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Anyone get the rapido royal hudson?

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Anyone get the rapido royal hudson?
Posted by coreyhkh on Friday, June 14, 2019 12:48 PM

Looking at maybe picking one up this weekend and would like opionions on how it is?

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Posted by Rastafarr on Friday, June 14, 2019 2:49 PM

Got it. Love it. Typical Rapido in that it’s heavily detailed and just about flawless in its execution. Mine’s still got new-loco stutter (only about 30 mins of running on it as of yet), but otherwise a good runner.

Been wondering why no one here has been talking about it...

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, June 14, 2019 3:04 PM

Rastafarr
Been wondering why no one here has been talking about it...

I've posted several photos. Maybe in the wrong places?

 CPR_4-6-4 by Edmund, on Flickr

 CPR_4-6-4a by Edmund, on Flickr

 CPR_4-6-4r by Edmund, on Flickr

 CPR_4-6-4b by Edmund, on Flickr

 CPR_4-6-4T by Edmund, on Flickr

Mine had a minor mishap. Somehow the eccentric rod got caught in the eccentric crank on the right side while running slowly in reverse.

 eccentric_1 by Edmund, on Flickr

Rapido suggested I return the locomotive to them because they want to see exactly how this could have happened. In my estimation it is possible one of the pivot pins was not pressed home fully and the link was a little loose OR the eccentric rod was slightly bent toward the crank?

Either way, Rapido is standing behind their work and making things right.

For the half-hour or so I had the locomotive running it was great! I didn't even get to play with the Loksound-5 decoder as I was still engaged in slow-speed back-and-forth break-in runs.

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Posted by BATMAN on Friday, June 14, 2019 3:24 PM

I got my first one and it broke after about 30 minutes of break in on the layout. The sound started to fail and then it stopped altogether. The boiler was very hot to touch. Rapido said to send it back and they will repair it or give me a new one. I told them I will wait until I get my second one and make sure it is OK before I send the first one back. They said that would be fine.

 

I sure hope I get it fixed or a replacement as I have done a fair bit of homework on putting a Royal Train behind it. I would be rather disheartened if I lose out on the Royal Blue one after all these years. The dealer had my money for the two for over two years. 

It is a beautiful engine and was far superior to anything else I own so I am really hoping the situation gets resolved and I am confident it will.

 

 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Friday, June 14, 2019 3:51 PM

1 out of 3 running ok, a disappointing start. At least they stand behind their product.

What break in do they recommend?

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Posted by BATMAN on Friday, June 14, 2019 3:51 PM

Rastafarr
Got it. Love it.

What one did you get?

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Posted by Rastafarr on Friday, June 14, 2019 6:48 PM

BATMAN

 

 
Rastafarr
Got it. Love it.

 

What one did you get?

 

 

Oh, 2860, the BC Rail unit, of course. A package of memories there; as a 5 year old I rode on the 1:1 version with my grandmother, mere weeks before she passed. Been waiting for my chance to model 2860 ever since.

My apologies, Ed. I could have looked harder, certainly. Great pics!

 

 

 

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Friday, June 14, 2019 8:59 PM

Wow, hopefully for Rapido this is not a trend, that's a pretty high failure rate?

But, it is outside what I model, I don't buy stuff outside the layout theme, and at this point I'm not motivated to spend that much on a single loco.

Still waiting for Rapido to make something I really need..........

They make such nice stuff......

Sheldon

    

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Posted by betamax on Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:02 PM

I have one on pre-order, but the dealer hasn't called yet about it.  I'll have to ask when I visit this weekend.

Been so long I've forgotten which one I ordered.  I do have the Tenshodo version of 2860, so it isn't that one. The one I ordered operated locally, there is even of picture of it on its side after derailing.

My aunt's grandfather was at the throttle of Hudson #2850 in 1939, when it was in its Royal colours.

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Posted by BATMAN on Sunday, June 16, 2019 12:04 PM

Well I have chatted with quit a few people that have been running their Hudsons for a week or more now and so far Ed and I are the only two that have had issues that I have heard about. I belong to a couple of Canadian FB groups and they are getting rave reviews from all.

