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by Emettman
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: What Track Do I need?
Replies: 13
Views: 796

Re: What Track Do I need?

Can anyone tell me where I can find online lists of manufacturer’s N gauge track part numbers. If you finalise on a plan I should be able to draw it in Anyrail which can display part numbers. I see the style of station you are after but unless I am missing something they are all too long for your 4...
by Emettman
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: New Beginnings
Replies: 29
Views: 896

Re: New Beginnings

Tight curves (and these would be) are best laid in pre-curved or "set" track. In 4x2 in N, lots of options are available, but not including running long passenger or fright trains. Basic ideas available are: Oval continuous runs (already ruled out) Station to station end-to-end Station to ...
by Emettman
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Scalecast / Linka moulds for O gauge
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: Scalecast / Linka moulds for O gauge

Not so true with Linka, but some cast building blocks can re-scale. http://www.hirstarts.com/ The basic Hirst Molds block at 1/2 " x 1/2" x 1" is 3ft by 3ft x 6ft in OO, viable for castles and harbour walls. In 0 an 18" by 3ft block is your town hall or classic stone-faced bank b...
by Emettman
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: New Beginnings
Replies: 29
Views: 896

Re: New Beginnings

Hello, Artisan. I'm afraid 4ft is not going to give you much in OO standard gauge model railways* 7-8ft is near the minimum for a simple branch terminus and its matching fiddle yard, and though smaller is possible a very tight-space design might not be an ideal beginner's layout. In N scale 4ft by 2...
by Emettman
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Looking for Help / Ideas Please
Replies: 21
Views: 1418

Re: Looking for Help / Ideas Please

I haven't been sell these past two weeks, but I haven't forgotten you! I've noted down your sketch and hope to show a few ideas soon. On what you've shown, can I ask which way is your access to the middle? From the long side or the short? Are you happy ducking under (an#d will you be in ten years ti...
by Emettman
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Looking for Help / Ideas Please
Replies: 21
Views: 1418

Re: Looking for Help / Ideas Please

Hello again, BlueDay. I do have some ideas half sketched, but nothing ready to present yet. Two questions: are you aiming at an essentially one-level layout, or would multiple levels with gradients be acceptable or even desired? This will make a big difference to design possibilities. What are your ...
by Emettman
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Montfort's shunting layout
Replies: 36
Views: 1957

Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Hornby heavily stretched the prototype to fit on their standard chassis. Pretty tough to run these models slowly for shunting unfortunately, keeping the power low enough for them to creep along makes them vulnerable to stalling. Zipping around in circles is what they do best and about all they do. ...
by Emettman
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Help with DC wiring
Replies: 7
Views: 583

Re: Help with DC wiring

Assuming two controllers, the simplest wiring is simply 1 two-wire feed to each oval. At the left-hand end just above the curved point would be convenient. No insulating joiners are necessary. The other reasons for failing to complete and oval would be loose fishplates at rail joints or point blades...
by Emettman
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby 8244 vs Peco SL-29
Replies: 2
Views: 228

Re: Hornby 8244 vs Peco SL-29

That Hornby one *isn't* for Hornby couplings: it's for people needing continental style uncouplers.

The Peco one is perfectly conventional and in tight spaces allows more varied positioning than uncouplers already built into a length of track.

Chris
by Emettman
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Newbie - Looking For Advice
Replies: 11
Views: 667

Re: Newbie - Looking For Advice

So in the short term, my plan is to board the space out and see what I have then plan from there. Sound like a plan? Yes. Taking those as now given, the next steps in planning will be considering length of trains, and the preferred operational emphasis, given that "Want everything" puts t...
by Emettman
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Newbie - Looking For Advice
Replies: 11
Views: 667

Re: Newbie - Looking For Advice

Hi everyone and thanks for bothering to open my thread - probably the 1000th Hi I'm New thread ever written :D Finally got round to starting my lifelong ambition of building a train layout. I've got a good size space in the attic and I'm planning on something around 8'x10' eventually (think big, I ...
by Emettman
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann "Junior" locomotives
Replies: 8
Views: 497

Re: Bachmann "Junior" locomotives

I've generally considered them good quiet runners, and if in need of any more compact chassis (I'm not) I'd pounce on a *cheap* "poor runner" anticipating an easy fix. Greg tends to have a lot of side play on the axles making it very tolerant of tight curves. That can be shimmed down to re...
by Emettman
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 2018 Range
Replies: 78
Views: 9127

Re: Hornby 2018 Range

Are "faceless" versions of Percy and Thomas likely to appear, as Bachmann did with theirs?

I can't remember if the Hornby locos had the faces as part of the body mouldings.

Chris.
by Emettman
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Soldering assistance required
Replies: 7
Views: 555

Re: Soldering assistance required

My approach would be crude and simple... I'd attach tag wires of a few inches to the board where the wires had broken (that gives more room to work, anyway) and just try them both ways round (twisted wire connection, initially.) You should have no risk or problem at a low controller setting seeing w...
by Emettman
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: OMG Peco's got a new website.
Replies: 18
Views: 1018

Re: OMG Peco's got a new website.

Mountain wrote:Well done Peco.
Out of interest, how do Peco pronounce their name and where did it come from? Is it "Pea co" or is it "Peck o"?


Pea co.
From the Pritchard Patent Product Company, Ltd. Hence, the P co.

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