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by RFS
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Making wiring easier.
Replies: 9
Views: 162

Re: Making wiring easier.

Easy enough to solder droppers on yourself, especially as you get to choose whether you need one on that piece of track (not everyone is necessarily using DCC) and where. Track with pre-attached wires will occur additional cost which I suspect most modellers would prefer to avoid by doing it themsel...
by RFS
Wed May 08, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Admira(b)l(e) Maunsell LN 4-6-0
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: Admira(b)l(e) Maunsell LN 4-6-0

Indeed it is a very good model. I have one and it runs superbly. I also like the way Hornby have managed to produce models that reflect the variations between various members of the class. For example, I have 30863 Lord Rodney which was the only member of the class not to receive Bulleid cylinders, ...
by RFS
Sun May 05, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Dj models announcement
Replies: 40
Views: 1330

Re: Dj models announcement

The RMWeb thread is already well over 800 posts and is growing by 100-150 posts a day. I often wonder how many of the posters there actually have railways to run! I expect it will top 1000 posts by the end of tomorrow ….
by RFS
Thu May 02, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Dj models announcement
Replies: 40
Views: 1330

Re: Dj models announcement

Likewise I bought a DJM class 71. It came with a QC Assurance card, initialled personally the checker. Even before I got the model out of the box I could see a big splash of back paint on the white roof the size of my thumbnail. So sent it back for a replacement. Hooked this one it up to 7 Bachmann ...
by RFS
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Connectors for lifting flaps etc.
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: Connectors for lifting flaps etc.

They're also available on Ebay - just search on "Preci-Dip" (eg https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Preci-Dip-2-54mm-2-Way-1-Row-Straight-Through-Hole-Male-Spring-Loaded-Connector/113026787048?epid=15020001946&hash=item1a50ebe6e8:g:g~kAAOSwAnJbYB8X ). But the large picture perhaps doesn't show ...
by RFS
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Q1
Replies: 18
Views: 1107

Re: Hornby Q1

Credit to Hornby though: when my Q1 started suffering this problem they repaired it free of charge even though the model was 7 years old! In my case the problem wasn't intermittent, it was permanent.
by RFS
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Control Panel for Double Slip
Replies: 28
Views: 3340

Re: Control Panel for Double Slip

The simplest way of representing a double slip is as two separate turnouts, as in reality the slip is just two turnouts overlaid on each other. Then it's very easy to see which route is set.
by RFS
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Recent changes to RMWeb
Replies: 26
Views: 838

Re: Recent changes to RMWeb

I found it a bit overwhelming at first, as normally when I access forums the first thing I go to is "New Content". It wasn't easy to see how to do this with RMWeb at first, but I've now cracked it. If you're on a PC full screen then "activity" appears in a bar at the top. Hover o...
by RFS
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Wiring for Block detection
Replies: 12
Views: 452

Re: Wiring for Block detection

In that case it's your choice as to how granular you want to be. Where you have the issue of crossovers you could simply treat the track there as single blocks with the turnout in the middle of the block. But you will need IRJs on both diverging rails so that a train passing on the adjacent track do...
by RFS
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Wiring for Block detection
Replies: 12
Views: 452

Re: Wiring for Block detection

How are you going to use the detection, and in particular what software are you planning to use? Are you going to be using some form of automation to drive trains, as the software will need to know where in a block a train is so that it can stop the train in the right position. Having turnouts in th...
by RFS
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Wiring for Block detection
Replies: 12
Views: 452

Re: Wiring for Block detection

Surely I will need to supply the point with power and give each point its own dropper if I'm to isolate the point from the track that requires the detection? I'm using DigiRails occupancy detection - so current based detection. For a simple length of track leading into a point and having two siding...
by RFS
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Wiring for Block detection
Replies: 12
Views: 452

Re: Wiring for Block detection

No need for a separate power bus for the points. But you will need to isolate the points from the detected sections with insulated rail joiners so that trains passing over the points do not activate the detection. This assumes that you are using a detection method that uses occupancy detectors via t...
by RFS
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Wiring for Block detection
Replies: 12
Views: 452

Re: Wiring for Block detection

It depends what you are trying to achieve with the monitoring. I run Traincontroller from RR&Co and the recommendation there is not to include points in monitoring. Trains move from block to block and knowing which way the turnouts are set allows TC to keep track of where trains are. My station ...
by RFS
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Need help interrogating some decoders
Replies: 26
Views: 753

Re: Need help interrogating some decoders

The blue dot one is a Hornby R8249.
by RFS
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Soldering rail joiners?
Replies: 7
Views: 360

Re: Soldering rail joiners?

Definitely don't solder rail joiners, especially in a loft layout or your track will buckle in the next heatwave. If you really want reliable electrical connectivity then solder a track feed onto every piece of rail, advice which is often given if you are using DCC. Do leave a gap to allow for expan...

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