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by b308
Fri Apr 08, 2022 4:29 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Wiring expertise required
Replies: 31
Views: 700

Re: Wiring expertise required

'the usual trick' Answering a question that wasn't asked to get in a plug for DCC, it's used all the time unfortunately, across many forums. This wasn't posted in the DCC section and as I said wiring this layout in DC using self isolating points is simplicity in the extreme. I have plenty of respec...
by b308
Fri Apr 08, 2022 12:06 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Hornby/Peco setrack
Replies: 13
Views: 598

Re: Hornby/Peco setrack

Lima's appear to be 360mm (14") and 438mm (17"), Mountain. A quick search online shows all the "foreign" makes and their radii. It used to be that the manufacturers used to stamp the radius on the underside but looking at a Peco 9" set track curve I have they don't any longe...
by b308
Fri Apr 08, 2022 11:44 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Wiring expertise required
Replies: 31
Views: 700

Re: Wiring expertise required

I'm sorry but wiring 8 sections in DC is very simple, but in this case it isn't needed and is overkill for such a simple layout ! I was simple pointing out that using self isolating points (set track) this could be done with minimal wiring in DC, certainly less than DCC. You are doing the usual tric...
by b308
Fri Apr 08, 2022 10:13 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Wiring expertise required
Replies: 31
Views: 700

Re: Wiring expertise required

why not make things much easier for yourself and build this as a dcc layout?. I was with you up to there and that just made me laugh out loud! Why is there this belief that DCC is always simpler when often it's far from it, and much more expensive. So back to the initial question: I had plenty of s...
by b308
Tue Apr 05, 2022 3:18 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Wiring a double loop layout
Replies: 18
Views: 361

Re: Wiring a double loop layout

I nearly suggested that in my earlier post, though I tend to feel that using a crossover on such a layout is too "toy train-ish", hence I suggested using gradients and so the track doesn't cross on the level. These two are both looped eights: https://i.imgur.com/0Zu37mg.jpg https://i.imgur...
by b308
Mon Apr 04, 2022 11:12 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Wiring a double loop layout
Replies: 18
Views: 361

Re: Wiring a double loop layout

Suzie made it sound simple but wiring one reverse loop, let alone two, in DC isn't all that simple and you'll be messing around with DPDT switches all the time when operating. Brian (Flashbang) covers them at the foot of this page: https://www.brian-lambert.co.uk/Electrical-Page-3.html But I'd ask t...
by b308
Mon Mar 28, 2022 8:21 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Anyone miss me yesterday?
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: Anyone miss me yesterday?

I checked Traksy and it was just you, we caught you up just after Central Rivers! A woman who was on board ours that had got off the special said that at the stations everyone was running down to take photos so I suspect that's what delayed it. I've got rather strong feelings about specials this not...
by b308
Sun Mar 27, 2022 3:56 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Anyone miss me yesterday?
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: Anyone miss me yesterday?

I didn't miss your damn train, it caused us to be 12 mins late into New Street on the way home from Newcastle and will have cost the organisers at least two taxi fares to Malvern (missed connections) and delay minutes on our train and others. We were on time at Derby as well, at least they had the d...
by b308
Wed Mar 23, 2022 10:41 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Humbrol Enamels Withdrawn from Sale?
Replies: 3
Views: 536

Re: Humbrol Enamels Withdrawn from Sale?

That's exactly the way I read it as well, Jim, but it hasn't stopped some in the modelling community coming out in a big froth! Best to just sit back and wait, and buy the odd tin if you need one! Just hope we don't get a repeat of the toilet roll buying two years back!
by b308
Wed Mar 23, 2022 8:47 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Humbrol Enamels Withdrawn from Sale?
Replies: 3
Views: 536

Re: Humbrol Enamels Withdrawn from Sale?

No-one knows so the rumour mill has gone into overdrive. If you look further at Humbrol's website you will see that although they have been removed from the sales section they are still in the Product Guides and Colour Charts and haven't been withdrawn from sale in shops. I suspect that it is simply...
by b308
Tue Mar 15, 2022 8:57 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Loco Turntables
Replies: 24
Views: 882

Re: Loco Turntables

Probably a "double shuttle"! Run the loco on and turn it, stick in a siding, turn the tender and stick that in another siding, run the loco back across the turntable and into the original siding and then do the same for the tender... Think that works! ;)
by b308
Mon Mar 14, 2022 9:42 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Getting rusty
Replies: 12
Views: 480

Re: Getting rusty

I tend to spray the whole lot with "track dirt" spray paint, I always feel that the "rust" coloured paints are too bright, I feel they should be darker. Though on the Real Thing the colour of rails varies so much depending on the light, weather conditions (wet rails are darker in...
by b308
Fri Mar 11, 2022 9:15 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire (Scotland)
Replies: 13
Views: 1445

Re: Train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire (Scotland)

Bufferstop wrote:Why don't we already have a modern day version?


There are several modern versions, infa red, motion detection (as on mobile phones), aerial photos (I remember a prog recently which featured NR's Scottish helicopter), etc. I suspect they'll be looking more closely at them now.
by b308
Thu Mar 10, 2022 1:34 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Idea's on 1950/60 footpath (How to)
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: Idea's on 1950/60 footpath (How to)

muggins wrote:But no litter! That came later ...


When the cats moved in... ;) :)

Agree with the others, it was steam days so ash/cinder paths...
by b308
Sun Mar 06, 2022 3:52 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Steam engine speed in reverse
Replies: 10
Views: 378

Re: Steam engine speed in reverse

If you are UK based you can go to the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway on the Welsh border and see two locos which were built in the UK but operated overseas, both are tank engines and both operate as i outlined, it Is standard practice throughout the world. The locos are SLR85 and "Joan&qu...

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