The Radius Island Railway

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The Radius Island Railway

Postby Montfort » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:04 am

Hello,
I'm building a small roundy round layout. The diameter is 4'. There will be three circles of track (Hornby curves R1, R2 and R3). That's all. I ordered all my tracks at Hatton's. I'm also planning to buy three Gaugemaster COMBI Single Track Controller.
First step: the circular baseboard. Next step: a coat of paint (grey, brown, green or another colour ?).
All your advices are welcome. Thanks.

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Re: The Radius Island Railway

Postby Montfort » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:44 pm

Can I buy just one Gaugemaster COMBI Single Track Controller and make something like that:

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Re: Another Roundy Round Layout

Postby Emettman » Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:06 pm

Two issues need considering:
Whether the total current draw for three locos is within the capacity of the one controller.
(Especially if one or more of the locos are "vintage")
And whether one setting on the controller will produce acceptable speeds on all three locos .
(Especially if one or more of the locos are "vintage")

These might resolve happily with no action: without figures and/or testing, I can't say.

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Re: The Radius Island Railway

Postby Montfort » Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:20 pm

Thanks for your reply. I only want to run small Hornby teapots.
I asked Gaugemaster for an advice about my idea before breaking something. :oops:
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Re: Another Roundy Round Layout

Postby Montfort » Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:58 pm

I just got this answer from the Gaugemaster Workshop: "A combi would be fine for running a small single track."
My idea doesn't work. :roll:
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Re: The Radius Island Railway

Postby Montfort » Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:15 pm

I have a plan B for a basic DC controller. I never tried it. So I don't know how it works. Thanks for all your advices.

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Re: Another Roundy Round Layout

Postby Emettman » Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:17 pm

A possible fairly cheap alternative?
I've used these as power for window display layouts in N-O, 3v to 12v.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wall-UK-Plug-USB-Charger-Adapter-Supply-3V-4-5V-6V-7-5V-9V-12V-Power-30W-AC-DC/253818850328?hash=item3b18c84c18:g:N5UAAOSwgStbdmyV

Enough voltages, but for "set up and leave" use, not "play with", and you'd still need your DPDT switches (probably best with centre-off, here.)

They're generally a little cheaper if you're prepared to wait for them from China.

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Re: The Radius Island Railway

Postby Montfort » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:50 am

Thanks. This item is not what I need because I want a real throttle (from 0v to 12v).
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Re: The Radius Island Railway

Postby Montfort » Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:13 am

What's the best colour for a very simple baseboard: green, grey, Brown or another colour ? Thanks.
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Re: Another Roundy Round Layout

Postby Dragonfly » Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:02 pm

Montfort wrote:What's the best color for a very simple baseboard: green, grey, Brown or another color ? Thanks.


Simplest: Green. One smallish tin should do it.

Slightly less simple but still simple: Grey for a 5cm strip underneath where the track will go. Brown for a 1-2cm strip on either side of that. Green everywhere else, but don't go one shade of green, put a bit of gradiation and shading in it.
For that, one tin of the 'basic' green you want, a couple of 'taster pots' of other greens, one or two taster pots of brown (Wilko nutmeg spice is what I use), and two or three taster pots of grey.
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Re: The Radius Island Railway

Postby Montfort » Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:24 pm

Hello, I changed my mind. I'm back on the right track (hope so) ! :D
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Re: The Radius Island Railway

Postby Montfort » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:44 pm

Thank you very much Dragonfly for your reply. SWMBO said: "Get back to work. Finish what you started!". What can I do ? Just one thing: finishing the layout. All my trains seem to run on Mars.

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Re: Another Roundy Round Layout

Postby End2end » Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:10 pm

I've got one of those too. :D

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Great for running-in new loco's!
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Re: The Radius Island Railway

Postby Montfort » Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:45 pm

End2end wrote:Great for running-in new loco's!
And old locos too ! :D
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Re: The Radius Island Railway

Postby Montfort » Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:03 pm

I found six very old Fleischmann 6020 curves in my so well stored stuff. :lol:
Maybe I could lay a fourth circle of track and run one more train ?
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