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by Emettman
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Help with DC wiring
Replies: 6
Views: 110

Re: Help with DC wiring

Assuming two controllers, the simplest wiring is simply 1 two-wire feed to each oval. At the left-hand end just above the curved point would be convenient. No insulating joiners are necessary. The other reasons for failing to complete and oval would be loose fishplates at rail joints or point blades...
by Emettman
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby 8244 vs Peco SL-29
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Hornby 8244 vs Peco SL-29

That Hornby one *isn't* for Hornby couplings: it's for people needing continental style uncouplers.

The Peco one is perfectly conventional and in tight spaces allows more varied positioning than uncouplers already built into a length of track.

Chris
by Emettman
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Newbie - Looking For Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 90

Re: Newbie - Looking For Advice

So in the short term, my plan is to board the space out and see what I have then plan from there. Sound like a plan? Yes. Taking those as now given, the next steps in planning will be considering length of trains, and the preferred operational emphasis, given that "Want everything" puts t...
by Emettman
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Newbie - Looking For Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 90

Re: Newbie - Looking For Advice

Hi everyone and thanks for bothering to open my thread - probably the 1000th Hi I'm New thread ever written :D Finally got round to starting my lifelong ambition of building a train layout. I've got a good size space in the attic and I'm planning on something around 8'x10' eventually (think big, I ...
by Emettman
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann "Junior" locomotives
Replies: 7
Views: 87

Re: Bachmann "Junior" locomotives

I've generally considered them good quiet runners, and if in need of any more compact chassis (I'm not) I'd pounce on a *cheap* "poor runner" anticipating an easy fix. Greg tends to have a lot of side play on the axles making it very tolerant of tight curves. That can be shimmed down to re...
by Emettman
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 2018 Range
Replies: 69
Views: 6089

Re: Hornby 2018 Range

Are "faceless" versions of Percy and Thomas likely to appear, as Bachmann did with theirs?

I can't remember if the Hornby locos had the faces as part of the body mouldings.

Chris.
by Emettman
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Soldering assistance required
Replies: 7
Views: 178

Re: Soldering assistance required

My approach would be crude and simple... I'd attach tag wires of a few inches to the board where the wires had broken (that gives more room to work, anyway) and just try them both ways round (twisted wire connection, initially.) You should have no risk or problem at a low controller setting seeing w...
by Emettman
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: OMG Peco's got a new website.
Replies: 18
Views: 441

Re: OMG Peco's got a new website.

Mountain wrote:Well done Peco.
Out of interest, how do Peco pronounce their name and where did it come from? Is it "Pea co" or is it "Peck o"?


Pea co.
From the Pritchard Patent Product Company, Ltd. Hence, the P co.
by Emettman
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: New Hybrid Train
Replies: 11
Views: 157

Re: New Hybrid Train

Here's one I made earlier... https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/batteries-included-east-anglia-leading-a-railway-revolution-with-self-charging-train-9984034.html But it wasn't quite what I was looking for. Ah, here it is: "the Class 419 battery motor luggage vans were capable ...
by Emettman
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New layout plans
Replies: 27
Views: 664

Re: New layout plans

Here we go. Something a bit more polished (Anyrail file by email to follow) lookout3.jpg As is, two through roads in either direction, one of which is set up to start, terminate and turn trains. Platforms to 53". 4 x 10.5" with a degree of comfort. A. if the loop here is eliminated for cos...
by Emettman
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New layout plans
Replies: 27
Views: 664

Re: New layout plans

Lookoutdadsabout wrote:Hi Chris, i was planning a 3 coach train plus loco, maybe 4 at a push.


Ah, that's OK.
I was only getting 5 plus a loco easily, but reckoned I could get 6 with a bit of care.

4 10.5" coaches + tender loco I shall work to.

Chris
by Emettman
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New layout plans
Replies: 27
Views: 664

Re: New layout plans

I would be wary of the desire to have 4 platforms. For somewhere to have 4 platforms it would have to be a reasonably sized city; think e.g. Leicester London Road. Yet, such stations usually have permanent speed restrictions at their throats unless there are fast running lines through the station. ...
by Emettman
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New layout plans
Replies: 27
Views: 664

Re: New layout plans

Lookoutdadsabout, can I ask what your planned train length is for this station?


I'm finding ways to get things a bit simpler, but I'm assuming engine change and train direction reversal is wanted.
Given that I'm finding a modest two-direction goods is no real extra problem.

Chris
by Emettman
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Anyone seen this before?
Replies: 9
Views: 260

Re: Anyone seen this before?

I have seen this before, and its mechanics, so now I have to remember where. It pivots diagonally in the line of the bar so the activated bar moves past the open end of the bar on the wagon. I can't remember what, if anything made it automatically couple, as the two bars are 90 degrees like quarters...
by Emettman
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Can a model train pull a real one?
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Can a model train pull a real one?

It's cheating. "A" model train.
But if you had two perfectly frictionless pulley sets with about 100 wheels/200 strands, one loco *could* do it.

It would need an incredibly long track...

Chris

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