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  2. You can get Caboose ground throws with built-in switches. https://www.cabooseind.com/product-info Usual disclaimer.
  3. vaughan45

    SOS Junction. Railway Modelling not included.

    earlierAlso a propos nothing at all, I need to vent my anger at some ******* who this morning ran into the back of my new car, whilst I was waiting in a queue at the site of an earlier accident. However as their bonnet was peeled back like an open can of sardines they possibly came of worse
  4. Garethp8873

    Oxford Rail Annouce 4-Wheel Toad

    I can certainly see more of the 4w examples joining my wagon fleet myself now these superb articles have come out
  5. Barnaby

    Seven Mills Sidings

    The touch of a master, superb Andy P. You do have a fantastic work ethic Andy, by the time I got myself sorted this morning it was dinner time, then Bob the cat needed to go to the vat for his check up on his medication. Like all us oldies [he's 15] we need to take some medication for his high blood pressure. Regards
  6. Junctionmad

    To DCC or not?

    We had the recent pleasure of an A4 , with DCC sound and it’s fablous chime , running on our O gauge layout . The layout is big enough to generate a “ distance “ effect as the loco sped around the landscape at the back of the layout . It was captivating
  7. I would love to see this produced RRT , but as I would be looking for it to be in N gauge I expect to be disappointed, (we can't have everything can we) but for the right price I might be persuaded that my boy's 00 gauge Thomas layout needs one.
  8. Well there goes my second Accurascale purchase today...GBRf 92032 sound fitted to pull my beloved ICA's.
  9. Junctionmad

    To DCC or not?

    I fail to see what ones age has to do with it, quite frankly . I run a diesel layout and there’s no way I can get the sound realism of a GM two stroke notching up in DC Other then loco conversion costs and or decoder install issues , I’ve actually never see a cogent reason advanced that’s suggests DC has advantages over DCC in any sort of realistic layout. Dave
  10. Kris

    BBC News - Railway Modelling

    I enjoyed reading this earlier today, but couldn't help wondering why it was on the news pages of the BBC.
  11. brushman47544

    New forum software

    Just tried the Bachmann 2020+ thread again on the iPad and the new page 4 is fine. So definitely the problem is on page 3 only.
  12. Many decoders do not like the factory fitted capacitors including many that are highly regarded- that is not an indication of an inferior product. Note for example this comment from DCC Concepts " Locomotives sold for DC running in UK and Europe will usually have some suppression on the DC motor. This usually includes capacitors and resistor-like items called inductors. When running on DCC they are not needed. You could of course leave them there, but quite often, they will cause poor running, especially at slow speeds, because the capacitor interferes with the very important communication between the motor and the decoder. The best answer is to remove it all and simply take wires directly between (for an 8-pin socket) pin 1 (orange) and one motor brush, pin 5 (grey) and the other motor brush. However if you are careful, you can also just remove the capacitor (it usually looks like a tiny biscuit coloured disc) by just cutting its leads close to its body and making sure no bare wire ends touch where they should not. Please note that some loco brands like Bachmann, may have 2 or 3 of them attached to the motor. Remove them all."
  13. Yardman

    Athearn motor clips help

    The phosfor bronze clip that holds the brush in stays, that's the one you make connection to, but the barbed steel one that earths the motor to the frame goes.
  14. RedgateModels

    Momentum

    Trying to stay focused as Mansfield Show is next weekend! Building C completed tonight
  15. Mallard60022

    NCE power cab keeps shorting

    It may be the problem is with the Double Slip wiring up with the motors (do you have two motors, one for each of the two frogs?) Not intending to be in any way patronising, but have you connected the correct frog wire to the correct point; it should be the motor furthest from the frog if you get my drift). Also the point motors, (if they are Omegas) need to be faced so that the wire clips sections are facing one another so I was informed. It could, of course, be nothing to do with what I am saying but I did have this problem when faffing with a Double Slip just a couple of weeks back. Phil
  16. JonKing

