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by roganty
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New layout
Replies: 8
Views: 412

Re: New layout

[...]I do know it is a tight fit, I was planning to lay the oval then play around with the sidings. I could move a set of points to the right which would give me more room for the curve. I was planning to use R1 coming off the points into the siding and hoped to have enough room for a short straigh...
by roganty
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Carbon brushes for track cleaning??
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Re: Carbon brushes for track cleaning??

The thing is that carbon brushes are designed to last while graphite artist pencils are not, so the artist pencils will distribute a reasonable amount of graphite onto the rails, while the idea of the carbon brushes is to have the qualities that carbon provides without it all dissapearing in a shor...
by roganty
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Carbon brushes for track cleaning??
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Re: Carbon brushes for track cleaning??

No idea Anthony. Why not try one out on a siding on your layout and let us know your findings? Graphite pencils from an artist shop are the easiest way to apply graphite to the track. Now that I've had a test of using the carbon brush, I think I might have to agree with you Mountain. I think that t...
by roganty
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Carbon brushes for track cleaning??
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Re: Carbon brushes for track cleaning??

It is said to work very well but it is a bit of a trade off as graphite is a lubricant so don't expect trains to pull well up hills. As a means to improve electrical conductivity it does make an improvement. I once met a man who had used it for a while with greatly improved running. His layout was ...
by roganty
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Carbon brushes for track cleaning??
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Carbon brushes for track cleaning??

Long story short:
Our washing machine has stopped working, I got some new brushes but they don't fit.

Seeing as some people use graphite sticks to clean track [improve conductivity] does anyone know if these brushes would also work?

Anthony
by roganty
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Making minories in settrack?
Replies: 24
Views: 816

Re: Making minories in settrack?

Need new crossings on the level, tight curves along the route, sounds like a job suited to the tram/train solution. I believe it has been discussed 11/10 Bristol Post and 17/10 North Somerset Times . This is a good site for keeping up to date if you are interested. Yes the track is intact up to qua...
by roganty
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Making minories in settrack?
Replies: 24
Views: 816

Re: Making minories in settrack?

That was my impression when driving in to Portishead, whether or not it was on the original line I wouldn't know, but there's definitely room for a modern terminal station. (ie. platform and bufferstop). This Street view from September 2015 clearly shows the rails are still there (looking towards B...
by roganty
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Making minories in settrack?
Replies: 24
Views: 816

Re: Making minories in settrack?

now they are all complaining about how long it takes to get into Bristol of a morning. total lack of foresight as usual. As part of "MetroWest" they are going to reopen the line into Portishead and build a new station. Due to either luck or good planning the line has been left unbuilt on,...
by roganty
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: People on the layout
Replies: 13
Views: 551

Re: People on the layout

On another forum I have heard about Tacky Wax (link - it may be cheaper sourced elsewhere)

I've not used it myself, but it does sound similar to what @George Stein has mentioned.

Anthony
by roganty
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Checking Feeds & Returns
Replies: 12
Views: 263

Re: Checking Feeds & Returns

Generally I would be inclined to do the same, but it isn't always needed on every live frog point. For example, a live frog point that is part of a siding complex leading onto sets of dead end lines (E.G. lines that have buffer stops at the end). Good point I was looking at his plan and while I wou...
by roganty
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Checking Feeds & Returns
Replies: 12
Views: 263

Re: Checking Feeds & Returns

IRJ's are not always needed. It depends on the circumstance. [...] His power feed positions and return positions don't always look like they are there but they are. You just need to look further down the rails! True, but he's using live frog points, so needs an IRJ on every frog. Double slips. Thin...
by roganty
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Checking Feeds & Returns
Replies: 12
Views: 263

Re: Checking Feeds & Returns

As Ex-Pat has mentioned you are short a return (2nd image) on the top road into the fiddle yard. You will also need a feed left hand side middle track. I'm not sure how three way points/double slips work, so I can't comment on what Mountain said. But (2nd image) you are short a couple of IRJ's on th...
by roganty
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Need help interrogating some decoders
Replies: 26
Views: 650

Re: Need help interrogating some decoders

End2end wrote:It seems it is on back order or out of stock at most places.


There's some available on eBay.

The seller is Peter's Spares, and it's actually cheaper from their website
by roganty
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: N gauge newbie
Replies: 32
Views: 1115

Re: N gauge newbie

In an earlier post I was told I can make a dcc controller ? is how. As mentioned in an earlier post you can use an Arduino which connects to your track and transmits the DCC signal. I was doing a bit of research for myself and I found a couple of systems, but the ones I found required a computer co...
by roganty
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: N gauge newbie
Replies: 32
Views: 1115

Re: N gauge newbie

lucky for me my base is made and as i work on a cnc machine I rebated a groove just wide enough for the tack on the base board im adding another track to it. Not sure to do dc or dcc as i not got mega money. Hello @Michaelreedy71 and welcome to the forums. I can only echo @Mountain and say that a t...

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