 24" Anybody else or is it just me?
jamiepb

Auscision site states they will negotiate 18' curves so either there is a problem or your corners are tighter than 24'.

Mine just makes it through a 20' reverse curve ( S curve ) on my branch line but is fine on the mainline which has a normal curve that is close to 18'.

If you fit the bogies with the more detailed side frames supplied in the box they need larger curves over 24' to operate correctly without derailing.
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
IMHO great job on this model Auscision. I think its one of the finest plastic models ive seen.

No real complaints with the model other than it being difficult to pick up as the cars only rest in a pin in the power unit, but are connected by wires...

It is pleasing to note that the issues with the pilot were picked up on and fixed, most notably the provision of bogies with side frames as the add on rather than unprototypical cut outs on the sides witha plug.
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
I got 84RM with a gold roof (WRC-2). Very impressed with the model, runs smoothly and negotiates trackwork with little problem (except for any average trackwork which the ridged power power is sure to pick up). Since running I have now fitted the optional bogies with the sideframes which just lifts the appearance.

A few photos on my blog: http://mattsvicrailmodelling.blogspot.com.au/
  73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs
IMHO great job on this model Auscision. I think its one of the finest plastic models ive seen.

No real complaints with the model other than it being difficult to pick up as the cars only rest in a pin in the power unit, but are connected by wires...

It is pleasing to note that the issues with the pilot were picked up on and fixed, most notably the provision of bogies with side frames as the add on rather than unprototypical cut outs on the sides witha plug.
VRfan
I'm very happy with mine as well.

I was expecting the cut outs on the sides as well, but was so much happier with the 'naked' bogies and the fact they are installed from factory. Mine runs fine around my layout with some 20" corners, only problem I've found is the power unit gets hung up on kadee uncouplers that sit a smidge proud.

I did wonder where the plugs were for the connecting wires, untill i spotted one through a window. Laughing
  t_woodroffe Assistant Commissioner

No.1 end of a Walker 280 HP DRC was the first class end. No. 1 motor was that on the right hand side of the power unit looking forward. VR Drawing 9999 dated 27-4-55 refers.

TW
  LaidlayM Chief Commissioner

Location: Research
No.1 end of a Walker 280 HP DRC was the first class end. No. 1 motor was that on the right hand side of the power unit looking forward. VR Drawing 9999 dated 27-4-55 refers.

TW
t_woodroffe
Thanks, good to know that it is correct, once I fitted a decoder and selected forward the first class end was in the lead.

Mark
  Victralian Station Master

Location: Melbourne
I also used a 21 pin Lokpilot decoder 54615.  Found that when almost stopped, the vehicle lurches forward.  Will need to play with some CV's to alleviate.  This happened on two Walkers fitted with the Lokpilot.  Another colleague fitted a Lokpilot also, but would only run on dc. I hope he has found the problem.  Need 3 hands to handle.
  vjm Locomotive Fireman

I also used a 21 pin Lokpilot decoder 54615.  Found that when almost stopped, the vehicle lurches forward.  Will need to play with some CV's to alleviate.  This happened on two Walkers fitted with the Lokpilot.  Another colleague fitted a Lokpilot also, but would only run on dc. I hope he has found the problem.  Need l hands to handle.
Victralian

Mine lurches as well, but on DC.  I haven't fitted my Loksound decoder yet, so I've been seeing if just running it in will smooth it out before I fit the decoder and speaker.  It's especially bad in the forwards direction.  I've noticed that if you lift the central section (and leave the cars contacting the tracks to provide power, the motor is not smooth... jerks and lurches throughout the power range.
  art--vandalay Locomotive Fireman

Mine seems to work fine.  Tried it first on DC and have now installed the Loksound decoder. Runs very smoothly at all speeds.  Excellent model, looks and runs beautifully.
  Victralian Station Master

Location: Melbourne
Mine lurches as well, but on DC.  I haven't fitted my Loksound decoder yet, so I've been seeing if just running it in will smooth it out before I fit the decoder and speaker.  It's especially bad in the forwards direction.  I've noticed that if you lift the central section (and leave the cars contacting the tracks to provide power, the motor is not smooth... jerks and lurches throughout the power range.
vjm

I have altered CV 55 to 5 and CV 6 to 120.  This has stopped the lurching
  s_walker Locomotive Driver

Which Kadee couplers are suitable to replace the supplied ones so it will couple up with other rolling stock?

Steven
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Which Kadee couplers are suitable to replace the supplied ones so it will couple up with other rolling stock?

Steven
s_walker

Short answer: None. The Walkers of all types were never intended to couple up to other VR rolling stock, as they were too lightly built to haul anything other than a simple trailer.
  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
I am very pleased with my silver and blue unit, it runs quietly and smoothly on DC.  The test layout has 30" curves with Shinohara code 70 turnouts and some medium Peco in staging.  The interior detail looks great.  I am waiting for a couple of TCS 21 pin decoders before I can run it at home.

I do wonder about the radius question though, I sat it on a 30 curve then tried to test what it would go to on the diaphragm side and the centre bogie popped of the track with very little tightening.  Maybe the diaphragms need to be removed for tighter curves.  The LEDs are too cold a white.  The curve thing won't worry me and I might find the LEDs and replace them when I fit a decoder and the bogie sideframes.

I think we need three hands to pick it up though.  Mine will just stay on the track.

I wonder which end the VR considered to be the front/no 1/A end (for DCC purposes)?

Really, Auscision stand out head and shoulders in delivering Chinese sourced RTR.

Mark
LaidlayM
Looks very nice. Auscision can hardly be accused of resting on their laurels 8)
  Toolman Station Staff

Location: Downunder
Short answer: None. The Walkers of all types were never intended to couple up to other VR rolling stock, as they were too lightly built to haul anything other than a simple trailer.
TheBlacksmith

In reality, when a Walker required rescuing by a diesel loco, the VR did have couplers to suit.

For the model, a #5 will be too low in the coupler pocket of a Walker model, so you may need to adapt to fit.
  pawanoro Deputy Commissioner

In reality, when a Walker required rescuing by a diesel loco, the VR did have couplers to suit.
Toolman


Really? Although there was a transition coupler in existence my understanding was that it was intended only for workshops use and that coupling on the mainline was accomplished by the use of a drag chain (and no requirement for a diesel, steam or electric motive power was also eminently suitable). I think if the transition coupler was in widespread use for rescue purposes then each Walker would have carried one much like the Scharfenberg equipped Comeng trains did when introduced later, and I don't believe they did.
  PE Chief Train Controller

Really? Although there was a transition coupler in existence my understanding was that it was intended only for workshops use and that coupling on the mainline was accomplished by the use of a drag chain (and no requirement for a diesel, steam or electric motive power was also eminently suitable). I think if the transition coupler was in widespread use for rescue purposes then each Walker would have carried one much like the Scharfenberg equipped Comeng trains did when introduced later, and I don't believe they did.
pawanoro
100% correct.

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