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  1. That's what I'd do. Get a duff one of eBay. Incidentally why the fascination with parcels bays? few stations have dedicated parcels platforms, more often peak passenger services also use the "parcels platforms" and off peak spare passenger train sets get stored in them, Or parcels are loaded at passenger platforms. The Parcels operations only seem to come alive at certain periods of the day.
  2. I always feel the Scots emphasise the second syllable so logically pol -Ma -Dee. as in Glas -Gie but I've heard Mallaig called Mallig and Mull-Gai. Your all just rubbing salt in the wound of my not being able to go to Scotland this June after 33 years of summer solstice period holidays in the He - Lunds.
  3. Looks like the basis for a vertical traverser to me.
  4. K's motor is light years ahead of the anchoridge motors power wise , its running the same gearing, 60:1 I believe . Its running nicely now but the gears keep coming out of mesh under load despite the outrigger bearing, or maybe because of it. No wonder people like motor gearboxes.
  5. Agree The one in the link with screw terminals, no sign of a fan etc really belongs securely riveted into an enclosure. Or an enclosure inside an enclosure. Bare mains terminals can be life threatening. The unit in the video looks like one from an old style computer tower which would have a cooling fan and a 3 pin 240 volt socket. I have several in the loft both in towers and loose. Basically you can pick them up for free. Screwed to a bit of wood as per the video they can be OK but don't spill your coffee over it. These units are OK for LEDs on 12 volt or 5 volts subject to having overload protection to protect the wiring, but they do only deliver a bare 12 volts while "12 Volt" model railway units are often around 19 volts, and 12 volts is too little for a decent top speed on most RTR OO Locos. 24 volts is too much. I haven't managed to find a use for any of mine yet mainly due to needing overload protection, and having plenty of old railway controllers.
  6. Analogue meters with a moving pointer are easier to use for fault finding than digital meters. You can hear the needle clicking back and forth. Digitals often scroll rapidly through a series of numbers with minor variations in voltage which is annoying. When working in the motor trade I made a tester from a door bell, and several old bulbs which I soldered wires to so the crocodile clips on the bell wires could be attached. It just meant I didn't need a second person to assist. The same 12 volt bell has since seen use with crocodile clips for track power testing. It gives a yes/no binary power on or off indication which is really all you need. Finding one digital meter shows 15 volts and another shows 19 volts on the same circuit can be disconcerting.
  7. I wouldn't risk any more than about 12 watts or 12VA per circuit. I'm a bit paranoid about starting fires after my next door neighbours house burned down. If you have to use a 100 watt supply fit some overload protection as in polyswitches. I wouldn't use more than 5 volts for lights so that would be a 20 amp supply for 100 watts.
  8. The cut out will growl as an overload approaches. The cut out is at about 1 amp, which is about all an overloaded H/D vertical motor loco can take before burning out. I have three A3s, They are excellent cut outs, vastly better than polyswitches, its a shame you can't buy a similar stand alone cut out today, though it would probably be £50 where a polyswitch is about 2p.
  9. I don't know how you intend to get in and out of the shed but that great slab of baseboard across the door may be no problem now but in ten or twenty years crawling under it won't be fun anymore. We had a removable board initially in a 24 X 8 shed but it was a pain and stayed down and we crawled under. Then I had sciatica badly and couldn't crawl under so it was re engineered as a hinged lifting section with two levels and later the hinges were beefed up from domestic door hinges to car bonnet hinges and we can get someone out and the track back down in under 15 seconds. The lifting section has a 4 platform station on it plus a two track main line crossing on a bridge. The Harbour branch in front of the FY isn't great as you will end up with at least a 6" high retaining wall or backscene behind the harbour station. It could work as a Canal basin but most railway building era boats had masts and sails so wouldn't fit under the bridge. I would model the baseboard edge as the quay and put run round somewhere on the branch. The bay arrangement is a bit ugly. I would put them in the other platform and move the back platform back a bit, That way branch train could depart from the bay at the same time that the main line train departs from the main platform.