I boxed mine up and will get it in the mail today if I can, I decided not to wait until I receive my second one as it is suppose to be another ten days.

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Posted by Rastafarr on Sunday, June 16, 2019 3:21 PM

BATMAN

Well I have chatted with quit a few people that have been running their Hudsons for a week or more now and so far Ed and I are the only two that have had issues that I have heard about. I belong to a couple of Canadian FB groups and they are getting rave reviews from all.

I boxed mine up and will get it in the mail today if I can, I decided not to wait until I receive my second one as it is suppose to be another ten days.

 

 

I'm sure your Royal train will be chugging in no time, Brent. 

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Posted by betamax on Sunday, June 16, 2019 5:21 PM

I was at my dealer today, he had two (2!) DC versions on the shelf.  He said a box appeared the other day from Rapido with the Royal Hudsons, without warning.  The schemes he got were the BC scheme.

Rapido is probably doing the smaller run paint schemes first and shipping them, with the large volume ones to follow. 

As he said, a package just appeared one day when he went to pick them up, without any warning.

The package itself is another Rapido work of art.

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Posted by BATMAN on Monday, June 17, 2019 4:35 PM

Well I sent off my RH to Rapido.Crying We will see how this goes. It was $46.08 for a box and postage with insurance. They said they would include some goodies on the return to cover the shipping cost. Maybe I'll get a couple of these.

or one of these PGE with DCC/SOUND of course.

or one of their new Canadian Pacific ten wheelers.

OH! the pain and suffering and withdrawal I am going through.SighCryingLaugh

I'll let you know when it gets there. I dropped it off 40 minutes ago according to the tracking and it's still at the Post Office, don't they know how important this is? It should have been picked up already!

Patient BrentWhistlingLaugh

 

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Posted by BATMAN on Monday, June 17, 2019 4:40 PM

I thought it was very cool the way the tender connected to the loco, does any other manufacturer do it that way?

My BS 4-4-0 shorted out because the wires connecting the tender to the loco were dragging on the track and wore through. Live and learn all my steamers have been inspected for that poor design flaw. They should all use the Rapido system.Yes

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, June 17, 2019 5:05 PM

BATMAN
I thought it was very cool the way the tender connected to the loco, does any other manufacturer do it that way?

Hi, Brent

Some years ago the Life-Like Proto Heritage 0-8-0 was designed with a very similar connector. I thought this was the "wave of the future" and would be an excellent solution to the fussy multi-pin harness plug. Alas, no. I guess after a while the plug separated too easily. 

I have two of these 0-8-0s and they seem to snap together pretty securely.

MTH uses a tender drawbar pin arrangement and with their setup there can be only two, and I guess some have four, electrical circuits through the drawbar.

Regards, Ed

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Posted by BATMAN on Friday, June 21, 2019 2:09 PM

Rapido recieved my Royal Hudson @0903 West coast time this day. I'm worried, I haven't heard a thing and they have had it for three hours!Laugh

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Posted by rrinker on Friday, June 21, 2019 5:12 PM

 Just watched James Wright's review of it - wow, that is one nice loco. Too bad I have no use for one of those. It really does show off what a Loksound decoder can do. That bell is absolutely amazing, and so are the whistles. Rod clank when coasting, too. 

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, June 21, 2019 5:49 PM

BATMAN
I'm worried, I haven't heard a thing and they have had it for three hours!

Mine got there Tuesday. I'll bet they're swamped when a new product hits the streets. Well, my little people passengers will just have to settle for a substitute engine until Royalty returns.

I'm looking forward to playing around with the Loksound 5, too! That second whistle choice, the B-C Excursion whistle sounded beautiful, gotta try that one out.

The GREEN class lights are sure bright! Looks like frog eyes on steroids.

Here's a link to the jlwii video:

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by betamax on Friday, June 21, 2019 8:03 PM

BATMAN

Rapido recieved my Royal Hudson @0903 West coast time this day. I'm worried, I haven't heard a thing and they have had it for three hours!Laugh

 

I got an email from my enabler/dealer this afternoon stating the Royal Hudson #2852 is waiting for me on the ready track.

