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  1. Hi, I just wondered if anyone had any experience or views on the Digitrax - 16 Bit Series 6 Decoder (SDXH166D). It seems a very good price for a sound decoder, but i am not sure how good it is, compared to others such as Tsunami and TCS. The price suggests that it may be more generic, although you can it appears select a number of sound files for use and is 'plug and play'. Cheers
  2. I see Rails have started stocking Athearn line - only a couple of dozen of new release, but the prices are quite attractive Certainly one to keep an eye on... https://railsofsheffield.com/manufacturer-athearn-JJJM29?page=2
  3. Thanks all for the most useful references and knowledge. I have plumped for a sound fitted Amtrak LRC with a number of coaches for what i think was a reasonable price. I may switch to a VIA LRC if one ever appears at a reasonable price. I think it will add a bit of operational interest to the layout i am building, although the LRC, +1 coach will be all that it can show moving...! I am really intrigued by North American trains from the 60's through 80's, more so than similar UK stock and while the modern stuff interests me, it is all very similar and adds some interesting variety
  4. I have had a delivery from ScaleModelScenery for some consumables to allow scenic progression on the layout. These are predominantly to allow me to get on and add concrete hard standing to the low relief depot area on the top left of the layout and start to lay ground for the diesel maintenance area on the right lower side of the layout. I have a collection of LX096 for the rail area and then extension kit LX103 to create the larger laydown areas. 20201126_203243 by Bryn Jones, on Flickr So I have laid the track and extension concrete for the small low relief area an
  5. Hi all, Resurrecting an old topic and thought I'd post here to get more notice (apologies for that!). I appreciate that the Amtrak LRC's were limited in timeframe for operating and they ultimately did so along the NE corridor, but what presence did the Amtrak livery have in Canada - i am aware that they were not interchangeable with the VIA stock, but i am interested if there is a prototypical case of it being there or being used. I quite fancy getting on in the Amtrak livery, but aside from 3 ET44's in BNSF/NS/CSX, a Amtrak P42 and NS SD60E everything else is Canadian fro
  6. Hi all, resurrecting an old topic. I appreciate that the Amtrak LRC's were limited in timeframe for operating and they ultimately did so along the NE corridor, but what presence did the Amtrak livery have in Canada - i am aware that they were not interchangeable with the VIA stock, but i am interested if there is a prototypical case of it being there or being used. I quite fancy getting on in the Amtrak livery, but aside from 3 ET44's in BNSF/NS/CSX, a Amtrak P42 and NS SD60E everything else is Canadian from the the 70's through to the 20's - yes, aware that Rule 1 always
  7. Thanks for that. Love the scene that you have set up there. It is quite realistic from a relief perspective. Will have to check these guys out, they certainly show the buildings as being old, grimy and what you'd expect in a area such as that. I always get frustrated with card kits, hence i always fall back to plastic, but i know how much £££ or $$$ they can save Cheers
  8. Hi Keith, Yes there is plenty of support under there and each section is held together with 5mm bolts. I will upload some pictures when i get chance later this weekend. I need to just see if i can brace the ends a bit, and may do that with some 9mm ply underneath that i have (for it to sit on). Worthwhile doing and I had about 30mins of fun the other night with the simple area i have, moving stock back and forth...! I don't have the time and space for a large layout at the moment, but love playing with trains, so this is a happy compromise. I highly recommend
  9. Hi Keith It is a Walthers Cornerstone Kit. They have quite a few low relief buildings if you keep an eye on eBay, though a few have just gone for double the dollar price, so you just have to be patient. I have slightly kitbashed it to sit how i want it on my layout, but that is the beauty of Walther Cornerstone and many other US kits, they are modular in quite a few instances. https://www.walthers.com/bud-s-trucking-company-background-building-kit-19-x-1-1-8-x-4-quot-48-2-x-2-8-x-10-1cm Cheers Bryn
  10. Agreed, i do like to have some factual consistency, where possible, but that is the beauty of American railroads, there is a prototype for a lot of things!
  11. Hi, hope all are well. Overview of layout to date. Have made a start on track laying… I am trying to keep this as simple as possible, and will just have stock out to suit my mood. At the moment, the idea is that the left of the layout will house a simple single track warehouse, with two diesel storage and laydown areas to the front of the layout. These tracks are large enough to fit three full sized ES44’s in, so will hopefully provide a useful storage and area of interest for when the locomotives are moving back and forth. The intention is to have the building shown on the rig
  12. Hi, it has been a while since I have made any real attempt at a layout. Things are a bit up in the air with numerous things conspiring to make me more of an observer, but I have recently brought a number of baseboards from Railway Laser Lines in Taunton and will be doing a small end to end layout (2.1m x 0.375m) for showcasing my US rolling stock. We’re going through some changes at home, most recently, starting a new job for me, but also the relocation that comes with such moves. So, rather than be in limbo, I decided that a lightweight layout of manageable size, such as this, would
  13. Agreed, Ordered 8 points last Tuesday and they duly arrived on the Wednesday, which was not expected! They will be my go to place now for North American stock. Although it is still sometimes cheaper with fees/tax to import some of the higher ticket items such as locomotives... Cheers
  14. Hi, I agree, I have two SD40-2 in Norfolk Southern livery and I think they're a fantastic model. I do feel the black of the NS livery does the detailing no favours and your picture really does show that. I really noticed how good the ET44's were when I finally got hold of a BNSF Heritage III livery and just how much the detail shines compared to my NS version of the same engine. Mine don't suffer from the tinny sounds you have suggested, but they lack bass, which would make them even better - but haven't been brave enough to swap out as of yet and if you're suggesting mil
  15. Hi all, Thanks for the interesting discussion. I have secured a source of Code 83 points #6 and a double slip (which is much bigger than I thought it would be!!! as Nick_Burman states), plus 11 pieces of wooden track. This should be enough to keep me going for the start of the layout. I agree, I wanted Code 83, because of its accuracy (or better) to US railroads and the differences are night and day when I have stuck Code 75 and Code 83 next to each and was definitely the right thing to do! For me, it was getting hold of the track that was the issue, which prompted the po
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