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  1. Hi Mr B, that's really helpful, Thank you for looking into this. Much appreciated Ian
  2. This really is excellent, I can now find the article I wrote back in the 1980s. Peco do seem to be developing. They have just launched a new peco TV update showing the expanded assembly line, catering for increased demand. Looks like a nicely growing, UK based business employing local people in a rural part of the country. Well done to them. Ian C
  3. ikcdab

    EBay madness

    You can normally pick up Airfix mineral wagon kits for less than a tenner. so why... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/373423631210?hash=item56f1c86b6a:g:xEwAAOSwRrhf-gTs
  4. Ok thanks. I have done that. All now fine.
  5. Well maybe. My plan is to snip the wires and remove the DCC gubbins completely. Just solder the wires together. It's all too small to test properly with a meter, I can't get the probes in without touching all the terminals.
  6. Hmm, very odd. Orignally, the loco might run then it would stop. The dreaded intermittent fault. I just tried what you said and hey ho, it ran...then stopped again and refuses to restart. I am so tempted just to snip all the wires and just solder them together.
  7. So my Hornby S15 has just stopped. There is power to the track. The pickups all appear fine. My layout is DC. I have taken off the body. When I connect voltage directly to the motor terminals, it runs ok. I see that the wires from the pickups go into the tender to the DCC blanking socket. This board acts as a terminal for all the wires and sends the current back to the motor. I therefore conclude there is a problem with the DCC socket or blanking plug. As I am running DC, I am tempted to remove the socket and plug and just solder the wires together. Is this ok, or am I missing anything?
  8. Is there more advertising then usual? Going just by the page numbers, advertising is around 73 pages. Actual editorial content is 70 pages or so. On one hand this is good, as it shows that the hobby is vibrant with lots of business support. But I wonder how up to date these adverts can be when do much is done on line. I do like very much that the adverts and editorial are completely segregated. Ian C
  9. Does this help... http://cgibin.wsr.org.uk/cgi-bin/snap.cgi?h=Snapshot&p=2021/10/101
  10. In the earliest days, the railway telegraph was also used to send public messages. This was before the GPO provided telephone services. So it is not a great leap of imagination for the GPO to take on maintenance of the instruments in later years.
  11. Yes, that's right, but from around late 1980s. The speed was dictated by a relay. The system had to have current for a second before the relay would pick up and send the bell signal forward. This was to weed out spikes on the BT line that might give a false "ding". So your bell plunges each had to be for at least a second. All very frustrating and later removed when the dedicated line was installed.
  12. My experience is that heritage lines tend to fall into two categories. 1. No signalling at all, relying on one-engine-in-steam principles. 2. Luxurious signalling to cater for all possibilities. Its important to remember that the degree of signalling provided was dictated by the train movements envisaged by the traffic dept. With no run round loop, I suspect your layout very much falls into the OEIS mode of working!
  13. It looks fairly generic! If anything, I'd say it has more of a LSWR feel about it.
  14. Have you tried https://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/modelrail.html?
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