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  1. Occassionally I find that I have to re-set the servo limits which means I have to access the relevant servo controller. The link below takes you to a Megapoints piece of kit that has proved to be a godsend, rather than performing like a circus acrobat in attempting to get to the controllers under baseboards and view the movement of the servo at the same time, once connected to the servo controller the extension allows you to adjust whilst viewing servos with ease. https://megapointscontrollers.co.uk/product/servocontrollerremotebuttons/?v=79cba1185463
  2. it’s clear that some books command high prices, simple economic supply and demand I guess. I am glad that I bought most of mine when they were first published and in plentiful supply. I made a little progress yesterday with Garelochead but still have a fair bit left to do. Still with the lockdown it’s not as if there’s a lot else to do so it will be back to this after dog walking duties are performed.
  3. I am currently working on the scenic area to the south of Garelochead. I have managed to get down plaster cloth to create the embankment falling away from the track. If all is dry and looks right I hope to fininsh the 'structural' work today and maybe start on the scenery. 37049 had charge of 7Y33, 0952 Mossend to Mallaig Junction Yard seen passing through Garelochead. It is the area the right of the first picture that is proving challenging to develop.
  4. Thanks to everyone for their input. It looks like I was incorrect and probably a tad wishful in thinking the wagon was a Salmon as the picture is something that I fancy modelling notwithstanding the lack of a model of a 45T Cowans Sheldon crane!. Having looked again I agree with those voting BDA, it is clearly not a Salmon. Ian's picture of a Salmon at Crianlarich works for me and I shall be 'investing' in one of the Flangeway Salmon's in the near future albeit in the earlier olive green which is more likely to have been seen in my early 1980's time window.
  5. A request this morning to help me determine the colour/livery of what appears to be a Salmon wagon in the picture below. I am looking at adding one of the Flangeway Salmon wagons to WHL4 but can not work out the livery. My wife tells me that it is definitely not olive green which leaves me stumped. Can anyone clarify?
  6. The afternoon Glasgow to Oban and reverse working from Oban passed at Crianlarich in 1985. 37012 arrives with 1Y13, 1220 ex Glasgow and 37017 with 1T28, 1300 ex Oban.
  7. Search Flickr with 'Bridge of Orchy station' there are a few pictures showing the platform face
  8. 37 178 with 7D17, 1020 Corpach to Mossend through Crianlarich. 37178 is on the lengthy list of locos I want to weather, I renumbered it from 37284 and drilled out the bolier port to model the steam heat loco that arrived in Scotland from South Wales in 1982.
  9. I have now had a week or so of using CC and am increasingly pleased with it. I have not altered the voltage, it is somewhere in the 17/18V region but the short issue on restarting track power has receded. It has not totally gone away but is 95% better than it was. Interestingly I can now usually restore track power after a short with all locos on the layout. The manual section 14.6 references Current Limit and states that CC auto detects power supply in use; from that I conclude that CC has worked out that my layout can have a high volatge draw at times and is no longer treating the sharp spik
  10. Several hours of running yesterday saw me get to the end of the day for the 1985 WTT. Although the number of trains is much the same as 1981, the changes make a real difference to how things work and where trains pass. For example in 1981 the Oban trains all cross at Arrochar, by 1985 its 2 Arrochar and 1 Crianlarich. 2 of the southbound freights lay over in stations to pass 2 trains travelling north. All in all concentrating on a combination of the new controller and the change in operations meant I was knackered last night; at least I slept well. 37081 is seen at Fort William at
  11. My understanding is the colours of a TTA denoted the content of the wagon primarily for safety purposes so that people can tell from a distance what is in the wagon should an emergency ocur. In simple terms which is all I want to know, black is for heavy oils and grey for lighter ones. There are plenty of pictures around showing wagons in both colours at Mallaig so no need to think of re-painting. Given the nature of what they were carrying, the wagons were usually filthy and need plenty of weathering. I am sure someone more knowledgeable than me can provide greater detail on this
  12. I think the simple answer will be wood and wood pulp. There were several major freight flows on the WHL during the early 80's but, to the best of my knowledge, no whisky! Northbound trains primarily carried: wood and wood pulp for the paper mill at Corpach China clay for the paper mill Oil for the storage terminals at Oban, Connell Ferry, Fort William and Mallaig Bulk alumina for the aluminum smelter at Fort William Coal for the distribution centres at Oban, Crianlarich and Fort William Southbound trains comprised: finished paper and paper product
  13. It's good to have some balance, all work and no play make Jack a dull boy. I like the rocks, a combination of your carving and the latest painting means that you have captured the feel of the location very effectively.
