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  1. What is the correct way to wire a pair of back to back Peco points forming a crossover between fast and slow lines on a DCC system, so that they change together on one switch and the frog polarity changes together? As the points are back to back, is the wiring to change the frog polarity the normal way round on both points or does one of them have to be the opposite way round? Thanks.
  2. Thanks. I was just trying to keep the cost down for a first foray into sound by using the TTS chip, for when the layout is finished and DCC connected.
  3. I have the middle grade Hornby P2 - fully lined but without DCC fitted. As Hornby now produce a separate TTS sound chip for this loco, is it a straightforward fit please? The fitting instructions in the instruction sheet show a location for a DCC sound chip in the tender and an ordinary chip in the loco, but presumably these are either/or?. However, I know the DCC fitted version has a wired plug and socket between the loco and the tender which mine doesn't have, so does that mean the DCC ready and DCC fitted are wired differently? Regards and thanks.
  4. The only drawback with using domestic wiring is that I want to keep the track buses in red and black colours to match the colours of the original thinner cable, which I will use as droppers. I have therefore bought some red and black 17A car spotlight wiring cable from Halfords, as recommended on a You Tube video I saw recently. Unfortunately it only comes in 4m reels, so is a more expensive option. But then nobody ever said that playing with trains is a cheap hobby!
  5. Many thanks for the advice chaps. What has been said is the way I was reasoning the problem, but it has been very helpful having other people's experiences to crystallise my thoughts.
  6. Further to my earlier post, the layout I am working towards will be run on DCC, but as I don't currently have any DCC locos, I will have to chip all those that are DCC ready. Unfortunately, I also have a number of older locos, some are the dreaded Bachmann split chassis and one or two are old tender drives. I know that even these can be chipped, but with a level of difficulty that is currently beyond my abilities and there is also the issue of cost and the time to do them. I don't want to risk damaging the locos by running them on DCC power, therefore, I was thinking that to start with, I woul
  7. The layout will be a double track circuit of my attic, plus a passing loop at the station, with two sides of approx. 16' and two of 4'. There will be a goods loop leading to a goods yard/shed and sidings behind the station plus a turntable feeding a loco depot and also a short branch line. It seems as if I'm going to have a lot of spare wire, as I can't take it back now. It seems a bit of a misnomer by Guagemaster to describe it as Layout Wire, if it is not of sufficient capacity.
  8. I have just obtained two 100m reels each of Gaugemaster red and black 7x0.2 Layout Wire (BPGM11) intended to be the DCC bus wires of a layout I am beginning, which will be operated on a Sig-na Trak ACE2 5A DCC system. It is much thinner than I was expecting and having read on here that some people actually use thick 15A household wiring cable for a DCC bus, I'm concerned that I have bought wire that is inadequate for the purpose. I'm not knowledgeable about electrical principles, so before I go too far, could anybody please confirm whether the wire I have is suitable for the job or not? Many t
  9. The red used on 1990s Vauxhalls also faded badly, as on our Calibra at the time.
  10. Did the LNER use these cranes? If so, it seems odd that Bachmann has produced them in the liveries of the other companies, but not the LNER. If they did, I don't feel inclined to attempt repainting of such an expensive model into LNER livery, so might Bachmann bring one out in the future?
  11. OK - having digested the various postings, it is clear that the original CJF plan does not have much fidelity to prototypical railway practice, although I think it would look attractive in model terms. Even without much knowledge of real railway operations, I can see the potential for head-on collisions on the centre road is an obvious risk and therefore would be a problem on safety grounds. I'd assumed that signalling systems would be in place to prevent it, but on reflection, I suppose human error by drivers or signalmen could overcome these since, in the steam era, there was no ATC system e
  12. Thanks for the responses. In reply to The Stationmaster, I had already substituted a single slip for the double slip accessing the bay platforms to the right. Would this be OK on a through line? I have also deleted the turntable and used the exit to it and the coaling stage from the bay platforms as the start of a single track branch. However, it is a tad disappointing to discover that the whole basis of the plan is non prototypical! I'd assumed that as it was produced by a railway modeller of significant note in his day, that it would be reasonably authentic. I must admit that tra
  13. I new to this forum and am at the start of creating a layout in my loft after years of dithering and false starts. As I have sufficient length and width for it, have roughed out a design based on Tresco in C J Freezer's PSL book of track plans. I know some regard these as rather old hat now, but the station layout in Tresco is a bit different from the usual, in that it has a central bi-directional loop line between the platform tracks, allowing freight trains or expresses to by-pass stopping trains. I have simplified the plan a little, particularly at the left hand end where (if you have acces
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