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  1. Hi Ric, if you go to the website via the link below it should say the date of October 2019 just to ensure you have the most up to date version as it seems some people use a favourites link and that doesn't seem to bring up the latest version however, yes we do that very buffer B048 and I still have a few in stock. Hope that helps, Dave Franks.
  2. Most bufferstops didn't have any lamps on them at all... Only where it mattered, platform ends, lye sidings, head shunts etc. Dave.
  3. Well, that's the summer over, still not got the old Landrover back on the road, hey ho. These dark evenings though have had me building up the bits needed for the fiddleyard operation on Wharfeside with the point motors mounted and fitted with the micro switches mentioned previously and now the diode matrix to power them with one button route selection. Got some nice smallish 3 amp push buttons too which have been tested for reliability, nice. The diode matrix diagram was worked out on the computer as it's been many years since I last built one. Of course I made a mistake and had to start again after only five diodes were fitted but they both check out now and seem to be working okay. The first board powers the entry to the up roads and the second, still needing the wires added, is the exit from the down roads, the small relay does the switching for the crossover from the up to the down and is Tortoise powered though I've had a think about that and it might be better with the relay sighted in the control panel rather than under the boards, less wiring. The CDU seems to have plenty power to fire all the Seep point motors on the routes and that is with 14V AC so the 24V transformer should ensure reliable switching. Matrix 3 and 4 to go and then fit and wire up the point motors and 25 way D plugs/sockets. Onwards and upwards.... Dave.
  4. And decent sized motors that will do the job for years. Dave.
  5. At the risk of being shot down in flames once again, this is the reason I moved to EM nearly 40 years ago, the look of the track not forgetting the finer wheels than what was around back then. Track is L to R : C&L components, Bedford Flatbottom etched baseplates with C&L flatbottom rail, C&L flexi, Pointwork C&L components on ply sleepers. Yes I've worked in P4 as well but for other people. Dave Franks. Dave Franks.
  6. Hi Dave, that certainly looks the business, I'm only starting to build buildings after years of loco building and if mine are only half that good I'll be doing well. Dave Franks.
  7. Hi Martyn, this was before the EMGS/PECO track collaboration. The EMGS board had been approached by a few groups to look at the EM specs again in the light of modern wheels which were finer than the Romford type wheels of old, it was all reported in the EMGS newsletters at the time. I had done my experiments and conclusions many years ago long before all this 'SF' stuff and I was very happy with the running that it produced. More recently I was contacted by someone in one of the groups to say they had come to similar conclusions and they had approached the board who did look at the specs but decided not to change anything probably because of the then confidential talks with PECO. Incidently if one uses a 'block' B2B with Ultrascale loco wheels you get a wider B2B than 16.5 this is because the tyre rear tapers and at the effective check point on the flange rear it is something like 16.65mm and that's where I got it from so I'm sure there are more than a few locos running around with Ultrascales set at 16.65 B2B and people don't realise. As I say it works for me and a few others who have larger layouts. Cheers, Dave.
  8. Hi Martyn, I know where you are coming from but it's still EM 18.2mm gauge but I do say that I've slightly tightened up some specs. I'd spoken to a number of EMGS board members about it when they were looking into the fact that a few members have done the same with modern finer wheels and the consensus was if it works for you then okay but the EM specs still stand. I don't believe it needs a new name as it's just tweeking the specs to suit my or some others way of doing things. Cheers, Dave.
  9. Hi Martyn, yes I agree but they were tight on a couple of of the tightened up checkrails at 16.4 and I tried to find the happy medium but there wasn't one so in the bin with them. Dave.
  10. Some of us use 16.65 B2B with Gibson type wheels due to the finer flanges and as most if not all the rolling stock on my layout have Gibson then all the track is tightened up to suit. I also have Ultrascale wheels on some locos but these are set to 16.6 B2B and everything works very well. I have tried this opening out the RTR wheels to 16.5 B2B on a few wagons but find that it's not the best idea for me so I'll stick with what I know works for me. A short video of some wagon testing, all Gibson wheels :- Dave.
  11. ICI liquified ammonia tankers. Tank barrel and ends from EMA (Plastruct) temporarily held together with blu-tac, wagon chassis from Dapol (possibly temporary), castings from Lanarkshire Models. Photo by Tony Lambert. End supports drilled,tapped and bolted to the Dapol chassis as glue doesn't work on shiney plastic.... Tank saddles just hanging loose for the moment. Tank filler/dome still to be made and cast and walkway/ladders still to be etched, just wish I had more time. Hope that helps, Dave Franks
  12. Talking about RTR loco haulage, I think the problem is the shiney chome plated wheels that modern models have. I have a few Bachmann 4Fs which people have complained about their lack of haulage power, mine have Gibson EM steel wheels fitted and they can easily take 60 wagons round Wharfeside. Another model which is often complained about is the Bachmann Jubilee, mine again fitted with Gibson wheels but not yet detailed or weathered (still not!) can be seen below walking away with thirty coaches though I have to say all the Bachmann coaches have had brass bearings fitted due to the sharp pinpoints of the Gibson wheels chewing away the plastic bogie to the point of a couple of wheels rubbing on the coach floor!!! The Hornby coach bogies are a better plastic so they don't need that work yet. I don't like to pile the weight into RTR locos as I feel it is mechanical cruelty but I do make sure the rolling stock is free to roll and I prefer to be kind to loco mechanisms by making sure the scale length trains are well within the loco's capacity. Kit built locos are different, one usually has an idea of what they should be capable of, the record holder for the moment is a fully sprung unweighted DJH 8F which has taken for a walk all 117 wagons that were on the layout that night so it's more usual load of thirty five wagons should make it last more than a couple of years. Just my thoughts, Dave Franks
  13. Revell paint No. 84 is what I've used on the chairs and rail, it goes on well straight from the tin and sticks to N/S rail well. It's dark enough not to stand out in a photograph unlike some of the track colour paints. On the flatbottom track a wash of 133 Humbrol on top of the Revell 84 to make the newer rail look slightly different. Dave.
  14. davefrk

    DJM on DC

    At the time one could specify to AMR the controllers that you wanted and what motors you were running, in my case Mashimas. The modified controllers have been very good with all sorts of motors including Portescap as mentioned. Dave Franks.
  15. Hi Adrian, pity, it was the gear puller I was after really. Hey Ho. Dave Franks./
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