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Everything posted by rynd2it

  1. It's a tiny 009 layout, one or two little locos. Power districts is overkill
  2. How do you calculate the full overload current? Knowing, as you do, the equipment I'm using (NCE PowerCab, 009 locos) how to determine this? And isn't it possible to build in an overload protection?
  3. The track bus wires cannot be directly connected to the back of the PCP unless I mount the PCP directly on one of the baseboards, even then the wire size would probably be too large for the connector supplied with the PCP. I was planning on a detachable control panel (it's a portable layout) which is no problem with the EzyBus which only needs two pairs in a CAT5e cable. However, as you point out above, the PowerCab is connected through an RJ cable which I have just measured at 6.5 mm wide. There are 6 wires in it and therefore they cannot be bigger than 1.0 mm so why would I need
  4. Ok but what would you run from the control panel to the mains cable?
  5. As I said, accessory bus is NOT DCC, it's Ezybus by MERG and uses Cat5e cables.
  6. Thanks again for the input, all useful stuff
  7. Thanks that's what I needed to know ☺️
  8. This is track bus only, no accessories. Two 4' X 2' baseboards, 009 simple layout. I'm using MERG Ezybus for accessories using Cat5e cables, can I use a Cat5e pair for the track connection?
  9. Thanks for all the replies but the original question stands. Do I have to use the heavy wire from the Power Panel to the baseboard?
  10. Everywhere I look it recommends using a wire size of at least 16/.02 for the track bus, some places twice that size. However, does that wire size need to be that big right back to the DCC power panel - I'm using an NCE starter kit with the Power Panel which has RJ45 plugs for the controller and a small PCB connector on the back for the track connections.
  11. The blades need to be bonded to their respective stock rails to get good continuity and to prevent shorts from oversized wheel flanges. Therefore you have to isolate the frog. Modern Peco points already have this done but these are old ones
  12. If I switch the frog I'll have a dead short as both blades are connected to it. The frog has to be isolated. Servos mount under the baseboard and I think I have a way to remove the spring but I will see how it works with it in place
  13. I have inherited an 009 layout which has the track already laid down. I intend to operate the points with servos and have run into a couple of snags a) I cannot remove the springs which lock the point blades, these are old points and the access to the spring is underneath. Can I leave the springs in place when using servos? b) The person who laid the track did not drill any holes for the point operation. I have tried to drill from the bottom up after drilling a tiny pilot hole through the hole in the tie bar. I have had limited success by placing a No 10 scalpel bla
  14. 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?
  15. Thanks for that, any tips or traps to look out for?
  16. I did do a search on this item but didn't find anything. Anyone added DCC to one of these locos? Thanks David
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. Thank you all for the input, very helpful indeed. Now to my drawing board to work out which ideas to use and how.
  23. Hello Q, is all well at the BMRC these days? David
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