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the DCC bug and turntables


On30runner

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I decided I wanted to try DCC, and having helped film the BRM DVD for the Select I knew what I was in for if I bought that. I got one and wired it up and having got over the initial problems I suffered (compatability issues with Bachmann decoders) it worked reasonably well though it sometimes crashes if you get it too confused!

 

One thing I had been wondering about was what to do around my loco spur. Its quite an expanse of board space to fill up and I couldn't decide what to do with it. Now I like gadgets and the Select DVD had given me an idea. In it Simon Kohler explains how to use DCC to make the Hornby turntable work......bingo! Problem solved, I would get a turntable. Now the obvious choice for me was the Peco On30 turntable kit, its basically the OO/HO one with a wider deck and enlarged planking detail. I could have used the Hornby one as its grossly overscale so more suited to On30 but as it looks horrendous I decided not to.

 

I got the kit together in one evening with Plastic Weld so that helped speed construction along a bit. The next day I was off work and got the table motorised and set into the board.

 

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The drive is one of those cheap multistage gearboxes you can buy, it simply mounts onto some 2x1 I glued to the base of the table well. A Hornby decoder later and the turntable was working. It gave some minor trouble initially but it now spins a loco round no problems. Its a little juddery but this is from the drive and I can't really do much to stop it short of starting again. What made me laugh was the price of things. My turntable cost the same as a Hornby one without a decoder, and it looks better! Come on Hornby, you can do so much better than that!

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