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by William Medland
Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Controller Wattage
Replies: 15
Views: 3610

Controller Wattage

My old Tri-ang Locos (which are running on old 1950s track) do not run well using modern controllers. However, I have just purchased a Marshall II Meccano controller built in 1959 and everything runs fantastic. Why is this? It is 12 Volts DC and 8 Watts. What is the wattage of modern controllers? Ch...
by William Medland
Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:23 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Stupidity
Replies: 27
Views: 4068

Re: Hornby Stupidity

Just like the GWR 0-4-0 (101) that keeps popping up in different liveries :? That was created just to test an oil firing system, converted to coal before it had really proved anything and scrapped when it's boiler needed overhaul. It is said to be the only 0-4-0T designed in Swindon's drawing offic...
by William Medland
Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:38 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Stupidity
Replies: 27
Views: 4068

Re: Hornby Stupidity

Just like the GWR 0-4-0 (101) that keeps popping up in different liveries :?
by William Medland
Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Sales : Non UK members take note
Replies: 79
Views: 11488

Re: Hornby Sales : Non UK members take note

if it says DCC 'Ready' then in effect it's analogue, but has a DCC socket &
blanking plate fitted. These are that way so good old fashioned 12V DC is not
excluded.


Thanks Geoff, I didnt know that, a great help..... I have not left my 1970s time bubble.
by William Medland
Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Sales : Non UK members take note
Replies: 79
Views: 11488

Re: Hornby Sales : Non UK members take note

Hello Ladies and Gents, I am an ex-pat (ex-H.M.Forces) living in Germany and working for the last 23 years with the German State Railways. I have been back in the hobby for only 8 months after a 40 year break (!). Going back to Cornwall during a visit, I called in at the local shop selling Hornby an...
by William Medland
Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Tri-ang Standard grey plastic track
Replies: 9
Views: 3085

Re: Tri-ang Standard grey plastic track

Whats so bad about the points, Bill? There were several types of points used during the lifespan of Standard track, the ones that give the problems are the early ones with moving frogs. This may be due to the plastic warping enough to cause the bogies to ride up over the frogs, the later standard p...
by William Medland
Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: Model Railway Photography
Topic: Bill´s Railway World
Replies: 49
Views: 9855

Re: Bill´s Railway World

As this sub-forum is about photographs of model railways, we seem to have taken it off topic so to speak.
Discussing the old Tri-ang track is very interesting in itself, so I have started a new thread......

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=45214

Cheers, Bill.
by William Medland
Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Tri-ang Standard grey plastic track
Replies: 9
Views: 3085

Tri-ang Standard grey plastic track

Tri-ang Standard grey plastic track http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp186/Norkmann/1656247_583931285028424_135219708_n.jpg Repairing old Triang standard track http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp186/Norkmann/t1.jpg Laying the track on the 1950s layout. Working with the standard grey track is no...
by William Medland
Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: Model Railway Photography
Topic: Bill´s Railway World
Replies: 49
Views: 9855

Re: Bill´s Railway World

Some of my points do have moving frogs, I wondered why. Standard track has the joiner to the right, early Rovex track has the joiner in the middle and the track can only join in one direction. There are two very slight versions of the Standard track, very early Standard has "Patent Pending"...
by William Medland
Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:01 am
Forum: Model Railway Photography
Topic: Bill´s Railway World
Replies: 49
Views: 9855

Re: Bill´s Railway World

Sorry to hijack thread. hijack as much as you wish Jim, a very interesting subject. In my view as to why the name "Series 5" was not used, was simply because there were not enough catalogue numbers available in the 501 series. How did Series 3 get its name? If we see the "Standard Tr...
by William Medland
Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:23 pm
Forum: Model Railway Photography
Topic: Bill´s Railway World
Replies: 49
Views: 9855

Re: Bill´s Railway World

I will make a video of it when the track is screwed down and running. This was the track I used as a boy in the early 1960s. I decided to collect older Triang Locos from the early years, 1952 to 1964. However, I felt putting them behind glass makes it into a dead collection. I need to see them "...
by William Medland
Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:03 pm
Forum: Model Railway Photography
Topic: Bill´s Railway World
Replies: 49
Views: 9855

Re: Bill´s Railway World

Since my last post some major changes have taken place. I have sold off all of my German rolling stock and with the proceeds I have purchased Triang items from the 1950s. I have added a second layer to my layout. The bottom one is Hornby products from the 1970s and the upper level is Triang 1950s......
by William Medland
Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Maximum loads for Branchlines
Replies: 18
Views: 2240

Re: Maximum loads for Branchlines

I dont know Jim, I will however get to the bottom of this :wink:
by William Medland
Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:21 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Maximum loads for Branchlines
Replies: 18
Views: 2240

Re: Maximum loads for Branchlines

I was wondering if the "Class" of goods rolling stock (1,2 and 3) could have something to do with the braking system? Perhaps "class 1" could refer to vacuum brakes, "class 2" refers to no brakes fitted and "class 3" obsolete stock. Another idea is close coupl...
by William Medland
Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Maximum loads for Branchlines
Replies: 18
Views: 2240

Re: Maximum loads for Branchlines

The whole subject seems very complex indeed, and even if we do not use the information on our own layouts, I feel it is important that we at least know that such tables exist. Did you see the tables for trains carrying armoured vehicles or how to formulate putting milk trains together? It would take...

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