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by minipix
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 81
Views: 4510

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: 81
Views: 4510

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: 64

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...
by minipix
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 81
Views: 4510

Frontington & Backwoods Railway - dirt crossing and ground levers

I had one of those 'eureka' moments recently. It had bothered me slightly that access from the station to the engine shed was so limited, with only a wooden barrow crossing to get staff across. I finally realised what was missing - a level crossing. So I used some leftover 'dirt' from a garden kit I...
by minipix
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Dragonfly's Workbench
Replies: 37
Views: 3374

Re: Dragonfly's Workbench

Superb idea, I love it! Wish I'd thought of this before I got rid of my old TV...
by minipix
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Fast clock for running to a timetable
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: Fast clock for running to a timetable

Fair point, you could use a 'normal' clock just as well. And yes, you would need to take some liberties in places to cater for some operations. My layout is a loop, with one station at the front and a smaller station at the back. If I'm trying to simulate a day's timetable, it's nice to see the time...
by minipix
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Fast clock for running to a timetable
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Fast clock for running to a timetable

If, like me, you're in the glorious position of having a layout mostly complete, you may find yourself wanting to up your game when it comes to 'playing' with the railway. I've just recently started creating a few timetables, so I can run specific trains in specific directions at specific times. To ...
by minipix
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 81
Views: 4510

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

An update on the loco front. The 08 shunter and the bright blue 0-4-0 have both now sold, off to (hopefully) happy new owners. And at about the same time, I've taken delivery of a Bachmann 45xx 2-6-2 Small Prairie. And it's wonderful. I've always loved the look of the GWR livery, and this tank engin...
by minipix
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 81
Views: 4510

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

If you've been following the progress of this layout from the start, you'll know that much of the track and rolling stock originally came from an old layout, dating back a good 20 years. The two locos I've currently got starring on the layout (Hornby Terrier 0-6-0 and Hornby J94 0-6-0, both in BR bl...
by minipix
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Improving low speed running for shunting
Replies: 16
Views: 382

Re: Improving low speed running for shunting

I've had a couple of locos with that 0-4-0 chassis. The best advice I can give is to keep everything immaculately clean. The biggest problem you'll likely encounter is to do with electrical contact, because there are only 4 points of contact with the rails. Make sure the wheels and contacts are spot...
by minipix
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx
Replies: 12
Views: 262

Re: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx

Great advice @Bigmet. I'll keep my eyes peeled for a good price donor loco! In the meantime, I had another look at my 57xx last night, taking it apart pretty much as far as I could go. It does have 'Bachmann' on the bottom, but it's definitely the Replica split chassis mentioned above, with the 'pod...
by minipix
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx
Replies: 12
Views: 262

Re: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx

Thanks everyone for your suggestions, much appreciated. It sounds like there may be a number of potential issues and therefore fixes for the existing chassis, so armed with that I might take another look and see what can be done. As for replacing the chassis, from the comments above it sounds like i...
by minipix
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx
Replies: 12
Views: 262

Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx

I have a Replica Railways (i.e. Bachmann) 57xx that is about 20 years old. I love the model, but it keeps derailing on my radius 1 curves, and bounces a bit at the back with every wheel revolution. I've taken it apart a couple of times, but never really got to the bottom of what's wrong with it. So ...
by minipix
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: BMR Workbench.
Replies: 415
Views: 79860

Re: BMR Workbench.

Wow. That's quite a transformation. Subtle, but a lot of little details changed. Well done!
by minipix
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 81
Views: 4510

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

Just recently I've been looking into DCC++. It's a DCC controller you can build using an Arduino and a Raspberry Pi, and it's super cheap. As a professional developer, the thought of being able to 'program' my railway is very tempting, but until now I've always thought DCC was out of my budget, but ...

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