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by Bigmet
Thu Jun 24, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder Advice
Replies: 15
Views: 144

Re: Decoder Advice

PluX-16 is also an N-Gauge socket with quite a few decoders available for it, but not many locos use it yet, unfortunately the Next-18 socket appears to be more popular. The PLuX format is a little bulkier than Next18, but is also more flexible, with 12, 16 or 22 pin versions readily available, and...
by Bigmet
Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Gateside Buchanan Street
Replies: 835
Views: 129445

Re: Gateside Buchanan Street

So if you are thinking of moving house just now, my advice is DON'T, we have just been told by the lawyers that that is our move finalised and we move on the 2nd of July, just over 3 months from putting in our offer. Everyone is blaming COVID but it is just sooooo slow... Just so many factors that ...
by Bigmet
Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder Advice
Replies: 15
Views: 144

Re: Decoder Advice

... I have a class 150 and an HST that need 2 decoders each, so I could chuck a decent one in the engine end and a cheaper one in the dummy end... I can repurpose my older Bachmann's for function-only usage. Reassigning decoders to function control only is a good cost saving. Even decoders that hav...
by Bigmet
Tue Jun 22, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder Advice
Replies: 15
Views: 144

Re: Decoder Advice

Another vote for Zimo. They have rather swept the board the last few years as the lowest price option for a high grade decoder by offering all the common connectors, of which the six pin mentioned already and Next18 (MX318) are probably going to be most useful for you. (The only other contender is m...
by Bigmet
Tue Jun 22, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Rivarossi Big Boy Coupling
Replies: 2
Views: 72

Re: Rivarossi Big Boy Coupling

Looks old enough to have the long abandoned 'Hornhook' coupler. The better question is what do you want to couple it to? It's very easy to fit a Kadee which actually looks like the real knuckle coupler and is fully functional, about the best thing in RTR couplers. (There's a non-functional represent...
by Bigmet
Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Hi guys
Replies: 8
Views: 132

Re: Hi guys

,,, The best anti cat device is IMO..... a dog... Grey squirrels are even better: Available free and in plentiful supply. No training required. No barking. No feeding. No vet's bills. No need to walk. No need for affection. No need to pick up droppings. No persistent bad smells in the house. Very e...
by Bigmet
Mon Jun 21, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Traction tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 189

Re: Traction tyres

That is the key. Finding ways to add enough weight in the right places. Not always easy. The increasing use of cast metal, both for weight within, and for the exterior of the bodies of steam locos, has been applied to good effect by Bachmann, Heljan, Hornby, Oxford and Rapido, and quite possibly ot...
by Bigmet
Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Couplings on Replica Railways wagons
Replies: 4
Views: 89

Re: Couplings on Replica Railways wagons

That's what my memory says, the two locating pegss and screwhole to take a Triang pattern tension lock.
by Bigmet
Sun Jun 20, 2021 12:49 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: the best N track in your opinion please?
Replies: 1
Views: 62

Re: the best N track in your opinion please?

'Finetrax' gets a lot of positive mentions. I don't now know anyone using N gauge so have never seen this product, but it surely looks good.
https://www.britishfinescale.com
by Bigmet
Sun Jun 20, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Traction tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 189

Re: Traction tyres

...It does puzzle me why traction tyres are seen on some all wheel drive diesels though. Why? They already have strong pulling power. That was just a 'hangover' from past practise with motor bogies by Lima (class 67) and Hornby (class 50) now nearing 20 years ago, and was swiftly dropped as unneces...
by Bigmet
Sun Jun 20, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Railway Photographs
Topic: Location?
Replies: 5
Views: 421

Re: Location?

Having only just seen this, it's a strange photograph to start with, all that very dark smoke in what looks to be a fairly rural location. If that wagon happens to be on home turf in the Wrexham area, I wonder whether this could be a record of the Gresford deep coal mine explosions and fires which c...
by Bigmet
Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Merriville - OO BR(S) and LT Layout
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Merriville - OO BR(S) and LT Layout

Your LT four rail looks good enough for dead running rails and power from the live and return conductors.
by Bigmet
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.
Replies: 184
Views: 23040

Re: Wykeham - Somewhere in the South.

Another new arrival at Wykeham. ... Capt. Mainwaring: "What's that enormous thing? Surely it isn't one of ours?" NCO: "But it is Captain Mainwaring, by the new Southern CME Mr Bulleid trying out everything he wanted to do on the LNER, but which Sir Nigel Gresley wouldn't approve.&quo...
by Bigmet
Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Heritage Line Layout-a change of plan
Replies: 188
Views: 55434

Re: Heritage Line Layout-a change of plan

I have often thought, though I have not tried it, that one can make a dual gauge line like that which also doubles up to allow for 3 rail running. Turnouts and crossings may need some thought, but I believe it can be done. You don't want to be looking at the lovely things that are possible in mixed...
by Bigmet
Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Traction tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 189

Re: Traction tyres

Commissioned from Bachmann by Locomotion and Rails of Sheffield, the LNWR's 'Jumbo' 2-4-0.
http://www.locomotionmodels.com/coming- ... dwicke.htm

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