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  1. Hello Ian, Is there any way you can control a loco on that programming track i.e. make it move. It could be that the loco is not making a connection to the track - dirty track or wheels or combination of the two. Being able to control it would, at least, give you assurance the loco could connect. Back in 2018 they stated that the Z21 could only read Zimo chips "but will be able to read others shortly". To read other chips back then you had to use the "Manual" option rather than the POM. Do you have a blue bar in the top right corner indicating its all working?
  2. Hello Ian, Don't know exactly what you are trying to do, but does this help? I have only watched 10 minutes but starts with programming a new loco to use with Z21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm-gjMkWgJg all the best Richard
  3. Philip, Another signal box so I am told. More block instruments required... Ian, Glad to see progress, you knew it made sense. I didn't think it required wrecking the joint though :) Keep us appraised of progress. Will there be a turntable? best wishes to you and your domestic management, Richard
  4. I may be teaching my grandmother...... The striker needs to have some spring so that the hammer strikes the bell and springs back - if it is too stiff or badly adjusted and hits the bell and stays in contact, all you will get is a dull thud. An alternative to making the arm adjustable is to get (or alter) a bell with an off centre fixing hole - turning the bell changes its relationship to the striker and its tone. I believe that's how some original block bells were arranged, making it simple for the signalman to change the tone. [Written before I saw the Stationmaster's
  5. Bells may be the hardest thing to source as in this digital age they are becoming redundant. Perhaps chimes could be used instead, they certainly would be easier to make. Some have used WT588 (a number if variants exist) sound modules that can play .WAV files. The larger implementations can store 4Mb of files and for our purposes, they can be mono, not stereo. The sounds can be triggered by key presses, on the larger modules 10 are available, so provide a choice from pre-loaded files. They will drive an 0.5W 8-ohm speaker directly. I have no idea what this would sound like. Sugar c
  6. CDGFife, This was what I saw as a possibility, but because MERG have shut down their Kitlocker, I couldn't even see what was available, but found an alternative source. I now recall seeing your postings on the Scalefour forum (actually following it all with interest). What do the relays do? Did you manage to use a single MERG board to drive both the primary and mirrored servo? thanks, Richard
  7. Would using sound recordings rather than physical bells be acceptable? The advantages would be the instruments could be made smaller, less mechanically complicated and resourcing acceptable sounding bells might be problematic. The disadvantage being more electronics and loss of user serviceable mechanics - an electromagnet operating a striker on a physical bell I can understand, the alternative, well, I'm with Tony (t-b-g)....
  8. Does anyone know of any recent (ish) articles detailing how these can be built? It seems many in operation are based on archaic post office equipment, very expensive versions of the real thing or electronic versions with sound files, microcomputers (or CBUS). Richard
  9. I have just read through this entire thread and have to congratulate you (and your crew) on a magnificent model. Can you please advise me on what you use for your wire in tube point operation? thanks and I look forward to viewing continuing progress Richard
  10. A quick Google reveals an entry in the RailMaster forum that the function name must end in "on/off". The function button will then turn on with the first press and off with the second. regards Richard
  11. I would agree the 'briquettes' are coal lumps. It's sometime surprising how large these can be when looking at 19thC pictures. I think we are more used to coal that has been graded for domestic use. I imagine machinery at the coal face produces smaller pieces that would be easier to handle mechanically, and there was precious little of that in the 19thC.
  12. A little late in the day, but that GWW coach looks llike it may have rounded corners, particularly the right end. The shadow of the roof is the thing that's giving me the impression. The narrow longtitudinal panel bearing the handles and class also seems to look 'odd' at the ends if the side was flat. The only other explanation for the shadow is that the roof is wider right at the corner, possibly to project water from the rain strip. Being in the same boat (although on a premier railway , I share your frustration at the lack of prototypical information. Whilst I am here, thank you fo
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