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by pete12345
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 356
Views: 63124

Re: The BNR (another way)

The imported German loco (no. 8?) is looking very smart in BNR blue!
by pete12345
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Could somebody explain the difference between couplings?
Replies: 16
Views: 718

Re: Could somebody explain the difference between couplings?

I've experimented with the Keen Systems units before for close-coupling older stock. Really they are intended for use between coaches for semi-permanent rakes of stock, and in this application they work well. It's possible to adapt them for use with NEM 362 couplers but as mentioned above they need ...
by pete12345
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Are these semaphore signals right?
Replies: 8
Views: 488

Re: Are these semaphore signals right?

Distant signals tell a driver the state of the next home signal, giving him plenty of time to bring the train's speed down so that it can be stopped at the next signal. These are the yellow signal with a fishtail end and a black chevron behind it. Their lamps are different too, they have a red lamp...
by pete12345
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: End of train lamp
Replies: 7
Views: 301

Re: End of train lamp

Sorry it's become a rant, but lights and sound seem to be the latest gimmicks but in both cases we see and hear them when we shouldn't and in both cases they tend to be too loud/bright! They're great on things like US locomotives, which have an array of lights doing different things. DCC allows you...
by pete12345
Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Sleeper Spacing again!
Replies: 14
Views: 1013

Re: Sleeper Spacing again!

I'm doing a few calculations/experiments with this. The benchmark I've been using for British track is 2'6" sleeper spacing (center to center). In 4mm/foot scale this works out at 10mm (100 sleepers/m), and if you're using EM or P4 standards then this works out great, but then you're not using ...
by pete12345
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby R9057 trakmat
Replies: 10
Views: 772

Re: Hornby R9057 trakmat

Trakmat-type plans are great for kids to watch a train going round in circles. I think you'll get very bored of such a layout. Lots of people build a 'slab of board in the middle of a room' for their first layout, but far fewer build a second. Consider what it is you actually want from a model railw...
by pete12345
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Smokey Joe Conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 2599

Re: Smokey Joe Conversion

I've seen this done before in narrow gauge- with an O or G-scale body built over the hornby chassis. Best conversion I can remember was a Bachmann 08 converted into a O-16.5 centre-cab diesel, using much of the bodywork and a scratch-built cab. Would be a good use for the old Hornby model which used...
by pete12345
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Connecting switch panel to layout
Replies: 30
Views: 1317

Re: Connecting switch panel to layout

Those connectors work great for all sorts of uses. It's worth getting a supply of the pins and the correct crimp tool if you are going to be using a lot. Then you can wire them yourself using the colours you want.
by pete12345
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Dcc switch points
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: Dcc switch points

You don't have to control point motors with the DCC system- there's nothing wrong with controlling them from a switchboard in the traditional way.
by pete12345
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Connecting switch panel to layout
Replies: 30
Views: 1317

Re: Connecting switch panel to layout

Automotive connectors are your friend. Not overly cheap, but a good, reliable connection capable of taking several amps. Unlike ethernet sockets, aerial plugs and suchlike. Try a 13-way econoseal connector. You'll need male and female plugs, plus the individual pins which are crimped to the wire end...
by pete12345
Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: 13 x 4 layout. Pulling hair out !!!
Replies: 9
Views: 967

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: 622

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: 624

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: 456

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: 456

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...

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