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by BananaRepublic
Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.
Replies: 107
Views: 9647

Re: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.

It's horses for courses. DC or DCC, choose what's right for you. The thing is, Analogue will increasingly become a legacy choice, regardless of remaining in common usage for many. However for new entrants, many have their first experience or exposure with a train set, but these are increasingly bein...
by BananaRepublic
Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Garden Railways
Topic: Could anyone recommend a good guide to Garden Railways?
Replies: 12
Views: 3183

Re: Could anyone recommend a good guide to Garden Railways?

Thanks for the quick reply. It would be a blank sheet start as I don't want to take my 00 modelling outside. 0 gauge is an obvious starting point, but my options are open at the moment. I suspect that most if not all books on the subject are probably way out of date, but I'd be pleased to hear other...
by BananaRepublic
Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Is DCC dead???????
Replies: 26
Views: 3392

Re: Is DCC dead???????

A bit off topic, but to answer Blair's assertion about phone ownership and usage in the UK.... You mentioned phones, remember even with the easy availability of mobiles millions of us still have land lines and millions more don't even have a phone ... Out of choice, not fear or cost... The first hig...
by BananaRepublic
Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: Garden Railways
Topic: Could anyone recommend a good guide to Garden Railways?
Replies: 12
Views: 3183

Could anyone recommend a good guide to Garden Railways?

There must have been a few books written on the subject over the years, but can anyone recommend a reasonably up-to-date publication, that covers the basics, the techniques used and the pitfalls of building and operating a Garden Railway?
by BananaRepublic
Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby Track cleaning coach
Replies: 11
Views: 1147

Re: Hornby Track cleaning coach

alex3410 wrote:cant beat the CMX track cleaning car but a tad on the expensive side


100% agree with that.
Personally I'd ditch the weedy Hornby thing.

The CMX only costs the same as a large loco, but is solidly engineered and well worth the money.
by BananaRepublic
Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.
Replies: 107
Views: 9647

Re: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.

.....Points control too, unless definitely going for some form of control by software, regular analogue panels are cheaper by far. Don't forget that a hardware track control panel (mimic panel) using switches, buttons and in some cases (e.g. using DCC Concepts Cobalt Alpha), stud and probe), can al...
by BananaRepublic
Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.
Replies: 107
Views: 9647

Re: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.

....I enjoy wiring a layout for DC, both the skill required to do it and the pleasure of it working right at the end of it, to me that's part of what Model Railways is all about. ..... I agree that wiring is a part of the hobby, whether people enjoy it or not; but there can be just as much skill an...
by BananaRepublic
Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:55 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: AIMREC
Replies: 16
Views: 2043

Re: AIMREC

By all accounts, the intention is that it will definitely not be a Miniatur Wunderland, but rather a centre of excellence to showcase the best of the hobby.
by BananaRepublic
Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Digitrax or Dynamis?
Replies: 15
Views: 2533

Re: Digitrax or Dynamis?

I would seriously consider the Gaugemaster Prodigy Express for UK based back up if thats important..... ....While the PE is in fact a rebranded MRC PE Gaugemaster service is second to none. I noticed that MRC have just replaced the Prodigy Express with an updated version, the Prodigy Express "...
by BananaRepublic
Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Compatability
Replies: 8
Views: 966

Re: Compatability

The NMRA standards cover what happens between the DCC system and the decoders in the loco or train; i.e. the signals going to and from the "track". What happens within the DCC system or on the cab side of it, is outside of the NMRA DCC S&RP's. What you will find is that each manufactur...
by BananaRepublic
Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Hornby Sapphire R8245 Decoder
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Re: Hornby Sapphire R8245 Decoder

The 8 pin connector only facilitates a maximum of 3 accessory functions. 2 pins for wires to the track 2 for the motor 1 return wire for the function outputs which leaves only 3 left for functions outputs. A 4 function decoder like the Sapphire, will have a 9th wire for the 4th function. As there is...
by BananaRepublic
Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC Sound on Dc Track
Replies: 7
Views: 1622

Re: DCC Sound on Dc Track

A warning for anyone considering a device like the "Black Box" sold by Gaugemaster. The DCC70 "Black Box" and similar products that combine this with a DC controller, are made by the American company the Model Rectifier Corporation (MRC). This is the same company that makes most ...
by BananaRepublic
Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:06 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder options for 21 pin socket
Replies: 11
Views: 1271

Re: Decoder options for 21 pin socket

Have to ask the question... why mess about with hardwiring or adaptors when there are plently of 21 decoders available to suit all pockets? I have to agree. Just get a 21 pin decoder to fit. There's plenty of choice. Adapters just take up space and in many locos, there isn't room for them and a dec...
by BananaRepublic
Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Which Controller
Replies: 92
Views: 7741

Re: Which Controller

I was aware of TouchCab but it only works with the Lenz and ESU ECoS because they are (ATM) the only DCC controllers with an Ethernet connection. According to TouchCab, they (he) are/is working on versions for a couple of other systems (e.g. Marklin CS2 ), but it seems they are locked out by a coup...
by BananaRepublic
Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Which Controller
Replies: 92
Views: 7741

Re: Which Controller

I think dedicated wireless controllers are on the way out anyway. Another way of doing it is to run a software train controller on an iPhone/iPod Touch or Android equivalent! You have a link from your DCC system to a computer..... run JRMI on the computer ....... and run apps like WiThrottle (http:...

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