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Keithg

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  1. I thought Ian Morrison’s comments on last night’s Great Model Railway Challenge, were interesting. Clearly the Missenden Modellers cannot produce good modelling on the spot, and tried to illustrate that they were above any rules laid down by the programme makers. Barry their captain for me had an arrogant attitude, claiming, that his team was going to win right from the start.........what a come down...and Kathy Millatt’s final comments about his team, really put them in their place! One of the other Captains Malcolm, who led the team Strangers on a Model Train, for me, summed up the Scratch Build Challenge, as totally stupid, pointing out that we are model makers and not clowns as he had misgivings about the challenge. I had looked forward to the programme helped by reading the articles in the last two editions of the Railway Modeller and feel the “judges are out” on this one. I hope it doesn’t do our great hobby any displeasure, in not seeing more modelling action rather the contestants playing to the camera. Ian’s comment about the similarity of the contestants, thinking they were on the Apprentice is great and I would sum up the Missenden Modellers as.... you are fired!! Keith Gowen
  2. I thought Ian Morrison’s comments on last night’s Great Model Railway Challenge, were interesting. Clearly the Missenden Modellers cannot produce good modelling on the spot, and tried to illustrate that they were above any rules laid down by the programme makers. Barry their captain for me had an arrogant attitude, claiming, that his team was going to win right from the start .........what a come down...and Kathy Millatt’s final comments about his team, really put them in their place! One of the other Captains Malcolm, who led the team Strangers on a Model Train, for me, summed up the Scratch Build Challenge, as totally stupid, pointing out that we are model makers and not clowns as he had misgivings about the challenge. I had looked forward to the programme helped by reading the articles in the last two editions of the Railway Modeller and feel the “judges are out” on this one. I hope it doesn’t do our great hobby any displeasure, in not seeing more modelling action rather the contestants playing to the camera. Ian’s comment about the similarity of the contestants, thinking they were on the Apprentice is great and I would sum up the Missenden Modellers as.... you are fired!! Keith Gowen
  3. Afternoon, Following my request back in May 17, on this web site I asked for information, tips etc on keeping my garden track clean, I have had many helpful replies. Some I have shared with you in their replies. I think I have finally come up with a good solution in the 0 gauge Scale. Firstly I purchased from Digitrains at Lincoln, an 0 guage CMX Car, as I had read many good reviews on this product, plus very helpful video on You TUBE. I also took the opportunity to email Tonystrains in the USA, who sell & build the car. For those who are not formilular with the CMX system it basically is a large heavy tank for which fluid is inserted by way of a 5-10cc syringe with alcohol. Under neath the tank are two skid pads which are covered by a corduroy type of upholstery fabric with backing. A valve adjusts the “ drip “ flow onto the pads which in turn wipes the track. The trick however is just not the I P A but Caig Deoxit Solution, which is mixed in the tank as follows: Purchase 25ml DeOxit D100L, a bit pricey, add to this a pint of 91% isopropyl alcohol. Both solutions can be inserted into the tank with a syringe. Mix the two together and off you go pushing or pulling with your best loco. This wagon/car is heavy!! The DeOxit D1000L product is designed to clean electrical contacts whilst the I P A dissolves the gunk!! The above is just an overview.....two weeks ago I cleaned the outside track of my garden railway with tanker car full of the mixture and during that period with three days of rain and sun my locos travel round the layout without any problems. To test I even put the loco directly onto the exposed track and went into my indoor DCC control system, pressed F1 to check for sound and off we went. One last thing, loco wheels must be clear, one of our golden rules, and 98% troubled running outside was achieved. Lastly much can be read on the internet with good video, in fact this months Railway Modeller has a feature on this very subject. Thanks to all you replied to my request. Forum item closed as far as I am concerned. Keith Gowen
  4. Can you help please? With the warm weather in UK beginning to appear our thoughts as 0 gauge garden railway modellers turn to uncovering, operating & possible track alignment. However, one problem that I have experienced over the last two years is dirt on the track, together with possible sap blotches, from nearby trees, appearing on the track, resulting in the stoppage of my locos. I am operating a Lenz DDC system, with over 60 yards of double track. The rest of my layout is contained in a Log Cabin. So my question to those with similar garden railways is; How do you keep the track clean during operating sessions, after the initial clean and with what ?? Use of IPA or other track type cleaner Special cleaning vehicle/truck There must be a wealth of information out there and hopefully having read my plea you will you will record through these pages. Regards Keith Gowen
  5. Hello, I am sure this question may have been asked before, perhaps when DCC came of age!! I am aware that when you run a non dcc loco on a dcc layout you uses the four zero code to drive the loco. However more importantly can this operation damage the motor when no decoder is involved?? Am thinking of a "burn out" to the expensive loco. Look forward to your helpful answers. Keith
  6. Message for Karhedron, Back in December 14 I wrote enquiring into size of branding wording for K42 Full Brake in 7mm scale. Although some time has passed you might be interested to know that Fox Transfers have finally produce the goods, in 7mm. The sheet contains many variations to destinations so you can have many full Brakes with various locations, particularly as shown in Russel's books. Fox Transfer reference for the above sheet is FRH 7117 at £6.50 for two sheets, entitled Great Western Railway Collett Full Brake Van Lettering. Although I appreciate you model in N Guage/ 2mm Scale I am sure Linda at Fox would be only too happy to reduce to your scale. Thanks for your help Keith