  14. Yesterday Cab Control performed faultlessly for about 2 hours. Whenever I had need to restart track power, CC did so instantly with the need to remove any locos. Strange but pleasing, I wonder if CC has some form of smart capability that enables it to learn about the layout on which it is working? I managed to get to about halfway through the days operations of the 1985 WTT. When run in practice the operations are noticeably different to 1981 which is good news because it creates a different set of challenges to the Operator. I am grateful to Ian and Doug for their counsel. As far
  15. One of the most notable changes that arises from the change to Cab Control from Prodigy is the increased sensitivity to shorts. Fortunately I don't get too many and those more knowledgeable than me advise that increased sensitivty to shorts is an advance in the technology and should, in general, be a good thing as it provides greater protection for DCC chips. These cause CC track power to cut out and requires the power to be turned on again to recommence running. Turning power on or off is a simple button press but the systems sensitivity is such that with my 20 locos situated at v
  16. Hi Keith Thank you very much for the information, it is much appreciated. Slowly but surely with you and Nigel's guidance I seem to be getting my head around the CC and how it works. It might not look like it but I have read the instruction manual several times and use it as a reference source before posting my problems. Whilst informative, the manual is far from perfect for a person with little electrical knowledge or instinct. I doubt what I am facing is anything new and I hope that when/if ESU get around to giving me access to their forumn, I will be able to find a lot of answer
  17. Just spotted this reply which answers several of the points in my last post. My comment earlier on using the Lokporogrammer was poorly worded, as you both rightly say, I can (and have) amended CV's using my controller. Thanks for the clarification on the CV's, I will adjust one or two locos in an effort to enable Rail Com. It is turned on in my ICU and works, several of my chips must have the Railcom setting enabled because they registered immediately when the loco was placed on the rail. I was hoping that power districts would not be a potential solution although I suspected they
  18. Thanks Nigel, helpful as ever. Your hypothesis is an interesting point and I can see the logic of your solution. What surprises me is that my Guagemaster Prodigy at 3.5 Amps never complained on start up wheras the supposedly 7 Amp CC does. I understand that they are different pieces of kit and will have been built in different ways but if it is the case that 20 locos trips out then CC seems fundamentally flawed given is aimd at the US market and their famed larger layouts. Whilst running this morning I found 13 locos was the threshold for re-setting track power. If I had more locos
  19. I managed to get CC up and running yesterday and spent a few hours gaining practical experience. I was hoping that Railcom Plus would load chip data straight into the ICU but was frustrated by ESU's default setting on their V4 chips which is off! I need a Lokprogrammer which I dont have, a friend does but we cant meet up at present. Not a major issue as I can manually set up locos but I will not manually set up individual functions for each and every loco. The ICU is sensitive to shorts and trips track power when it senses one. The obvious solution is dont create them but in planet
  20. Very wise, I have experienced network intereference first hand and it is irritating. It might not be obvious but I am sure your efforts will pay a dividend of smooth operation
  21. Video is a something I want to do more of but I am constrained by the lockdown because my experience is that videoing works best with two people. A driver and a seperate video person create the best outcomes, where I have tried driving with one hand and videoing with the other has not worked well. There are a number of clips from the DTV Class 37 Tribute videos that I want to recreate, most notably 37027 departing Crianlarich where the loco clearly has Legoman's drive lock and west highland thrash sound file fitted! At least I managed to get the Cab Control to run trains and I got
  22. After a day spent trying to work out what was causing the Cab Control system to short, a fellow RMWebber advised of a known issue in the US which others had solved by increasing the variable track voltage output. In a matter of seconds this solved the problem and I was able to move a loco up and down a piece of test track. Hopefully today I will get the CC running WHL4. The second train movement of the day for the 1985 WTT is the first Mallaig departure 2Y52, the 0650 to Fort William seen with 37051 and its load of 3 coaches leaving Mallaig. The crooked lamp post is determined not
  23. Hooray. Increased the voltage and the short does not arise. The buttons work as programmed and I managed to move a loco up and down my 500mm of test track. Tomorrow I will attempt to install the CC on my layout Thank you so much, I appreciate your time and support. Having bought a US product I was having nightmares that it was all going pear shaped. I hope to report back in a day or two that I have managed to get CC to operate my layout.
  24. Thank Ron i have checked the ICU for possible causes of a short but nothing is obvious. I’ll try the reset next Rob
  25. I just re-started the system without any track connections and get exactly the same outcome as I did previously. Just to clarify, I am UK based and have connected the power supply unit to the UK mains using a standard plug and connector that fits into the PSU. From comments made earlier in the thread and the ESU manual, this should work.
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