    Embankment Road TMD

    Well, plans for the shunter changed slightly. Looking through some of my dads old photos I found this photo of 09203 on a local trip working around Newport during the late 90s (98 / 99 ish), further photos on the web show this loco running around in 2000 / 2001 with BR blue battery box doors (presumably recovered from another loco) and a freshly painted blue exhauster cabinet on one side. On a whim I decided I would model this loco instead. First up was to respray into departmental grey livery, I masked off the existing Hornby wasp stripes / yellow ends as my skills are nowhere near good enough to paint these!. The departmental grey was then faded with coats of light grey (not white) painted on and rubbed off. Photo below, as usual it looks a bit of a mess at this stage:- Dirt was then built up around the panel lines, cabinets etc using streaking dirt from the excellent AK interactive range. This was painted on and then rubbed off with cotton buds dipped in thinners leaving "dirt" in recesses, panel lines etc. Shades of brown where then used to weather the fronts and tops of the battery boxes and exhauster cabinets, again applied with a brush and rubbed off. These steps are shown in the two photos below. The exhaust was painted a rust colour (as per the prototype) and rust / grime streaking added to the cab and bonnet. Process for this was to roughly paint some rusty / brown colours along the centre line of the roof and drag downwards with a flat brush soaked in thinners, again building up the effect over several coats. The underframe was then hand painted with a base layer of weathered black tinged with frame dirt, once dry frame dirt was applied again (with a brush) to highlight areas less prone to "gungy" dirt (e.g the foot steps, sand box faces etc). AK interactive engine oil was then applied to the springs, axle boxes and connecting rod joints to give a greasy / oily look to these areas. Photo of the finished loco below. Next up on the workbench are these resprayed freightliner grey 47s (two of which were resprayed previously but suffered very badly from humbrol varnish yellowing). They will become well used / battered freightliner 47s.
  17. If anyone is interested the March edition of "Steam Days" has a decent length article about Fort William shed and the locomotives of the West Highland Line. I haven't read the article yet but there are lots of interesting photos most of which I haven't seen before.
  18. Junctionmad

    To DCC or not?

    Actually , as I tried wherever possible to illustrate my arguments with real life examples , I would contend it’s not opinion but supported facts. The dc layout running DCC is a fact , DCC doesn’t “ need” bus wiring or droppers etc. it can be wired very simply if so desired. the O gauge complex layout is a fact , and the estimate of additional cost and complexity were it DC, is based on a careful analysis done at the design stage of the project Hence my contention , the fact remains , from a layout wiring and implementation perspective , it’s a plain fact that DCC offers simplier , cheaper solutions to layouts where points , sections and signals are controlled remotely , while offering facilities that simply CANT be duplicated in DC the remaining stumbling block will always be the cost of loco conversion. But this cost has fallen considerably in recent years ( not an “ opinion “ either ) , yes it’s a downside of DCC , but the reality here too, is that good quality decoders , can make a good loco great and a bad one better. Dave
  19. Harlequin

    To DCC or not?

    That’s how I used to do it in my youth - except from a reel to reel to reel tape recorder rather than a PC. Somewhere in my loft there is a tape recording my Dad made of a steam-hauled goods train coming through Hermitage at night while a nightingale sings in the woods. I have goosebumps just thinking about it. One day I will find it and find a way to digitise it so that everyone can hear it.
  20. Barnaby

    7mm King Street Goods

    Last piece of the old BB dismantled and 1st of the new laser cut BB moving into the space created. Notice BB 3 taking a piggy back ride prior to adding the side latches, BB legs and alignment dowels. Board number 2 is ready and stored behind the camera point and will be added tomorrow. I intend to have minimum walk about when playing trains and I have set the BB height to be able to operate at a sit down height. Best
  21. Mallard60022

    BBC News - Railway Modelling

    What you are mentioning seems to have disappeared ! I wonder why (not).
  22. Dunsignalling

    Oxford Rail Annouce 4-Wheel Toad

    Excellent article by Gerry Beale on what needs doing to the Oxford Toad, and how to do it, in MRJ 268. I feel another purchase coming on. John
  23. Copyright of Hornby. The mods might remove this.
  24. GWR57xx

    Hinton Road Engine Shed

    Made a couple of small changes to the plan. The double slip was a late addition intended to provide a means of catching runaway wagons coming down the coal stage ramp, but I wasn't very happy with it. I've replaced it with a catch point. I've also added a bypass entry road so that locos just needing to turn and/or water but not needing coal can bypass the reception line and go directly to the turntable and/or the water columns at the shed. I think this works much better.
  25. As a change from US HO (and not the return to 3mm or Gn15 I thought I was going to make), I've made a start on a small layout for an upcoming show this summer. The layout depicts Winkford Green, a station on The Mid Sussex Light Railway, one of the lines managed by Colonel Stephens in the 1930s. Built around a mile from the village it serves, Winkford Green station is currently serving as a terminus for the railway for trains from Tenterbridge Junction whilst repairs are made to the line following a recent landslip. As with many of the Colonels lines, visiting power from other parts of the Light Railway empire, as well as occasional borrowed Southern engines may be seen. Nope, the Mid Sussex Light Railway doesn't exist to my knowledge! I have limited myself to a footprint of 4'x1'.. Carl Arendt's 'micro' definition.. but planned for an additional fiddle, currently at one end, with scope to add another on the other side allowing through traffic. I have a deadline, so it's OO and I'm using Peco 75 small radius electrofrogs.. DC at the moment, although I am seriously tempted by a Loksound Adams Radial, so that may change! Baseboards is built, cork is down and track has been delivered.. For now a very loose and rough sketch to illustrate what I'm after..
  26. GWR57xx

    Hinton Road Engine Shed

    Hi Simon, I did credit you with the inspiration way back on November 4th: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/130682-newbridge/&do=findComment&comment=3354103
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