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by beeman
Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Grain of Wheat Bulbs
Replies: 15
Views: 1971

Re: Grain of Wheat Bulbs

If soldered in a 'chain' they are in series so 2 x 6 volt lamps can be supplied by a 12 volt supply. If you 'chain' [series] 3 together with 12 volts I/P then each lamp will have 8 volts across it. The bulb type fairy lights are usually 40 x 6v. bulbs so 240 volt I/P, the 20 bulb sets 12 volt bulbs ...
by beeman
Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: T/T well construction
Replies: 2
Views: 1429

Re: T/T well construction

That's the idea Pete, far more accurate even if mounting a jigsaw on a piece of thin board to radius on a 'nail'. but if the T/Tbearing unit is fitted and used as the pivot as good as a lathe could produce. I would imagine its making this that puts many off a kit built T/T. A small bench drill is re...
by beeman
Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:32 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Grain of Wheat Bulbs
Replies: 15
Views: 1971

Re: Grain of Wheat Bulbs

I have a 'draw full' of PSU plug in type. phone,camera, pc peripherals ,etc charger units of varying O/P voltages all obtained from boot sales for usually 50p very useful for determining what voltage you may need. Many similar are on the layout for items like crossing gates, T/T, signals, lighting e...
by beeman
Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Grain of Wheat Bulbs
Replies: 15
Views: 1971

Re: Grain of Wheat Bulbs

What about LED's with a 'cover' of a 'Quality Street' wrapper, Or old Fairy lights from the local boot sale if you want filament lamps, often £1.00 or less a set if you 'canibalise' the good bulbs. although bit difficult to solder.again a reduced voltage and they will last. Beeman.
by beeman
Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: T/T well construction
Replies: 2
Views: 1429

T/T well construction

Advice here on how to build a T/T well using a small bench type pillar drill. A piece of flat ply or chipboard is bolted to the drill table with a central hole/spindle so that the work piece can be rotated by hand, the periphery being machined by the router bit by turning slowly by hand. The walls o...
by beeman
Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:35 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Anyone sometimes feel that they have/buy too much stock?
Replies: 12
Views: 1493

Re: Anyone sometimes feel that they have/buy too much stock?

Re 'Boxcar Willie' [quote] have something like 9 guitars, a bass, a mandola, two mandolins, two bouzoukis, a sitar, a balalaika, an Appalachian dulcimer, a Serbian tambourica and even a dan-bau from Vietnam. Then there's the small mountain of recording equipment and amplifiers. It's a disease.. [quo...
by beeman
Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:06 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: More Mainline Mogul Madness
Replies: 8
Views: 1734

Re: More Mainline Mogul Madness

Think both Mainline and Replica were built by the same Hong Kong firm, the Replica 'Pod' motor the better, being a separate complete unit but both suffered from the gearing between the motor to axle. and both from the axle bushes splitting both in manufacture and ageing. This was an early Mainline p...
by beeman
Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: coach lighting
Replies: 3
Views: 2264

Re: coach lighting

Word of advice here re the pressure of the pickups on the coach wheels. If all 8 wheels have pickups on each coach, it should make flicker free, but will act as brakes if not very lightly adjusted and reduce the pull of the loco. Beeman.
by beeman
Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Coach upholstery
Replies: 0
Views: 367

Coach upholstery

Any advice please on Gresley Teak coach upholstery colors, and if poss. floor. Fitting lighting to some Farish OO teaks. along with 'decorating and populating',the interiors., 6 coaches powered from brake. This time, having now done about a dozen sets of 5 in various ways, using Hornby Pacer coupler...
by beeman
Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Blue Pullman Max Speed
Replies: 16
Views: 2188

Re: Blue Pullman Max Speed

On what has been said ,Can you program other locos with your DCC controller ?, if you can, and it would appear to be working if you can 'see' some of the CV changes you say you have made, but NOT the Pullmans CV5 then I suggest you return it, Providing you have read the instructions correctly ?. Bee...
by beeman
Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: "Pen Y Bryn"
Replies: 268
Views: 38060

Re: Dirty pit stuff!

If it wasn't for the roof/angles showing it could be reality. Excellent. Beeman.
by beeman
Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Level Crossing Sounds
Replies: 3
Views: 1418

Re: Level Crossing Sounds

Actual sound can be recorded onto a Greetings card recorder to be triggered when the crossing operates, electrical abilities reqd. Lots of useful info for model railways here
http://home.cogeco.ca/~rpaisley4/CircuitIndex.html Beeman.
by beeman
Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Bachman WD project
Replies: 0
Views: 442

Bachman WD project

This was a recent project, Difficult as the 2 boiler mouldings were well 'glued' together so not able to split to remove DC weight, had to remove front/smokebox door to mill out section inside, 'tongue in cheek' job. also almost nil room for firebox led so had to project led into cab,and not noticea...
by beeman
Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: dc with stay alive, is it possible
Replies: 5
Views: 1273

Re: dc with stay alive, is it possible

So if this was done It was suggested by someone that the easiest method may be to fit an ordinary DCC decoder with stay alive unit to the dc model, as DCC models will normally run perfectly well on dc. no reason to not go to DCC. However for good running whether DC or DCC multiple pickups are always...
by beeman
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: coal
Replies: 15
Views: 1438

Re: coal

There was a 'synthetic coal' some 30 odd years back, or should I say solid fuel made from oil refinery sludge, Absolutely excellent against the other 'muck' sold like 'Rexco', remember,.This created such heat the firebars in solid fuel stoves could be burnt out.And like many other 'good' things seem...

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