May have to sneak out tomorrow to get it...

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Posted by BATMAN on Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:22 AM

betamax
I got an email from my enabler/dealer this afternoon stating the Royal Hudson #2852 is waiting for me on the ready track.

Why did you choose #2852? I got 2850 for obvious reasons and am waiting for 2861 to show up. I got 2861 because it ran out of Vancouver.

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Posted by betamax on Saturday, June 22, 2019 4:33 AM

BATMAN

 

 
betamax
I got an email from my enabler/dealer this afternoon stating the Royal Hudson #2852 is waiting for me on the ready track.

 

Why did you choose #2852? I got 2850 for obvious reasons and am waiting for 2861 to show up. I got 2861 because it ran out of Vancouver.

 

It ran in this area.  So it made sense to have one the would have matched the prototype for Eastern Ontario/Chalk River Sub operations.

I already have the 2860 in brass. 

 

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Posted by BATMAN on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 5:17 PM

I was just about to climb on the John Deere for a tour of the back 40 and found out my second Royal Hudson is in.

TO THE BATMOBILE!Pirate

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Posted by BATMAN on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:01 PM

Here she is, home safe and sound.

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TO THE TRAINROOM!

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Posted by BATMAN on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 1:42 PM

Ran RH #2 for a couple or more hours this morning and she was smooth as silk. Jason has a great sense of humour programming a couple of "silly sounds" into it, the British contingent of the family should get a real kick out of it.

Now I really am going to get on the John Deere.Laugh

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Posted by rrinker on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 2:16 PM

 John Deere? Not very Canadian, shouldn't you have a Cockshutt? Laugh

 

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:56 PM

One of our club members brought a Rapido Royal Hudson to the club last night. Unfortunately, he had a couple of problems. First, the sound would not work (it had been working at the dealer). Then it threw a traction tire which got caught in the rods and stretched so it wouldn't stay on. He is going to take it back to the dealer instead of attempting to fix it himself.

The detail is impressive!

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Posted by BATMAN on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 10:11 PM

rrinker

 John Deere? Not very Canadian, shouldn't you have a Cockshutt? Laugh

 

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I had to do a little research Randy, but YA! Look at this baby.

Next one for sure!Laugh

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 11:48 PM

BATMAN
I had to do a little research Randy, but YA! Look at this baby.

Okay, I'm going to quit the club and sell all my trains just so I can get one of those!!! Smile, Wink & GrinLaughLaughLaugh

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Posted by BATMAN on Monday, July 01, 2019 2:18 PM

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

That wasn't long enough?

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

There how was that? After about 2 1/2 hours total run time my second Hudson came to a grinding hault accompanied by a horrendously loud buzzing sound and is officially dead. The boiler was very warm to the touch. My first one the boiler was too hot to touch when she blew. I had been feeling the boiler on my second one periodically and it was always cool. I guess it is another bad decoder.

She had been running around the layout for an hour or more in Royal fashion without a hic, it was the first time I had put a train on behind and she pulled 11 coaches through the mountains like a trooper lookin good the whole time, then WHAMMO!

It has great pulling power, as good or a slightly better than my BLI C&O 2-10-4 and I thought the BLI was really good.SighSadCrying

 

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Posted by CNCharlie on Monday, July 01, 2019 8:59 PM

Brent,

Sorry to hear about the second Hudson failing. Not a good sign.

I sure hope Jason's experience with steam is better than True Line Trains with their U2g Northern. It was a beautifully detailed model that had a lot of operating problems. I sent my first one back as it had a  distinct 'lope' when running. They sent me another that was worse. The dealer gave me a full refund. I later bought one of the last 100 built of the 1000(all were numbered in the run) they put together hoping the problems would have been worked out. Also they were clearing them out for $425. I was right. It runs very well and has done so for the past 10 years. They were supposed to do a D10 next but never did after the first steam experience. 

Not sure what the point was to my note except to hope that Rapido gets the problems sorted fast. I want one of the CN 10 wheelers. 

CN Charlie

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