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by PD.
Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: A New Layout by a Newbie!! Help!
Replies: 93
Views: 8065

Re: A New Layout by a Newbie!! Help!

Spam away, Disco21 is AWOL :D No, although I say we live in Prague, we moved to the boonies several years back (only 20 mins in to the centre by direct Elefant Train ), we have a soon to be 5 year old boy so the heady lights of Prague are rarely on our list of venues these days, it was a Trattoria i...
by PD.
Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Subbuteo Floodlighting
Replies: 7
Views: 1763

Re: Subbuteo Floodlighting

Well I've just tried them out in a pitch black room, and they light up the whole (4mx3m) layout perfectly - I will possibly upgrade the bulbs, but aside from that they're fine - and I think with a bit of paint they will fit in great in a goods yard setting (although they look okay without painting I...
by PD.
Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: A New Layout by a Newbie!! Help!
Replies: 93
Views: 8065

Re: A New Layout by a Newbie!! Help!

Hi PD. Nothing to be afraid of ....... but yes, swings and roundabouts. I think we all reccommend what we understand, that keeps us on safe ground. I still use mostly imperial measurements when making anything, it's what I was taught and how I think. I can visualise in what I understand, but couldn...
by PD.
Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: A New Layout by a Newbie!! Help!
Replies: 93
Views: 8065

Re: A New Layout by a Newbie!! Help!

I can't understand PD.'s dislike of DCC. It's not a dislike, more a fear :mrgreen: To be honest I've never even used DCC, I just assumed that for a small kid, having more controllers to run two seperate loops of track would be more fun than having to program one controller to run more trains. It pr...
by PD.
Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:40 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: A New Layout by a Newbie!! Help!
Replies: 93
Views: 8065

Re: A New Layout by a Newbie!! Help!

I guess it boils down to personal preference on this then. The way I am doing mine is that initially it will all be done manually, with a control panel with switches etc that the young 'un can flick on/off to isolate/activate bits of track 6 of one, half a dozen of the other, I was just offering my ...
by PD.
Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:34 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R620
Replies: 3
Views: 1354

Re: Hornby R620

okay, the rerailer part I understand having looked at it again... the uncoupler part still escapes me... if I turn it upside down the middle part raises, I just can't see how it raises when in situ, unless there's some piece missing?
by PD.
Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: A New Layout by a Newbie!! Help!
Replies: 93
Views: 8065

Re: A New Layout by a Newbie!! Help!

That's my point, I WOULDN'T recommend digital to start.
by PD.
Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: A New Layout by a Newbie!! Help!
Replies: 93
Views: 8065

Re: A New Layout by a Newbie!! Help!

To be honest, I kept looking at that Belle pack as a way into DCC, ultimately though I decided it's ugly with crappy wagons. To that end I decided I would stick to DC for the time being for two reasons. First reason was the cost, but me as ever being arse about face, primarily, it dawned on me that ...
by PD.
Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R620
Replies: 3
Views: 1354

Hornby R620

I just bought a job lot of track, and included in this are 4 x Hornby R620 Railer / Uncoupler Track pieces.

How are these supposed to work?
by PD.
Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: A New Layout by a Newbie!! Help!
Replies: 93
Views: 8065

Re: A New Layout by a Newbie!! Help!

I'm sure there's better deals to be had on eBay - http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Sets-/112505/i.html This is a personal choice of course, but take this for example, - Hornby R1073 Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Digital Train Set. BRAND NEW £227.99 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hornby-R1073-Venice-Simplon-Orie...
by PD.
Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:46 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Powering The Track: What option do I have?
Replies: 13
Views: 3362

Re: Powering The Track: What option do I have?

Let's start from the beginning, eh? What's your budget? (ie for the woodwork, and the track) I don't mean this the wrong way, but I think you are getting ideas above your station. Also. Who wants the layout? You? Or your kid? I think you need to start off with just a Hornby type trainset with a trak...
by PD.
Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:39 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Powering The Track: What option do I have?
Replies: 13
Views: 3362

Re: Powering The Track: What option do I have?

so how much to convert "ready" to "fitted" About ten or twelve quid per loco Also, be aware that the two train packs you quoted from Argos are quite different in that only the Belle has a DCC controller, which is essentially what you are paying for in that pack, the Scotsman has...
by PD.
Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:42 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Subbuteo Floodlighting
Replies: 7
Views: 1763

Re: Subbuteo Floodlighting

Well they've been packed now, so we will all have to wait and see whether they go on the layout or go in a cupboard for another 30 years...
by PD.
Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:10 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Powering The Track: What option do I have?
Replies: 13
Views: 3362

Re: Powering The Track: What option do I have?

Let me try and explain in laymans terms as I understand it, as I am not fully up to speed on the ins and outs of DC/DCC either yet, so might be best coming from one numpty to another LOL :D Let's take the three loop example that you stated above, with one siding... DC To power and control the three ...
by PD.
Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Subbuteo Floodlighting
Replies: 7
Views: 1763

Re: Subbuteo Floodlighting

@Phipps: I do seem to recall they were pretty lame, but then again I think we only ever used the actual lighting on them with batteries on the Christmas Day we got them, once the batteries ran out I don't recall ever using them again - however, they can also run on the mains (with an optional transf...

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