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by Emettman
Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Hi from the Aussie Newb
Replies: 59
Views: 9111

Re: Hi from the Aussie Newb

Hello and welcome! Yes, it's the rare railway modeller who does not discover the better ways to do things by trying a few of the as-it-turns-out not so good ones first. An A4 as your first step to Anglicisation? I'm not sure your track plan looks like somewhere an A4 would turn up regularly, but eit...
by Emettman
Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Coke Can Shunter: proof of concept.
Replies: 34
Views: 7569

Re: Coke Can Shunter: proof of concept.

State of play, and play or "mucking about" it is. Of all the motor/gear combinations tried, the most useful have all been with the large low-inertia motor. I have two other small motors on order that come with built-in gearboxes, so these options remain open for now. Other motors had insuf...
by Emettman
Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: First track electrical clarification.
Replies: 21
Views: 2698

Re: First track electrical clarification.

It would be possible to avoid any section switching for the crossover track, relying on the points' self isolating feature. As described, agreed. Saves a couple of switches and some wiring. Makes it slightly more likely there will be a shout at some point when both points have been set to internati...
by Emettman
Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: First track electrical clarification.
Replies: 21
Views: 2698

Re: First track electrical clarification.

Thank you, Jon. I've found and downloaded SCARM, but I've no idea how long it will take me to get familiar with it... On controlling, with that complexity of track, personally, I would be very happy with DPDT centre off section switches to allocate to either of two controllers That works for each la...
by Emettman
Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Coke Can Shunter: proof of concept.
Replies: 34
Views: 7569

Re: Coke Can Shunter: proof of concept.

Thank you. On monorails, I did built a working chassis for a Ewing system /Patiala Light Railway loco, and some test track, but further progress had to be set aside due to illness. http://i488.photobucket.com/albums/rr250/Cefnbryn/steam_zpsaada45ce.jpg Ah, the Stevens' monster. My candidate for the ...
by Emettman
Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Curved Guttering for Curved Buildings
Replies: 21
Views: 4428

Re: Curved Guttering for Curved Buildings

Good! I can't promise success, but if that was my job I'd rate it forth an experiment or two With a melting point below boiling water it's an interesting material to use. For "one off"s plasticine can make a mould. Now, odd thing. The main high-volume use of cerrobend is in plumbing for be...
by Emettman
Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Curved Guttering for Curved Buildings
Replies: 21
Views: 4428

Re: Curved Guttering for Curved Buildings

Thanks for your help ParkeNd but as I said previously I am modelling in 4mm scale and as such neither of the suppliers mentioned have suitable material in plastic. The smallest they both do would give a gutter that was in scale size over 14 inches wide. This is why I had already opted to go down th...
by Emettman
Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: First track electrical clarification.
Replies: 21
Views: 2698

Re: First track electrical clarification.

Add-on. Definitely agreed on the first radius. To be avoided unless there are no other options or it is being picked deliberately for effect. (Fleischmann do, or did, ref no. 6020, an R0 radius of 250mm, 10", in brass, for docks etc. which I have used before now. 0-4-0's and short wagons only!)...
by Emettman
Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: First track electrical clarification.
Replies: 21
Views: 2698

Re: First track electrical clarification.

Thank you jon, that is so much better. (can I ask what software that is? If I'm going to be making suggestions here on the forums I can see I will need something, but incredibly simple or intuitive ) If I'm right the inner passing loop will hold a big engine and two full-length coaches, but not the ...
by Emettman
Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Hi and help please
Replies: 8
Views: 1522

Re: Hi and help please

As I will eventually give this first effort to one of my grandsons... Steve There are lots of things you can do with "about" 6ft x4ft. And different scales and themes to work with. But my very first thought came from the bit I've quoted above... What's the access *from* the loft like? Aft...
by Emettman
Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: First track electrical clarification.
Replies: 21
Views: 2698

Re: First track electrical clarification.

A very rough sketch I can do... track 1.jpg This gives a train going round two choices as before.. but the sidings give places to swap wagons or coaches. The loco can change direction too by leaving its train in the loop and using the other line to get to the other end of the train. And there are mo...
by Emettman
Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Project 45C Continued
Replies: 148
Views: 24596

Re: Project 45C Continued

This is truly impressive in concept. With ten control stations, does that mean it needs ten operators (plus reliefs) when running? And what's the transporting requirement? I hope the logistics don't come to weigh down a magnificent idea. I've only ever built one-man-operation layouts so I have no re...
by Emettman
Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: First track electrical clarification.
Replies: 21
Views: 2698

Re: First track electrical clarification.

I think you understand correctly, if i understand these things correctly myself what I have in this layout is effectivly a figure of 8, i.e. i can start on the outside go round the inside and back out again. Will have this on each boys base :) https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-3Q9MY4C2pOc/U6sLiLCN...
by Emettman
Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: First track electrical clarification.
Replies: 21
Views: 2698

Re: First track electrical clarification.

Nice Baseboards! OK, so just to check: Each layout is going to be separate, for now: no crashes. Each layout has it's own engine, just one, and the plan is to have two oval loops on each: a double track. (connected I presume by at least a pair of points?) Done like that each set of ovals would only ...
by Emettman
Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: how high?
Replies: 19
Views: 3918

Re: how high?

pete12345 wrote: When the layout is set up away from the viewing public, there's nothing stopping you having a second set of legs at a different height.


The Douglas Bader solution?

Chris

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