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rynd2it

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  1. Ah, I was fine until you wrote that. I'm not exactly sure what the inductor is although I can probably find the capacitor. What effect do they have on the running and what exactly am I looking at?
  2. Thanks for that, any tips or traps to look out for?
  3. I did do a search on this item but didn't find anything. Anyone added DCC to one of these locos? Thanks David
  4. I will have to totally rewire anyway with a heavier wire for the buss. The stock rail/blade contact is never reliable so I would add jumper wires if I can isolate the blades from the frogs, dead frogs would help for once. I agree with you on the heritage idea but as I just did one I was thinking about creating a working line this time Thanks for the input
  5. Actually the last 009 I worked on was a heritage line which provides great scope for running just about anything you want. I also thought about reversing the sheds and sidings Thanks for the input
  6. I rescued an 009 layout from being dumped with a view to one day finishing it. It has two baseboards 4' x 2' and all the track is laid with some very rudimentary wiring and the backscene supports are will fixed down. The immediate plan is to mount it on folding legs, repair any damage to the track and get something running. I am undecided on DC or DCC and I have yet to closely examine the point frogs etc to see if this will influence the decision. This is my continuing lock down project to allow me to run some trains just keep me from going totally stir-crazy Here's the basic track
  7. Interesting idea but challenging to get all those tracks to align properly especially at the baseboard join . I'll plot it all out with Templot and see how it fits. Thanks
  8. Sounds great, best wishes to all and if they want to know what we are up to there is a new Facebook group 1687 Model Railways.
  9. Thank you all for the input, very helpful indeed. Now to my drawing board to work out which ideas to use and how.
  10. Hello Q, is all well at the BMRC these days? David
  11. Of course, but it would be good to switch ends every now and then
  12. Yes, it's just a rough outline for now Thanks
  13. I quite like that idea, thanks. I will have to make my own as I am modelling in EM gauge, needs some research.
  14. I'm planning a GWR branch terminus layout based on Faringdon and I am thinking about the fiddle yard. To keep expense and complexity down and provide maximum storage space I have decided a traverser of 5 roads is probably the way to go. 90% of the locos are going to be typical GWR pannier tanks which just need to change ends on the train but I also have a Dean Goods so I would like to be able to turn it round. I want to minimise the BHS (big hand in sky) and physical handling of the stock but I need a train length of 3 coaches or 10 wagons plus loco. All has to fit on a 4' x 2' baseboard.
  15. I have just obtained a replacement motor for the Parcels version and I'm also adding DCC, the Hornby is DCC ready. And then converting to EM gauge as well. I did find a good link for head codes: http://www.uksteam.info/gwr/hcodes.htm so two whites would seem appropriate for the Hornby and maybe a single white for the parcels DRC.
  16. That's very helpful, thanks. My model period is likely to be immediate pre or post- WWII, so still GWR, and the two railcars I have are the later ones, not the original streamlined one. One of them is the Express Parcels - I'll check the head codes for that one. Thanks David
  17. Yes, I know that but which of the middle lights are used to indicate red, the lower one by the logo or the one above the windscreen?
  18. Yes, as I said above. But how were they used?
  19. On closer examination, the Hornby version has the lower lights painted silver on both ends, a red light in the middle just below the windscreen and another just above the windscreen not painted. The Lima version is similar but no paint on any of the lights. Now to find out how the GWR actually used them.
  20. You may well be right, problem is that I can't find an image of the rear of one any where. The Hornby one has one end with the lower lamps painted red. Confusing
  21. Thanks for that but it uses separate LED for red and white. The railcar seems to have only one lamp (or pair of lamps) each end which glows alternately red or white depending on direction of travel. In 12" to 1 foot gauge this is probably a dual filament bulb but the only bi-colour LED I can find is a 2mm one which may prove to be too large. Anyone done this on regular diesel loco for example?
  22. I'm willing to bet there is a simple answer to this but I can't find it. I have a loco (actually a GWR railbus) which will go in either direction and I wish to add lights to both ends such that when going forward to front lights are white and the rear red. When in reverse the lights should change accordingly but how? Thanks David
  23. Thanks for all the input, very useful stuff indeed. My main reason for getting into DCC was to reduce the amount and complexity of the wiring after my last project (an OO9 layout with 27 turnouts, working semaphore signals, lighting etc). If I plan properly on my next project it should be much simpler. Once again thanks, all questions answered.
  24. How would you differentiate between chips & decoders? Just curious
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