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  1. Thanks for sharing your similar circumstances, glad to hear you took the same path. I ordered the NCE on Wednesday and it arrived Thursday, seemed to be £20 cheaper than most other places that had it in stock so winner all round. Have also ordered a decoder which I'm waiting for so I can have a play on a spare bit of track/plank of wood before I look at putting it onto the layout, will have to workout a gradual conversion program. The CAB006 I think I'll definitely act on my original plan to include, seeing the powercab in the flesh that regular controller is a bit hefty.
  2. Thanks for the suggestion, that sounds like a good idea for what I had in mind Thanks for this, didn't know about adjusting settings on the computer. That might be a nice middle ground for adjusting settings and to have the option for controlling locos at a later stage Thanks, I saw Sprog mentioned but must admit I didn't look into it as there seemed a bit more legwork, some solutions mentioned the Raspberry Pi and so on. I'll have another look into it though Thanks, eventually I think we'll try out sound once it's settled in a
  3. Hi folks, I know part of this post is going to be subjective so I've tried to stick to finding out the more straight forward points from what I've looked at so far. As title I've been looking at getting a DCC system, from other posts, my own browsing, budget and usability the NCE seems to fit the bill. By the time I finish the next small extension I'll have approx 7x5ft with a double circuit and some sidings/station etc, thus I don't think the higher power systems are warranted yet (and this is upgradable should the need arise, rather than starting from scratch). I read somewhere this wou
  4. +1 on range/price/help with repairs and advice, it is within walking distance of work for me which is a blessing and a curse
  5. Thanks for the replies, looks straight forward to replace the motor, can only see two wires that need soldering. Don't know if I'd be up to opening it all up for brushes, and seems like hassle when a full replacement is a fair price, maybe something to have a go at on the side afterwards. Thanks for the alternative suggestion, had the problem before where I couldn't find the named parts and with help alternatives were the only way forward. In this instance also a lot cheaper. Will let you know how I get on
  6. Just wanted to check there was nothing remedial to try before I order a replacement motor. Above loco died the other day (R3086), around 16 months old. Checked it wasn't controller/track related and took apart to look for loose wires. Couldn't find anything wrong although nudging the smooth thing at the back (excuse terminology, flywheel?) did get it running as normal, until I stopped it, where it wouldn't move off again (here is the link to the part https://www.petersspares.com/Hornby-x6331-tornado-railroad-a1-scotsman-motor-flywheel-assembly.ir). I was going to order the motor an
  7. Had an email that the Nicausse peckett is down to £79.50 at rails, tempting since it was announced for me anyway - nice colour, brass? dome and a name. Without going astray, I'm sure it came out more recently than the falling out?
  8. Not Bachmann but within the last few minutes I've had an email that many (all?) of the Hattons versions are reduced to £119
  9. £19.99 for 6 months of BRM plus a wagon and Metcalfe kit: https://www.world-of-railways.co.uk/store/promotions/british-railway-modelling/BRM%2FRAILS4?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rails&utm_source=Mailing+List&utm_campaign=26f4ece59b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_11_12_11_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74d01bc2ed-26f4ece59b-&utm_source=Mailing+List&utm_campaign=26f4ece59b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_11_12_11_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74d01bc2ed-26f4ece59b-5771681 
  10. I've not seen it mentioned but they seem to be on offer in several places - Rails, TMC as well. Prices seem to vary slightly on some things so depends what you're looking for.
  11. Just thought I'd leave a post for somewhere I didn't see in search results by way of a recommendation, used to be known as Andy Lowe Electronics if that makes any difference. Saw the advert in one of the magazines so went for a browse as they had something I hadn't been able to find in my local shop or from some brief searching of the usual online suspects. I ended up buying several other items relating to jobs on my to do list - cable ties, terminal blocks, wire etc, as they all seemed a fair price and it should give me enough to get on with for several weeks without needing to go shopping (o
  12. I like it, though as with most people already here that aren't starting from scratch it's not a purchase for me. As a kid I didn't get beyond track pinned to wood on a board which spent much of it's time stored vertically behind the bedroom door, so limiting what could be done. Hopefully the buildings and scenery will be a good taster to entice people into taking the next steps. In personal experience, with the layout I'm working on with my son I'm finding as I plan or pick up something to add it has a knock on effect of inspiring other ideas or things to try, which keeps it relevant and us go
  13. Hi Derek, there's also Wellingborough Trains & Models in Market Street and Osborne's on Rushden High St. The one in Northampton is still there and very good, will have to check out the Brackley one if it's still around. If you want a bit of a further trip then Trains4u in Peterborough is fantastic for browsing with all the extra space they have to display stock and a lot of pre owned to sift through. I think Tony's trains in/near Rugby will be my next closest place to have a look at.
  14. Visited in the flesh a few weeks ago after ordering a few things online from them during lockdown. 4th? model shop in this fine county. Good selection and prices, and they're looking to expand into the next unit to, so positive all round!
  15. https://railsofsheffield.com/bundles/109/class-74xx-br-black-late-crest-pannier-tank-with-br-maroon-suburban-b-2-car-coach-set?utm_source=Mailing+List&utm_campaign=888fdf139c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_06_20_02_35_COPY_07&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74d01bc2ed-888fdf139c-5771681  Looks like a good discount, email said only 10 in stock
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