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Titanius Anglesmith

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  1. Not sure where you’re going with this, but I thought I’d point out the situation at my local station in case it is relevant. There was a brewery built alongside the goods yard that was entirely on private land, but the stores building was up against the boundary of the yard. A dedicated siding was then built in the goods yard alongside the stores building, but entirely on railway land. So it was a public siding in reality, but possibly worked a bit like a private siding.
  2. I find this one interesting. I’ve worked professionally in signalling for twenty years but I don’t recall hearing anyone ever calling it a turnout until I joined this forum. I’m not denying that turnout is the official term (at least as far as the Track department are concerned), but I’ve only ever heard them called “points”. Probably there are regional variations?
  3. As suggested I have shortened the power wiring on the two main culprits as much as I dare and twisted the +5/ground lines together. I've had a quick play functional test and so far no more issues. Hopefully that will be the end of it..... Thanks again for the suggestions
  4. Thank you for the suggestions, I will have a play and see how it goes.
  5. Some are standard, some have been extended by 400mm, including the two that usually cause the problem. I think there’s two that have been extended further than that but those two are never a problem. The router is plugged into a secondary socket, via a plug-in filter supplied by the broadband provider. It is the only secondary socket in the house and the cable to the master is in a single length (no intermediate joins). The cable route is not exactly ideal as it passes close to the trunk of T&E cables where they head to the consumer unit. Plugging the router straight into the master socket would be awkward as there are no mains sockets nearby. Why do I feel like I am confessing my sins in public...?
  6. On an unrelated(?) note, I had a servo let out the magic smoke today. I’ve had servos die before but never in a pyrotechnical fashion.
  7. Greetings All, I am having a problem with servo interference, but it's not the usual twitching that's been discussed on here at length.... On my layout I have nine servos used to operate signals. The servos are mostly SG90s; some are branded TowerPro but as they came from ebay that's questionable. I also have a few genuine(?) MG90s. They are all powered from a regulated 5v DC supply. The servos are all driven from an Arduino Mega, powered from the same supply as the servos. Here's the problem... every so often operating one of the servos causes my internet wifi hub router thingy to drop out the internet for around 30 seconds. I'm assuming that the drop-out is actually only momentary, but it takes the router 30 seconds to get itself together again. The router is physically about 2m from the layout and is plugged into the same mains circuit as the layout. It's usually the same two signals that cause the problem, and when I changed the servos (unbranded SG90s replaced with the MG90s) the problem remained in the same place. Has anyone had a problem like this before? Thanks in advance.
  8. If I may be so bold to add, sometimes the points associated with running moves were not numbered geographically, but grouped with their respective signals. For example at West Thurrock Junction- https://signalbox.org/~SBdiagram.php?id= 1221 See how the junction points and the trailing crossover are all in the same place but are numbered 11, 8 and 22. So the pulls for an up branch train would be 9 - single-line points 8 - junction points 7 - FPL 6 - branch starting 5 - junction home 4 - junction distant Similarly the down main would be 22 - junction points 23 - starting 24 - main home 25 - main distant It must have save the signalman a bit of walking edit: missed out 9’s points
  9. There's a similar situation at Upminster, where there's a ground frame giving access to sidings from the bay platform, despite Upminster IECC being literally a stone's throw away.
  10. I’ll have to remember that one. Or better yet, convince a colleague to do it instead......
  11. Light switches are normally installed near the doorframe on the opposite side to where the door is hung. By rehanging the door on the opposite side it will probably obstruct access to the switch
  12. Completely different region, but Laindon on the LT&SR had facing access to the headshunt added in the 1930s. Prior to that the only access was a trailing point in the conventional fashion. Laindon was (still is) on a busy commuter route, so the facing point was probably added to enable goods trains to clear the main line more quickly. The LT&SR actually had a number of other sidings with facing access for various reasons.
  13. Assuming the frame was unlocked by the staff/token/etc, with everything lying normal in the frame, would both signals be normally off?
  14. Being pedantic, that's not entirely true. Wood mainly exchanges moisture via the end grain, as mentioned by Nick C. As moisture is gained or lost, wood generally only moves across the grain. There should be negligible change end-to-end. Perhaps a photo or diagram may help us to visualise where the problem lies? Another thought, how new is the flap construction? Softwood is actually quite stable but only once it's reached equilibrium with its surroundings. As bought from the timber yard it's often still a bit wet so still has some unexpressed movement in it. Is this the first season of warm weather since you built it? If so, you might find it will settle down now, especially if it's an indoor layout (is it?)
  15. Paint may help to restrict movement, but I wouldn’t count on it. On what axis is the movement occurring, ie up-down, front-back etc? If there are only one or two tracks crossing the boundary in, say, the middle of the board, then it would perhaps be best to mount the hinges close to that point. That way any contraction or expansion is pushed to the edges rather than the middle of the board moving.
  16. Why does the goods train arrive in the loop? Normal practice would be to arrive on the platform line then run round.
  17. Thank you you for the link. As you say, their range is extensive! Thanks for the tip, if I can find a suitable scrap of card I’ll give this a go. Then I submit to your greater knowledge When I was active on the woodworking forums, all to often I would see terms such as lumber, rabbet or dado displacing their British equivalents. In the woodworking media the American voice is far more ubiquitous than the British.
  18. Greetings All, It pains me to use the term clapboard, it is another invasive term used by our American cousins that is overtaking our native Weatherboard. Can anyone please point me towards a source for 4mm scale weatherboard sheets? I am aware of the Wills / Peco sheets. I am also aware of the Scalescenes sheets, but unfortunately I do not have access to a printer at the moment. Are there any other suppliers of weatherboarding papers or sheets? Or is there any merit in simply scribing some lines on blank card? Thanks in advance
  19. Beautiful layout, looking at the photos up thread I didn't realise how small it was!
  20. Me too, they remind me of my father's layout so for nostalgia's sake I have some too
  21. I use unbranded SG90s from eBay, and I’ve had a few fail after a very short life. I have no complaints for the price but in future I’ll try to buy better ones. I made my servo mounts easy to change so it’s no big deal if a servo does fail. Apparently the genuine TowerPro servos are quite reliable.
  22. No problem at all using a lower voltage. When I had some Dapol signals, they worked fine off a 5v PSU. The LED was just a bit dimmer, which is no bad thing. It was mentioned in the long-running Dapol thread that the motor is worked from a 3v(?) regulator. That means that any big more than about 3.5v is just burnt off as heat. My theory is that many of the failed signals are due to burnt out regulators.
  23. I've had a similar experience with cheap SG90s fom ebay, though my failure rate isn't quite so dramatic as yours. I didn't expect much better for the price I paid but it is quite inconvenient having to change out servos that fail in service after a short life. Next time maybe I'll try hobbyking
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