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by UrbanHermit
Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: London commuting - slightly random post
Replies: 8
Views: 1803

Re: London commuting - slightly random post

I moved out of the London area to this remote-ish village in South Wales four years ago (almost to the day), and I still haven't stopped congratulating myself. Best decision I (we) ever made. Mind you, being retired helps...
by UrbanHermit
Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Track design.
Replies: 11
Views: 1919

Re: Track design.

You do need to be a bit creative when adapting OO plans for N, though. As Freezer himself warns, if there's a hole in the middle it becomes impossibly small if you simply halve the size of everything.
by UrbanHermit
Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:16 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Code 75 bonding wires and droppers.
Replies: 8
Views: 1191

Re: Code 75 bonding wires and droppers.

Yes, of course the green wire should be shown going to the frog, sorry. I've edited the diagram. Where I showed it originally was where it comes off a Peco turnout to go through the baseboard, but that's got nothing to do with a wiring diagram. It was very late when I posted it... The choc-block ide...
by UrbanHermit
Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:37 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Code 75 bonding wires and droppers.
Replies: 8
Views: 1191

Re: Code 75 bonding wires and droppers.

No. you're not missing something. There is actually someone on this forum (sorry, it's very late and I can't remember who) who has done this. And I'm doing it. In fact I'm taking it a stage further. You've got to have feeds from the bus to the polarity switch, right? So why not kill two birds with o...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Mar 31, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: best DCC steam loco
Replies: 21
Views: 3266

Re: best DCC steam loco

... Or model the GWR, who didn't do outside valve gear...

(ducks and runs for cover)
by UrbanHermit
Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Just a bit of fun...
Replies: 4
Views: 1034

Re: Just a bit of fun...

Another interesting procedure used to take place at Ashburton on cattle fair days. Sometimes they'd need so many cattle trucks that the train would be longer than the run-round loop, so the train would stop short of the release crossover, the engine would back over the crossover onto the adjacent tr...
by UrbanHermit
Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Just a bit of fun...
Replies: 4
Views: 1034

Just a bit of fun...

… As I’m not actually going to build this. Last year I got back in touch with an old friend I hadn’t seen for twenty years. In the interval he’s become a railway modeller, though his approach is different to mine in nearly every way – his layout is N, round-and-round, BR steam-diesel transition and ...
by UrbanHermit
Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:03 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Peco frog wires
Replies: 2
Views: 1070

Re: Peco frog wires

Yep, ta, that works. I had a prise with a small screwdriver and the wires just snapped and came away.
by UrbanHermit
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Peco frog wires
Replies: 2
Views: 1070

Peco frog wires

Possibly a silly question, but... Those jumper wires (or whatever you want to call them) to the frog, the ones you have to cut when modifying the points. These used to be nice and accessible: pecopoints1.jpg But in the goodness of their hearts Peco have changed the design. The wires are now buried d...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:39 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: best DCC steam loco
Replies: 21
Views: 3266

Re: best DCC steam loco

You mean you tell your wife how much you pay for your locos?!?
by UrbanHermit
Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: South Lascombe
Replies: 61
Views: 9856

Re: South Lascombe

Excuse me while I celebrate a small triumph. I needed a socket to fit the plug on the DC power source I acquired recently for my point motors, so I can plug it straight in to the back of the control panel I hope to build. Searching on the net turned up nothing (it didn't help that I don't know the c...
by UrbanHermit
Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Tixeter Junction - UPDATE
Replies: 212
Views: 37055

Re: Tixeter Junction - UPDATE

As Luke said, it's a shame you're having these running problems when the layout looks so good. I just hope mine will eventually look as good. Cold comfort I know, but in a strange way this thread has done me a favour. If I get fed up with the monotony of soldering linking wires on 20 sets of points ...
by UrbanHermit
Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: NCE Powercab reviews?
Replies: 13
Views: 2116

Re: NCE Powercab reviews?

Glad to see all these positive comments, because I've just bought an NCE Powercab too, so recently that I'm still getting to grips with it. Ideally I would have liked to do what they recommend, try a selection of systems out for myself, but the nearest place I know of where I could have done that is...
by UrbanHermit
Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: South Lascombe
Replies: 61
Views: 9856

Re: South Lascombe

Seconded, both of you. Thing is, I like to have track formations that not only work operationally but look good too. I've run a Toad brake van over it to check for smooth running, but before I can run a loco I've got to: Solder the droppers to the track; Solder those bridging wires and cut the facto...
by UrbanHermit
Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: South Lascombe
Replies: 61
Views: 9856

Re: South Lascombe

The world's slowest layout build lumbers into the track laying phase. Well, I still have the fiddle yard entrance and sector plate to build, but I thought I'd give myself a break from carpentry for a while, and encourage myself by seeing some actual railway take shape. It started very slowly, becaus...

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