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by roganty
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: So, My First Ever Layout Starts ....
Replies: 10
Views: 619

Re: So, My First Ever Layout Starts ....

Blueday, there is an "export" function in Scarm. As NedFlanders suggested zoom out until you can see the whole plan, then go to File > Export In the dialogue box select "jpeg" and save. Your plan should now be saved as an image. Ref. http://www.scarm.info/blog/basic-stuff/how-to-...
by roganty
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC newb, dropper/point insulation help please
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: DCC newb, dropper/point insulation help please

Ps. can someone explain to me how the DCC signal is sent to the loco? Is it wirelessly like bluetooth or is it a unique frequency electrical current sent via the track? As RAF96 explained (very comprehensively!) There is a DCC chip in each loco which reads a "unique frequency" sent via th...
by roganty
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Layout apps
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: Layout apps

Hi all, Was wondering if there are any apps for layout building? I'm aware of scarm and other windows applications, but was wondering if there was anything that could be used on a mobile or tablet as my laptop is dead and funds are short! Andy There is always online! Trax is, as far as I am aware, ...
by roganty
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Power Supply
Replies: 14
Views: 333

Re: Power Supply

Why is it not required in N? I haven't used N gauge points, but surely the point blades are the contact between them and the stock rail rather than from the frog. If supplied by the frog, they'd need a polarity switch and isolation from the frog to prevent shorting wouldn't they? Peterm, what I sho...
by roganty
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Power Supply
Replies: 14
Views: 333

Re: Power Supply

Yeah, I've insulated joiners on the frogs - but I've not made any mods..guess I'll follow your suggestion and fix the points so that power is not relied upon the point blade. FerhusK, this mod is not really required for N, it can be done if wanted but is a lot more fiddly than in OO. Have you solde...
by roganty
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Power Supply
Replies: 14
Views: 333

Re: Power Supply

They are all electrofrog points. It doesn't seem to matter what speed the loco goes. All locos have the flywheel- I guess it must be a bad connection as I've cleaned the points with isopropyl and something similar to goo gone. I'll assume you have some form of multimeter. Set it to the continuity t...
by roganty
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Power Supply
Replies: 14
Views: 333

Re: Power Supply

I have an 8x4 layout, N Scale, with 4 loops and some sidings. I reckon I need more power to supply the sidings as my locos run fine on the straight track, but stall on the points within the sidings (no matter how clean the track is). [..]I have one bus wire with droppers for each track[...] Yeah, I...
by roganty
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New Layout
Replies: 27
Views: 957

Re: New Layout

Thanks Glen I am sort of getting there. I am only getting the link in post not the picture. Will get there in the end as per the Beatles song. :) On ImgBB under your photo is a link called Embed codes . Screenshot 2019-06-16 at 00.10.25.png You need to use the code from the BBCode box to show your ...
by roganty
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New layout
Replies: 10
Views: 942

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: 931

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: 931

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: 931

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: 931

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: 1428

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: 1428

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...

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