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    Modern(ish) image N gauge (late 1980s)
    Pre-nationalisation 00 gauge
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  1. This is definitely interesting - it is good to see more London Underground availability. One odd thing that I notice is that, despite having working interior lights, the end lights seem to be painted on and non-working. I imagine that users can, with effort, add their own, however.
  2. That is very sad. I have often ordered from this company and always had good service.
  3. For the announcements, there is an action marker in TrainController as the train approaches the station that triggers the announcement macro. The announcement macro uses private variables assigned to the train for its calling pattern, direction and booked platform to generate a file name for a sound file to play. For example, an announcement might be named: ~\Station announcements\Oxcott\Platform 5\Up\Arriving\Bicester.wav This file name is made up as follows [Fixed text]\[platform number variable]\[direction variable]\[fixed text for each trigger]\[calling pattern variable][delay text variable].wav In this case, the fixed text is ~\Station announcements\Oxcott\ the platform number variable is Platform 5 the direction variable is Up the fixed text for the trigger in question is Arriving the calling pattern variable is Bicester and the delay variable is blank; if the train were delayed, the delayed variable would be " delayed" (with the leading space). I then record an announcement for each calling pattern, platform and direction for arriving (with and without delay), standing (with and without delay) and also delay warnings and updates, the latter of which have their own slightly different but similar system. Some trains have unique calling patterns, so the calling pattern variable is blank and the reporting number is used instead. This works because the macro actually tries to play two sound files: one with the calling pattern as above and one with the calling pattern substituted for the reporting number. However, for trains with unique calling patterns, the calling pattern variable is left blank, and I do not record announcements for reporting numbers that are not associated with unique calling patterns, so only one announcement will ever play. Having typed this message, I realise that there is a whole set of announcements that I had prepared but forgotten to implement, viz. those for the train standing in the station having just arrived. Those will be implemented in the same way, save that they will be triggered by the stop marker in the platform being activated plus a random delay of a number of seconds.
  4. Unfortunate indeed - get well soon to your daughter. May the kitten return to cheer her up.
  5. I have produced a 30 second trailer, available on PeerTube.
  6. I have produced a fully narrated 9 minute video showing timetabled computer automated operation on my under construction N gauge layout, "Oxcott", featuring an IECC emulation control panel allowing either fully automatic or semi-automatic control and timetabled working in real time based on a real British Rail WTT from 1989. Also featured are: real TOPS reporting numbers; automated announcements; tokenless block working; a virtual extension to the layout; and automated carriage lighting. TrainController signalling display by James Petts, on Flickr I have hosted the video on PeerTube, a new distributed video platform that does not have the disadvantages (especially proneness to censorship) of Youtube's closed and centralised platform. The video is available under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike licence, and can be streamed here. Because of the Creative Commons licence, the video can also be downloaded. Link to video
  7. One would preferably wire the turnouts so as not to rely on blade contact: the switch rails should be receiving direct power from droppers. This is how I have wired all of my N gauge code 55 Unifrog turnouts in the fiddle yard of my layout.
  8. I find that, for motorised models, 1,000µF makes a difference in N gauge, and 2,000µF is ideal. Most of my N gauge models are fitted with 4x 470µF tantalum capacitors, which is 1,880µF, which helps a great deal. For 00 gauge, aim for 3,000µF. You ideally want 1-2 seconds of running for maximum reliability. More than that is unnecessary and risks runaway problems in fault conditions (although bear in mind that running time loaded will be less than running time unloaded). For carriage lighting, much lower amounts are fine: 220µF is ideal for most carriage lighting situations. Edit Incidentally, you can always wire multiple capacitors in parallel, so the supplied 470µF capacitor does not need to go to waste. Just make sure that you use one of the correct voltage: 25v is ideal, but you can use 16v if you have a charging circuit that limits voltage (check the manual to be sure).
  9. There's much to be said for a spot of IEG - but does your partner not approve of renumbering,...?
  10. Splendid to see this progressing!
  11. Best wishes with the interview! But how did you spell "frequent" without the R key?
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