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I just want to bring your attention to a few of the problems we are experiencing with the Hornby Select system and Hornby loco's fitted with their decoders.
Firstly we have been notified of problems with running TCS decoder fitted loco's on a Hornby Select system.
We know the Select will only work with addresses up to 59 but even with lower numbers on the TCS decoders the Select unit will not recognise them.
In addition, we are aware that the Hornby decoders are not recognised by the Gaugemaster system and this system will not read any CV info from the Hornby decoders.
The only conclusion that we have been able to come to so far is that the Hornby Select unit is not NMRA compatible and therefore will only work with their own decoders.
Lastly, please be aware that the Hornby decoders that are due for release soon have a maximum current load of 0.5 amps. Hence we suggest people thoroughly check the current draw of their locomotives before thinking of fitting one of these. We know that many of the Bachmann range and certainly the Heljan products will blow these decoders. Upon release of the Elite Unit we will be asking Hornby for a complete list of the current draw of all their locomotives so that we can make sure we recommend the correct decoder for the correct locomotive. Whether it will be forthcoming or not is another matter.
Please if anybody has any experience with the Select unit I would welcome feedback and comments on the above.
Best Regards, Adrian Hall