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by AlbertInFrance
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Minimum HO radius
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: Minimum HO radius

Thanks, all. Looks like I might have to up my maximum baseboard size a wee bit.

I'm sure that with a bit of advice from the experts I'd be able to do a better job of flexi-track laying, but I'd prefer to have an easier way to change the layout to accommodate different track arrangements.
by AlbertInFrance
Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Minimum HO radius
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Minimum HO radius

OK, I know this will go against the grain for most of you, but I want to put together a very small layout with absolutely no landscaping and no consideration for realism. Having got that out of the way, I'll explain. My main interest in model trains is the stuff below the track head, particularly th...
by AlbertInFrance
Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: DIY turntable for fiddle yard
Replies: 3
Views: 587

Re: DIY turntable for fiddle yard

Probably powered because the idea is have it at an exhibition and be able to cover over the two fiddle yards. The plan is to have short trains that will fit on the turntable (0-4-0 plus 2 short wagons/coaches) and to ring the changes. So far I'm considering a 555-based servo approach or something mo...
by AlbertInFrance
Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: DIY turntable for fiddle yard
Replies: 3
Views: 587

DIY turntable for fiddle yard

I need to build a couple of (cheap, not pretty!) turntables for an inglenook project. The actual build should be easy enough but I need to find a way to stop accurately at each road. I have a couple of ideas, but if anyone can point me at any on-line sources I'd rather not reinvent the wheel. The tu...
by AlbertInFrance
Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Uncoupling -- picking a method -- Help!
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Re: Uncoupling -- picking a method -- Help!

Hattons have both the uncoupler and point motor in stock at a tenner for the two. Thanks TBH you are going to struggle to do this for "any" coupling. If it's just to uncouple in a terminus station then just use an ordinary uncoupler. If you want "delayed" uncoupling so you can s...
by AlbertInFrance
Sat Sep 03, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Uncoupling -- picking a method -- Help!
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Re: Uncoupling -- picking a method -- Help!

Thanks, both. End2End, the wire in tube sounds good but I have a nasty feeling that the physical design of the layout and baseboard might not be ideal for installing the under-board part. Bufferstop, I think you're right about needing an active solution to handle as many tatty old couplings as possi...
by AlbertInFrance
Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Uncoupling -- picking a method -- Help!
Replies: 6
Views: 848

Uncoupling -- picking a method -- Help!

I have a club layout where I need at least five uncoupling points for a small goods yard area in a HO DC layout.. There will be one at each end of a double-ended siding with a run-around to give access to each end. This will be used for breaking down or re-building rakes of wagons. Then there will b...
by AlbertInFrance
Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Trouvé - not that far from Perdu!
Replies: 600
Views: 54448

Re: Trouvé - not that far from Perdu!

... To help make the point by moving off trains for a second - on photography forums people say when members post a photo - have you noticed you have a bit of camera shake visible in the background - a higher shutter speed would have helped. Or - the highlights are blown a bit - have you found the ...
by AlbertInFrance
Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: MIDVILLE JUNCTION Modern 00
Replies: 341
Views: 53951

Re: MIDVILLE JUNCTION Modern 00 - new layout/updates page 1

dan8400 wrote:Haha not glue, no. The IPA I use for track cleaning has quite a whiff to it though :shock:


You clean tracks with India Pale Ale? !!!! :lol:
by AlbertInFrance
Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:24 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: - Day to day track maintenance for real
Replies: 1
Views: 560

Re: - Day to day track maintenance for real

I haven't looked for a while now, but certainly London Underground still used cast chairs and and wooden or spring keys in the 70's when I was there. The re-tracking looked pretty familiar, too. By the way, it makes life easier for your readers if you copy and paste the URL (Internet address) rather...
by AlbertInFrance
Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:40 pm
Forum: Model Railway Photography
Topic: Séné Rail Miniature model of Auray in the 70's
Replies: 3
Views: 661

Séné Rail Miniature model of Auray in the 70's

My club is getting towards the end of building our latest showpiece -- an HO prototypical model of Auray Station, Morbihan, France, about 10 yards (metres) long -- and it's just had its first real outing at the actual station. There are a short video plus a few photos here: http://s248.photobucket.c...
by AlbertInFrance
Mon May 25, 2015 9:51 pm
Forum: Railway Photographs
Topic: Kwai Locos
Replies: 4
Views: 923

Re: Kwai Locos

Yup! About 100 yards in front of the entrance.
by AlbertInFrance
Mon May 25, 2015 7:47 pm
Forum: Railway Photographs
Topic: Kwai Locos
Replies: 4
Views: 923

Re: Kwai Locos

Many thanks. Now I'm tutored do I get a certificate? :-)
by AlbertInFrance
Mon May 25, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: Railway Photographs
Topic: Kwai Locos
Replies: 4
Views: 923

Kwai Locos

I've just got back from a holiday in Thailand, including a trip on the remaining Thai section of the 'Death Railway' as shown in the Bridge on the River Kwai. I heartily recommend it to anyone travelling that way. http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg188/photopikey/20150506-DSCF3104_S_zpsr7bcexfl.jp...
by AlbertInFrance
Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: laying track
Replies: 10
Views: 1467

Re: laying track

Give it time to dry out thoroughly and you might be OK. Set glue could still have quite a high water content. Failing that I'd suggest epoxy -- not the expensive 'tube of araldite' option but something like the stuff that's sold in quite big quantities for boat building and the like. . As for using ...

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