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by Bigmet
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Display storage for OO gauge rolling stock
Replies: 11
Views: 185

Re: Display storage for OO gauge rolling stock

Let me distract you: no space for more tracks in the fiddle yard?
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: New to DCC
Replies: 2
Views: 86

Re: New to DCC

If going OO, use Peco Streamline track so you have the option of live point crossings which are very helpful in maintaining good electrical pick up, especially valuable if you plan to have any short wheelbase locos. Currently manufactured OO locos are overall pretty good; but some don't make it easy...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 19, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The significance of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
Replies: 2
Views: 67

The significance of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

A sensible BBC article on railways. The significance of the Stockton and Darlington Railway outlined.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-56168296
Get ready for the bicentenary...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Dcc loco issues
Replies: 43
Views: 3181

Re: Dcc loco issues

...all works wonderfully but can be a bit expensive! ... In first cost, possibly; measured over service duration it's cheaper. Haven't needed to buy a single replacement for any of the Lenz or Zimo DCC kit purchased, and I am fast approaching 20 years use. For consumer grade electronics, this is ve...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Thankfully never produced
Replies: 11
Views: 596

Re: Thankfully never produced

There's stacks of these 'might have beens' from Triang Hornby too. I think it was Pat Hammond who curated the original MREmag in the early 2000's that provided a very good reference article in the history of RTR OO section, which must have described twenty or more steam models which T-H had mocked u...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Startup
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: Startup

Welcome Roger. Wien definitely had at least one model railway specialist shop when I was last there in 2006, which if it still exists should stock all the catalogues, and have a lot of HO on display. Brands such as Roco and Trix will be a good place to start in HO for the locos and stock. I like Roc...
by Bigmet
Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Thankfully never produced
Replies: 11
Views: 596

Re: Thankfully never produced

That is awful... True, but all things are relative. Better by far than the uninhibitedly inauthentic interpretations of the N2 and R1 tank locos that were part of the H-D/Wrenn range. That catalogue date of 1977 is telling isn't it? Mainline's launch in 1976 had 'reset' ideas of what RTR OO might l...
by Bigmet
Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Dcc loco issues
Replies: 43
Views: 3181

Re: Dcc loco issues

In my experience a Lenz DCC system and Lenz or Zimo decoders are a stable solution, A similar scenario to the "Apple v just about everyone else" in computers. Build your hardware to your design, control the use of it by copyright and patents rigorously enforced..." Lenz made their DC...
by Bigmet
Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Gresley 2-6-2. Help.
Replies: 16
Views: 281

Re: Gresley 2-6-2. Help.

...In all of those designs I have not had a single example of zinc rot. Do you think it is safe to uncross my fingers yet? From a total of about 30 Kader locos of the split chassis type from Mainline, Replica and Bachmann, I have had just one failure, the wheel castings on one of the first batch of...
by Bigmet
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Dcc loco issues
Replies: 43
Views: 3181

Re: Dcc loco issues

...Ongoing compatibility is a very shaky promise... In my experience a Lenz DCC system and Lenz or Zimo decoders are a stable solution, free from compatibility problems. I see plenty of other makes of decoders that friends have tried. The best of them just not as good all around, abundant direness ...
by Bigmet
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How is my brain nowadays??? (Funicular layout)
Replies: 27
Views: 347

Re: How is my brain nowadays??? (Funicular layout)

You can make points work in model form with no moving parts at all, just a check rail to drag the vehicles to the correct road when they reach a facing point. (Same principle as a 'divergence' on mixed gauge track.) An oblique slot in the check rail allows the vehicle in the trailing direction to pa...
by Bigmet
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Paint Removal - Lima Mk.3s
Replies: 5
Views: 169

Re: Paint Removal - Lima Mk.3s

If the paint sticks like the proverbial to a shovel then a thorough clean will be all that is required for the paint you apply to adhere.
by Bigmet
Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: starter set vs separates
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: starter set vs separates

... I got a good deal (I think! £32) on a BACHMANN 60117 locomotive. It just arrived and the body is in mint condition. Sadly one hook is broken but then again, it does not match the hooks on my 3x Jouef coaches, so will need to replace both hooks, or perhaps the end hooks on the coaches?... I was ...
by Bigmet
Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby B1 Stembok (R3451)
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: Hornby B1 Stembok (R3451)

Of course, it is all very realistic! The B1 was a wartime design, and the design effort focussed on materials cost down, simplicity, steaming and power output, and well established refinements such as provision for axle bearing adjustment to take up wear were absent as a result. That could be fixed ...
by Bigmet
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby B1 Stembok (R3451)
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: Hornby B1 Stembok (R3451)

In principle they ought to perform very similarly. But there are some significant mechanical differences between them, the K1 has both a flywheel and smaller diameter wheels than on the B1; both factors helpful for drive smoothness. I have had several examples of both to look at, some my own, others...

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