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I started a family project which was located at my parents house, but COVID has put a stop to working together, so i have decided to have a little tickle of my own. The aim is mainly to learn and try new things, not necessarily to achieve any grand design

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Check-like rails for cobblin

I wanted to embed some of the narrow gauge rails in cobbles, but unusually for the internet i couldn't find a method which seemed to provide an effective end-result. The most common ways are either to use embossed sheet or modelling clay to fill between the sleepers. As far as i could see neither method provides a clean edge to the gap that the wheel flanges run in and often leave the sleepers visible, which breaks the illusion of a buried rail.    Therefore, i wanted to add an additio

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Points galore - Adventures in mixed gauge

4 new points were added to the board - two mixed gauge points and  two narrow gauge. The board is like a swan, it looks pretty calm on top, but all hell breaks loose underneath with a maze of multicolored wiring. So far the running reliability is good, but with the stay-alive in the loco's its hard to tell if it's down to my track and wiring or not...maybe i need a 'normal' loco for fault detection?   The Tillig track has been interesting to use and the transition from standard gauge t

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Making things move

As a proud owner of some Tillig track, but no layout plan i spent a moment deciding on the next step, which should be a simple, self-contained one to maintain some momentum and to get some more insights into the complexity of DCC. I plumped for installing a single HO point, which i would have to make from a kit and then mount on a small board where it could be controlled by a DCC driven point motor.    The point was relatively simple to build mechanically with the rails sliding into po

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Tillig track and Olivia's Trains - It's a start of sorts

I got hold of some Tillig HO / HOe track and had a play around with it. First impression is that It's very different to the standard PECO / Hornby settrack i'm used to, but it looks great and has an amazing variety of points, especially the HO and HOe mix together. Also had three locos (Peckett, Rushton and Baldwin) tweaked by Olivia's trains and they also turned out to be stunning, especially as it's the first time I've really experienced the full potential of DCC.   It's a first step

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