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by pete12345
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Layout Help Please
Replies: 17
Views: 337

Re: Layout Help Please

I have seen some lovely layouts in 6x4. The main difficulty is not to be tempted to cram too much in. The point I was making is that mainline stuff doesn't really suit it... If you can add the extra 2ft and make it 8x4 it is much better! Your second point is key, though, unfortunately the trackplan...
by pete12345
Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Layout Help Please
Replies: 17
Views: 337

Re: Layout Help Please

Hornby demo layouts like this are mostly little more than advertising material for their products. The only thought was given to putting something resembling a goods yard to show off scenic parts, plus two ovals so trains can be left running and draw attention. When it comes to actually operating th...
by pete12345
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Old Hornby controller R921
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Re: Old Hornby controller R921

Just looked up the HM3000- looks like it was pinched from Captain Kirk's Enterprise! :lol:
by pete12345
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Choosing a DCC Controller
Replies: 12
Views: 370

Re: Choosing a DCC Controller

I always liked my Lenz Compact as a basic controller. It can be expanded and used as part of a larger system with other Lenz items. Not available new anymore but might be available secondhand.
by pete12345
Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Old Hornby controller R921
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Old Hornby controller R921

I've gained a couple of these controllers, which are similar in appearance to the R965 controller, except with a yellow knob, a 240v input rather than a transformer plug and no 16v terminals on the end. Anyone know anything about them? I was thinking they'd work nicely for the station shunt and MPD ...
by pete12345
Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Large Corner Layout
Replies: 11
Views: 333

Re: Large Corner Layout

If you have access to a room this size, I always recommend building the layout around the edges of the room, with a lifting section to bridge the doorway of necessary. The floor is clear, the space under the layout can be used for storage, and you can have larger radius curves as there's no need for...
by pete12345
Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Which turntable would you choose for DCC
Replies: 6
Views: 189

Re: Which turntable would you choose for DCC

If you want to motorise the Peco turntable, the simplest method is an old DC controller just for the turntable motor, which can be picked up for next to nothing. Otherwise, use a basic loco decoder connected to the track bus and control it as if it were a loco. I think the best and simplest way to g...
by pete12345
Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Large Corner Layout
Replies: 11
Views: 333

Re: Large Corner Layout

It's a typical train set plan: cram as much track as possible into the space! One thing I can see, as is common with Hornby plans, is that the platform lengths are way too short. You won't be able to get more than one coach in there. I also can't see a way for trains to exit the lower station onto t...
by pete12345
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Märklin K track diamond crossing
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: Märklin K track diamond crossing

Symmetrical as far as I know. They used to proclaim the advantages that their system gave better contact due to having all wheels available for one side of the circuit, and no special arrangement was needed for reverse loops and such.
by pete12345
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Märklin K track diamond crossing
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: Märklin K track diamond crossing

Märklin track is designed for the 3-rail system. Usually the running rails are electrically connected, or at least given no particular regard for isolation. So on a 2-rail system would probably mean short circuts aplenty.
by pete12345
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: HST formations and liveries from 1991 to privatisation
Replies: 1
Views: 109

Re: HST formations and liveries from 1991 to privatisation

There will inevitably have been some crossover during livery transitions. I've seen pictures of intercity power cars hauling blue/grey coaches, so your scenario sounds plausible enough. For a 5-coach train, PC-1st-buffet-2nd-2nd-2nd-PC would be a reasonable formation I think. The HST is an ideal can...
by pete12345
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Bus wires
Replies: 21
Views: 635

Re: Bus wires

Just attach the last pair of track connections to the end of the bus wires. Job done :)
by pete12345
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 379
Views: 70164

Re: The BNR (another way)

GeraldH wrote: The heavy operating ore trains may require double heading.


Sounds like a good reason to assign two of the line's small 0-4-0T locomotives to ore traffic, either double-headed or as top and tail.
by pete12345
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Double track bridge
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: Double track bridge

Just cut one in half lengthwise and insert plastikard to the correct width for double track running and hey presto . I have done that with my layout and it looks okay to me. When I find out how to insert photos I will post picci of mine Looks like a good idea. I might commandeer the bandsaw at work...
by pete12345
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Double track bridge
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Double track bridge

I plan to have a cosmetic overbridge on coventry to represent a short snippet of the WCML crossing my GWR line. In a box of stuff I looted from the in-laws, I found an impressive-looking brick viaduct composed of two Hornby three-arch bridges fixed side-by-side. Because of how the bridge is built, b...

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