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by Bigmet
Sun May 16, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Diesel advice required
Replies: 1
Views: 30

Re: Diesel advice required

I think you will be looking at second hand to get the price you can pay. TOPS classes 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 33, 35, 42, 67, 68, meet your requirements. All are BoBo diesel locos that could be regularly seen on passenger trains, and there are RTR models fitted with lights of all of these cl...
by Bigmet
Sun May 16, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Lake District: Locomotives from the 20s/30s
Replies: 8
Views: 56

Re: Lake District: Locomotives from the 20s/30s

Smaller locos are what is required, and ideally an 0-6-0 type. These were far and away the most common type working at the time, roughly a third of the UK locomotive fleet and used as the 'maid of all work'. The smallest available 0-6-0 for the LMS lines is the Midland 3F 0-6-0 from Bachmann, and fo...
by Bigmet
Sun May 16, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: bought Atlas Diesel but received some butchered gizmo!
Replies: 2
Views: 38

Re: bought Atlas Diesel but received some butchered gizmo!

If it significantly differs from the description, then 'return to vendor' is the sensible choice.
by Bigmet
Sat May 15, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC accessory control via handset
Replies: 4
Views: 79

Re: DCC accessory control via handset

I believe that the best scheme at the larger end of the layout range is a mixed economy. Station and yard movements, where you need to be physically present to operate (and enjoy the stock movements) use whatever 'analogue' scheme appeals, with a 'signal box' of stud and probe, point levers, toggle ...
by Bigmet
Sat May 15, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol Class A1/ A1X Terrier 0-6-0T
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: Dapol Class A1/ A1X Terrier 0-6-0T

If you go ahead with the purchase, and give it an immediate thorough test, do share what you find.
by Bigmet
Sat May 15, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Time to sell Bath Queen Square, but how or where?
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Time to sell Bath Queen Square, but how or where?

The locos and rolling stock are simple, it ranges from simple and quick, sold as a lot to a dealer; or prolonged DIY with all the packaging and posting which will typically offer a much better return. If you do attempt sale of the layout complete, you might want to offer the stock with, as that coul...
by Bigmet
Sat May 15, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Can you have too many droppers on a layout?
Replies: 14
Views: 163

Re: Can you have too many droppers on a layout?

And to answer the direct question, yes: one dropper connected to the wrong bus is too many. Adding the dropper wires to track before laying, and connecting to the bus once in place, takes a little more planning; but enables instant detection of a wrong connection if the DCC system is powering the bu...
by Bigmet
Thu May 13, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol Class A1/ A1X Terrier 0-6-0T
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: Dapol Class A1/ A1X Terrier 0-6-0T

My sole personal experience is in OO, and just one recent purchase of a traction model from Dapol: all around very good. Whether the same now applies in their N product I don't know. There's no alternative for a RTR N Terrier, so if it is a Terrier you want then the question is 'what's the risk?'. F...
by Bigmet
Thu May 13, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: US or Euro DCC Controller for a British-themed layout in Florida
Replies: 22
Views: 1369

Re: US or Euro DCC Controller for a British-themed layout in Florida

No activity from RBTK for just over a year. You might want to try a private message to obtain a response.
by Bigmet
Thu May 13, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Detailing
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Detailing

I suggest what you do is start with a term like '4mm scale class 45 bufferbeam detailing kit' in your favoured search engine. May need a little tinkering with the terms to home in on the right stuff. I suspect that with current product now having nearly all the practical detail that's possible in RT...
by Bigmet
Wed May 12, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann DMU, Cravens / class 105
Replies: 29
Views: 6714

Re: Bachmann DMU, Cravens / class 105

That's good fun if the option is there, but my layout scenario terminates in 1962, so no mixing of DMU's; the KX suburban service DMU stock was Cravens (105), and nothing else to speak of. The only deviation has been putting a couple of the unpowered trailers one each side of an N7 to make a push-pu...
by Bigmet
Wed May 12, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: reinvented
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: reinvented

I knew there was a thread on another site which showed the potential the L1 model offers, and I hope Ron doesn't mind me gatecrashing the thread with this link.
https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/i ... 53585&st=0
by Bigmet
Wed May 12, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: BBC NEWS WEBSITE
Replies: 9
Views: 243

Re: BBC NEWS WEBSITE

Keep cutting back until it doesn't work then add a tiny bit and keep yer fingers crossed. That was De Havilland's technique in wooden airframe construction, make it too weak (for lightness) and then test it for the design load and upgrade where it fails as required. Back in the day of inadequate en...
by Bigmet
Wed May 12, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann DMU, Cravens / class 105
Replies: 29
Views: 6714

Re: Bachmann DMU, Cravens / class 105

What with being a fast worker (ho ho ho) I have just got around to completing the motor block removal programme for the unpowering and through wiring of the required sets for the scheduled services. I had a 'flash of insight' while this was underway, and realised that I only needed six sets rather t...
by Bigmet
Tue May 11, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: vintage controllers VS modern locomotives
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: vintage controllers VS modern locomotives

The Duettes were pretty basic controllers, a 14-16V AC transformer, a rheostat and reversing switch. The only additions being a half wave/full wave selector, and a hi/lo resistance switch on some versions... ...and a customer specifiable selection of resistance mats. The influence of the club in en...

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