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by RAF96
Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: New layout
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: New layout

I would have suggested builders rigid foam insulation with a ply perimeter frame, but if you have wiring underneath then maybe not.
by RAF96
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Led Lighting problem
Replies: 11
Views: 433

Re: Led Lighting problem

80mA seems an excessive current draw per lamp. I would be pulling that down to 10mA, max of 20mA with a resistor(s). Use Ohm’s Law to work out the value if you have a spec sheet for the lamps showing voltage and current characteristics.
by RAF96
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Upgrades for an old Class 43 HST?
Replies: 12
Views: 510

Re: Upgrades for an old Class 43 HST?

See here http://www.halton96th.org.uk/article10.html And http://www.halton96th.org.uk/article11.html DCC but some of it can read across to DC if required. Edit - I tried dual ringfield motor bogies in an old Class 56. Total failure as one motor would drag its wheels until there was enough voltage to...
by RAF96
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Which Hornby locos have had 21 pin DCC sockets in them?
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: Which Hornby locos have had 21 pin DCC sockets in them?

Hornby only used 21-pin decoders in their old pre-TTS sound fitted locos - identified by the suffix XS in the R number.
by RAF96
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Possible Shed/Garden Railway
Replies: 11
Views: 1073

Re: Possible Shed/Garden Railway

Having looked at the Y again I can see it is not a reverse loop. If a train is say going right to left along the top road then stops and reverses into the left leg of the Y then runs forward via the right leg of the Y along the lower road left to right it would be facing the same way as if it went s...
by RAF96
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Possible Shed/Garden Railway
Replies: 11
Views: 1073

Re: Possible Shed/Garden Railway

You don’t say if its DC or DCC but you need to be aware of a possible reverse loop in the form of that Y junction in the first plan, which would require X-over switching, either manual or auto-matic, but maybe the wiring aspects can be addressed after the plan is set. Roving Tortoise point motor. No...
by RAF96
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Help for a beginner - short circuit
Replies: 7
Views: 1046

Re: Help for a beginner - short circuit

There are two reverse loops, one at each side where a train can come back onto the same track from the other direction.
by RAF96
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC newb, dropper/point insulation help please
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: DCC newb, dropper/point insulation help please

For bus wiring purposes treat DCC just like DC in that all the left rails are linked and all the right rails are linked. If you cross connect anywhere you will get a short just like DC wiring. Check with a meter or continuity device as you go along with the wiring as shorts are hard to find if you l...
by RAF96
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: HM2000 analogue controller (Hornby R8012)
Replies: 11
Views: 536

Re: HM2000 analogue controller (Hornby R8012)

Hornby service centre is a good call, hadn't given that a thought. I'll send an email off to them and see if they think they'll be able to help. My hearing is ridiculously sensitive, and any sort of buzzing will drive me mad, even worse if I know it's not supposed to be there! You may be better giv...
by RAF96
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: HM2000 analogue controller (Hornby R8012)
Replies: 11
Views: 536

Re: HM2000 analogue controller (Hornby R8012)

In the absence of a triangular bit you can use a hex key but be aware the screw heads are soft and strip easily if you don’t use a tight key.

If you want to see how to dismantle the unit have a look here http://www.halton96th.org.uk/page15.html .....taking heed of the lethal Mains Voltage warnings.
by RAF96
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: elink & bachman decoders
Replies: 4
Views: 1013

Re: elink & bachman decoders

..The likely problem is not the Hornby kit as Bigmet says but poor contact with the programming track ... Unlikely. Have you actually seen one of these models? All wheel pick up on both cars, and by split axle pinpoint collection on all the undriven wheels. It's extremely effective even on the dirt...
by RAF96
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: elink & bachman decoders
Replies: 4
Views: 1013

Re: elink & bachman decoders

Looking at the image the error messages tell me it isn’t reading anything and that you have typed in a new address (green text) which awaits writing. If you go to CV7 and right click there is a drop down list. See if your bachmann decoder is listed (you didn’t say which model of decoder it is). If i...
by RAF96
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Rocrail
Replies: 4
Views: 393

Re: Rocrail

You would get an instant and authoritative answer on the Rocrail forum. Just be sure to include all the files they ask you to in your query.
by RAF96
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: 4 pin decoders?
Replies: 15
Views: 631

Re: 4 pin decoders?

I used to buy them by the strip from Maplins, sadly no longer selling the sort of stuff I need. Finding them on RS, etc can be difficult, although they are there somewhere in the online catalogue.
by RAF96
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Fast clock for running to a timetable
Replies: 5
Views: 1349

Re: Fast clock for running to a timetable

There are several ways of simulating ‘journey’ time. One is to put the train into a switched circle off stage where it runs round for X revs before being released back to its journey. Another is to hide the train in a tunnel for the duration, before finishing the last bit.

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