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by MickleoverTestTrack
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: BR blue popularity
Replies: 31
Views: 674

Re: BR blue popularity

Bigmet wrote:diesel traction, there's no romance, it is simply a utility.


For you, there are diesel and electric enthusiasts that find them more than utilitarian. The number of people living that remember steam operating can only go in one direction.*



*Assuming there is no zombie apocalypse.
by MickleoverTestTrack
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Web Site Articles - Help contribute to the site
Topic: Review- Peco Modern Loco Shed
Replies: 14
Views: 5381

Re: Review- Peco Train Shed Unit LK-80

Excuse the thread resurrection, but, searching on google it is the only proper review of this product and it is still on page 1 of the google search so I think it is still relevant. I'm just building up this kit (actually 3 of them in a row) and so far I agree with the above reviews. I chose it for ...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby TTS - Valenta or MTU?
Replies: 8
Views: 218

Re: Hornby TTS - Valenta or MTU?

I thought that the latest Swallow livery is the only Valenta powered class 43 TTS released. What other Valenta file class 43 have Hornby released, please? There are many Valenta prototype class 43 that Hornby have released without sound and these would provide a market for a standalone Valenta file...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: BR blue popularity
Replies: 31
Views: 674

Re: BR blue popularity

Riviera trains have two full rakes of blue-grey Mk2 aircons kept at Nemesis Burton.
by MickleoverTestTrack
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby TTS - Valenta or MTU?
Replies: 8
Views: 218

Re: Hornby TTS - Valenta or MTU?

It could be, or it could also be that they sell more sound fitted power cars from the Valenta era so don't have the stock to sell it as standalone.
by MickleoverTestTrack
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: DCC test track
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: DCC test track

Cheapest but very limited: Hornby Select
Slightly more but NMRA compliant: Bachmann E-Z Command (not dynamis)
If you already have a laptop and think you could end up doing programming: SPROG II (A bit more technical though.)
by MickleoverTestTrack
Wed May 16, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: LNER is back
Replies: 11
Views: 324

Re: LNER is back

Passenger numbers have risen dramatically since privatisation, this is not in doubt. What I want to know is how the proponents of privatisation can be so sure that privatisation was the cause of this. Surely in a world where more people are on the move than ever before by every form of transport and...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Mon May 07, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Converting old locos to DCC?
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: Converting old locos to DCC?

If they run quite well on DC then they should convert OK, if they are poor runners then it could be worth converting to CD tray drive motors before you go to DCC or sometimes a new magnet in the ringfield helps. Plenty of YouTube videos on converting to CD tray motors.
by MickleoverTestTrack
Sun May 06, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: 6mm or 9mm ply
Replies: 19
Views: 5597

Re: 6mm Frame flex’s

Hi I was thinking adding another 6 mm sheet on top to take flex out ? What are your thoughts? It depends what is causing your flex? What and where your weight is. Is it flex in the middle of each quarter, flex across the whole thing or dipping in the middle? If it is flexing where you lean on it to...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC so frustrating at times
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: DCC so frustrating at times

I think the most likely explanation, since the lights are working is that, in cutting the capacitors the movement has caused one or more connections to fail. This is quite common with older Bachmann locos in my experience, the wires to the motor are very fine and break easily or the solder may have ...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Sound fitted Diesels
Replies: 18
Views: 512

Re: Sound fitted Diesels

I don't particularly enjoy sound fitted trains, I find a lot of them too much. Perhaps I'd try one if the volume can be turned quite far down.

And I'm not even old but definitely a git. :lol:
by MickleoverTestTrack
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Flex Track 00
Replies: 22
Views: 623

Re: Flex Track 00

The pivot point of a steam loco tends to be the front and rear main driving wheel, problem locos will be those with a long overhang infront or behind the driving wheels (like a Pacific). The collet is an 0-6-0 so won't be anywhere near the overhangs on your longest coach or DMU which will be 23m. Th...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Flex Track 00
Replies: 22
Views: 623

Re: Flex Track 00

Using the short straights will increase the clearance but I'm afraid it is again down to experimentation, you can use maths to work out the loading gauge on a given curve radius and therefore the required structure gauge but it gets complex at the transitions. What is your longest bit of stock? Is i...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC points
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: DCC points

Is your layout still this one?

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=51954&p=634622#p634622
by MickleoverTestTrack
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC points
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: DCC points

It sounds to me like you are getting shorting on the wheels crossing the frog. So I would use insulated rail joiners and put power feeds in beyond the point then get rid of the clips in the points.

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