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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: 1
Views: 26

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: 364

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: 364

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: 364

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: 5334

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: 1166
Views: 231451

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: 5334

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: 5334

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: 5334

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: 167

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: 86
Views: 5334

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: 3617

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: 881

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: 881

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: 86
Views: 5334

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...

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