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by Emettman
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Another Roundy Round Layout
Replies: 4
Views: 36

Re: Another Roundy Round Layout

Two issues need considering: Whether the total current draw for three locos is within the capacity of the one controller. (Especially if one or more of the locos are "vintage") And whether one setting on the controller will produce acceptable speeds on all three locos . (Especially if one ...
by Emettman
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Track identification...
Replies: 12
Views: 253

Re: Track identification...

It's quite surprising what a few more inches of width will allow. I added just 5", not 6" to the previous allowance. All the outside tracks are now R2 or better and the curved points have some natural homes. TTE6.jpg Extra feature: the crossover between the inner and outer loops is now lon...
by Emettman
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Brass Etched kits
Replies: 8
Views: 128

Re: Brass Etched kits

I have heard of people using small drops of superglue to "tack" pieces into the correct position before adding the final solder fix. (beware fumes, I should imagine. But I don't see why it shouldn't work. Little internal fillets of balsa would reinforce 90 degree joints, and the luxury wou...
by Emettman
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Track identification...
Replies: 12
Views: 253

Re: Track identification...

Information above absorbed, I think. I'll take it in order. " the curved points are what I've already got " I've worked them into the last sketch, but had to flip it as you only showed one right-hand curved point. I thought I could use them on the end passing loop but they make the curves ...
by Emettman
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Track identification...
Replies: 12
Views: 253

Re: Track identification...

[quote="Buelligan"]Hi all, I've just joined as my son wants a Hornby Thomas set for Christmas, so I'm now trying to plan a layout for him. Hello Buelligan! I would support others in avoiding the curved points if that is feasible. Tight curves are unavoidable in that space, and you have a w...
by Emettman
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Trying New Things.
Replies: 12
Views: 281

Re: Trying New Things.

My first four layout attempts never really got operational, never mind near completion. Massive learning experiences, but basically I was too ambitious. My suggestion: trying new things is good on small, frankly experimental, pieces. A miniature display layout (if it comes off) or a scene that can b...
by Emettman
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Industrial minimum space loop
Replies: 25
Views: 413

Re: Industrial minimum space loop

Bufferstop wrote:A plain clothes Percy with DCC in Maroon is Gregg, worth looking out for. They came in the DCC starter sets along with a plain clothes Thomas.


That's the one. Currently at £22.40 including postage.
The plain clothes Thomas, "Stuart", is also listed.

Chris
by Emettman
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Industrial minimum space loop
Replies: 25
Views: 413

Re: Industrial minimum space loop

Nice. So where are you finding bachmann junior 0-6-0 chassis as fair price? I'm struggling to find it. (If I'm buying an imported Thomas its staying Thomas!) More a "how". With patience, on eBay, especially keeping an eye on the "spares and repairs" and "non-runner" ca...
by Emettman
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Industrial minimum space loop
Replies: 25
Views: 413

Re: Industrial minimum space loop

Nice. So where are you finding bachmann junior 0-6-0 chassis as fair price? I'm struggling to find it. (If I'm buying an imported Thomas its staying Thomas!) More a "how". With patience, on eBay, especially keeping an eye on the "spares and repairs" and "non-runner" ca...
by Emettman
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: super detail "train set" on a super budget?
Replies: 37
Views: 1052

Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

A double start worm produces a *faster* final drive than a single one.(everything else being equal)

While a single-start worm advances its associated gear wheel one tooth per revolution, a double-start worm advances the gear two teeth per revolution.

Chris.
by Emettman
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Industrial minimum space loop
Replies: 25
Views: 413

Re: Industrial minimum space loop

I like the disconnected coupling rods. The WCPR used that trick to get their 0-6-0s around a tight radius turn to link to the GWR line for a while. Also used on the NER and probably elsewhere. Perfectly legitimate for slow speeds and very tight curves. Here the non-driving wheel is actually smaller...
by Emettman
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: I've cracked, or I've cracked it.
Replies: 18
Views: 655

Re: I've cracked, or I've cracked it.

I tip my hat to your space saving skills! I'm not brave enough to start cutting down points... Very clever though. I like it Thank you. On chopping points, do remember that here I don't have to worry about preserving electrical continuity: all the locos are battery powered. The track is dead, not j...
by Emettman
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Industrial minimum space loop
Replies: 25
Views: 413

Re: Industrial minimum space loop

The main thing is coupling lock, so I run everything anti clockwise and use stock with only the hook fitted on the interior side... Agreed. I centred the coupling hook at one end of my stock and modified the other to pivot a clear plastic flap, which gives the Hornby coupling a genuine delayed-acti...
by Emettman
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Industrial minimum space loop
Replies: 25
Views: 413

Re: Industrial minimum space loop

I have made a tighter layout already, based on this example by Budget Model Railways. https://youtu.be/j0ML_YAdRDo Which I've got working and ballasted ok but... as you say its super limited what you can run. Predictably even 0-6-0s are hopeless (apart from hornby's unconvincing 08 shunter!) There ...
by Emettman
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Industrial minimum space loop
Replies: 25
Views: 413

Re: Industrial minimum space loop

Excellent. The curved station at the "end" is an important trick for small layouts and especially for narrow ones. Minimum space loop? 12" radius (Playcraft/Jouef) and 10" radius (Fleischmann) curves can be found, but will cause problems (most often with the couplings) for anythi...

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