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  1. I was thinking more that you should not have one train in a loop and another outside it, or in the other loop.
  2. Employing "Rule 1" and facing a similar dilemma some years ago, I created this on my 00 gauge loft layout. The only purpose of the flyover is to get vehicles to and from the goods yard. I had intended to place a scenic area over part of the area but, like you, decided it would hide too much of my work. Harold
  3. I have not used this device (nor seen it before) but I read the website as follows: as the train passes sensor 1 (in the left hand loop in their double loop diagram) it ensures that the points are correct for the train to go along main line and into the right hand loop. The diagram shows the connection of power feeds that ensure there is no short as the train passes each point. Then, as the train passes sensor 2 in the right hand diagram (which is just before the exit of the loop) the points change and the polarity of the power in the rest of the track is changed. The train the progresses to the left hand loop an takes the anti-clockwise direction to sensor 2which then makes the points change again and puts the polarity back to where it was in the rest of the track. Note, if you want the train to travel clockwise round either loop, it is done by swapping the appropriate feeds from the module. Looks like a useful piece of kit. I must stress however, that I have not use it and my comments are based only on studying the information on the website. Someone else may be along to challenge what I have said A word of caution - you will need to wnsure that, when each sensor is triggered, the train is entirely contained with in the loop (especially if there are pickups on the carriages/wagons) as a short will occur otherwise - and I think you would have trouble if you ran more than one train at once., Harold.
  4. Is this the same? https://www.hobbies.co.uk/tools/hand-tools/multi$9angle-guillotine?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaignid=6727975578&utm_campaign=Shopping-Research_Campaign&utm_term=&adid=388174523725&addisttype=gpla&matchtype=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuovRvtHr6gIV2-7tCh1SBQbmEAQYDSABEgIcBvD_BwE I Googled Multi Angle Guillotine and received multiple options. Harold.
  5. I have am using 3mm dia x 2mm depth neodymium, disc magnets on my 009 layout, to operate Dapol easi shunt couplers. I guess these couplers will need much less magnetic force than the Dave Kirby system, which I have never used. However, I obtained my supply last year from Magnet Expert.com who had previously supplied me with larger magnets of the same type to secure the removable loads in the wagons for my 00 gauge layout. Before purchasing the first supply (in 2013), I asked the company's advice and I am sure you find them equally helpful if you were to discuss your requirement with them. This link https://www.magnetexpert.com/ should take you to their site where you will find pictures and specifications of all the types they stock. I believe their pricing is good too. My only connection is as a satisfied customer. Harold.
  6. . . . but, if using the incandescent, grain of wheat/rice bulbs, allow 1 watt per bulb, which will limit you to 100 bulbs.
  7. If the motor runs freely without the wheelks turning, the problem must surely be with the gears - cogs or worm drive not meshing? Is something in that area loose that should be tight? I am not familiar with the inner workings of the Backmann 4f but, if something is stuck and nothing is loose, I can't believe the motor would turn. Harold.
  8. Well done. It is always rewarding to make something unique.
  9. When I was faced with the same problem, I was unable to find the range evident in Andrew575s links (the Busch one would have suited me) but I bought a sheet of Isopon mesh used for car body repairs and am making my own (see example in the attached picture ). The posts are spent matchsticks. The benefit of the mesh is that it can be cut with scissors to one's own size (ie femce height). It is a bit sharp so care is needed but I was able to fold over the edge easily with pliers to create a smooth top. The mesh needs to be spray painted with a primer (I used a car body primer spray can) before painting with the desired finish. For glue, I used Deluxe materials Roket card Glue. One benefit of the mesh is that it it distorts easily when the fence is required on a gradient - I don't know whether this applies to the proprietary versions. Harold.
  10. Andy, The templates can be downloaded from the Peco website and printed off at home. Just check with a ruler that your prints have printed off 100% correct size - the templates contain an image of a ruler that shows the sizing. Harold.
  11. As dasatsopthorne says, there is no problem in topping up. Dependent on which PVA you have used, you may find that surrounding areas that are satisfactory are softened when topping up - as long as you don't disturb those areas, they will dry again. I woould not however, top up with the finer product as it may look obvious that a repair has been carried out. Harold.
  12. I presume that the problem occurs when the motor is pushing the tiebar. It suggests to me that there is a vertical mis-alignment between the three troublesome motors and the tie bars. You could try raising slight;ly, the side of the motor which is furthest from the rail so that the operating lever is aiming marginally downwards from the horizontal when pushing the tiebar. Harold.
  13. You could try Deluxe Materials Roket Card Glue. It comes with a very fine nozzle (which needs very careful cleaning after use) but facilitates accurate placing of the glue. It seems to stick most things to most other things although I have not yet tried it for details on locos. It dries clear but shiny - so be carehul with application. It takes a little while to dry. Harold.
  14. Would it not be better to attach the latches to the vertical face of the baseboard frame? I am using the sprung ones from Station Road Baseboards attached in this way and find them very successful. The facility to insert a locking pin in either the closed or open position is a definite bonus for a portable layout. Harold.
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