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  1. As a proud owner of some Tillig track, but no layout plan i spent a moment deciding on the next step, which should be a simple, self-contained one to maintain some momentum and to get some more insights into the complexity of DCC. I plumped for installing a single HO point, which i would have to make from a kit and then mount on a small board where it could be controlled by a DCC driven point motor. The point was relatively simple to build mechanically with the rails sliding into position and some simple trial and error bending, however the real challenge came from the electrical
  2. I got hold of some Tillig HO / HOe track and had a play around with it. First impression is that It's very different to the standard PECO / Hornby settrack i'm used to, but it looks great and has an amazing variety of points, especially the HO and HOe mix together. Also had three locos (Peckett, Rushton and Baldwin) tweaked by Olivia's trains and they also turned out to be stunning, especially as it's the first time I've really experienced the full potential of DCC. It's a first step to build some understanding of what's possible and decide on the direction to take. Here’s a littl
  3. Maybe a stupid question, but if a loco with a stay alive capacitor crosses an auto reverse controller does the world end? Does the charge stored in the capacitor Have a direction or can it still be discharged once the rail polarity has changed? thanks!
  4. Hornby have just taken payment for the pre-order. I guess this means they are on the way?
  5. Hello community, I've searched the forum and found only negative comments on Olivia's trains in regard to customer service and cost. Not to open that debate again, but is there another similar supplier who can provide the whole service in a one stop shop (DCC, sound, lights, cab crew, weathering etc..) which people can recommend? I'm going to move to DCC and would like to push the boat out on one or two locos to see what is the full capability of the system. Thanks for your help!
  6. This is brilliant. I'm also using Peco 009 setrack with a Bachman Baldwin and find 100% reliable running difficult. Like you, I've wired up as much of the points as possible to avoid needing point-to-rail contact, which works to keep momentum going but it doesn't eliminate the problems you get if you stop a loco in the wrong place, frog especially. I'm inspired by this and everything else you have achieved. Thanks for sharing! Tim
  7. I'm not sure if anyone is following this any more, but just in case i worked out some more detail for the sidings in the middle. I'm pretty reassured the whole thing will still fit in 3m x 0.8m, which is a dimension i will have to negotiate with the other occupants of the house!
  8. Followed the link from your comment on my blog. I see what you mean! We have a lot of similarities, i like your track plan a lot, especially that you managed to get both a continuous run on the NG and a reversing loop on the SG which give a lot of space to your sidings. Will spend a bit of time looking at the rest of your posts!
  9. Hi everyone, I'm living in Lausanne and have the pleasure of taking the Lausanne - Neuchatel - Neuchatel Serrières CFF trains every day and after 10 years i can attest to swiss trains reliability. I also regularly use the non-CFF narrow gauge trains to go to Blonay / Les Pleiades, Leysin, Les Diablerets, Gstaad and Champery and i'm a semi regular visitor to the steam museum in Chamby above Vevey. If anyone needs any local materials, maps, photos etc of anything near here then just let me know. Cheers Tim
  10. This has been fermenting at the back of my mind! I realized that the shunting into the buildings was more of my priority than the tipping. Killing the NG to SG tipping removes the need for steep gradient changes and makes the whole thing less complicated. Also, i was following another thread which mentioned Tillig three rail track (NG and SG combined), which would be very, very cool and i'd love to integrate if possible. These shifts came to me at work, hence the quality of drawing has now dropped... In explanation, the top section is the same as before other being at t
  11. Yes to all of the above. The change of river location can open up the back space better and the mine entrance could be almost parallel to it. It will also make the loop make sense as it stays on the high ground for as long as possible. Definitely right to discard idea 3 as the gradients would have been impossible and the scene too busy I'm disappointed to lose the railway access to the buildings as this would give a lot of operational interest. Maybe I'm being too naïve about this though and trying to squeeze too much into too small a space? I'll try and fin
  12. So three possible ideas based on the discussion (thanks BTW..). I also moved up to the smaller radius NG points with no adverse impact on the board size. Idea 1 - The SG is moved to the bottom so that there is a single gradient flow from high at the back to low at the front. It gets complicated at the end of the bridge where the NG is at the same level as the road level, while the SG goes under. Also there needs to be a clever way of hiding the entrance of the NG to the scenic break. Dummy engine shed? While this fixes a lot of problems it is not a good use of the space in the
  13. Very agreed! However, I'm struggling to see a way to re-align everything without increasing board width? The working tipping makes me nervous, other than the famous 'End of the line', which is incredibly elegant, I've not seen any solutions that look easy. It will be fun to try though. p.s. Ticks are a problem in Switzerland. Little gits, they deserve to be in cool boxes!
  14. That's a great picture, as you say there is a lot of scope for hills! They also had a lot of interesting structures which were used to evaporate the separation water which i think is the building at the top of the picture. However, i was hoping to avoid that and focus on dry rock salt production which would require more generic mechanical separation technology. I need to do some research into all of this though, maybe another visit next week.
  15. I know! My fantasy local model would be Cossonay, just outside of Lausanne, It's a mainline station with local industry (a mill), sidings etc., then interesting topography with a funicular which if you stretch the artistic license could be made to link to the meter gauge MBC line which is on the high level. If you had unlimited resources then you'd also add in a fore-shorted Morges station which has a very interesting siding where SG trucks are put onto NG bogies to travel on the MBC line. The whole combination would tick a lot of cool boxes..
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