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by fourtytwo
Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)
Replies: 249
Views: 26164

Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Thanks fourtytwo - now you tell me! I wasn't aware that you can get TPCO toggle switches, and I'd so often wished that I could use just one switch to change both the point and the frog polarity! Unfortunately rather too late to change now, and besides, I wouldn't be able to afford all those tubes o...
by fourtytwo
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:37 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Trouvé - not that far from Perdu!
Replies: 599
Views: 68535

Re: Trouvé - not that far from Perdu!

End2End, PNP, Bufferstop, Lukeb, Jon_C, Buggleskelly, Allegheny1600, Thanks for the nice comments. I hope this will answer most of your questions. The main board, Trouvé, has in truth been sat covered up for over a year, since I started to build the extension – Manquant. When I finally put it all t...
by fourtytwo
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Virtual Model Railways
Replies: 1
Views: 388

Re: Virtual Model Railways

This is a very interesting subject and I have no connection with any company! I myself was looking at it as a relief from the perennial running problems of a real model railway. I did find however researching the various options that british outline and british countryside and sound were very hard t...
by fourtytwo
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Whats all this stuff about frog juicers anyhow
Replies: 12
Views: 1822

Re: Whats all this stuff about frog juicers anyhow

I'd never heard of frog juicers until this post and, having Googled to find out what they are, I get your point. It seems to be a lot of money to save you the trouble of figuring out which side of the micro-switch (or whatever traditional method you use) goes to which track feed. So whats going on!...
by fourtytwo
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:34 pm
Forum: Large Gauge Model Railway - including 1, O, and S
Topic: The end of an era
Replies: 16
Views: 2890

Re: The end of an era

Sorry I have to comment on that too particularly "battery capacity" as recent news stories have shown this has been at the expense of safety. . I'm not ready to go to Lithium technology yes, and no need to if working in G scale with small trains... (American length tracks and trains would...
by fourtytwo
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Unashamed plug for the RPSI
Replies: 0
Views: 411

Unashamed plug for the RPSI

If anybody is ever likely to visit Ireland or is tempted to do so looking for steam please look up the RPSI website at http://steamtrainsireland.com/ there a wonderful bunch and I spent both many happy hours working in the loco sheds at Whitehead (a few miles north of Belfast) and traveling on many ...
by fourtytwo
Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Large Gauge Model Railway - including 1, O, and S
Topic: The end of an era
Replies: 16
Views: 2890

Re: The end of an era

But if starting again today I'd seriously look at giving up on track power and going for battery power with radio control. Both battery capacity and radio control technology have come a long way in the last ten years. Sorry I have to comment on that too particularly "battery capacity" as ...
by fourtytwo
Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Large Gauge Model Railway - including 1, O, and S
Topic: The end of an era
Replies: 16
Views: 2890

Re: The end of an era

I realize this is an old post, I hope you sold your home ok. Regarding short circuits, this is one reason I sectionalise a layout. I wonder what caused you short circuit, the most common cause I have is the mechanical point setting is not the same as the frog switch although in the larger gauges thi...
by fourtytwo
Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)
Replies: 249
Views: 26164

Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

(Aesthetic suggestions welcome please!) Those little circles of plastic discarded when you cutoff the end of a tube of filler before putting on the nozzle and putting it in your gun! My that's a mother of a control panel! hmmm I use traction routing by point position to try and reduce the number of...
by fourtytwo
Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Whats all this stuff about frog juicers anyhow
Replies: 12
Views: 1822

Whats all this stuff about frog juicers anyhow

And all other products of similar function but different trade names. I cannot believe how much people are spending on this stuff!! Its just marketing hype and does NOTHING a humble microswitch, motor mounted switch or control system relay/switch contact cannot do and does nothing to reduce wiring, ...
by fourtytwo
Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)
Replies: 249
Views: 26164

Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Wowww very impressive, I like the baseboard construction method with the ply sandwich beams, impressive trackwork too!
Is there a reason its portable ? are you intending to exhibit it or do you move house often ? sorry if I missed that bit
by fourtytwo
Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Riccarton Junction in N gauge
Replies: 33
Views: 4105

Re: Riccarton Junction in N gauge

Wowww thank you all for your very kind comments, it gladdens my heart and I hope to find your layouts here too so I can return the compliments :) Also thank you so much for the historical context, I have read as much as I could find but there are always extra nuances to be discovered and indeed I di...
by fourtytwo
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Riccarton Junction in N gauge
Replies: 33
Views: 4105

Re: Riccarton Junction in N gauge

And so now we come to the scenery, I am not an artistically gifted person, I took my ques from as many pictures of old Riccarton as I could find then selected some appropriate Peco backscenes, and added a few buildings from my floating stock. Ballast is real granite using the watered down pva method...
by fourtytwo
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Riccarton Junction in N gauge
Replies: 33
Views: 4105

Re: Riccarton Junction in N gauge

As a follow on about construction this layout ike all my past ones is not DCC, part of the reason for this is I started in N long before DCC and I am steam outline both making it difficult to modify the loco's. IMOP live frogs are essential so the wiring gets a bit busy but then the same would be tr...
by fourtytwo
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Riccarton Junction in N gauge
Replies: 33
Views: 4105

Riccarton Junction in N gauge

I started this layout some time ago but when is a layout ever finished! so to me it's still under construction. I have been building N gauge layouts on and off for 30 years so this is the nth incarnation. This layout was designed to fit in half the space of its predecessor so approx 13ft long by 6ft...

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