  10. The problem with the older CJ Freezer layouts was they were designed for big hairy chested 1960s Tank locos like the H/D 0-6-2T which would happily haul 15 very heavy wagons up a 1 in 36 grade and now we get feeble excuses for steam locos which struggle to pull the same load on the level. His two and three level plans don' t really work with current steam RTR. OK with diesels though. He also drew a curved diamond crossing which may have been a Farish Formoway or liveway item but certainly not Peco, indeed it may have been a figment of his fertile imagination but it's not currently available and would be an absolute sod to scratch build. That said his designs have certainly stood the test of time even if you do have to add a few inches here and there or trim a few inches off the pointwork with a hacksaw.
  11. Probably not from current RTR ranges. I reckon the 1960's Triang locos with X04 motors and two start worm drives would be somewhere near that speed 4ft / sec (or 4 X MK3 coaches passing per sec) but they tend to ride roughly at high speed which affects power pick up. The older Hornby "Desmond" 0-4-0 also went like a rocket ship but would fall off straight track at high speed, current versions have (sadly) been geared down but wobbly wheels remain standard. I would think my Prairie tank with a Triang Hall chassis with, 5 pole X04 clone and Romford wheels would be around that fast as it rides beautifully and I use it for testing coaches to make sure they ride nicely at high speed. You have to back it off round 2ft radius corners when hauling 7 coach rakes or the whole lot ends on its side. Generally as long as an RTR express loco will do the ton I'm happy. Which led to a saga trying to get my son's Hornby A4 "Mallard" to do a realistic speed, instead of 75. It needed a loco drive chassis with an X04. Riding rather than anything will be the limiting factor on straight track, so you need Romford or similar nicely profiled concentric wheels and a decently long coupled wheelbase. I will attach my train timing chart. Works for anything 12"/ft to Z scale
  12. There are some very good ideas from across the pond we could usefully adopt over here. Its all very well sneering at the US types trying to recreate 100 car freights with shorter formations when we represent 100 wagon trains with 15 wagons and a van. At least their locos will actually pull a full length train. They also tend to run a lot fewer trains, just like US railroads, few and long, over difficult terrain often on single track. Which is why DCC is so important over there. Imagine trying to run four diesels off one side of a H&M Duette. It not going to happen and if it does one will be slipping furiously while the others barely move. I know, I had to use 2 X Triang transformers to move even a three loco DC lash up. The way Americans use their track is also interesting, using lay byes for passing, even branch junctions with trains moving on the same line in close proximity, impossible with conventional DC, and their storage tracks are something else, even if they tend to have fewer trains, same number of cars and locos but in fewer but longer consists, and don't forget all those small rail connected industries they love shunting from the main line. no Thomas and Perky playing with trucks while Gordon hurtles round with the "Mid Day Scotch." I would love a US style UK layout depicting the never wazza Isle of Skye railway from Portree to Kyleakin with branches down towards a crossing to Mallaig and mineral branch north of Portree. Their scenery 30 years ago was beyond anything we have, Gorre and Dapheteid, floor to ceiling scenery, I actually found the initial video incredibly useful. Inspiring even. Hot craft knife for plastic, absolutely brilliant.
  13. Peco medium radius should be fine and I would be surprised if the Garatt, Heljan(?) can't get round Peco 2ft small radius . Its only a pair of small wheeled Crabs back to back. The standard Hornby points are a nominal 2nd radius but the tight bit through the blades is nearer 15" radius. My Bachmann 64XX pannier can't get round Hornby standard points so I'm not surprised the Garatt can't
  14. They could do a set with an LMS Garratt, the U1 and Big Bertha with or without 60 wagons, to commemorate when a Garratt hauled freight stalled on the Lickey with the U1 banking and had to be rescued by Big Bertha. I guess Heljan would have to do that. Great Xmas present for the kids. A GWR never built Hawkesworth Pacific or 2-10-0 would probably sell well.... The Germans seem fond of models of stuff that was never actually built so why not us? LMS 4-6-4 version of the Duchess? BR Standard 2-4-2T.
  15. I would have too but It's not mine to sling out (and there's no budget for a High level gearbox)
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