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Peter F

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  1. Hi folks What's the best grease to buy for plastic / nylon locomotive gears, and where? Thanks. Peter F
  2. Who makes that fabulous house and garden kit in your 06 Sept. post?
  3. Don't think it is in the plans to run these gauge changing trains east of Interlaken Ost. I suppose they could theoretically follow the Zentralbahn (formerly SBB Brunig) tracks as far as Meiringen, but after reversal the new bogies would also need to cope with the steep rack sections (Riggenbach ladder rack) over the Brunig Pass to Luzern. Carriages require a rack wheel for braking. That would be a further challenge for the engineering!
  4. The MOB and BLS will soon be running through carriages fitted with gauge-changing bogies between Montreux and Interlaken Ost. They will run between Montreux and Zweisimmen on metre gauge tracks, and then be pushed or pulled over a converter track onto the standard gauge track from Zweisimmen through Spiez to Interlaken. Peter F
  5. The hike from Hohtenn station along and down to Ausserberg station on the Loetschberg south ramp footpath is memorable - both for views and for trains. You can access both stations from Brig or Frutigen/Kandersteg/Spiez, or drive up to Ausserberg and park, hop on the next train to Hohtenn and walk back. Superb views of bridges, tunnels, track and the whole Rhone valley far below. Then there's the lovely surprise of a mountain restaurant halfway along, in the middle of nowhere and right by the trackside! There's a bit of up and down in places, and I'd recommend boots, but I'd give it 3-4 hours for a relaxed pace. Enjoy! Peter
  6. Maybe I'm just blind or thick but is the Swiss Railways Society link not in the list somewhere? www.swissrailsoc.org.uk www.eisenbahn-amateur.ch is the site of the SVEA (Swiss Association of Railway Amateurs and their clubs, prototype and model interests); and their magazine; mainly in German, partly in French, occasionally bits in Italian. They in turn have a link to MOROP www.morop.eu if you want to download all of NEM standards specs, applicable to all scales, as pdfs. (choice of German or French. A few of these have been translated into English.)
  7. Building SBB HO DCC (Lenz), Epochs 3-4 (green locos), round 3 sides of ex-son's-bedroom with fiddle yard below accessed by spiral ramps each end. So far only the "basement" is complete.
  8. I have now replaced old fixed couplers with Symoba close-coupling units and Roco close couplings in a dozen items of rolling stock. Some required significant cutting of floors, but in bogie passenger cars I found that when a square of underside was removed the couplings fixed nicely to the underside of the seats moulding. I had to cut away the front frames of bogies to make clearance. Initially I used the recommended UHU clear two-part epoxy, but the last few have fixed very nicely with double-sided adhesive tape. The only vehicle which really gave clearance problems was a Lima SBB RBe4/4 where the motor bogie does not allow clearance for a fully close coupling. Altogether I would agree with the recommndation about Symoba. Thanks, Petri.
  9. Thanks, I'll try this as soon as possible.
  10. Apologies to moderator (and all) for posting yesterday in the wrong places (here). Excuse - an inexperienced user. Thank you for these facilities. You can delete this now. Kind regards. Peter
  11. Thanks for that. Another Q occurs - what are the pros and cons of setting EMF motor feedback?
  12. Thanks for these bits of info, everyone. Some practical investigations required, methinks! Peter
  13. Hi all I am new to DCC. I have a Lenz LZV100 with LH100 controller. I have fitted Lenz chips to the NEM sockets in 4 recent ROCO HO dc locos (SBB AE6/6, SBB Re6/6, SBB Be6/8; BLS Ae4/4). I have soldered in Lenz chips to a very 2nd-hand Roco SBB Ee3/3, an older HAG SBB Re4/4, a Fleischmann SBB Ae3/6 II, and a Lima SBB RBe 4/4. All seem to be working, although the Lima with its old "Hornby-style" plastic motor bogie is still a bit rough. Problems / Questions (1) I have removed the motor capacitors from the older locos whose chips I have soldered in, but not from the newer ones with the NEM 8-pin sockets. Should I try to locate and remove these capacitors too? (2) In one of the four newer "socketed" locos (the Roco SBB Ae 6/6) the head and tail lights are extremely dim compared to all the other locos. Any suggestions for a cure? (the bulbs are in the roof, with light-guides to the ends). (3) The Lenz instructions refer to changing the CVs to suit "different types of motors". It apparently has preset programming for 5 different motor types. I am entirely ignorant of what this means. (By the way, in my HAG loco, with its very powerful motor, I am finding a big delay in its response to "slow down" instructions - ?). Any helpful suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Peter
  14. Hi all I have two fairly old 2nd-hand Roco long wheelbase 2-axle wagons (swiss outline) with NEM coupling sockets but no close-coupling mechanisms ("KKK"). On the inner box it states that Roco close coupling mechanisms no. 4592 may be fitted. I have failed to find these online under this reference number. Does anyone have any useful tips? I also have some older items of 2-axle and bogie rolling stock (Lima, Liliput, dc-converted Maerklin) and a Lima SBB RBe4/4 electric railcar, all currently fitted with fixed hook-and-loop couplers. I would like to convert these also to take NEM coupling pockets, if possible with close-coupling mechanisms. Again, hints and tips would be greatly appreciated. I have limited experience with alterations, but am prepared to give it a go. Thanks. Peter
  15. 1. Does anyone manufacture in HO the swivelling "chevron" point-indicator lanterns as seen in older Swiss stations? 2. Does anyone manufacture a slow point motor which has a 90 degree twisting drive for such a lantern?
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