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by centenary
Fri Jul 12, 2024 12:24 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Piedmont Southern The DCC Guy
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Piedmont Southern The DCC Guy

Dont know if many subscribe to Larry Puckett's YT channel? Ive been watching Larry's channel for the last couple of years and even though it is US centric, he does cover a lot of DCC stuff which is informative both sides of the pond. Unfortunately, Larry has announced he has health issues but doesnt...
by centenary
Wed Jul 10, 2024 11:06 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: cutting track.. razor saw
Replies: 10
Views: 314

Re: cutting track.. razor saw

DCC Concepts do a cutter for track already laid. https://railsofsheffield.com/products/dcc-concepts-dct-htc-heavy-track-cutters I used them to cut new unlaid code 75 Peco bullhead track but obviously made the cut as if the track was laid. You're cutting from the sides, rather than top and bottom tha...
by centenary
Wed Jul 03, 2024 9:47 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC-EX Power Button..
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: DCC-EX Power Button..

You can get wireless plugs that you can turn the power off for a device via your home wifi network. They're about 8 quid sterling. I intend using one to turn the DCC \ DC power on \ off to save me ducking under the boards. https://www.toolstation.com/tp-link-tapo-p100-smart-plug/p59000 I actually h...
by centenary
Wed Jul 03, 2024 2:21 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC-EX Power Button..
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: DCC-EX Power Button..

You can get wireless plugs that you can turn the power off for a device via your home wifi network. They're about 8 quid sterling. I intend using one to turn the DCC \ DC power on \ off to save me ducking under the boards.

https://www.toolstation.com/tp-link-tap ... lug/p59000
by centenary
Sun Jun 30, 2024 12:38 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Woo-hoo! Literally!
Replies: 11
Views: 332

Re: Woo-hoo! Literally!

There's always a great sense of achievement when you can see that first train run, plus it gives a much greater incentive to keep going and get everything else wired up and running. 8) 8) Yep, there certainly is. Have to thank everyone on here who have helped answer the many questions Ive posted du...
by centenary
Sat Jun 29, 2024 10:38 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Woo-hoo! Literally!
Replies: 11
Views: 332

Woo-hoo! Literally!

The honour of being the first loco to do the first circuit of the layout under DCC power goes to Hornby's or rather wifey's Castle, Earl of St Germans pulling 2 pullman coaches. The outside track and 6 DCC Concepts IPAs all wired for power, no shorts! In all the excitement, I forgot to take any pict...
by centenary
Fri Jun 28, 2024 6:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Mimic panels, what's your preference?
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Mimic panels, what's your preference?

Thinking ahead to a mimic panel or panels to control and show 32 points positions. Many people go for a mimic panel that is diagramatic of the whole layout (unless they have a really huge layout) which is usually about A4 size or maybe even A3 to coincide with easily available print sizes and frame ...
by centenary
Fri Jun 28, 2024 12:12 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC Sound and Consists
Replies: 12
Views: 290

Re: DCC Sound and Consists

The most common consist/double-header is achieved by setting CV19 to the consist address on each decoder. This address is prioritised over the individual CV1 or CV17/18 address. How this address is allocated depends upon your controller. Usually by allocating the address then adding your locos to i...
by centenary
Sat Jun 22, 2024 2:35 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Any tips for easy locating of points throw springy wire!?
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: Any tips for easy locating of points throw springy wire!?

when you have the wire through it helps to have someone looking from above, also make sure its overly long so you can thread that bit first then jiggle the rest. as for cutting, I've found the safe way is to mark it with a paint dot or something, then remove the thing (so don't fully drive screws h...
by centenary
Sat Jun 22, 2024 12:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Any tips for easy locating of points throw springy wire!?
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: Any tips for easy locating of points throw springy wire!?

Aha, you have found the dire weakness in RTR OO provision: if you want to electrically motorise the points it's all by tricksy DIY. The only way to make it simpler is by means of a standardised method, systematic preparation and work, there is no easy way unless you are in the Leonardo da Vinci cla...
by centenary
Sat Jun 22, 2024 10:43 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Any tips for easy locating of points throw springy wire!?
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Any tips for easy locating of points throw springy wire!?

Im now moving on to fitting the DCC Concepts IP Analogs under the board. Ive about 32 to fit in total but only need to fit 12 for the first phase of operation. Of course Ive soldered droppers and frog wire to the laid points and trying to get the wires into the tiny positions on the IPAs never mind ...
by centenary
Sat Jun 22, 2024 10:24 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Retrofitting sound decoders to LMS steam locos
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: Retrofitting sound decoders to LMS steam locos

When I bought my last loco which had sound fitted, I knew it was a dangerous step. So now of course, after moving house, building a new train room and starting the new layout, I'm considering upgrading the decoders in my other (14) LMS steam locos. I dont want them all to sound identical, so trying...
by centenary
Sat Jun 22, 2024 10:20 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New Stanier Black 5
Replies: 10
Views: 563

Re: New Stanier Black 5

So disappointed, I was looking forward to getting one of these for my period LMS layout. But after looking at several YT reviews, it appears the build quality is not up to the price. Having been caught out years ago with similar issues on Hattons Beyer Garrett and having to return that from NZ, I w...
by centenary
Fri Jun 21, 2024 12:30 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Class 24 body jammed on.
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Class 24 body jammed on.

Hi, I have recently purchased a new Bachmann class 24 loco. I need to fit a decoder but the body will not come off. I have followed the instructions exactly. I have removed a total of 6 screws from the chassis, one at each end directly behind the buffer beam and four located adjacent to the fuel ta...
by centenary
Sat Jun 15, 2024 12:26 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Hornby P2 will no longer program
Replies: 18
Views: 431

Re: Hornby P2 will no longer program

I have 2 other DCC Locos that are running just fine so I believe the controllers fine. Im guessing the chips faulty or needs a reset. Be lucky if that P2 has done 2 hours running so that's kind of a bummer. I guess my options are buy a new decoder Spend the money sending my select to Hornby Or find...