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by muggins
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Cost of going to DCC?
Replies: 23
Views: 895

Re: Cost of going to DCC?

Much obliged, Bigmet. The only constant real vexation with my current setup of Morley Vector Zero Two, clean track and well run-in locos is the voltage that some of them need to wake themselves up. However careful I am with the controller, I can't avoid a lurch into life followed by the inevitable n...
by muggins
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Cost of going to DCC?
Replies: 23
Views: 895

Re: Cost of going to DCC?

Thank you very much indeed, gentlemen. TBH that's a bit of a surprise: I was anticipating considerably greater cost. ... Right, no doubt I'll be back in due course with further questions, but for now ... 1. Ref track power, all my points are fed via 16/0.2, and most of the plain trackwork has its ow...
by muggins
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Cost of going to DCC?
Replies: 23
Views: 895

Cost of going to DCC?

Unfortunately I am starting to wonder how much I would have to spend if I could be convinced that it's worth my while going to DCC, although TBH the only aspect of it that really attracts me is the allegedly-superior low speed control and smoother starts from standstill. I have no interest whatsoeve...
by muggins
Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Weird wagons
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Re: Weird wagons

Cheers Bigmet. Maybe this was just one of those things I heard in a model shop one day ...
by muggins
Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Weird wagons
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Weird wagons

I noticed on Ebay recently a job lot of Bachmann PO coal wagons that had been sort-of "weathered" on one side only, and that's something I don't recall seeing before. However, I seem to think I read somewhere ages ago that Bachmann themselves were actually going to offer wagons like this. ...
by muggins
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New Range announcements
Replies: 45
Views: 3999

Re: New Range announcements

Thank you, sir. OK then, assuming (and it's a really big assumption!) that I could justify over £100 for a toy train, am I right in thinking that if I wanted one in BR black, early emblem, I'd have to pre-order at full whack or risk missing the boat, as seems to be the way of the model railway world...
by muggins
Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New Range announcements
Replies: 45
Views: 3999

Re: New Range announcements

Does anyone know what the mechanism's going to be in the new 2MT? If there's a hope that it'll have similar running qualities to the JI5 and that it will probably get discounted to nearer £100, I might just have to start saving ...
by muggins
Sun Nov 01, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Spam cans on branch lines
Replies: 6
Views: 408

Re: Spam cans on branch lines

Cheers Stuart. Maybe I need more coffee, but I'm still not sure I get this. Say an express leaves London bound for somewhere in the West country. On the way, it stops at a junction and two carriages are dropped off the back to go up the branch to Mud-On-Sea, which they do behind a spamcan. Is the sp...
by muggins
Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Spam cans on branch lines
Replies: 6
Views: 408

Spam cans on branch lines

As I understand it, I could run a West Country or a Battle of Britain on a Southern branch line with just one or two carriages without invoking Rule One. And it could even run tender first. What I've never understood though, is - how come? How would that actually come to pass? If the one or two carr...
by muggins
Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: "R.U." on a brake van
Replies: 3
Views: 329

"R.U." on a brake van

What does/did it mean?
by muggins
Fri Oct 30, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann tension lock couplings
Replies: 18
Views: 678

Re: Bachmann tension lock couplings

D'oh ... I didn't realise you meant "actuated" in that sense. The senior moment obviously continues. Whatever, I'm now thinking in terms of a nail dropped through a hole drilled 'twixt sleepers so that its head is level with the top of the ballast, with turns of wire round the shank of it ...
by muggins
Fri Oct 30, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann tension lock couplings
Replies: 18
Views: 678

Re: Bachmann tension lock couplings

...Mine are actuated by a strip of phosphor bronze nailed on the baseboard frame, pushed into contact with a brass drawing pin. Never yet had to make an electromagnet for this purpose, salvaged them from tweeters and solenoids various. (I am cheap, oh yes...) Well if you're cheap, that makes two of...
by muggins
Fri Oct 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann tension lock couplings
Replies: 18
Views: 678

Re: Bachmann tension lock couplings

Cheers Bigmet. Hmmmm ... maybe it's time for a few experiments. Whenever I've thought about it before, I've never got past realising that, for me at least, it'd need electro-magnets rather than permanent ones. Making those would probably be cheaper than buying them (if indeed such things are readily...
by muggins
Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann tension lock couplings
Replies: 18
Views: 678

Re: Bachmann tension lock couplings

Well this is all jolly interesting, and the postie's just delivered my two packs of couplings viz. one each 36-030 and 36-061, these being with and without pocket respectively. What's the verdict on that mod, the name of which I can never remember, which involves more staple fun, but this time by wa...
by muggins
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Bachmann tension lock couplings
Replies: 18
Views: 678

Re: Bachmann tension lock couplings

Thank you gentlemen.

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