End2end wrote:Tom@Crewe wrote:Or Radio Controlled
This was my first thought but is this even possible in 00 gauge?
Yes. Some people do it in 009 so it'd be a doddle in standard gauge.
Mountain wrote:I wouldn't use DCC in the garden. I would want to run trains in all weathers and damp DCC decoders are not a good plan.
Bigmet wrote:Mountain wrote:I wouldn't use DCC in the garden. I would want to run trains in all weathers and damp DCC decoders are not a good plan.
DCC decoders are completely unaffected by damp in my experience to date. Radio control will require identical construction small electronics assemblies in the locos. Both systems preferable to DC.
The major problem with OO outdoors using RTR is water and dirt ingress on the mechanisms, although grease lubricated centre motor twin bogie types stand up well with minimal care after operation. Steam mechanisms require more care, all the lubricant lost from outside rods after one run round outdoors in light drizzle for a start, because there was little there to begin with. I ran diesel models almost exclusively in poor weather.
Sparkster wrote:... where the track is though is directly under three prehistoric trees that shed like nobody's business in autumn...
Mountain wrote:...Gradient issues are a concern. The "Hidden" gradients. It may look level but...
Bigmet wrote:Not just carefully profiling gradients in construction to enable the locos to get up them with the required trainload, but watching out for changes in gradients. (Seasonal shrinkage and expansion of soil can have a surprising effect.)
Metadyneman wrote:...Since then the layout has evolved with slight undulation due to the very issue mentioned above i.e. ground shrinkage & expansion. It isn't serious enough to cause problems because the uprights go at least 2ft into the ground but it is worth bearing in mind that you will probably end up with unintended slight gradients even if you originally laid the foundations flatter than the Nullarbor plain in Australia!
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