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by UrbanHermit
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Crisis point
Replies: 15
Views: 1685

Re: Crisis point

Obviously, you are like Oscar Wilde: "I can resist anything except temptation."

Can't help you out, because what you're keeping (pre-war GWR) is exactly what I buy. And (he said pointedly) that's ALL that I buy.
by UrbanHermit
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Suitcase connectors
Replies: 23
Views: 2548

Re: Suitcase connectors

On the ones I've got the little pairs of jaws on the sides of the suitcase connectors are a tight enough fit on the spades to need a fair bit of force to make the connection. I don't think they'll be coming loose in a hurry.
by UrbanHermit
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 4746

Re: Underhill

I am actually using code 100 track on this one (as opposed to my stalled end-to-end), because (a) I am re-using as much as possible of the old track, and (b) the layout is impossible to fit into the space available unless I use setrack points - I did do a feasibilty study on AnyRail, and that quickl...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Suitcase connectors
Replies: 23
Views: 2548

Re: Suitcase connectors

That is a seriously neat piece of layout wiring. The mess I've seen under some baseboards...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 4746

Re: Underhill

Well, it's not exactly small, more medium size I suppose, but I'm keeping it simple. Yes, with digit (not digital) points operation. It will certainly be up and running (after a fashion) by Christmas. After soldering on the first set of droppers to the outside oval I couldn't resist having a test. I...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Suitcase connectors
Replies: 23
Views: 2548

Re: Suitcase connectors

One way of ensuring that the wire strands don't splay when wiring a Cobalt point motor would be to tin the wire. But the whole point of the Cobalt connections is supposed to be that you DON'T need to solder...
by UrbanHermit
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Suitcase connectors
Replies: 23
Views: 2548

Re: Suitcase connectors

Yes, TimberSurf, that is exactly the set-up I have in the afore-mentioned wiring kit: crimp spade connectors slotting into single suitcases. I shall now be using it with renewed confidence.
by UrbanHermit
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Underhill
Replies: 39
Views: 4746

Underhill

Long time no hear from me. Last heard of working on an ambitious round-the-walls terminus-fiddle yard layout I called South Lascombe, I got over-awed by the size of what I was taking on, especially the electrics (20-plus electrofrog points and point motors...), and I am ashamed to say work ground to...
by UrbanHermit
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Suitcase connectors
Replies: 23
Views: 2548

Re: Suitcase connectors

OK, confession time. My real agenda is that a year or three back, in a moment of weakness (or under-confidence) I bought one of these layout wiring kits, and it uses suitcase connectors. I then got cold feet about using it, but now I'm having second (or should that be third?) thoughts. As I said, I ...
by UrbanHermit
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Suitcase connectors
Replies: 23
Views: 2548

Re: Suitcase connectors

'... but very appropriate to describe the process when lying on ones back under a layout.' That is one thing I will go to any lengths to avoid. I would have thought that if suitcase connectors can stand the heat, damp, vibration and God knows what else you get in a car they'd be safe enough under a ...
by UrbanHermit
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Suitcase connectors
Replies: 23
Views: 2548

Suitcase connectors

Last night I was amusing myself by watching some YouTube instructional videos about wiring track, both British and American. What intrigued me about the American ones (apart from the fact that they apparently 'sodder' instead of solder, which sounds a little rude to me) was that it seems to be unive...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Readers Halt
Replies: 53
Views: 5682

Re: First attempt with a proper layout

Hate to be a party pooper, but... Is the layout going to stay where you've shown it, up against the roof timbers? Because, trust me, you are going to need access to both sides of the layout. A good rule of thumb is that you should never have to stretch more than two feet to reach anything. This is t...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: A cuckoo in the nest
Replies: 6
Views: 1366

Re: A cuckoo in the nest

Thank you, folks. I think I know what to do now. And yes, Bob, a photo or two would be interesting and helpful. I haven't checked that screw yet, but with my luck it's bound to be the longer kind. By the way, the livery is rather interesting. You can see in my photo that it differs from the standard...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:22 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: A cuckoo in the nest
Replies: 6
Views: 1366

A cuckoo in the nest

My daughter, bless her, decided in the goodness of her heart to club together with her husband and give me a locomotive for my birthday. To her a loco is a loco is a loco, and I suspect "the man in the shop" (she didn't say which shop) may have taken advantage. I am now the proud possessor...

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