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by RFS
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Soldering rail joiners?
Replies: 4
Views: 55

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...
by RFS
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 2019 Catalogue Announcement
Replies: 25
Views: 508

Re: 2019 Catalogue Announcement

dubdee1000 wrote:What? Lenz have brought out a new controller??


Indeed - the LZV200 with release 4 software. I've been told by a reliable German box-shifter that Lenz have told them to expect delivery at the end of the month. And that's January 2019 not January 20?? as it has been for some while!
by RFS
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 2019 Bachmann Speculation Thread
Replies: 6
Views: 311

Re: 2019 Bachmann Speculation Thread

They announce at midday next Monday 14th.

I would like them to announce that all the models that were announced in 2016, 2017 and 2018 will actually be shipped this year.
by RFS
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 2019 Range Speculation Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 1450

Re: Hornby 2019 Range Speculation Thread

I'm very pleased to see some Bulleid coaches from Hornby in this announcement - and different ones to what Bachmann announced last year. What's also very refreshing is that these coaches will be available in April/May this year. Compare that to some of Bachmann's products: I pre-ordered a 2-HAP in M...
by RFS
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Class 71
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: Class 71

I had the DJM model at first but it was very slow, and underpowered for my needs. I tried it on an 8-coach train with 3-4 Hornby Pullmans and top speed (as measured by Traincontroller software) was little more that 45mph. It was also quite noisy with a lot of gear-clicking. I gave up on it and retur...
by RFS
Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: colour of SR class L1 locos in 1958
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: colour of SR class L1 locos in 1958

At Nationalization in 1948 some/all of these locos were in malachite green, but as they were overhauled they were repainted in BR lined black. The last malachite loco was dealt with in 1953 according to "Maunsell Locomotives" by Brian Haresnape. They never carried the later BR green livery...
by RFS
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Thinking of DCC upgrade.
Replies: 3
Views: 157

Re: Thinking of DCC upgrade.

The Lenz system is about to be upgraded with a new controller LZV200 due out next February to replace the LZV100. There's also a new LH101 throttle with a control knob that is available now. If you're interested in the Lenz system then would be worth waiting a couple of months.
by RFS
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Hastings Diesel - Recreate using a MLV
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Re: Hastings Diesel - Recreate using a MLV

The Hastings units - classes 201 and 202 - were built to a special narrow-bodied design which was 8ft wide. The MLV is to the standard 9ft width so would be a poor match. Plus you need to create 6 coaches to do so and standard MK1s would not be suitable for the trailer coaches being also 9ft wide. D...
by RFS
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: 4MM SCALE BULLIED 4DD EMU
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Re: 4MM SCALE BULLIED 4DD EMU

I trust you Googled Bulleid and not Bullied? If you search with the correct spelling you get hits like this http://bulleid4dddoubledeck.co.uk/history.html
by RFS
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Coach on display at Bachmann Warley exhibition
Replies: 5
Views: 208

Re: Coach on display at Bachmann Warley exhibition

They're both Gresley coaches but why they're painted green I've no idea. There's a label on the right but only half of it is visible. However one line does start "O LN...." which suggests these are O gauge LNER coaches which Heljan are producing and which are listed on Hatton's website for...
by RFS
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Identify decoder
Replies: 16
Views: 414

Re: Identify decoder

triuph1050 wrote:Turns out to be Zimo MX 600 very basic but Im hoping to tweek it


Actually the Zimo MX600 decoder is quite a sophisticated one, not basic at all.
by RFS
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: New to dcc large layout
Replies: 14
Views: 353

Re: New to dcc large layout

To automate a layout of the size you are proposing, the first requirement will be fairly deep pockets! The hardware and software requirements would roughly as follows: - A PC running Windows. Doesn't have to be particularly powerful, but should be W7 or W10 - Interface from your DCC command station ...
by RFS
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: New to dcc large layout
Replies: 14
Views: 353

Re: New to dcc large layout

But supposing one train encounters a problem - derails, stalls, suffers a coupling failure (eg drops a few vehicles off) etc. All other trains will continue running even if you stop the one that has a failure. And if you are operating single-handedly, then one failure requires your full attention, s...
by RFS
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: New to dcc large layout
Replies: 14
Views: 353

Re: New to dcc large layout

I very much agree with FB. If you're operating manually, then 3 trains running simultaneously is about the limit for my brain. To run more you either need some form of automation, or a bunch of friends round to assist but then you would also need multiple throttles. What I would recommend is dividin...
by RFS
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Just in Case you Thought that Tail Chasers are Unprototypical.....
Replies: 9
Views: 307

Re: Just in Case you Thought that Tail Chasers are Unprototypical.....

The Circle Line on the London Underground is of course the very first prototype. :D

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