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by Firefly16
Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC Overheating Risk
Replies: 9
Views: 878

Re: DCC Overheating Risk

I assume you've seen the loco in question, Bigmet. Not a happy sight, I know. But there is a certain sturdy look about the Lima prairies that I find rather appealing and I don't like seeing this one in the state its in. I already have three, two known for certain to be 30+ years old and in very good...
by Firefly16
Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC Overheating Risk
Replies: 9
Views: 878

Re: DCC Overheating Risk

Thank you for your interesting replies, gentlemen. Should I secure the item, just to be on the safe side, I will De-DCC it. Re your query RFS, this is a Lima prairie, seller 'trufflesos' .
by Firefly16
Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC Overheating Risk
Replies: 9
Views: 878

DCC Overheating Risk

I have my eye on an ebay 'rescue prospect'. Advertised as being in 'good condition', DCC fitted, its unhappy state suggests that it has been subjected to intense heat and I wonder if this arose from an incorrectly fitted chip. As I have no experience of DCC, it would be interesting to hear members' ...
by Firefly16
Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby spares mystery
Replies: 3
Views: 725

Hornby spares mystery

Something that has puzzled me for some time - Just what became of the thousands of bits and pieces, the dozens of parts for mostly Margate models that made Modelspares such a treasure trove? Yes, there are still various sources of spare parts but in dribs and drabs compared to what was on offer befo...
by Firefly16
Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Railroad teak coaches enhancement
Replies: 4
Views: 580

Re: Railroad teak coaches enhancement

Further to Bigmet's point about filling in the break in the roof ends - With the teaks, disguising the break between the ends and the sides isn't a problem, but why doesn't Hornby carry the liveries of their Railroad GWR/SR etc. coaches on to the edges of the end units? As a manufacturing process, t...
by Firefly16
Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Temporary Track
Replies: 14
Views: 1556

Re: Temporary Track

N gauge/ 2mm - interesting scale for constructing large buildings that would be impossible for most of us spacewise, even in 4mm, but when it comes to actual rolling stock Pete, it just doesn't do it for me, I'm afraid.
by Firefly16
Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Temporary Track
Replies: 14
Views: 1556

Re: Temporary Track

Thank you for some interesting ideas Bigmet, but there isn't room even for those! Current thinking is for an end to end arrangement like a film set, with a mat laid out along the kitchen work top, with buildings, backdrop, et c. put in place and stored after the session. I have already made some ele...
by Firefly16
Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Temporary Track
Replies: 14
Views: 1556

Re: Temporary Track

No, Pete - my kitchen table has been bashed about enough as it is! :-)
by Firefly16
Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:38 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Temporary Track
Replies: 14
Views: 1556

Temporary Track

Having no space for a permanent layout, an operating/testing session usually means assembling an oval on a table top. I have found looping small rubber bands of 2 1/2 -3" circumference in a figure of eight under the two or three sleepers of adjacent panels to be a good way of overcoming the pro...
by Firefly16
Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Model Railway TV Development Programme -
Replies: 46
Views: 5385

Re: Model Railway TV Development Programme -

Look, Rebecca, in all seriousness, forget this project. Of far greater and wider interest - and influence perhaps, would be a documentary exploring the possibility of reopening the whole of what used to be called the Waverley Route, the line that once provided an alternative link between Carlisle an...
by Firefly16
Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Model Railway TV Development Programme -
Replies: 46
Views: 5385

Re: Model Railway TV Development Programme -

A fine 1/76 scale replica of one of the giants of the iron road. Every detail accurate, Mazak perfect, a beautiful finish. There it is in the display case, brand new, all ready to go, with years of happy, pleasure giving life ahead of it. But what's this? A television producer has come into the shop...
by Firefly16
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Model Railway TV Development Programme -
Replies: 46
Views: 5385

Re: Model Railway TV Development Programme -

No, please DON'T. I haven't forgotten the way the BBC wasted licence payers' money on car batteries and laying miles of 00 gauge track between Barnstaple and Bideford back in 2009.
by Firefly16
Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:07 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Praise!
Replies: 11
Views: 1247

Praise!

Three cheers for Hattons! Items ordered late Saturday night, delivered first thing this morning. That's service!
by Firefly16
Sun Jul 03, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: kadee couplers
Replies: 5
Views: 696

Re: kadee couplers

I don't do the collector thing - old locos, rolling stock are of interest to me for their intrinsic potential as 'working' items on a layout. While some will never be convincing scale models, as well as having other merits, eg sound, robust construction, reliable motors, others can, with a little th...
by Firefly16
Sat Jul 02, 2016 9:19 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: kadee couplers
Replies: 5
Views: 696

Re: kadee couplers

Bigmet - Thank you for your response to my post. Triang/Rovex Scale Models Ltd. produced a small range of, I think, Canadian inspired models in the middle 1950s. This consisted of a pacific loco, a baltic tank, passenger coaches and a handful of freight cars, all to HO scale. Made to contemporary st...

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