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by SRman
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Miniature Wunderland - Hamburg
Replies: 5
Views: 86

Re: Miniature Wunderland - Hamburg

My OH and I visited there in September, and we were not disappointed at all. It is definitely worth a visit. There are lots of humorous touches around. As Timbersurf said, they are constantly working on new sections, but it takes time. The Italian section has only recently opened (and very good it i...
by SRman
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Identify decoder
Replies: 13
Views: 178

Re: Identify decoder

Push CV3 and CV4 up further yet. (I rarely use values smaller than 60.) Then you have to exercise proper control and discover what speed limits might apply on the layout, in particular because it take a long time slowing down from speed. I tend to use initial values of 25 and 18, respectively, for ...
by SRman
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Oxford Rail Adams Radial Decoder Problem
Replies: 14
Views: 318

Re: Oxford Rail Adams Radial Decoder Problem

Waz, be careful which DCC Concepts decoder you order, as they have two sizes of direct plug-in ones; you need the smaller one for the Radial.
by SRman
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Early BR coach colour(s)
Replies: 17
Views: 261

Re: Early BR coach colour(s)

The crimson colour was notoriously difficult to capture properly, particularly as it changed appearance depending on the ambient light and also on the photographic processes and films at the time. Many of the model manufacturers got it wrong. Lima and Mainline had it too dark, Triang had it as maroo...
by SRman
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Early BR coach colour(s)
Replies: 17
Views: 261

Re: Early BR coach colour(s)

Agreeing with Jim here, the last blood and custard coaches wnt around 1963, and even then they were rare. I think the very first BR blue and grey coaches were in late 1964, but 1965 is the safer date to adopt. As for the green coach in Scotland, several Bulleid coaches were sent up there still in gr...
by SRman
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Oxford Rail Adams Radial Decoder Problem
Replies: 14
Views: 318

Re: Oxford Rail Adams Radial Decoder Problem

My Oxford Rail 30584 has a DCC Concepts Zen direct decoder fitted, with no problems to report.
by SRman
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Early BR coach colour(s)
Replies: 17
Views: 261

Re: Early BR coach colour(s)

I agree with flying scotsman123 with one exception: the maroon non-corridor stock was lined, at least initially, but later repaints seem to have been unlined. It would be accurate to mix unlined crimson with lined and unlined maroon between 1957 and 1963. It would also be accurate to mix lined and u...
by SRman
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Railroad R3275 class 31
Replies: 5
Views: 184

Re: Hornby Railroad R3275 class 31

It may well be worth a repaint. While you are at it, you can correct any detail anomalies, and shave off the moulded handrails on the fronts and replace them with wire. I had a Lima body I detailed some years ago, and put it on a Hornby RailRoad chassis. I had to make up the cowlings from plastic ca...
by SRman
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Railroad R3275 class 31
Replies: 5
Views: 184

Re: Hornby Railroad R3275 class 31

Hi, a well meaning relative has bought me a Railroad Class 31 in Dutch engineers grey that is too modern livery for the 1960s era of my layout. Not wanting to offend her by selling this loco I thought of fitting a replacement body shell to the loco. I understand that this was originally a Lima prod...
by SRman
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Shortest coaches?
Replies: 35
Views: 539

Re: Shortest coaches?

There are also the non-gangwayed 57' or 59' coaches - Bachmann did the BR standard types, Dapol offer the older LMS type, Hornby have some new LMS and LNER types, and there are also the ancient Graham Farish OO nondescript non-gangwayed and corridor versions, which came in all of the Big four liveri...
by SRman
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Ajust the sound volume on a class 68
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: Ajust the sound volume on a class 68

It'll be ESU or Zimo (most probably the former), not Dapol's Imperium, which is a non-sound decoder. As Paul said, CV63 for ESU, CV266 for Zimo.
by SRman
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Compatibility Between DCC Systems.
Replies: 8
Views: 141

Re: Compatibility Between DCC Systems.

I know that the ESU ECoS has what they call a 'sniffer port' that allows the use of other manufacturers' controllers. A friend of mine has the ESU system but we never actually got around to trying out one of my NCE cabs on it.
by SRman
Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Long long time!
Replies: 14
Views: 349

Re: Long long time!

That's a beautiful job, D605Eagle.

As you said, now a manufacturer will announce a RTR one. However, all is not lost, because it will probably take another five or six years to make it to the shops. :D
by SRman
Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann LBSCR H2 Atlantic release
Replies: 16
Views: 964

Re: Bachmann LBSCR H2 Atlantic release

I can vouch for the model's magnificence, but I have not, as yet, tested its hauling power. For anyone panicking about finding a 12-pin decoder, Metadyneman has typed it dyslexically, and it is, in fact, a 21-pin interface (no criticism intended here). https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1960/45559953391...
by SRman
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Pulling my hair out, what's left of it.
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Re: Pulling my hair out, what's left of it.

... Always check flangeway clearances with the coarsest wheel sets you possess ... That's crucial advice and there's a further 'traps' to be aware of in this matter. I think Bachmann have been the most recent offender with their E4 0-6-2T, putting the pick up wipers so low on the wheelbacks that th...

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