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    Default Kato/Hobbytrain Lemke Rh 1116 Taurus Night Jet

    Earlier this month I ordered a ÖBB Night Jet train from Eurolokshop. It consisted of a 6 car set by LS Models, and separately, the Austrian Rh 1116 Taurus in Night Jet livery. The Night Jet line has taken over many of the night train routes formerly run by Deutsche Bahn's "City Night Line," which passed out of existence in December 2017.

    This is a review of the products.

    First impressions: The printing is sharp and clear. Even the smallest lettering can be read. Colors bright. The eLok accepted 4 digit addressing with no issues. The sounds were clear, but disappointingly, there were no station announcements in the sound library. This is especially disappointing in a passenger train! One of the things I most want when I order a Lok with sound. The functions included lights, of course, cab lights, running sounds, two horns, and a few other items. Length over the buffers was 12.0 cm, which is just a hair less than scale and compares favorably with the Fleischmann models of the same Lok. Previous Kato Taurus models were about 1 cm too short.

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    Running was good, starting up smoothly and running well. I had to reduce the max speed CV 5 from 252 to 200, to get it to run at a more prototypical 230 kph/ 140 mph (scale).

    The LS Models (out of Belgium) cars look good. I don't see an easy way to add lighting. The interiors are detailed in several colors. I had a problem with cars derailing, but this issue stopped when I changed out the stock Rapido couplers for Fleischmann Profi couplers. This also brought the cars closer together.

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    For those of you not familiar with the Fleischmann Profi couplers, here is a photo. They are not compatible with anything else. I use them on passenger trains, and I don't swap cars around. Some passenger cars don't like them, some do. In this instance I lucked out.

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    All in all I am happy with this purchase, but had I known that the Kato sound decoder did not have station announcements, I would have saved some money by ordering the model without sound.
    Cheers!
    Gordon
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    Very nice.

    LS Models make some amazing models; I love their N scale City Night Line coaches but the price...
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    Quote Originally Posted by NScaleNotes View Post
    Very nice.

    LS Models make some amazing models; I love their N scale City Night Line coaches but the price...
    Yes, pricey, but not bad when on sale. I just wish they came equipped with electrical pickups to make lighting easier.

    Post scriptum: The paperwork on the Taurus engine calls this a BR 182, which would be correct if the engine had been owned by Deutsche Bahn. It is actually an Rh 1116, owned by the ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railway), and this number is clearly marked on the side of the engine: 1116 195-9. Kato also produces the Deutsche Bahn version and obviously just got lazy not having both sets of numbers in the manual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    Yes, pricey, but not bad when on sale.
    Definitely, I bought some from Eurolokshop when I lived in the USA. I was always a little puzzled as to how they could be so much cheaper in the States though.
    Occasionally they come up on the second-hand market over here in the UK too.
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