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Post #006 - a bit more track (and comments sought)

Posted by Jongudmund , in DCC Trainset 17 August 2015 - * * * * * · 379 views
track, DCC layout
After the previous post about track plans I acquired another track expansion set (half price at Hobby Craft) that contained two opposite points. This gives me 6 points for the lay-out meaning I can bring a train into the inner loop and back out onto the outer loop and have two sidings. This is just a mock up to see how it might work. I may change this ag...


North Wales coal wagons by Dapol and a box van

Posted by Jongudmund , in DCC Trainset 14 August 2015 - * * * * * · 505 views
Hornby railroad, weathering and 3 more...
A short while ago I saw a Dapol advert in one of the modelling magazines for a new 2-wagon set of Black Park Colliery, which operated pits in Chirk and Ruabon. As my Dad was born in Ruabon (and likes wagons) I told him about it. On one of his trips to the Wrexham area he took a small detour to the Dapol shop to look at (and buy) the wagons. What I didn't...


It's been a while, so here's some fun with a Lego train set

Posted by Jongudmund , 01 July 2015 - - - - - - · 581 views
Apologies, Lego, off topic
I've had a very strange and busy nine months since I last blogged here. Going back to Uni, health issues (I won't bore you) and a change of job, but I am working towards getting a DCC train set up and running. I'm just not sure how.

I also got distracted by a birthday gift of a Lego train set. Being a fan of Lego, I already had a 9 volt train from about...


Post #005 Hornby Customer service, Multiple Model Shops, and a new wagon

Posted by Jongudmund , in DCC Trainset 03 September 2014 - * * * * - · 464 views
wagon, model shops, points, track
While looking through the components of the train set I realised there was a discrepancy between the outside box, which said it should have included some extra power clips, and the contents. There were no power clips.

I emailed Hornby through their web contact form one evening and got an email back the next morning apologising and saying they would send...


Post #004 - Deciding on track layouts

Posted by Jongudmund , in DCC Trainset 30 August 2014 - - - - - - · 403 views
track, trackplan, sidings and 2 more...
As I mentioned previously, the DCC train set came with a loop of track and a siding, which is the base oval and expansion pack A. I also bought three Hornby extension packs at less than half price - packs B, C and D.

Together they give me two ovals of track and another siding, along with a level crossing to add some operational interest.

I decided to la...


Post #003 Getting my head round DCC

Posted by Jongudmund , in DCC Trainset 22 August 2014 - - - - - - · 410 views
DCC, Railway Modeller and 1 more...
I've read quite a bit about DCC and despite lots of reassurances from RM Webbers saying that DCC isn't complicated, it always felt like it would be difficult. This isn't a criticism of any individual RM Webber, but one problem is there are often conflicting views and from a non-expert position there's no arbiter to help you work out who is right. And the...


Post #002 What's in the box? Rolling Stock

Posted by Jongudmund , in DCC Trainset 22 August 2014 - - - - - - · 553 views
Train set, loco, wagon, TTA and 5 more...
The contents of the train set are the track, DCC controller, two locomotives and four wagons.

The locos are a BR J83 0-6-0 steam engine and a BR Class 08 diesel. From a train set point of view they are pretty much the same size engine. In real-world terms, though, the J83 is an engine that would have been used on short freight runs but mainly used as...


Post #001 Buying a train set

Posted by Jongudmund , in DCC Trainset 20 August 2014 - - - - - - · 476 views
train set, DCC, Hobbycraft
I have wanted to try DCC for a while. I have also wanted to build a 'roundy-roundy' layout, so I can run trains for fun. My first effort at building a lay-out faltered pretty fast. Looking back I think I needed to go through the 'learner steps' of having a train set first.

A visit to my local Hobbycraft during their clearance sale ended up with me buying...

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