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by Bufferstop
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: A different way to use dropper wires?
Replies: 13
Views: 142

Re: A different way to use dropper wires?

It would be useful to know the cross sectional area of code 100 rail, before I get the calipers out does anyone happen to how what it is?
by Bufferstop
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: A different way to use dropper wires?
Replies: 13
Views: 142

Re: A different way to use dropper wires?

My DC layout is sectioned for operational flexibility in what would be classed as "cab control with common return. So the return is from the "outer" rail via a bus wire. Purely because of the lengths involve between any break points most sections gave only one joiner (fishplate) in th...
by Bufferstop
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A new start in Finescale OO: NSR Stone junction station
Replies: 113
Views: 6792

Re: A new start in Finescale OO: NSR Stone junction station

G'Day Gents There is a precedent, you could run them as a 'Brand New' rake of wagons being delivered, I have seen a brand new rake of LNER brake vans being delivered to a depot. manna Tempting, but they really need full loads otherwise I'm worried they'll float away they're so light! We'll see, I'm...
by Bufferstop
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Stay safe on-line
Replies: 0
Views: 57

Stay safe on-line

This topic comes up regularly. This article covers it well Link Some of us feel reasonable safe with disclosing our name and an approximate location, what I would say is if you feel your IT skills are up to handling the occasional idiot, doing so will not make you less secure in the face of the bad ...
by Bufferstop
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Berrow - A Classic from the Past
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: Berrow - A Classic from the Past

Jim, I've asked the editor of RM (present and past) for permission to reproduce an article or quote from one, and it has never been refused. There is a concept of "Fair Use" in the copyright laws which covers the reproduction of articles/chapters from books and magazines, particularly if t...
by Bufferstop
Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: A cure for insulfrog points?
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: A cure for insulfrog points?

On the new "universal" Peco frog, this seems to have little or nothing to do with eliminating dead-frog issues,and everything about removing the need for good electrical contact between the point blade and its stock rail. at the cost of the point no longer providing isolation in the non-s...
by Bufferstop
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Seep PM-1 on DC Layout
Replies: 1
Views: 33

Re: Seep PM-1 on DC Layout

A and B are the two coils C is their common return, D and E are the two contacts of a change over switch , F is the common. You can use the switch for frog polarity switching, or to operate panel indicator lights or signals.
by Bufferstop
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: A cure for insulfrog points?
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: A cure for insulfrog points?

I was just looking at my already laid track and is seems not all frogs are the same. Some have a longer plastic frog yet all are peco track. :? Has anyone else noticed this? End2end It all depends on the Age of your Peco point and whether or not they are Streamline or Setrack. They seem to have cha...
by Bufferstop
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Points \ turnouts \ switches and polarity on DCC
Replies: 8
Views: 100

Re: Points \ turnouts \ switches and polarity on DCC

Lets go through them point by point (was that a pun) Insulfrog points have a dead section at the tip of the frog, there are some things that people have done to overcome it, they all come fairly close to a bodge. The clips that Hornby sell are for an entirely different problem. An insulfrog point ca...
by Bufferstop
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: A cure for insulfrog points?
Replies: 18
Views: 381

Re: A cure for insulfrog points?

These mods are all more or less emulating what Peco have now done with their universal frog. One of those ideas which cause you to think "why the hell didn't we do this to start with?"
by Bufferstop
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Shunting Puzzles Solution Formula’s
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Shunting Puzzles Solution Formula’s

First step is to define a way to express the problem. Then take a look at the Algorithms of the various computer list or stack sorting routines, I'd think one of them would be a pretty close fit. You actually have an advantage over most computing routines in that you have more than one place to use ...
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Shunting Puzzles Solution Formula’s
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Shunting Puzzles Solution Formula’s

Don't know if there's a general solution, but for a specified problem it should be possible too write an algorithm that will predict the minimum number of moves required, but I'm not volunteering to do it.
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Drawing Software for Mimic Diagram?
Replies: 8
Views: 133

Re: Drawing Software for Mimic Diagram?

If you want something that gets printing sizes right without fiddling around, lets you draw lines and shapes in different weights and colours, and even lets you integrate bits of bitmap pictures, take a look at the drawing app in the free "Libre Office" suite. It does a pretty good job on ...
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Chris Brown (Emettman)'s workbench
Replies: 159
Views: 9336

Re: Chris Brown (Emettman)'s workbench

Looking forward to some photos Chris.
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Daisy Wanted.
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Re: Daisy Wanted.

Now might be a good time to buy your donor models. Plenty of relatively cheap ones and some ridiculously expensive ones. Bear in mind that if you want it to run on modern track the original Triang motor bogie will come with fat wheels which will need replacing or modifying, so a couple of dummy trai...

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