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by Peterm
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Help desperately reuired Bachmann Deltic
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: Help desperately reuired Bachmann Deltic

As Ironduke asked, where are you?
by Peterm
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Gaugemaster HF track cleaners
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Gaugemaster HF track cleaners

I'm assuming DC as well. I suggested the decoder and stay alive because as far as I know, you cant make a stay alive for it because of polarity changes when reversing/going forward.
by Peterm
Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:01 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Gaugemaster HF track cleaners
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Gaugemaster HF track cleaners

As Bufferstop says, clean track, wheels and pickups are essential, even more so in N guage than OO. Rather than use a Relco or similar HF device, you could use a Zimo decoder with a tiny Lais stay alive. These decoders will work with DC to give you reliable running.
by Peterm
Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Class 08 Spare Parts
Replies: 6
Views: 75

Re: Class 08 Spare Parts

First port of call is Bachmann. If not Peters spares.
by Peterm
Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:29 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Poor-running Heljan 47
Replies: 26
Views: 442

Re: Poor-running Heljan 47

I'd only be glueing the cup to the shaft if it's slipping, but I'd play safe if it/they have cracks and fit new ones from Guagemaster. Did you try the test I suggested to see if any of them are slipping?
by Peterm
Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:06 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Poor-running Heljan 47
Replies: 26
Views: 442

Re: Poor-running Heljan 47

It could be either end of the cardan shaft that has the dodgy cup. Only you can find which it is. Did you try the method I suggested to hopefully diagnose the problem? I had a faulty Heljan mechanism where the worm was offset to the gear on both towers. Whether it was a one off or a manufacturing fa...
by Peterm
Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:06 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: Poor-running Heljan 47
Replies: 26
Views: 442

Re: Poor-running Heljan 47

Prevent the motor from turning by placing a finger on a flywheel and see if you can then turn either cardan shaft. Without exerting a huge force, you shouldn't be able to turn either shaft. If you can, then you need to drop the bogie out, remove the cup from the flywheel, clean up with IPA or Metho,...
by Peterm
Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Peco electrofrog alternative wiring
Replies: 6
Views: 339

Re: Peco electrofrog alternative wiring

If you want power to the tracks beyond the point to be decided by the point setting, as with an out of the box electrofrog, and you may want to use DCC later, fit the insulated joiners on the frog rails then wire each rail beyond the insulators to the common of the frog switch. Leave some slack so ...
by Peterm
Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:12 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: N Gauge Loco's
Replies: 10
Views: 391

Re: N Gauge Loco's

Hi guys. Many thanks for your comments. Will follow up on these, especially on running in. The loco's are all Bachmann/Graham Farish running on Peco set track . Which is half the problem. N guage needs all the help it can get. On set track you have dead frog points and more rail joiners than if you...
by Peterm
Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Sound decoder making strange sounds.
Replies: 8
Views: 197

Re: Sound decoder making strange sounds.

What type of speaker is it? If it's a conventional type, could the cone have been damaged when you fitted the body?
by Peterm
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: 00 Gauge - Hartlepool
Replies: 7
Views: 1572

Re: 00 Gauge - Hartlepool

He's only 15.
by Peterm
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:37 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: dcc decoders, used,
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: dcc decoders, used,

No need to put them in loco's to test/read addresses. Connect a 100 ohm resistor across the motor outputs (orange and grey) connect the red and black to the programming track and you should be able to read them. If your system can't read them, try writing 8 to CV 8 for a reset. Note that not all dec...
by Peterm
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:29 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Peco PL13 Polarity Switches
Replies: 46
Views: 907

Re: Peco PL13 Polarity Switches

I had problems with the Peco switches too; no problem throwing them, but plain old unreliability! That was the deciding factor in changing over to Tortoise. I had some of the original DCC Concepts cobalts but these all died so I ended up with the Tortoi. The slow motion motors are a lot kinder to my...
by Peterm
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Stay alive super capacitor problem
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: Stay alive super capacitor problem

Denfin, Sorry, not paying attention properly and thought you had 3x1F caps. As Bufferstop says, with three of those you'll get 330,000 uf, but as I said it's hardly worth it as you get plenty of storage with the Lais packages (others are available) and you don't have to worry about charging or balan...
by Peterm
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:35 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Stay alive super capacitor problem
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: Stay alive super capacitor problem

You're using 3 X 1F caps at 5.5v each so will be safe up to 16.5 volts less a bit of headroom, so call it 15v. Divide 1F by three and you get the answer you showed, roughly 333,000 uf. The Lais Kung Fu capacitor packs pack a good punch for the price and they have the charging circuit integrated, so ...

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