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by Bramshot
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: N gauge newbie
Replies: 34
Views: 1475

Re: N gauge newbie

Beware track curve radius. Do not use first radius curves (the tightest ones), as these are too tight for many steam locos, and most locos have a warning in the instructions that they perform best with second radius and above. You can get away with the tight settrack points though some locos stumble...
by Bramshot
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Gaugemaster Prodigy
Replies: 8
Views: 574

Re: Gaugemaster Prodigy

I have had exactly the same issue with three throttles within the last two years. After the first Prodigy I upgraded to the larger system to get an illuminated throttle, ( illumination is rubbish, by the way), but that base unit had many faults from new and the throttle also did the same thing, sent...
by Bramshot
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Seep PM2 points motor
Replies: 6
Views: 569

Re: Seep PM2 points motor

I don’t suppose he could be referring to rail joiners, perhaps?
by Bramshot
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: ESU switchpilot
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Re: ESU switchpilot

I use one power supply with about 8 x switchpilots. It is rated about 1A from memory, maybe a bit more, but quite sufficient as only one point is operated at a time. I use the low power Peco solenoids. Used to have Seeps but ditched them when I found they guzzle too much power for the Switchpilots.
by Bramshot
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Couplings
Replies: 3
Views: 252

Re: Couplings

I use the easy shunt magnetic couplings from Dapol too. Only on the loco (both ends if one that shunts, or a diesel), and on the end coaches of a rake, so the loco can change ends. Far too expensive to use on all the vehicles, and not all have NEM pockets, those that don’t can be modified with some ...
by Bramshot
Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Dcc loco issues
Replies: 25
Views: 1012

Re: Dcc loco issues

If the loco is a relatively new one, then yes you can lose capacitors and resistors on the motor if you use dcc. It is supposed to make for smoother running, but I can’t say I have seen a lot of difference. Some say it is essential for proper operation of the decoder, but if that was the case then s...
by Bramshot
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Dcc loco issues
Replies: 25
Views: 1012

Re: Dcc loco issues

Bufferstop wrote: It's still there with AC but reverses its effect fifty times a second which means it gets nowhere.


Just to keep it correct,DCC frequency is 8 kHz nominal, not 50 Hz. And to be really pedantic it reverses at twice frequency.
by Bramshot
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: leds
Replies: 6
Views: 509

Re: leds

If the leds have already got a resistor connected in one of the led leads, then adding another one is a bit power wasteful, though the simplest way to go. With a 12 V DC supply, you should be able to power 4 of these leds at full brightness by connecting them in series ( led 1 positive to led 2 nega...
by Bramshot
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Which model railway s/w to use.
Replies: 8
Views: 451

Re: Which model railway s/w to use.

Then there’s Rocrail, also free to download and use, though a minimum annual donation is required if you want to use pads and phones with it via browser. I use it for exactly what you describe, individual throttles, mimic diagram, points control. I use Mac, so not a lot of choice for that, though mu...
by Bramshot
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: 6 pin decoder - common positive for functions?
Replies: 7
Views: 342

Re: 6 pin decoder - common positive for functions?

If you mean the Zen decoder, I don’t think it has any functions additional to the front and rear lights, which are on the pins. I used these for the stay alives, but found the stay alive capability is too limited to be of much use and they have the annoying property of setting off at the last speed ...
by Bramshot
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Identify decoder
Replies: 16
Views: 657

Re: Identify decoder

Also, with Zimo decoders, I find it beneficial to not use CV5 and 6 in the ‘normal’ way, but to set 5 to max (=0), 6 to mid range (=128) and then use CV 57 to set the top speed. In this way you get the full 256 internal speed steps to cover the speed range of the loco, by setting the max voltage sup...
by Bramshot
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Am i doing this LED work correct?
Replies: 24
Views: 962

Re: Am i doing this LED work correct?

Hi Bramshot, the carriages a Bachmann on30's & come with one led in each carriage that's not very good, hence the upgrade. So the wheel connections are in place. I’m not familiar with those carriages or pickups. How many wheels, what sort of contacts? Whatever, make sure the wheel and contact s...
by Bramshot
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Am i doing this LED work correct?
Replies: 24
Views: 962

Re: Am i doing this LED work correct?

I don’t understand why it goes out when you turn the carriage around? On dcc track it should stay on. On dc track it would go out one way and you need a rectifier. With mine, I reverse connect the two pieces of flexi , each with 3 leds. Not all flexis are the same though. Mine have 3 leds in series ...
by Bramshot
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Bachmann 36-568 chip
Replies: 17
Views: 918

Re: Bachmann 36-568 chip

It is all in the Zimo small decoder manual. F3 is not set to be the shunting key by default, so it will do nothing until you set it up to (or other key if you prefer). At least it isn’t in a Zimo badged unit, Bachmann might have pre-set it. This is done by the user if required in CV124. Additionally...
by Bramshot
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Track Compatibility
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: Track Compatibility

Unfortunately, I made the mistake of using my Xuron cutters to cut the actuating pins on point motors. All I got was a pin shaped hole in the cutter jaws. They are not very hard! So I bought some proper wire cutters for these pins and found that they work perfectly well on track too. So I am not sur...

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