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  1. If you gave enough stock to model both periods then why restrict yourself to one? It potentially could keep your interest in the layout and track plan for longer as you build. If you ever get the opportunity to exhibit you could run one period on the first day and the other on the next. Building on the themes others have suggested having the station terminus detachable is useful not only from the point of view of changing buildings but if you decide to extend the platforms for longer trains or encorporate into a bigger system then you can. Using the space in front of the points for a small warehouse or milk depot would then give you the option to build at a later date another extension (as Mr Freezer suggested himself in a later update of the plan) at the “entry” end for a steam engine shed and carriage sidings that when you move to blue would be a diesel shed and DEMU sidings The Minories bug has hooked a lot of modellers over the years (myself included) and If you search RM Web there is plenty of inspiration out there to help. There is a great N finescale Minories based model in this Months Hornby Magazine to give you some blue ideas. Hope this helps a little.
  2. E mailing the sound file route works a treat. I'm on my 4th one. As SR man says you need the decoder serial number. If you are feeling nervous doing this for the first time as I was, Bif does a handy guide on how to upload the file with the lokprogrammer.
  3. If I understand the question this might solve it. On the ECoS track plan there is a mirror function. It looks like two points seperated by a dotted line. This flips the point. Use this with the rotation function and it should get the point into the position you want.
  4. Hi I have Hornsby mk1's and yes they remain lit Ian
  5. Layout is looking good and a great space to build something! I think it depends on what you want now and future needs. If you like the dynamis, for 20 quid or so on Ebay for a receiver extension it might be worth a go as a short term fix whilst you figure out if you need to upgrade the controller as you demands and loco roster grow as the layout develops. The cable that comes with it will not be long enough ( it's about 1.5m) so you will need to extend. I did mine with splicing in some alarm cable as the colours pretty much matched. Probably will need at least 2 receivers for reasonable coverage - one either end plus the one that sits on the box in the middle. One thing though. I think You might need the pro box to get the receivers to work. Need to check the destructions! Happy playing!
  6. Peter, I'm not a computer expert so im not sure which mode to set up on the nano router to connect to my iPhone. Which mode would you suggest? Thanks Ian
  7. If anyone else is interested in buying one, the nano router Peter refers to comes with a mains power supply. The lead is a bit on the short side at around 1m but I'm sure I can get a longer one from Maplins.
  8. Peter, Like the idea of the nano router with the ECoS. How are you powering it? Isn
  9. Hi Alan, It's my first post and I just wanted to offer some words of encouragement. I also fanced a bit of shuttle automation whithout going computer controlled so I purchased an LDT RMGB8N to try with my ECoS 50200. I think this works a little differently to the RM88N unit you have bought as it detects the resistance across the track from a loco. I'm only using this on a short 12ft terminus to fiddle layout (hardly worth it really) so no middle layovers. I'm using a short s88 cable (1m) to the ECoS - the longer wires being to the track. I am please to say that it does work and I have had many enoyable hour watching a sound DMU shuttle backwards and forwards without touching it as I get on with other railway stuff. They way it works for me is that the fiddle and the station have a break in the track one at each end on the same side approx 3 coach lenghs before the buffers. You switch the shuttle on, power up to your max speed and watch the train trundle off. When the motor crosses the break at the other end it slows down (ECoS switches the power off), stops changes direction waits for your pre set time and shuttles back again. When it hits the break in the fiddle it slows down, stops, switches waits and repeats the cycle. I've linked this to the track layout so the section goes red when occupied. From what I've read if you have a loksound V4 and an ESU railcom detector it will report the loco identity on the track plan. The time it takes to slow down is determined by your deceleration settings and engine speed so the faster you run it the further it travels past the break before it stops. It can be a little tricky to set up in that getting the start end and direction right before turning on shuttle mode is important. I have had engines setting off in the wrong direction and trains stopping in between the two sections and I have not quite got this sorted yet. I've not tried the switching points. For your middle layover, you will need a break in the track at both ends of the middle layover section so this needs to be long enough for the slowdown cycle. Also you only need to detect your stop points, you dont need to detect any other sections between them which is something I learnt when I hooked up my unit. I hope this helps a litttle. regards Ian
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