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dcc courses essex??

Postby BROADTRAIN1979 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:30 am

Hi all, :) As im marginally, creeping into the new world of dcc and would at some stage, like to be able to dcc my own 'n' gauge locos, :shock: Most workshops on courses for, how to dcc, seem to be either, up north, west ,southwest south. Has anyone, any info on any dcc courses in essex? as i would dearly love to learn how to achieve it, as it would save me a lot of time, as to where to send it, how long do i have to wait, how much, can i afford it. As being able to do it yourself, i think is a great achievement.
As im disabled in one leg, i would like somewhere fairly local, like say, chelmsford, or there abouts. Any info on this, would be great, as im in essex. :wink:
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Re: dcc courses essex??

Postby Flashbang » Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:39 am

Hi
Have you considered obtaining the excellent book by Ian Morton, called 'Aspects of Modelling-Digital Command Control'?
Well woth it cost as it gives very clear and details instructions.
Book at Amazon
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Re: dcc courses essex??

Postby bike2steam » Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:44 am

Have a word with Heather at John Dutfield's, she may be able to help.

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Postby BROADTRAIN1979 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:57 am

hi flashbang ,does the book include 'n' gauge?
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Postby locoworks » Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:08 pm

BROADTRAIN1979 wrote:hi flashbang ,does the book include 'n' gauge?


to actual 'gauge' is fairly irrelevant, the principles are the same for all gauges and scales. it sounds more like you are looking for a 'how to' on specific models or chassis types?? if so a forum search or google usually shows up something. there are so many choices in decoders and where to locate them etc that there is not really any one way of doing anything with the exception perhaps of plug and play decoders or the entire board swaps that american N tend to go for. even the little N gauge dapol terrier has been done 2 different ways with different decoders. what are you actually stuck on??

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Re: dcc courses essex??

Postby Martin71 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:21 pm

Hi

The principals are the same for n gauge OO, O etc. You just got a much smaller space to work in. I have not heard of that book but any research done on the subject is worth it.

As to the course I would love to attend but as I live in Australia its a little far to go. If you can make it to the course I would go, as any live demos I find are great where you can ask questions.

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Postby m8internet » Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:32 pm

With regards to N gauge, you might be better using these :
http://www.shaunsmodelrailway.net/Class ... ersion.htm
http://smallphry.com/eecore/index.php/s ... cc_fitting
The same principle then applies to any other such chassis
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Re: dcc courses essex??

Postby BROADTRAIN1979 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:42 pm

Hi martin, at present ive had no luck finding any dcc courses in essex :cry:
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Postby BROADTRAIN1979 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:48 pm

Hi locoworks Im actually stuck on dcc loco wiring for decoders :?: :?: Ok , the locos 08 to 31 to class 55 split chasiss models, also finding shorts when the locos, : cause chips to go bang! :shock:
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Postby Gordon H » Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:16 pm

BROADTRAIN1979 wrote:Hi locoworks Im actually stuck on dcc loco wiring for decoders :?: :?: Ok , the locos 08 to 31 to class 55 split chasiss models, also finding shorts when the locos, : cause chips to go bang! :shock:


A couple of questions first...
Where abouts in Essex are you based?
How far could you actually travel?

If you were thinking in terms of a one day/two day course in the conventional sense, you could investigate the 'Electronics for Railway Modellers Weekend' which is held at Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire http://www.missendenrailwaymodellers.or ... onics.html. This is only about an hour and a bit drive from Essex (depending where you start from), and would be an ideal way to learn and meet others who are either in the same boat, or have found solutions. DCC is one of the main topics covered and experienced tutors are on hand throughout.
There is also the possibility to come along to a meeting of the MERG Essex local area group, which usually meets in the Chelmsford area, and several of the members there have experience of fitting decoders in N Gauge. Not sure when the next meeting is due off hand.

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Postby BROADTRAIN1979 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:34 pm

Hi Gordon h, Thanks very much for the info, the merg in chelmsford sounds possible, :) as i live in the Epping area. Is there a website for this club meet :?:
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Postby locoworks » Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:50 pm

BROADTRAIN1979 wrote:Hi locoworks Im actually stuck on dcc loco wiring for decoders :?: :?: Ok , the locos 08 to 31 to class 55 split chasiss models, also finding shorts when the locos, : cause chips to go bang! :shock:



perfectly Ok, ( i didn't mean to sound like i was having a go? :oops: ) if it is the new 08 i can send you a few ( slightly blurry for some ) pics and a few words on how i did mine which i have sent to a few folks now if you care to PM me an email address?. the easiest method on the poole style chassis is to use a digihat ( not exactly cheap, but very convenient ). as to the split chassis types it is a matter seperating the halves, grinding away a bit of the chassis sides to give clearance arond the motor contacts and soldering the relevent wires to the motor. the other wires ( red and black ) can be trapped against the chassis sides under the screws and lugs that hold the whole lot together. you need to remove any paint at those points to allow electrical conduction, and depending on which way you decide to route the wires you may need to grind/cut a slot for the wire to sit in. you may also need to remove some of the chassis halves ( or just the chassis block for poole built models ) to allow a locoation for the decoder to sit in. of no use to you!?, but many US models in N had frames available which had been milled by a specialist company and were offered on an exchange basis with a small fee. you sent in your unmodded frames with payment and you received back a milled set with basic instruction as what went where. not necessarilly 'your' own frames back. if a UK company started doing this for farish and dapol stuff they may be onto a little earner.

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Re: dcc courses essex??

Postby BROADTRAIN1979 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:00 pm

thanks m8, but i would still prefer someone guiding me, as a few tutorials i would find it easier. You cant beat someone actually demostrating, thats how i would like to learn :)
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Re: dcc courses essex??

Postby upnick » Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:02 pm

Hi Mark,

Dont take this wrong but why do you need to go on a course ? the wont teach you any more than being on a good forum with knowledgable members who probablt have more nous or experience than a tutor pick a good make of decoder TCS are excellent especially as they are the only manufacturer who offers a goof proof warrenty if you purchase them from John at Bromsgrove moedls he will replace damaged decoders on proof of puchase & the cost of sending the decoders back.

Combined with the good advice above a good forum & searching on google for fitting guides i have successfully fitted decoders to some unusual locos in N scale & not run of the mill G/R i had no knowledge of railways before & started in DCC at the deep end it can be done with patience.

I would as you say have liked someone to show me but itt wasnt possible where i am this install http://www.shaunsmodelrailway.net/Class ... ersion.htm had me wondering if it would work but after following it to the letter it did the part to remember was click on the pictures for a close up view :D
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Re: dcc courses essex??

Postby BROADTRAIN1979 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:11 pm

Locoworks, no worries, i never took it for that :D im just eager to learn, but having someone to guide me, which would be great, as most but all dcc courses all seem to far for me to travel :cry: and thank s for helping much appreciated :D
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