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by Bufferstop
Fri May 14, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Lockdown layout
Replies: 18
Views: 625

Re: Lockdown layout

The route from the West Midlands to Bala and the South side of Snowdonia, involves leaving the A5, taking a short cut through a village called Knockin and making a right fork just after the village's Post Office. Now it's been down graded to just a village shop and the directions now read fork right...
by Bufferstop
Fri May 14, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Can you have too many droppers on a layout?
Replies: 10
Views: 87

Re: Can you have too many droppers on a layout?

If you are working with DC rather than DCC you need a branch off the bus connected via the polarity switching for sidings and dead ends. Clearly identify the feed to it then if you go DCC you cut the feed and connector to the main bus, it's the only real difference between DC and DCC wiring.
by Bufferstop
Wed May 12, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Dingleberry - Small N gauge 1980's
Replies: 25
Views: 584

Re: Dingleberry - Small N gauge 1980's

"Sir, my £98 fee is not for hitting it with a b***** hammer, but for knowing which b***** hammer and where to hit it".
by Bufferstop
Tue May 11, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: BBC NEWS WEBSITE
Replies: 8
Views: 218

Re: BBC NEWS WEBSITE

It's not as if aluminium alloy bodies and yaw dampers are cutting edge technology, seems like a case of shaving off a bit too much in the quest to keep the cost down. The best bargains going at the moment must be the various Class 230 variants from Viva Rail. Nobody could afford bodies built to the ...
by Bufferstop
Tue May 11, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: vintage controllers VS modern locomotives
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: vintage controllers VS modern locomotives

I had one which had a screwdriver operated switch for changing the resistance range, but I flogged it and bought a pair of the "variable transformer" Minor units which could be modified with a large electrolytic capacitor across the output from the bridge rectifier ahead of the reversing s...
by Bufferstop
Tue May 11, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New / Old - Little Weldon
Replies: 355
Views: 43295

Re: New / Old - Little Weldon

If you can find the HD three rail skate, conversion from two to three rail is really simple, as long as you use the later Triang Hornby wheels. The old Triang pizza cutters run on the sleepers or the metal base of H D track.
by Bufferstop
Mon May 10, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: vintage controllers VS modern locomotives
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: vintage controllers VS modern locomotives

The Duettes were pretty basic controllers, a 14-16V AC transformer, a rehostat and reversing switch. The only additions being a half wave/full wave selector, and a hi/lo resistance switch on some versions. Apart from using its highest outputs on half wave with small cordless motors they shouldn't do...
by Bufferstop
Mon May 10, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A Set-Track shunting loop Project
Replies: 13
Views: 336

Re: A Set-Track shunting loop Project

Hi Geoff, instead of sticking bits of plastic in the bottom of the flangeways try a sliver of adhesive copper tape in contact with the rail at the end of the V rails. I've done it on the points on my "Santa Special" diorama and it now seems most of my smaller locos are happy. The track pla...
by Bufferstop
Mon May 10, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Hello from America
Replies: 21
Views: 194

Re: Hello from America

Hornby settrack and Peco code 100 are almost identical (Peco points have a slightly smaller dead spot than Hornby's). There are several online equivalents tables for the part numbers. Peco Streamline code 100 points in insulfrog and electrofrog versions are also compatible with Hornby.
by Bufferstop
Mon May 10, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New / Old - Little Weldon
Replies: 355
Views: 43295

Re: New / Old - Little Weldon

The nearest track in that first picture has the third rail rapidly heading for a short circuit. I found they were that robust that you never thought to check them and they took you by surprise every time.
by Bufferstop
Sat May 08, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: How to test a Hornby-Dublo 3 rail loco
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Re: How to test a Hornby-Dublo 3 rail loco

You'll encounter one of two types of 3rd rail pickup, the most common was a pair of spoon like sprung skates which fitted between the driving wheels, they were sprung at either end of a short metal box, a central fixing screw went up through the chassis held at top and bottom with an insulating bush...
by Bufferstop
Sat May 08, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The East Westmorland Railway
Replies: 46
Views: 2662

Re: The East Westmorland Railway

If you lay your track on any sort of compressible underlay it pays to check the points vary carefully on a flat surface with a straight edge from side to side going across the frog. There is a tendency for both Settrack and Streamline to "dome" at the frog, you'll need to swap your underla...
by Bufferstop
Fri May 07, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A Set-Track shunting loop Project
Replies: 13
Views: 336

Re: A Set-Track shunting loop Project

Whilst waiting for the images. When I found myself with a surfeit of set track points I took the opportunity to attempt CJ Freezers frog replacement mod. First you dig out the V rails completely. then with a slitting disk in the mini-drill slice out the plastic frog leaving as much of the flangeway ...
by Bufferstop
Thu May 06, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Hello from America
Replies: 21
Views: 194

Re: Hello from America

Welcome to the forum, we have a few States side modellers, who model UK 00 gauge models. I suppose if you don't want to specifically model the UK scene, working in H0 with US designs is going to be easier and less expensive, I hesitate to say cheaper modern models are very good compared to what was ...
by Bufferstop
Wed May 05, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: DonB's Loft Layout: Ruddington GCR
Replies: 265
Views: 75055

Re: DonB's Loft Layout: Ruddington GCR

Doesn't have to be over and out Don, you are just entering the "armchair" phase for planning the next one. You'll find yourself assessing every space you look at in terms of what could fit in there.

Stay safe and All the Best.
John W.

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