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by pete12345
Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: 13 x 4 layout. Pulling hair out !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 434

Re: 13 x 4 layout. Pulling hair out !!!

Personally, I think 3 concentric loops is one of those things which jumps out immediately and says "train set". Particularly as they are almost never laid with the correctly widened spacing between the second and third lines. As an alternative, consider a double-track main line (simpler an...
by pete12345
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: 00 gauge semaphores, whats best?
Replies: 9
Views: 365

Re: 00 gauge semaphores, whats best?

I built a ratio kit a few years ago which came with enough parts for several signals. They can be made to work but are very fiddly (use a magnifier while working or you'll get a headache!) and the pivots and levers are fragile. I managed to get a home signal and a home/distant combination working bu...
by pete12345
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Steel rail
Replies: 9
Views: 347

Steel rail

Would I be considered mad for building a layout with it these days? I know nickel-silver is considered superior but I just don't like the yellow-ish tinge to the rail. We've been exposed to it for long enough that everyone's used to it but it's not prototypical at all and just shouts 'model' to me. ...
by pete12345
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: The age-old question
Replies: 8
Views: 275

Re: The age-old question

A few clunky toggle switches thrown..., turn the knob on the controller and bliss! Simple. :) Although arguably, "choose a locomotive and turn the knob" is just as simple! That said, I don't like how difficult it is with DCC to set up a direct relationship between speed and controller pos...
by pete12345
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: The age-old question
Replies: 8
Views: 275

Re: The age-old question

I like DC more then I like DCC just because I prefer clunky switches and the satisfaction of wiring them. I find DC is easier to understand in regards to the internal workings (Not that I know a lot). I have both a Lenz Compact (With a slave lead), a set 01, a pair of extra hand controllers (The on...
by pete12345
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: The age-old question
Replies: 8
Views: 275

The age-old question

I've tinkered with DCC in the past- mostly on snaller layouts. I'm building a "Minories to continuous run to fiddle yard" layout in the loft and I'm questioning whether or not to go back to DC. My situation is thus: - Lots of older stock: mostly 1990s or early 2000s. A significant expense ...
by pete12345
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: 00 Points choice..?
Replies: 23
Views: 1227

Re: 00 Points choice..?

Code 75 is 75 thousandths of an inch, or 1.9mm. Code 100 is 100 thousandths of an inch, or 2.5mm. So there's around 0.6mm between them. As for joining them together, one solution for plain track is to file the 0.6mm off the bottom of the code 100 rail end, so it is the same height as code 75. Solder...
by pete12345
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: 00 Points choice..?
Replies: 23
Views: 1227

Re: 00 Points choice..?

I'll chime in with the usual "don't build an 8x4" post. If the layout is intended to be portable, an 8x4 slab is simply too heavy and unwieldy. For a permanent layout, once you consider the minimum 10x8 space you need (the layout plus access to three sides) the use of space is poor. Consid...
by pete12345
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Coventry (GWR) loft layout in 00
Replies: 7
Views: 825

Re: Coventry (GWR) loft layout in 00

This is my thinking behind using soldered points as there's some flexibility in the flangeway geometry, which should allow for older stock to be run. In the fiddle yard I'll probably use up some older code 100 stuff I have from a previous build.
by pete12345
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Flexitrack as 4th radius curve?
Replies: 14
Views: 534

Re: Flexitrack as 4th radius curve?

I have an old Hornby plans book from before 4th radius track existed. The example used in the flexitrack guide details how to lay flexible track outside a 3rd radius curve as a 4th radius. So no problems there. Peco make a handy tool which has parallel track spacings for setrack and streamline which...
by pete12345
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Coventry (GWR) loft layout in 00
Replies: 7
Views: 825

Re: Coventry (GWR) loft layout in 00

I have a permanently-wired light now with a switch by the hatch, but good point about the mains sockets- with a trailing lead it's impossible to forget it and shut the hatch with power still on. There's a socket right by the hatch on the floor below so reasonably convenient. Planning to use peco cod...
by pete12345
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Coventry (GWR) loft layout in 00
Replies: 7
Views: 825

Re: Coventry (GWR) loft layout in 00

At last, the loft is boarded, lighting installed, access improved with a fold-down ladder, and construction is ready to begin. Permanent mains power can wait- so for now a 4-way extension lead will suffice. The plan is to lay baseboards of roughly 4×2 or thereabouts between the rafters on one side o...
by pete12345
Sat May 05, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Thomas the Tank help needed
Replies: 36
Views: 1449

Re: Thomas the Tank help needed

Another vote for the "don't build an 8x4/trackmat layout" campaign! Lots of people build one of the above, but very few build another one. A board that size is simply not easily transportable, and if permanent takes up a large amount of physical size for its board area, once the need to ac...
by pete12345
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Digital power
Replies: 18
Views: 890

Re: Digital power

People seem to have an aversion to soldering and I can never understand why. With the right equipment it's nit difficult, and is by far the most effective, quuckest and cheapest way to make connections.
by pete12345
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Narrow Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Prototype Or Freelance Modelling?
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Re: Prototype Or Freelance Modelling?

What do people regard as freelance. Location Imaginary line in imaginary location Imaginary line in real but non railway location Real line, real location but imagined to racy on instead of closure. Imagined everything as in the "Disc World" model. Motive Power Might have beens Models of ...

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