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John Geeee

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  1. Just catching up with this, Only found out from a magazine last week that Hattons had moved, was my emergency sunday run out whenever I needed some thing on the spur of the moment. Good luck with getting to it on foot from the route pictured in Martins thread, it goes through the middle of the Police dog training centre, WOOF! WOOF! I only live up the road from there. For the past year living in Ditton feels like you are baricaded in with all the roadworks for the new bridge. Trying to get through Widnes from Ditton is a right pain and will be for the next year or so until the join to the new
  2. I was also disappointed when I bought the new sound fitted class 20 a few weeks ago and found it had no lights whatsoever. I took up an offer of service by a local shop to me, Sawyer Models in Newton Le Willows, to have their DCC expert fit lights and when I visited the shop witnessed one operating with new blown sound profiles also. So I went for it. Cost extra money but it now has full working forward and reversing lights and a cab light which operates from a function which plays the cab door shutting and then the cablight goes on or off. I thought the reblow of the sound set was also better
  3. I got my copy in the post today and just did my usual scan through and read, with interest and thought, the Industry Opinion article at the back. Is it any wonder that outside of magazines the big suppliers do not overpromote our hobby when the state of the real world thing is treated with ridicule at every opportunity. Poor rail operations, overcrowded commuter trains, unable to cope with the british winter, maintenance schedules that correspond with public holidays, overpriced journeys if you want to really get somewhere, you can fly across Europe with accomodation included for half the pric
  4. Can you ban wives Mine always want to tag along but gets bored after two and a half hours and after the third trip round the halls she drags me out to feed her "somewhere nice", I told her where the sweetie stall was and after I had treated her to a magnifier craft lamp for her card making as well!! I would have been happy to stay there all day. I thought the quality and mix in terms of scale , size, etc of layouts was the best I had seen at any show for a long time.and worth the entrance fee. I am surprised the free child admission still didn't seem to attract many younger entrees, but ma
  5. I went on sunday and enjoyed the show. All quality layouts. Spent too much, bought a Bachmann Class 20 with sound, but disappointed when I got home to find you spend that much on a diesel loco and it has no lights!!. Sound on layouts is obviously growing more common, I think it adds to the atmosphere, in fact i found the constant ding ding of signalling bells on one of the layouts more annoying, but it was a busy layout with lots of movements. Plenty of space to move around, didn't seem as many visitors as previous years, but glad to hear that the number of visitors was on the up. Here ar
  6. The OO Garden Shed By John Geeeee It has been about 18 months since I last posted a blog update on here. I have mainly been playing with sound decoders and growing my sound fitted loco collection. I picked up a Bachman stone signal box the other week which was at a sale price in my local model shop. It came in a blue/green colour scheme (Scottish??) so I have repainted it to fit more in with my loose LMS type theme. I am now putting together a Ratio white metal signal box interior kit to install in it. Here is the source of all my DCC frustrations of late! Don't get me wr
  7. Hi All Thanks for the comments, As I get more into DCC and particularly sound I get worried about doing a decoder reset because some of the instructions I have from the people I buy the decoders from say don't do the reset as it may wreck all the sound files?? I am learning all the time about the finnicky little traits of DCC. I spent a couple of hours the other day trying to get a Class 55 working with a new sound chip and could not get any sound out of it. My ECoS recognised the chip but when it came to changing and uploading any configuration they had no effect. It wasn't until I gave the
  8. It ran on DC with a blanking plate fitted. I didn't try the decoder in another loco once I got it working on the main part of the layout as I didnt want to mess around getting the speaker out of the tender which would have meant unsoldering the wires to get them out. I also noticed that running on DC it seemed to run at a faster speed. WIth the zimo fitted the speed seems limited, is that to match the maximum sound beat that is possible from the decoder, not that I mind?
  9. After a few months of picking it up, putting it down, shall I rip it out and get it reblown, shall I buy another Black 5, I gave it one last go this weekend. I bought a capacitor and a resister to try and see if stay alive addition would work but when I saw how small the sodering area was on the chip I thought sod that that is one easy way to mess up the decoder. I took the decoder out and ran it on piece of DC wird track and it ran perfectly. I put a normal non sound decoder in and it ran perfectly. I put the Zimo MX646R back in and it ran like a stuttering drunk . I took the bottom pick up
  10. Hi I have added a Zimo sound decoder to a Bachmann 5MT. When I first installed it it operated ok on the rolling road on my test track, so I finished putting the loco back together and put it on my layout and the running was terrible sound would be ok on startup but as soon as it was asked to move it would stop every inch and the sound would stop and it would need a push to come back to life. I hadn't long changed my layout to DCC and had added some extra power feeds here and there and added extra feeds whenever a poor performing piece of track was found. The black 5 was struggling around
  11. I am always hunting for books on Industrial uses of locos that show more of the loco in the factory surroundings carrying out its daily job, but I am yet to find any. Every book I see so far on industrial locos is always about the loco themselves with corresponding close up pics of the locos. I want to see the industrial site itself in which the locos are working, more buildings, pipes, storage tanks, cranes, docks, .What are the locos and wagons interacting with, why are they there? Less books with pictures of a freight train rumbling through the pretty countryside, more dirty steel works, b
  12. Hi Phil, thanks for the feedback. I didn't think it would be that critical, I was hoping it would be a simple yes or no answer. I just had not seen it mentioned anywhere. The motors are all the everyday Hornby solenoid point motors with a guagemaster CDU. The DCC power supply is a ECoS 50200. I don't have an accessory decoder yet. With more than 30 points on my layout I was thinking I could save a few pounds on accessory decoders by treating crossovers as one rather than two if I decide to go for the ability to set routes, otherwise I will stay with the seperate non DCC control panel that I
  13. When setting up DCC accessory decoders to operate solenoid point motors can I connect more than one solenoid to a single conection. I am thinking about a crossover between two tracks where two points will have to be switched so that I can reduce the number of accessory decoders needed. Do the DCC accessories have enough kick for two points at once from the single connection? I do this now with manual micro switches. Cheers John Geeee
  14. Sound decoder installed into 10000 and it works. 5 locos now with decoder fitted. Ready to get started on the connection of ECoS to the layout this weekend and then go and get some more decoders.
  15. With the ECoS I bought 5 Digitrax DN136PS decoders and 1 Zimo MX644D sound decoder loaded with sound suitable to put in my new Bachmann 10000. So far it took me best part of 10 hours yesterday to fit and fiddle with 4 DCC Ready locos. So if thats the simple plug it in way then watchout when I have to modify non DCC ready ones, it will take me years! Programming was driving me round the bend trying to learn how to change address and speed settings etc. Havn't plucked up courage to tackle the 10000 yet and still need to sort out the connection to the layout. Otherwise very happy with a lot still
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