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by SRman
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:15 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A little figure 8 layout
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: A little figure 8 layout

You have a very good helper. :lol: :lol: :lol: image_2021-01-11_142645.png Our late Toby was actually very good with the trains and genuinely did try to help. When testing that layout out with a larger locomotive (Hogwarts Castle), he sat and watched it going around, but when it derailed he tried t...
by SRman
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A little figure 8 layout
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: A little figure 8 layout

Raboliot wrote:I found this figure 8 layout plan:

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I like the look of that plan. When I was designing my 'new' layout, I considered something like this but on a more ambitious scale, but rejected it in the end because I am not confident of doing gradients properly.
by SRman
Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:55 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A little figure 8 layout
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: A little figure 8 layout

The figure 8 gives you the maximum length of running for the given space, a folded figure 8 even more so. Where space is limited, it is an ideal solution for a continuous run, as opposed to an end-to-end layout. I had some fun a few years back resurrecting an old fibreglass folded figure 8 layout fo...
by SRman
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:31 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New Hornby Stephenson's Rocket
Replies: 4
Views: 146

Re: New Hornby Stephenson's Rocket

I am thinking of buying the new Hornby 'R3956 L&MR, Stephenson's Rocket Royal Mail Train Pack due out in September. I missed out on the last one. I'm not up on Spephenson's Rocket variations. What is 'Era 1. Era 2 etc? Based on previous models is it possible to add a digital decoder? Will they ...
by SRman
Wed Dec 30, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Swap cabs
Replies: 10
Views: 261

Re: Swap cabs

Another possibility would be to swap the whole body if you are after a steam outline loco. Several of Hornby's steam locos shared that chassis - the Jinty and Southern E2 come to mind.
by SRman
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Hornby Third Class Carriages
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Re: Hornby Third Class Carriages

Peterm wrote:
Wadda ya mean "at present." :lol:



:lol: :lol: :lol:
by SRman
Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Hornby Third Class Carriages
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Re: Hornby Third Class Carriages

After Rails cancelled my pre-order for two of these coaches (due to Hornby refusing to supply), I had to shop around to find any retailers who had not sold out on pre-orders. I found Hampshire Models and Harburn Hobbies had them available, but wasn't convinced that Hampshire Models could supply as t...
by SRman
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Unknown Triang Loco
Replies: 18
Views: 471

Re: Unknown Triang Loco

The track on the right is what Triang called "Series 3". It's what I started out with in the early 1960s.
by SRman
Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Unknown Triang Loco
Replies: 18
Views: 471

Re: Unknown Triang Loco

https://tri-ang.weebly.com/diesel-switcher-loco.html Interesting: there are some liveries there I hadn't seen before. The New South Wales livery crops up a bit at swap meets here, though. To Bufferstop: at least some of those versions benefitted from finer wheel standards, although they were still ...
by SRman
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: BRCW class 104 DMU, 2 and 3 car sets announced
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: BRCW class 104 DMU, 2 and 3 car sets announced

I converted a Hornby 110 to a class 104 power twin many years ago, using the Craftsman etched brass ends and white metal marker lights. It came up fairly well, let down by the 3-pole pancake motor and lack of pickups. I convereted a 110 centre car to a Driving Trailer using a scratchbuilt plastic en...
by SRman
Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 158. older version
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: Bachmann 158. older version

As Mike said, DCC conversion involves hard-wiring, and the lights also need dealing with - if using a two-car unit then another decoder or some wire connections for the lights in the unpowered car are needed. If it's a three-car unit or a 159, the motor is in the centre car so is easily hard-wired, ...
by SRman
Fri Nov 06, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Loco decoders & number of functions?
Replies: 7
Views: 209

Re: Loco decoders & number of functions?

Ignoring the sound requirement, if the steamer has no lighting at all, then it doesn't need any functions either. If it has directional lights, a two function decoder is all it needs. The diesel sounds like a four function decoder would suffice - directional lights plus separate cab lights. Like I s...
by SRman
Fri Nov 06, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Loco decoders & number of functions?
Replies: 7
Views: 209

Re: Loco decoders & number of functions?

Some of this depends on how the circuits are wired on the models too. Most with directional lights do not separate the tail lights from the headlights, so if the headlights are on in one direction, the tail lights are on at the same time at the otehr end, on the same circuit. That uses two functions...
by SRman
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Wills Viaduct Stability
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: Wills Viaduct Stability

Without supports under the piers, the arches could separate if your glue isn't up to the job. Mine is supported, but I chose to strengthen the trackbed (double track), using some Plastruct I-beam girders along and beneath the whole length. If you were to do something similar, that would take the str...

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