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  1. Hey Gordon: Your cataloguing activities brought to mind the story of Marsden Williams of Wollongong, Australia. The gentleman died in 2013, so slightly old news that you and your followers may already be aware of, in which case I apologise. His catalogue ran to 20,000+ items. Plus a custom building called the T-house to house it all, plus maintenance staff. Eyewatering. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-28/rare-model-train-collection-donated-ipswich-museum/8100116
  2. As dull as photos of locos on a rolling road are, I’ve decided to chance another one, hoping it might be of interest. It’s a Replica Railways powered chassis. I understand some use these in DMU’s and EMU’s (no, not the bird), but in my case it will (one day) go into one of my 57’ non-corridor coaches to model gravity shunting. Interesting engineering: two motors drive all four axles, and it’s DCC-ready. I can’t speak highly enough of their customer service.
  3. Yes, it did! Here's the Banff station pilot (on loan from the Eastfield depot ) on the treadmill. Borrowing a page from gordon s, it's getting at least 15 minutes (sometimes I forget) in forward and reverse at half- and full-speed. ... and here's the external DCC controller. I wire the DCC bus across baseboard joins using EC3 connectors, so it was just a matter of making a DCC-to-DC adaptor, and plugging it in between the board and the controller. Easy-peasy, except that I did it wrong the first time - which is why multimeters were invented .
  4. Thanks 298, I hadn't thought about that. I (usually) test with a multimeter before powering up.
  5. Hi John: I'm cautious to write the following, as there is a greater chance of me not understanding you rather than the reverse, but nothing ventured ... I think you might be referring to running a DC loco under a DCC controller without a DCC decoder. I vaguely recall reading something about loco #0, although I suspect that would depend on the controller. That was not my plan. I had thought to run a loco through a DCC decoder, just like normal, except that the decoder would be beside the track rather than inside the loco. I can see that there would probabl
  6. I've lashed out and bought a 4-axle rolling road to assist with the running-in of engines. Previously, with Scottish ancestry at the fore, I had thought to avoid the expense of a rolling road, thinking I could just my locos up and down the layout. However, a discussion with gordon s from his hospital bed has led me to reconsider. After all, a rolling road is only about 1/3 the cost of an average loco. Here’s my trusty class 4MT stretching its legs – I think it covered more scale miles yesterday afternoon than in the preceding 5 years. Other locos will em
  7. Much the same, although the chooks aren't at all happy.
  8. How about "The Fawcett Inn."
  9. What a funny old world that our little town would feature on the BBC. Coincidentally, my wife was one of the "angry women" at that meeting. Her attendance caused the garage to be empty, thereby providing me with the opportunity to erect my train set layout.
  10. So, 1885 days later after post #1, I have all scenic-area track finally laid and (mostly) wired; the four baseboards up, connected, and a test train run from one end to the other. We see here the 1035 from Tillynaught, passing the engine shed on its way to terminate at the Banff southern platform. I was puzzled as to why some of the baseboard join track ends were no longer as well aligned as when I laid them, but I suspect that the plywood that I had bolted to the ends of the boards to protect the track had actually had the opposite effect. I
  11. I stumbled over the following only just this morning, and thought you might need one ... But perhaps also one of these ...
  12. Not too late as I have yet to do anything. One day ... but both posts are encouraging, instructive, and very impressive. I hadn't thought about brass.
  13. Sorry - where do I find "Open Factory"? Not a good phrase to search for.
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