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by Bigmet
Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Help for a clueless partner
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Help for a clueless partner

A safe bet is one of the LMS standard locomotives that would definitely be seen where the Princess class operated. Bachmann make a very recommendable model of the LMS standard shunter, the 3F 'Jinty 0-6-0T, which is a small tank engine.
by Bigmet
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: RMWeb forum joining???
Replies: 28
Views: 218

Re: RMWeb forum joining???

I have been 'locked out' since the RMWeb server move, the best part of a month ago. (Good news in a way as I have needed significant time for some boring but necessary administrative work.) Something is definitely broken was my conclusion.
by Bigmet
Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Lowmac
Replies: 29
Views: 492

Re: Lowmac

After all this model lowmac related chuntering, I discovered yesterday evening that my long ago first purchase of a Wrenn lowmac has gone AWOL. A quick scan of the usual locations has not discovered it. What's really annoying about this is that it has a set of spoked 10.5mm diameter pinpoint axle wh...
by Bigmet
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: blanking plate fitting, right or wrong way
Replies: 4
Views: 64

Re: blanking plate fitting, right or wrong way

While it is true that DCC decoders sold 'fitted' in RTR are supposed to be DC enabled, there have been exceptions. And the second factor is that the decoder's settings will influence the DC operation which may not be at all to the user's taste. You cannot really go wrong for DC purposes putting in a...
by Bigmet
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Decoders 36-558A 6-pin 2-function decoder
Replies: 3
Views: 42

Re: Decoders 36-558A 6-pin 2-function decoder

Obviously enough, check carefully for the DCC decoder socket on your purchases. The 'Next18' DCC decoder socket is now being used more frequently than it was 5 years past. (As the count implies this offers more functions than a six pin decoder.)
by Bigmet
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Hello
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: Hello

Mine too, but garnished with a laptop, wifi router, printer; and the bins in case anything exciting in the birdlife department shows up.

So what are you going to run on that track Robin?
by Bigmet
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Peco points.
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: Peco points.

The 'set track' (ST) pieces rely on a defined geometry to build up into a layout. The better points in Peco's range are not made to the set track geometry, but instead are designed to be used with flexible track. (Such points can be integrated into a set track layout to an extent - there may be some...
by Bigmet
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Decoders 36-558A 6-pin 2-function decoder
Replies: 3
Views: 42

Re: Decoders 36-558A 6-pin 2-function decoder

The decoders will still work. The base spec for DCC is still the same, and the motors still run on the same low voltage DC supply from the decoders. (I know folks with 25 year old decoders in regular use, and there will likely be someone here with even older DCC decoders in their locos.)
by Bigmet
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Train Departure Announcement Generator
Replies: 5
Views: 118

Re: Train Departure Announcement Generator

...Also has a few background sounds, lots more to be added, and a real time chiming station/town hall/church clock that chimes the (real time) hours and every quarter hour... I would suggest making all the background sounds selectable. An example, at my home location, chiming clock bells, church be...
by Bigmet
Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: do i dare say MK2
Replies: 4
Views: 49

Re: do i dare say MK2

Wasn't aware of the liveries issues. (I do BR maroon. Much simpler!) In the past Bachmann have been reliably completist, with 'full sets' of vehicle types in all liveries. Hopefully that will be maintained, but there may be a wait for the specific liveries you require, given their well reported prod...
by Bigmet
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: do i dare say MK2
Replies: 4
Views: 49

Re: do i dare say MK2

Scroll through Bach's page and you can see that there are more to come middle of next year, FO and TSO.
https://www.bachmann.co.uk/category/mod ... hes?page=5
by Bigmet
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Birdcage question
Replies: 8
Views: 76

Re: Birdcage question

The Portholes have them as well so they appear to be standard... Thanks, that's useful to know. Further to which, swapping the bogies about within the Bachmann range is very simple, and is provoking thoughts of working tail lamps on my passenger and bogie van trains, and there are inevitably some L...
by Bigmet
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Lowmac
Replies: 29
Views: 492

Re: Lowmac

,,,Behold the Dublo Lowmac... Thanks, that's useful. The wheelsets are retained in the same style of metal strips, but these are attached by a cross rod in the representations of the brake gear V hangers; quite possibly the first RTR OO model with this represented? (On the derived Wrenn model they ...
by Bigmet
Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Birdcage question
Replies: 8
Views: 76

Re: Birdcage question

First saw this on the unpowered bogies of their BR MU's , With split axle wheelsets the pick up off the pinpoints is achieved with no incremental friction, since the bearings are necessary, and the actual friction is very small. Also found on the mk1 Pullmans and the Thompson gangwayed stock; and qu...
by Bigmet
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.
Replies: 40
Views: 5394

Re: Dapol OO Gauge GWR Large Prairie & GWR Mogul.

Not so simple on this model, because the coupling incorporates the electrical connections. It doesn't matter to me, because (as I've said) I'm not going to alter it. I was thinking about you and your potential SECR D... That falls under 'have soldering iron, will rewire'. I did a count some years p...

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