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  1. I think you guys are right. When I looked at it under a powerful magnifying glass I could see the steam engine logo, which It thought at first was somekind of circuit diagram! A look around the web and it looks like the OMNI Series 4fn Direct Plug 8 Pin Decoder. Is it any good, I don't know much about decoders? Gaugemaster decoder
  2. I recently purchased a Hornby 08 Shunter 3256 sold as not working. When I removed the top I found that a decoder unit was inside connected to the motor located next to the radiator of the front. Removal of the unit has shown it to have no identification at all. It just encased in black plastic, though one side does have the circuit information on. I don't know if this was fitted later or was sold with the unit. There's a lilac wire that has be cut and shorter than the rest, it might not have been connected. When tested on a rolling road on DC power the unit hums but has no other signs of
  3. That applies to any electronic circuit that uses micro chips. You can use the rubber gloves that medics use to insulate yourselves when handling a board or decoder. But most people simply use a cheap strap (ankle or wrist) that can be wired to crocodile clip that connects to an earth point in the place you are (say a radiator pipe). Basically anything on a PC board that has more than 3 legs to it could be static sensitive.
  4. The problem I have come across is actually getting hold of the large scale maps. Out of date maps are not held by the OS anymore and they have farmed them out to 3 places. Two of which are either hard to find what you are looking for, or they don't seem to have them! Most seem to want to offer map services for planning purposes, for those wanting to build something on the sites today. Often at very pricey rates! The third mentioned above - Old Maps - doesn't have the full maps. For example I wanted the line running from Sheffield Victoria to Darnall for the period 1967 onwards. And though they
  5. I stand corrected on the DCC thing. You don't need a circuit diagram. By the way a shorted transistor would cause an overload, blowing fuses if they are part of the circuit. An Ohm meter will reveal any transistor faults. Transistors have three legs: the base, collector and emitter. Apply the Ohm meter probe to each leg and then the other probe to another leg , you should get readings in one direction and not the other. If the meter acts like you have touch the two probes together you have a short. If the meter doesn't move in either direction. The Transistor is open circuit. You can do t
  6. As far as I am aware you can't operate anything DCC with a DC system. If the train was fitted with DCC control and then you (or somebody else) will have caused damage if you then applied DC voltage to it.
  7. One of these shunters was located at the British Fuel Company Nunnery Sheffield. It had the name Maria on it's nose. There's a photo of it in Stephen Chapman's Railway Memories No 27 Sheffield book page 101. It was still working in 1982. If anyone knows what happened to it or what colour it was (I have only B&W photos of it) or any other numbering or side details I would be very interested.
  8. According to the company's website: "CF Booth Ltd is one of the leading metal recycling companies in the UK. Established in 1920 by Clarence Frederick Booth, the business has grown from a local metal trader" I suspect like many companies they picked up the trade of scrapping railway materials starting with worn out rails. Then as rolling stock was phased out they would have bid for the rights to get that.
  9. Many British Rail stations used clocks by the maker of Gents. I have not seen any of these modelled in 4mm scale (or for that matter any other scale!) and wondering if anyone does make them? Plus is it possible to get any clocks that do work at 4mm scale? I am posting some real life pictures of the clocks to help identify them.
  10. I can't say what I would recommend, but I don't recommend Humbrol acrylic railway colours. They require a great deal of mixing and even after that I found that the BR Blue colours come out different shades. If you are doing a large area with them, I have noticed that shading problems occur when the paint has settled down again. It does however give a slight weathering effect when dried out! If you want it or not!!
  11. Yes they are decent figures. I just placed my first order with them. There's two landgirl figures that could fit my requirement of railway carriage cleaners! Not bad for for a few pounds a figure
  12. Do Fox transfers let you do your own station names or did you have to use individual letters to make up "ROMFORD".
  13. By that sort of date you could get very close, but there would be a decent fence for security purposes. Mostly for the scrap people purposes. Since by then there was a decent trade in stolen metals. British Rail would be more concerned with people getting on the trains without paying, due to open access. Though some smaller stations by then were unstaffed. Using Pay Train DMU services, which as the name suggest were like bus services with the guard as a conductor. I would imagine the "fence" to be the type with white concrete blocks long ways slotted into concrete posts. With coiled barb
  14. I would have thought that the earlier date your model is set the more likely the scrap merchant will need the railway being close to the yard. To bring in and out materials. Whereas the later yards like the above will simply use the old railway land for being cheap, perhaps due to contamination of the land or it not being commercial to put anything else on the land. With lorries doing the donkey work rather than trains.
  15. I have seen this in very small pieces too small to patch together. So I didn't think it was practical. But after a dedicated search following posters advice, have seen it in A4 size sheets so that would do fine. I like the wallpaper idea too. But with large sheets of plastic that would cut down on the need of a greater support structure you would need with wallpaper. A further question. There's no colour shots of the shed, but they look like a common design. So what colour would they be? Obviously the roof was probably grey. But the sides were clearly not pink! As this
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