  7. Sad that no help has been forthcoming on my topic concerning a Servo problem. However those 192 viewers might be interested to know that TAM VALLEY's instructions were missing one line of information. Thankfully Coastal DCC where more than happy to help and will get my support in future. Keith
  8. Being a new boy to using points operated by Servos and watching several youtube videos it seemed to me it was a quick easy was to go, so i purchased one Tam Valley Depot Ocotpus III Servo Driver plus their Remote Alignment Board and cchoose the Hextronik HXT900 Servo, plus cables. All connects well but I am confused over the "button" depressions on the RAE and ask if any one else has used the very good product abd can provide simple guidance, There are THREE buttons which appear to have dual us in being able to auto aligning the servos. Firstly you are told to press Next to set servo, and there are 8 that can be controlled. Then you are told to press Next/Auto (which is same button ) for 1 second. but with LEDs flashing you are not guided as to which level we are now at, to carry out the next part. You are then asked to press Next button a third time, briefly and choose the level buttons, which makes servo go fast or slow. I am sure I am missing the logic in this operation, so please could any one make it easy for me, by telling me in simple terms a routine to get the servo working. I am very pleased to have purchased TVD's RAB because it has a very long connection lead to Servo driver, and therefore no working under the bench. Look forward your replies/guidance. Many thanks Keith
  9. HI, I recently did a search here on GWR K42 Passenger Full Brake Van by Collett and found your topic. The thread has been most interesting as I am building the vehicle in 7mm. I too have taken many pictures of a K42 preserved at Buckfastleigh on the SDR. I am impressed the workmnanship you Guys have put in the get Daplo to produce a great model. My search is for correct branding transfers and have Fox Transfers are very interested in the detail aspect that seems to be missing, namely branding "town" names, Parcels Train Brake Van etc which in my opion makes the model. Please can you help me from all your research. What size were the branding lettering. In Great Western Way book they mention 92 high but is this correct. Sorry if duplication in the threard but I cannot find this mentioned. Look forward to your reply Kind regards Keith
  10. Hi Alex, Not sure whether this topic has finished but I was the owner of the 3mm Scale layout that is mentioned in the Oakwood Book. Also I exhibited the layout all over the country for 25 years! As an early member of the preservation Society but no residing near to the site, I took it upon myself to get the book reprinted in the form you can purchase it in today. There are more photos and in colour plus all the drawings are there BUT contained within the pages and not a pull. My research took several months before I started the model and I would certainly advisde getting copies of Model Railway News 1967 edition being written by Pat English. Over many years Pat and I became good friends but sadly he passed away a few years ago now. Interestinly Pat was not in favour of restoring the line! I decided to place my 3mm Scale layout on perminant loan to the Folk Musuem as I beleive it to be a true model of Helston Station and therby show the people of Helston about their Station. Hope this delaid reply might help you. Wish you well Regards Keith Gowen
  11. Hi, What about PDH Drawings from David Hulls in Leicester? Recently received GWR Manor drawing in 7mm which has proved very helpfull. Sadly still awaiting drawing of Collett 22xx, does anyone know how best to contact David, please? Regards Keith
  12. Hi Ken, Very many thanks will look on Jim's website. Best Keith
  13. I am about to build the "loco" part of a JLTRT Kit and there are several items that reqire the builder to solder overlay items to the brass chassis & body parts. What is the best way to undertaken this work? Do I need a very hot iron? Do I spend funds on a resitance soldering unit? Are there any articles written that will help, consider the "lenght" of these parts. Look forward to constructive replies. Thanks Keith
  14. Hello, Many thanks for your replies. I will try and post a picture of this part of my layout with a better description of the problem. I do agree that a conflict is going on between the two units and have " back to the drawing board" on this aspect! Thanks for your kindness, will be back. Regards Keith
  15. Can anyone please resolve my problem with a DCC auto reverse loop function on an outside dog bone garden track layout using PECO points & track? I have an 0 guage layout in the form of a dog bone. There are two separate point (switch) crossovers which allow a train to pass another train and either way round to curve loops at ends of layout. One line being the MAIN track, the other being a DCC Reverse loop. Once the train crosses into the reverse loop section a short should occur whereby the DIGITRAX AR1 changes the polarity or should !! When working correctly a click can be heard and the train enters the RL Section without any delay and leaves ok. However recently I have found that PECO points do not always allow train a smooth passage therefore I have now removed ALL Peco wiring around frog and replaced with a single direct wire from the to frog, all stock rails have been bonded to switch rail plus a bond around switch rail “joiner” built within the point by Peco. Now for the detail. Each cross over has Insulated Rail Joiners (IRJ’s) on all rails around frog there being four on each point. The frog’s polarity is changed by a Dual Frog Juicer produced by Tam Valley Depot, with power feed to the unit from the DCC Bus installed around the layout, but insulated where appropriate. It is assume all power comes from the toe end of point. As the AR1 feeds the RL Section and applies a polarity change to the rail, I wonder if there is a conflict between Frog Jucier and the Automatic Reversing Controller, because I do not always get a smooth ride over the “linking” part of the crossover. I am hoping that someone can resolve and direct me to a simple drawing that shows exactly how my trains can run smoothly over my garden railway which ever way they are direct. Regards Keith
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