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by SRman
Sun Sep 12, 2021 4:28 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: FALLER ROADWAY - FINALLY WORKING AFTER 4 YEARS
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: FALLER ROADWAY - FINALLY WORKING AFTER 4 YEARS

That looked really effective. I'll look forward to seeing more of this. 8)
by SRman
Wed Aug 25, 2021 3:06 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Help please - 6x4ft.. 6 year old involved lol
Replies: 9
Views: 644

Re: Help please - 6x4ft.. 6 year old involved lol

If you can stretch to multiple track levels you might gat a few more things in, but I would question whether you could fit a turntable and sidings and the retail premises - turntables take up quite a lot of usable space. Besides the planning software, there are many books available with layout plans...
by SRman
Wed Aug 18, 2021 1:36 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Sound decoders, hear before you buy?
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Sound decoders, hear before you buy?

As said above, there are a good many clips on YouTube, but the compression of the videos can affect the sound a bit, so you have to interpret how they would sound at full quality. lso, it depends on what the computer or phone speakers are like - I can play clips on my laptop (using just the laptop's...
by SRman
Sat Aug 14, 2021 2:54 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Position of running number on early BR diesels
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: Position of running number on early BR diesels

You would really need to find a photo of the locomotive concerned at the time you wish to model it. Early BR blue had a number of variations including, but not limited to: BR arrows under each cab side window, with numbers behind the cab doors on the main bodyside. BR arrows under each cab side wind...
by SRman
Wed Aug 04, 2021 1:20 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: All new class 47 tooling from Bachmann
Replies: 9
Views: 316

Re: All new class 47 tooling from Bachmann

This also seems to be a direct challenge to Heljan, who also have their all-new class 47 on the way.
by SRman
Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: History of a Mainline loco
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: History of a Mainline loco

Thank you all for informative, helpful comments. Will consign the loco to DC only, George North Carolina If you did want to convert this or a similar locomotive to DCC in the future, I converted a couple of Bachmann split chassis Lord Nelsons which were good runners to start with. Using a very smal...
by SRman
Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:39 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: History of a Mainline loco
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: History of a Mainline loco

The Mainline one will be a split chassis, and while the motor is different (a flatter, square shaped design), the principles for converting to DCC are exactly the same for either brand. Mainline running qualities could usually be best described as indifferent, so I would question whether it is reall...
by SRman
Tue Jul 13, 2021 1:01 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The grills on Class 25 diesels
Replies: 12
Views: 415

Re: The grills on Class 25 diesels

Tinkering with the 25 got me thinking, I recently bought some brass head code discs off eBay to try and replace a couple of missing discs off the front of my Bachmann 24. I decided that I'd try and convert another Hornby Class 25 into a 24. I could of bought a blue Bachmann 24, but this seemed like...
by SRman
Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:31 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Triang R357
Replies: 17
Views: 1028

Re: Triang R357

A bit late, but I have found that cotton buds with plastic stems (now probably being phased out, replaced by card stems) can provide a replacement to the round “spring” part of the plastic bearings on these motors. A section of stem is cut off. Not glued in place, just put in place of the broken or...
by SRman
Thu Jun 24, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 645

Re: Decoder Advice

None of those previous connector formats can be 'retired', because there's an up to 30 year legacy of installations of them in customer's hands, and a raft of model toolings with those connector formats, which will continue to be reissued unchanged. (Margins are tight, not going to spend anything o...
by SRman
Thu Jun 24, 2021 1:33 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 645

Re: Decoder Advice

PluX-16 is also an N-Gauge socket with quite a few decoders available for it, but not many locos use it yet, unfortunately the Next-18 socket appears to be more popular. The PLuX format is a little bulkier than Next18, but is also more flexible, with 12, 16 or 22 pin versions readily available, and...
by SRman
Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:51 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 645

Re: Decoder Advice

I've noticed that some newer N gauge locos are using Next18 so I'm guessing that they may offer additional functions, like cab lighting, that wouldn't need to be wired as it could go over the additional pins (assuming the vendor is not being lazy). Absolutely. The Next18 allows direct connection fo...
by SRman
Tue Jun 22, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 645

Re: Decoder Advice

Thanks both - the MX617N sounds like it would be perfect for my needs and price-wise matches up with the lower end of the ones I listed in the first post. I guess I should ask the next question as I don't fully understand it - my current decoders are 2 function and those Zimo's are 6 function, as f...
by SRman
Tue Jun 22, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 645

Re: Decoder Advice

Personally, other than the Lenz range, I would not use any of the others! I would also suggest the Zimo MX616 or MX617N 6pin direct fitting (MX616 is also available with leads too) as being a first class decoders. Though thankfully I'm a OO scale modeller, so the need for a small size decoder isn't...
by SRman
Thu Jun 17, 2021 2:40 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Diesel advice required
Replies: 12
Views: 627

Re: Diesel advice required

The Lima BR class 20 was also not bad, but sort of a half-way house for the mechanism. It had the central can motor and flywheel, but only drove one bogie, and had no lights. Their class 67 went one better on both scores, although Hornby eventually superseded the Lima design with an even better mode...

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