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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: 78

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: 42
Views: 2445

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: 7
Views: 145

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: 10
Views: 108

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: 74902

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.
by Bufferstop
Tue May 04, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.
Replies: 177
Views: 21707

Re: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.

PS: Layout era is about mid-fifties until the end of steam.

So your zebra crossing has only recently been installed/upgraded. On of those useful little snippets for embellishing your back story when you get visitors.
by Bufferstop
Tue May 04, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: locomotive "full service"
Replies: 12
Views: 283

Re: locomotive "full service"

it now goes like a bomb despite having one of my zombie x04's with the paper clip brush holders newly installed in it. I can visualise an X03/4 brush spring made from a paper clip, what I have difficulty with is the malleability of paper clip steel. can you make it sufficiently springy enough to ma...
by Bufferstop
Tue May 04, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: are toy fairs a good place to buy trains?
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: are toy fairs a good place to buy trains?

If you are looking for new/recently released items the only advantage is that you can usually inspect things before you buy, prices will be in line with box shifters/on-line traders. Where they are useful is items on the end of run or which haven't generally sold well, there are sometimes bargains t...
by Bufferstop
Tue May 04, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.
Replies: 177
Views: 21707

Re: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.

Great scenic work! Your flashing Belisha Beacons might be rather new, the first ones were converted to flash in 1952. Until then they had simply been orange balls on the top of the poles. the zebra stripes had been added in the late forties.
by Bufferstop
Sun May 02, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Which Bogies?
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: Which Bogies?

Chris, I have oft times pondered the possibility of a funicular in our garden, it's the only sort of garden railway that would work here. Just from experience of modern RTR wagons on not quite horizontal baseboards the problems are likely to come from the lack of a braking system rather than frictio...
by Bufferstop
Sat May 01, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Greater Loftchester
Replies: 79
Views: 10377

Re: Greater Loftchester

the time and effort in building track doesn't seem worth it atm, I need to see my trains running to keep my motivation up I spoke to a friend today who has been building his own track for some time. Then he saw some of Peco's Bullhead Streamline. Same tale "there's more to life than sticking c...
by Bufferstop
Sat May 01, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Good condition Mainline Dean Goods couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding!
Replies: 6
Views: 202

Re: Good condition Mainline Dean Goods couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding!

All suggestions valid, I'd say, First make sure the loco is offering as little resistance as possible, then look to the traction tyres and anything else on the tender that might be draining the motor's effort. Apart from perhaps buying a set of tyres I wouldn't spend any money on it, maybe just a li...
by Bufferstop
Sat May 01, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Which Bogies?
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: Which Bogies?

FWIW I have attached a text copy of my email. (no I haven't; we are not allowed to attach TXT files here!) No problem Chris Good old DOS era Ctrl/c - Ctrl/V, lets you copy text from an email and paste it here as the following snippet from a random email shows. This email was sent by eBay (UK) Limit...
by Bufferstop
Sat May 01, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: stay Alive query
Replies: 17
Views: 392

Re: stay Alive query

Could the real reason be that the website, or the info that it's based on, simply be out of date, the 03/04 models were originally on a split frame chassis which a) takes up too much room in the body for a butchery-less conversion or b) required more butchery than they were prepared to do to a new m...
by Bufferstop
Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Point Motor Wiring layout
Replies: 45
Views: 1830

Re: Point Motor Wiring layout

I looked back at the start of this thread and E2E's comment that he failed at the first hurdle because your method started on the un ballasted board. Assuming the slot was big enough and reasonably aligned it should be possible to drill the two 1mm holes through the ballast then proceed as you expla...

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