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  1. Many thanks folks, I eventually sourced lamps from China which happily have a much reduced brightness so no need to add to their opaqueness, however they are probably not really close to any form of prototype but I should confess this layout is purely for recreational and fun purposes with as much emphasis on having stock moving on rails as accuracy of time scale etc., plus it amuses the grandchildren who think it's marvelous to have it lit up. In total I have fitted something like 400 hundred individual bulbs (in buildings) and lamp fittings using approx. 200 metres of
  2. Thanks everyone, for once in my modelling efforts I may have stumbled across something in advance of my committing time and money on an exercise, definitely interested in the magnetic couplers, the only caveat for me is identifying the correct type/s to buy, as said before I had no idea just how important the coupling systems are.
  3. Hi, Anyone got recommendations on where to source station platform lamps to be used on 00 scale which would chime with he late 50's early 60's era, open confession, I did purchase a bundle from China but those were useless and also purchased a bunch through Amazon, again presumably originated from China, and those were way over sized and wrongly described, these lamps are for lighting up and need to be 3volt leds.
  4. Interesting range of experience and views in that thread thanks, I am still amazed just how crucial good couplings are to smooth operating of model railways, I am unlikely to reach exhibition level but anything that virtually guarantees no uncoupling in operation earns my interest.
  5. Great stuff and thanks to all respondents, I should have stated in my OP that I am using mainly flexi track with set track 2nd and 3rd radius curves, I never realised that couplings had such a wide variation in size and types to be honest, another steep learning curve coming on with this. Just as a curve ball, I have seen on YouTube where a new(?) product called Hunts Couplings are being showcased, anyone had experience of these?
  6. Many thanks, I have checked around and gotten some info but as they say you can never have enough info, the range of Kadee's is large and naively I did at first think a one size fits all would be available, so looks like a fair amount of work involved here.
  7. Hi, Hope this is in the right area, I have gotten a lot of tedious work done on my 00 layout, ballasting included, during the lock down and now need to get serious and try to get my trains running as smoothly as possible. With that in mind I am considering changing over to Kadee couplers but have no experience at all of their appropriateness, use or cost, also are they okay to use on the ubiquitous late 50's early 60's era, my loco's are all Bachmann, Hornby, and Heljan, while the coaches and wagons are Bachmann and Hornby. What do I need to establish before
  8. Hi, Just thought I would share my involvement in what at the time was a new venture for Irish Rail and ts commuter/suburban rail services following the success of the Dart service. It was planned to launch a commuter service linking initially Dublin with Kildare and later onwards to Portlaoise which would alleviate the pressure on the existing mainline routes south from Dublin and making use of dedicated new double tracking along the existing track way. I worked as a coachbuilder in Irish Rail and its original parent company of CIE from 1967 firstly as an a
  9. Thank you, I quoted a 3v transformer as the leds were advertised as only to be used with 3v, I have test wired three leds to a mobile phone charger and those are working with no resistors added and no blow outs so far. Really no idea what voltage that mobile charger is rated as it's quite old and the details are blurred on the casing. I will plough on so and order that speaker cable and see how that goes.
  10. Thanks again, I think I have the grasp of the different wiring methods and will most likely opt to use a bus wire, any thoughts on the strength of cable to use as the bus wire, I hope to source some from Screwfix but the choice is bewildering (to me at least!). I copped some reasonably priced drums of 2 core speaker cable and was hoping that might do the job, the wires coming from the leds themselves seem very fine so presumably a stronger cable is required for the bus wire, any minimum sizes I should be looking at?
  11. Apologies for the delay but I have been busy building a timber shed from scratch for my son nd it took rather longer than anticipated so no railway work done for a while, Can anyone please explain the difference between wiring the leds in parallel as against wiring them in series,and what exactly each term means for a complete electrics dunce like me. Also can I use the likes of speaker cable to run a bus wire round the layout for the leds, I have used a bus wire for point motor wiring, a lot stronger than speaker cable let me add, so I at least have some knowledge th
  12. Again many thanks to all respondents, lots of clear advice in those and previous replies, I can feel my confidence growing already, time to get ordering in those resistors and search the house, or more likely the kids houses, for suitable transformers.
  13. Many thanks to all respondents, looks like I need to swot up a bit more than expected, my knowledge and grasp of electrics is really poor and unfortunately much of the terminology leaves me blank, sad thing is that the likes of Maplins going out of business cuts out a reliable source of direct conversation with knowledgeable staff and a ready made source of supplies. As I am not UK resident and ordering of parts will have to b done by phone/email would the likes of Eileen's Emporium be a good alternative from which to glean one on one info and advice as well supplying whatever is n
  14. Hi, Just took possession of lots of single leds plus street lamps and platform lamps to try and illuminate areas of my layout, for which i believe I can use nothing higher than 3 volt transformer/s. Question is which type of transformer and how many do I need? Is there a ratio or limit to how many leds one transformer will power, will using more than the prescribed amount of leds per transformer result in their being dimmed somewhat, which may not be a bad thing for house lighting for example. As you can see electrics is very far from my strong p
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