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by minipix
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Modular DCC Inglenook
Replies: 9
Views: 444

Re: Modular DCC Inglenook

Thanks for all the feedback folks! I do understand the point about dowels, but I think the size and purpose of my layout is not really sufficient for anything so bullet-proof as the metal ones you linked to. They do look wonderful, and if I had a larger layout I anticipated taking to shows then I'd ...
by minipix
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Wandle Park
Replies: 93
Views: 7759

Re: Wandle Park

Fantastic. Perseverance pays off!
by minipix
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Modular DCC Inglenook
Replies: 9
Views: 444

Re: Modular DCC Inglenook

@Paul-H, dowels is a good idea. As it happens, I'm pretty sure I have some knocking around, left over from various items of furniture that have since been taken apart. If I understand correctly, the idea would be to drill holes in the sides of the board, and push a dowel into one end so that the boa...
by minipix
Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Modular DCC Inglenook
Replies: 9
Views: 444

Re: Modular DCC Inglenook

Well, progress has been made already, which is exciting. Last night I did a big clear-up in the garage to rediscover my workbench, which will also serve as a home for this new layout. A piece of wood was then cut up and some points offered up in a rough position. IMG_20191122_212709274.jpg It turns ...
by minipix
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Modular DCC Inglenook
Replies: 9
Views: 444

Modular DCC Inglenook

Exciting news, I've decided to begin a new project! The aim, ultimately, is to have a small, modular Inglenook-style shunting layout, with point motors and DCC, on a minimal budget. This isn't intended to be particularly scenic, but will serve as a technical experiment to try out new techniques and ...
by minipix
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Web Site Articles - Help contribute to the site
Topic: Mechanical operation of points and signals.
Replies: 11
Views: 521

Re: Mechanical operation of points and signals.

Excellent, love the simple but effective engineering here, and the use of second-hand materials! I have some hard-to-reach areas on my layout that would definitely benefit from something like this. That said, installing it would be difficult, because they're hard to reach (duh). On reflection, I sho...
by minipix
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Railway room safety
Replies: 14
Views: 475

Re: Railway room safety

Yes of course, b308, scaremongering is definitely the wrong approach here! And yes, I expect a lot of the precautions we have elsewhere in the house (and our general behaviour) applies when we're in our railway room too. Common sense goes a long way. I guess my own curiosity was around how I can app...
by minipix
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Railway room safety
Replies: 14
Views: 475

Re: Railway room safety

I get particularly worried about fire risks, with visions of all my hard work going up in smoke. And it doesn't take much for my imagination to run wild with scenarios! I could drop the soldering iron onto something flammable. I could have dodgy wiring. I could have a loco with an electrical fault. ...
by minipix
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Railway room safety
Replies: 14
Views: 475

Railway room safety

With the amount of time and money that goes into model railways, I'm surprised this doesn't come up more often. What should we do to make our railway rooms "safe"? Whether your layout is in an outbuilding (such as a garage or shed) or indoors (such as a loft, cellar, or even a room), there...
by minipix
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 86
Views: 6215

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

A couple of areas were worked on last night. One was the area behind Backwoods station, which had previously been bare and empty. My idea was that the platform would hide most of this, but it still looked pretty desolate. I also had some visible wires from the streetlight, which I couldn't get throu...
by minipix
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Model Railway Photography
Topic: And The Next Photo Will Have
Replies: 1169
Views: 235887

Re: And The Next Photo Will Have

Another 'line crossing': A rough dirt crossing.

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by minipix
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 86
Views: 6215

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

In case you're interested, here's what the lighting rig looks like when fitted to the roof: IMG_20191021_212937450.jpg After a successful fit of the lighting to my 3 carriages, I decided they really needed some people in them. So a cheap and cheerful set of 20 sitting people was purchased. As you ca...
by minipix
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 86
Views: 6215

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

Nice idea, thanks for sharing that circuit diagram! I'm running on DC, so I don't have a constant power feed from the track, but if I was running DCC and had lots of carriages to light up then this would be a great solution!
by minipix
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 86
Views: 6215

Frontington & Backwoods Railway - coach lighting

I've been looking for ways to light up my coaches. With my little Hornby 4-wheeled coaches I made some little battery-powered LED setups that slotted inside, but they were a bit crude and actually I don't tend to use those coaches at the moment. I had looked at TrainTech's motion-sensitive rigs, whi...
by minipix
Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Layout apps
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: Layout apps

Yes, I highly recommend Trax (https://www.traxeditor.com/), it's a great free option. If you're using it on a tablet I would expect it to be awkward, although remember that most tablets you can actually plug a USB mouse into them (if you have the right adapter) which would give you a more familiar e...

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