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by MickleoverTestTrack
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Starting out
Replies: 14
Views: 1018

Re: Starting out

I think you may simply have to get used to the fact that the hobby these days is quite a bit more expensive than you probably thought it was. Sounds a bit brutal, but there it is, i'm afraid. There is a Youtube channel called Budget Model Railways where they try to achieve decent results for a lot ...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Digital layout
Replies: 19
Views: 1346

Re: Digital layout

I'm not sure what would happen if you tried running a digital train on a non digital controller, obviously the sound/light wouldn't work. It depends on the decoder but most will run on DC as a normal DC train. Depending on how the train is wired internally and the decoder used the lights may even w...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Digital layout
Replies: 19
Views: 1346

Re: Digital layout

Thanks Andy. Are you saying an ordinary loco with no digital capacity can be run by a digital controller?. Bit confused on that one!. Some DCC systems have the ability to run one non-digital locomotive at time. The general conscensus is that it isn't good for the locomotive and not to bother. So no...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Digital layout
Replies: 19
Views: 1346

Re: Digital layout

DCC fitted - already has a decoder inside, just needs to be allocated a number and away you go on DCC. DCC ready - This is fitted with a socket inside to take a DCC decoder. As supplied it will have a "blanking plate" so it can run on analogue (DC). To run on DC you need to remove the body...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Digital layout
Replies: 19
Views: 1346

Re: Digital layout

Oh, if the question is one of cost, then at the basic level it will cost more by the cost of a decoder in each locomotive. A decoder will be about £10 to 15 for a basic one to control the train and lights. Locomotives with decoders already in them are marked as "DCC fitted." If they have a...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Digital layout
Replies: 19
Views: 1346

Re: Digital layout

A starter digital set usually comes with everything to get started with what is in the box. A very basic starter system with a very low level controller. The locomotive (or train) will come with a decoder already in it. Most of those packs come with a starter oval of track and one siding, the point ...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Metric or Imperial, or does it matter.
Replies: 18
Views: 1490

Re: Metric or Imperial, or does it matter.

Some tests to apply to yourself to see which side you fall:- How much do you weigh? In KG What weight does a bag of sugar come in? 500g and 1kg What size of glass do you order at the bar? Pint, but then they don't offer 500ml. Some beers come in 500ml bottles. What volume is a milk bottle? Pint, bu...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: best free software
Replies: 15
Views: 1214

Re: best free software

I get around the 50 piece limit by cheating. Flexi longer than it comes. Swapping out 2 sectional curves for 1 piece of flexi with the same radius and angle etc.

I'm morally flexible you could say.
by MickleoverTestTrack
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Noobie advice/help
Replies: 18
Views: 1337

Re: Noobie advice/help

Since I can't see it being answered above, in relation to your question about streamline code 100 and Hornby / Peco sectional track, both will physically join together as the rail height is the same (code 100). The difference is in the geometry. Sectional track (sometimes known by the Peco name for ...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Sound proofing.
Replies: 7
Views: 1423

Re: Sound proofing.

I have used Celotex (or equivalent) as a board material as I like the light and strong combination this can deliver for portable layouts, but the metal skin is a vital component in that use. Just to clarify, I left most of the metal skin on mine. It was just a strip under the track I took off on on...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Sound proofing.
Replies: 7
Views: 1423

Re: Sound proofing.

I think I've got about as quiet as it is possible to go. Celotex base with the alu skin cut and peeled off under the woodland scenics track bed that I glued with copydex. I haven't ballasted yet but according to what I've read, Copydex makes for a much quieter result when you do. I wouldn't recommen...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Glassgow to Strandossan - 00 DCC
Replies: 23
Views: 2343

Re: Glassgow to Strandossan - 00 DCC

luckymucklebackit wrote:that photograph is incorrectly captioned,
Jim


Damn misleading internet! Still an interesting combination but of less relevance to the OP. Thanks for the info Jim.
by MickleoverTestTrack
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Glassgow to Strandossan - 00 DCC
Replies: 23
Views: 2343

Re: Glassgow to Strandossan - 00 DCC

The 126 has to have one of the ugliest ends to a train ever. It does make it strangely intriguing though, very unloved as far as modelling goes. A quick google search of Stranraer to Euston gives quite a variety. I'm most intrigued by this one https://www.flickr.com/photos/30843245@N00/25506328908 t...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Glassgow to Strandossan - 00 DCC
Replies: 23
Views: 2343

Re: Glasgow to Strandossan - 00 DCC

Thats a nice idea. The time frame and location gives quite a bit of stock flexibility. The Ayrshire lines being EMU served from electrification and Stranraer being served by loco hauled services after the 126s were withdrawn until the 156s came along. I think there was a Stranraer to London service ...
by MickleoverTestTrack
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: *Solved* - Loco with a mind of its own - Hornby Select Firmware Upgrade
Replies: 28
Views: 2581

Re: Loco with a mind of its own - Short Circuit?

8vchris wrote:
MickleoverTestTrack wrote:It isn't 87005 is it? :lol:


no, not far off though! its 87001


I thought you were making a reference to the film with your thread title. haha

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