MARSHFIELD: BR BLUE DIESEL ERA

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peak
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Postby peak » Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:36 pm

Sorry to hear about your problems!
DCC can be a mine field of problems.
I have taken and ignored advice but in the end found my own path.
The advantages far out weigh the disadvantages in my opinion.
I have just fitted an SWD sound chip to a class 24 and I just turn it on and listen to it!
Life is peachy!
2 trains, 2 railroad tracks, one going the other one coming back. Click Clack, Click Clack.
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retroman
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Postby retroman » Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:06 pm

Hmm well I've made a bit of progress. All wheels on the locos have been given a good clean, as has the track. Track cleanliness seems to be a big issue with DCC, so I've ordered a Tony's Trains track cleaner from the USA as it is my most hated job.

I've worked out how to program loco addresses (no thanks to the Bachmann instructions, which are not good).

I'm also running locos in pairs now, which is why I wanted DCC in the first place. After the initial frustrations I can see the potential ....

I will have to install extra feeds and my points need a lot of work, as I didn't insulate the frogs properly.

Just as well I'm in no rush.
1980s 50 and 37 basher. English Electric Roadie ....... Steam sniffers, move along please.

My Layout: MARSHFIELD WITH ELY BRIDGE
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Postby Undereaves » Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:35 pm

retroman wrote:Hmm well I've made a bit of progress. All wheels on the locos have been given a good clean, as has the track. Track cleanliness seems to be a big issue with DCC, so I've ordered a Tony's Trains track cleaner from the USA as it is my most hated job.

I've worked out how to program loco addresses (no thanks to the Bachmann instructions, which are not good).


Damn, I don't like the sound of that having just ordered the Dynamis :? I was hoping the instructions would be helpful to a newb like me.

Really nice layout btw. First time I've had a look at it.

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Postby Undereaves » Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:35 pm

double post

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Postby retroman » Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:49 pm

A short vid showing the benefits of DCC

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1980s 50 and 37 basher. English Electric Roadie ....... Steam sniffers, move along please.

My Layout: MARSHFIELD WITH ELY BRIDGE
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Postby peak » Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:26 pm

Fantastic!
See your getting the hang of this DCC stuff!
2 trains, 2 railroad tracks, one going the other one coming back. Click Clack, Click Clack.

Regards

Andy



http://www.brblue.co.uk

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retroman
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Postby retroman » Sun Jan 20, 2008 2:35 pm

Another update. I am now sold on the Dynamis system and DCC in general :roll:

The loco that was causing me real problems was a Heljan Western, which was always a superb performer in DC: but it seems the DCC chip was a dud! With a replacement chip its running better and better!

With the track and loco wheels now cleaned I can appreciate all the extra features like slow running and loco lights that stay on all the time etc etc etc ....... so I retract my previous pessimstic comments.

Sorry, Bachmann.

(PS DC is for dinosaurs :P )
1980s 50 and 37 basher. English Electric Roadie ....... Steam sniffers, move along please.

My Layout: MARSHFIELD WITH ELY BRIDGE
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Lofty

Postby Lofty » Sun Jan 20, 2008 3:44 pm

retroman wrote:(PS DC is for dinosaurs :P )

Guess I am a dinosaur then.

Well laid track, clean track, good controller, clean wheels = good slow running

Lofty

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Postby boyofbears » Sun Jan 20, 2008 4:24 pm

lofty wrote:
retroman wrote:(PS DC is for dinosaurs :P )

Guess I am a dinosaur then.


with you all the way :wink:
my imaginery friend thinks u have problems.......wait........
my layout viewtopic.php?f=22&t=17368 new!!!

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Postby 47806 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:35 pm

Add me to the dinosaur club!
Follow the Progress on my Layouts - click here.
My Railway Photography - click here.

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Chuffer Chuff
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Postby Chuffer Chuff » Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:40 pm

So am I! But not for long...DCC is coming! YAY! :wink:
"You only get one chance in life, so make the most of it!"

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Postby retroman » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:50 pm

Time for an update.

DC has now been consigned to the bin. I have now got my head around DCC wiring protocols, and am frankly amazed at the difference both in loco performance and the operational possibilities! There have been more than a few SPADs and rear-end collisions, but no loco damage to report as yet!

Have also been spending a bit of my hard-earned overtime. MARSHFIELD is now host to this wonderful Heljan Hymek. I've yet to insert the headcode. I need a few of these lovely looking locos ....

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The depot has the aura of 1973 about it in this Maybach-engined line up.

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Finally, I've invested in this beast: a Tony's Trains track cleaner from the good ol' US of A. Very expensive but beautifully made: it takes the pain away from that most hated of jobs.

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1980s 50 and 37 basher. English Electric Roadie ....... Steam sniffers, move along please.

My Layout: MARSHFIELD WITH ELY BRIDGE
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Postby Chuffer Chuff » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:57 pm

Superb pictures there! Your layout looks great! :D

That Hymek looks superb even without the headcode! :lol:

I love the 1973 style photo's in Black and White!

Look forward to more progress!
"You only get one chance in life, so make the most of it!"

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Postby Bushey Troughs » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:59 pm

I agree,
COLIN.
“What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it”

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Postby lozstlouis » Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:44 pm

That Yank Tank track cleaner looks ¨awsome¨!! Hows it work?
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