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by locoworks
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Manufacturer?
Replies: 4
Views: 1480

Re: Manufacturer?

depending on how old the set is it may have roco track in it. my first set which had the maroon duchess in it had roco track. easy way to tell is if a 90 degree bend takes 2 identical pieces of track it is peco, if it takes 3 pieces it is roco.
by locoworks
Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: point indictors HOW TO DISPLAY ?
Replies: 5
Views: 2004

Re: point indictors HOW TO DISPLAY ?

as you have 3 crossovers in your plan they would usually only be switched as a pair as there is no reason to switch only one (except to electrically isolate if you are DC?? ) so assuming they are switched as a pair you only need 7 indicators and you actually have a spare.
by locoworks
Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Clatter - N-gauge in a Coffee Table
Replies: 35
Views: 8446

Re: Dragonfly's Coffee Table Micro

could you do a passing loop type station bottom right of the picture?? maybe with a small bay platform?? and what track is it and what stock do you want to run?? I ask because tomix do small points and quite sharp curves. kato sadly don't do points with a very small radius but they do do tight curves.
by locoworks
Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:32 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New Layout 16' x 6'3"
Replies: 21
Views: 4554

Re: New Layout 16' x 6'3"

On one side you could have a through station and on the other side a terminus station at the front side of the base board with a back scene and run the main lines behind the back scene out of sight. Obviously you need a junction to the terminus.
by locoworks
Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: folding layout
Replies: 16
Views: 2527

Re: folding layout

2 wires = use the hinges.
by locoworks
Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:37 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Programming smooth running for N gauge
Replies: 3
Views: 977

Re: Programming smooth running for N gauge

sounds like the chips are in 14/28 speed step mode, check to see, if they are set them to 128 speed step mode and have another play. also check you haven't got a 'kick start' voltage set, cant remember the CV but take a look there too.
by locoworks
Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Point Mimic Panel
Replies: 14
Views: 2918

Re: Point Mimic Panel

instead of using heavy gauge wire just run 2 or 3 lighter gauge wires and use 2 or 3 connections on D connectors to carry the current. avoid the 50 way connector one as that takes really good soldering skills to connect to the centre row of pins! done it once, would use 2 x 25 way next time.
by locoworks
Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:33 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Track radius terminology help
Replies: 8
Views: 4625

Re: Track radius terminology help

I've had a reply from PECO. They give the radii of the 1st to 4th curves on page 6 of their HO/OO standard track catalogue:,3322&CAT_ID=3327&numRecordPosition=101 These are all per the...
by locoworks
Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Traction
Replies: 9
Views: 1655

Re: Traction

i would guess a kato american outline co-co wouldn't have any trouble pulling it, try US forums??
by locoworks
Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:35 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: class 101 wheelsets
Replies: 2
Views: 932

Re: class 101 wheelsets

you need complete new axles and wheel sets from BR lines, it's a one item drop in spare part. the original parts wheels are moulded onto the axles and the actual axle ends are knurled so taking wheels on and off isn't a goer. whilst your checking gears check the idler gears too just in case any of t...
by locoworks
Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: soldering.....Grrrrrrr
Replies: 33
Views: 6674

Re: soldering.....Grrrrrrr

A beginner is more likely to hold the iron in contact longer doing more damage though. I stand by what I said, I've used a 15w quite happily for soldering wires to track since the '70s, there is no need for a large iron, certainly not a 60w! One of those cheapo £5 25/30w ones is quite sufficient. I...
by locoworks
Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: plastic screws
Replies: 5
Views: 980

Re: plastic screws

maplin used to do plastic screws but you have to buy a bag of 100, or the bag of 4mm x 40 csk's i bought about 10 years ago was in 100's. i only needed 2 screws but they were cheap enough to buy 100 and stock the rest.
by locoworks
Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: which Graham Farish class 47 for DCC?
Replies: 1
Views: 891

Re: which Graham Farish class 47 for DCC?

only the newer versions are fitted for DCC with a 6 pin decoder, but you can DCC the poole built stuff and a digihat makes it reasonably straight forward. but i'd stick to the new stuff with better gearing and directional lights. if you look on websites they usually show the 6 pin dcc socket icon if...
by locoworks
Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Noisy flying Scotsman a Tender Drive
Replies: 6
Views: 2321

Re: Noisy flying Scotsman a Tender Drive

super glue wouldn't be my first choice to fit a gear to a shaft, though I'm sure it would work ok. I would ream out the new gear to a slide fit on the armature shaft and use Loctite 601 or 603. it might even be possible to use an existing slipping gear and just clean everything nicely and Loctite it...
by locoworks
Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:48 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: 00 6' x 5' for father and son
Replies: 38
Views: 6444

Re: 00 6' x 5' for father and son

another consideration regarding the goods sidings is that uncoupling on tight curves isn't very easy and I don't think anybody makes something for the job. you might be able to cut some thin plasticard in an arc an try it, but I'm thinking the hooks might interfere with each other??. assuming you ar...

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