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by abenn
Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Servo drive for N gauge turnouts
Replies: 10
Views: 2180

Re: Servo drive for N gauge turnouts

Thanks for the replies.

I've come to the conclusion that having my servo activate a standard Peco microswitch might be the simplest and most reliable, so I've ordered one to try out. I'll also look at using a latching relay.
by abenn
Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Servo drive for N gauge turnouts
Replies: 10
Views: 2180

Servo drive for N gauge turnouts

Since my other hobby is radio-controlled model aircraft, and having seen mention of Peco's servo point motors, I decided to see if I can easily make my own servo point motors for my future N gauge layout. This afternoon I've built a prototype, powered by a mini Eflite servo, and controlled by a PICA...
by abenn
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Kato Eurostar questions -- newbie to N gauge.
Replies: 21
Views: 4246

Re: Kato Eurostar questions -- newbie to N gauge.

Thanks Little Reggie, and sorry for the late reply. I've seen an Amazon ad for £253, with two available. I've also seen threads about the problems finding couplings. I've just started the process of selling my OO gauge, so it'll be a while before I even get started building my N gauge layout, so I'l...
by abenn
Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:11 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Kato Eurostar questions -- newbie to N gauge.
Replies: 21
Views: 4246

Re: Kato Eurostar questions -- newbie to N gauge.

Thanks Ben A, I've read about coupler problems in one or two other posts in this forum. But it's good to know that it's overall high quality. I haven't designed my layout yet, but it will be pre-HS1, without overhead lines. I suppose I can arrange its schedules so it doesn't meet any other trains. A...
by abenn
Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Kato Eurostar questions -- newbie to N gauge.
Replies: 21
Views: 4246

Re: Kato Eurostar questions -- newbie to N gauge.

Oh dear, three different scales :?

OK, so if the Kato model is 1:160 it will be smaller by about 9% than if it were to UK 1:148 scale. That's quite a difference, and might look silly if it's alongside a UK InterCity class 43, for instance.

Thanks for the reply hairy :D
by abenn
Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:17 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Kato Eurostar questions -- newbie to N gauge.
Replies: 21
Views: 4246

Kato Eurostar questions -- newbie to N gauge.

I'm considering selling up my OO railway so that I can build a new layout in N gauge and run more realistic length trains on my current 13ft-long table. For sentimental reasons one of the first trains I intend to purchase is a Eurostar, and the only N gauge one I can find is the Kato model, about wh...
by abenn
Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing
Replies: 22
Views: 2999

Re: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing

I have a piece of paper somewhere that says I am an engineer :mrgreen:

I do keep a spreadsheet of repairs and mods I make to my RC helicopters (my other hobby), so maybe I should do the same for my railway.
by abenn
Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:51 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Track Cleaning Cars
Replies: 11
Views: 1434

Re: Track Cleaning Cars

I've had the CMX for a few years now. Despite it being HO gauge, I've never had any problem with it on my Hornby/Peco trackwork. It is heavy, with quite a bit of drag from the cleaning pad, but my Bachmann class 66 or 37 haul it without any problem.
by abenn
Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing
Replies: 22
Views: 2999

Re: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing

Success, I think :) The tender ran over the points okay with the centre wheels removed. Then, while I had the axle off I could see what you were saying, beeman. I pulled one wheel off the plastic joiner, filed a bit off the end of the joiner and reattached the wheel, resulting in a narrower back-to...
by abenn
Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing
Replies: 22
Views: 2999

Re: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing

Thanks Bigmet and beeman. Tomorrow I'll try it as a 4-wheeler and, while the centre wheels are off, I'll look closely to see if/how I can reduce their back-to-back a smidgin.
by abenn
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing
Replies: 22
Views: 2999

Re: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing

Thanks beeman , that explains it. But reducing the back-to-back dimension is likely to result in other problems such as, dropping off the rail on curves as you say, or fouling the check rails, isn't it? Bigmet , the tender can't go over the "inner" branch of any of my three curved points w...
by abenn
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:39 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing
Replies: 22
Views: 2999

Re: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing

Bigmet , that's a good point. I've checked the wheel back-to-back with my gauge, and they're all okay. So next I'll push it round by hand, and then drive it wrong way round with the loco. I don't understand Geoff 's advice about removing the small buffers on the front of the tender though -- there ...
by abenn
Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing
Replies: 22
Views: 2999

Re: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing

Yes, more things to look for. Thanks for the contributions. I'll also put my gauge on the back-to-back wheel measurement to make sure that's not the issue.
by abenn
Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing
Replies: 22
Views: 2999

Re: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing

I thought that the Peco curved point was third and second radius. But how does swapping tenders make a difference? Presumably you're talking about different vintages or models? All three axles on my tender have considerable side play, though it's obviously not enough. And the tender attaches to the ...
by abenn
Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing
Replies: 22
Views: 2999

Bachmann Collet Goods tender derailing

The tender of my Bachmann 2251 Collett Goods regularly derails on tightish curves -- particularly the inner branch of a standard Peco curved turnout. It's usually the pair of wheels nearest the loco that derails first, whether it's being pushed or pulled. I've added lead to the tender, to no avail. ...

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