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by SRman
Thu May 18, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Zimo MX622N for Heljan 05 shunter?
Replies: 8
Views: 164

Re: Zimo MX622N for Heljan 05 shunter?

OK, I'm home now. Yes, the 36-568 was substituted, which, from its great running qualities, I don't mind in the least! :)

I'll definitely consider more of this decoder for my 6-pin needs.
by SRman
Thu May 18, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Zimo MX622N for Heljan 05 shunter?
Replies: 8
Views: 164

Re: Zimo MX622N for Heljan 05 shunter?

I'll have to double check that when i get home from work, Suzie. I ordered a 36-558A - it has arrived in a box labelled that it was made for Bachmann by Zimo, so I wonder if the shop has substituted a 36-568, then. Whichever it is, the running is very good and matches what I would expect from Zimo. ...
by SRman
Tue May 16, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Zimo MX622N for Heljan 05 shunter?
Replies: 8
Views: 164

Re: Zimo MX622N for Heljan 05 shunter?

If it is of any help, I have just fitted a Heljan 05 with a Bachmann 36-558 decoder, which is a Zimo product anyway. The fit was very tight but it got in there ... just. I also added a small rectangle of electrical insulation tape at the decoder end to prevent any potential shorts against the metal ...
by SRman
Mon May 01, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Every cloud does not have a silver lining
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: Every cloud does not have a silver lining

Perhaps that should be "Every silver lining has its dark cloud"!

("Borrowed" from a 1980s adventure game on the BBC/Archimedes computers, Jinxter!").
by SRman
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: OO/HO scales
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: OO/HO scales

For many years I ran a train of Joueff and Lima HO scale CIWL coaches as a representative for the Night Ferry train (yes, I know none of the stock is accurate for the Night Ferry). While they came out slightly smaller than the British trains, with a ferry van and/or luggage van between the OO scale ...
by SRman
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: decoders amp rating refers to ?
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: decoders amp rating refers to ?

The amp ratings quoted for decoders are usually the maximum draw from the motor and accessories (lights, etc.) the decoder can cope with. If the demand is lower, then the decoder only takes what is required from the external power supply (via the rails). Some decoders also quote a 'peak' loading, fo...
by SRman
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Bridge rectifiers help sought
Replies: 13
Views: 288

Re: Bridge rectifiers help sought

This is also exactly what I have been looking for. I'm not convinced I need "fast" as, like End2End, I need them for a lighting circuit. A while back I added strips of LEDs to my LT Museum S Stock train, with all lights being powered directly off the track. I added pairs of resistors to di...
by SRman
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby class 110 DMU
Replies: 10
Views: 261

Re: Hornby class 110 DMU

I would like to see them reintroduce it with the uprated motor and wheels as suggested. However, I am not in the market for a new one myself, I am only interested in getting the bits as spares to upgrade my own 110s and the various conversions I have done using them as the starting point, particular...
by SRman
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Model Railway Shop
Topic: AC Models
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: AC Models

I have bought a number of items off this shop, both directly from the online shop and from their eBay shop. They are quite reputable but occasionally do make mistakes - like the rest of us, they are human! The one mistake was an error in the description of a tender I bought off the eBay store, where...
by SRman
Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: UK Right hand drive Bus in HO
Replies: 9
Views: 151

Re: UK Right hand drive Bus in HO

I do know of a couple of modellers over here who hacked some Faller German buses into Australian ones - usually Mercedes or MAN buses. The work was not for the faint-hearted and involved cutting sections out of each side and swapping them over to get driver's windows on the right and doors on the le...
by SRman
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: UK Right hand drive Bus in HO
Replies: 9
Views: 151

Re: UK Right hand drive Bus in HO

At one time, Lledo had some approximately HO Bristol Lodekkas available. They weren't particularly good models, but could form a starting point for motorisation and detailing. The few Faller conversions i have done used 4mm scale buses with Faller Mercedes chassis under them. the wheelbase was spot ...
by SRman
Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Switching tracks from one circuit to another
Replies: 5
Views: 198

Re: Switching tracks from one circuit to another

Insulated joiners should go on both rails in the middle of the crossover, to keep both circuits entirely separated electrically. For smoother control when changing over, I would suggest a form of "cab control": that involves adding Double Pole Double Throw (DPDT) switches. If you can get D...
by SRman
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: How important are constant radius curves?
Replies: 14
Views: 376

Re: How important are constant radius curves?

To illustrate the above points I made, here are a few photos of the worst-case situation on my layout, where trains do hit the reverse curve into the station loop line after emerging from the tunnel and the crossover on the curve. I have posed stock of various lengths with the worst overhang misalig...
by SRman
Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:28 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: How important are constant radius curves?
Replies: 14
Views: 376

Re: How important are constant radius curves?

Thanks for the compliment, Peter. Back on topic, I don't believe in constant radius curves at all, rather tightening them towards the middle of the curve and easing at the ends. There are a few reasons for this: 1. it reduces buffer locking, because the ends of the rolling stock vehicles are not &qu...
by SRman
Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: How important are constant radius curves?
Replies: 14
Views: 376

Re: How important are constant radius curves?

While I usually use transition curves, using flexible track, occasionally a location with a point doesn't quite allow this. However, using a Peco large curved point can provide a pseudo-transition with its 5' radius. It isn't a true transition but it still eases the trains out of the curve. In this ...

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