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  1. I'd like to mention Kuehn track for your consideration, although not sold in the UK I've been quite impressed by it. I can't comment on Triang flanges but it copes with Berliner ones. Of course, like Tillig it's 1:120 rather than 3mm:1ft sleepers. Links to the range in shops: https://www.elriwa.de/produkte/gleise/spur-tt/?p=1&o=1&n=15&s=404 https://www.zeuke-tt.com/c-3969924/code-72-tracks/ http://www.mbs-sebnitz.de/gleisbau/l/manufacturer=kuehn/spurweite=tt-1-120=ttm-1-120=tte-1-120=ttf-1-120=tti-1-120=spurneutral.html
  2. Yep, they're faster than tortoises but still kinder to track than solenoids. I've had good service out of them. When I first bought mine over ten years ago they were Conrad branded.
  3. I think the resemblance is very strong, so much so that I wouldn't be even looking for other candidates!
  4. Illustrating the hooks raised with a magnet pen.
  5. Sorry the bit in the article about points wasn't clear. I've only got the one pre-ballasted point, but unlike the "Modellgleis" it does have latching blades. They are lightly sprung so you can run through "wrong way", rather like Roco Geoline in H0. By self latching I mean that the blades are held in place in the chosen direction by a spring or other means without an extra accessory being necessary. As to uncoupling NEM359 from above with a magnet, in Tillig start sets you get a little screwdriver with a magnet on the top of the handle. Bring that in from above the couplings, and it lifts the hooks. I also use some telescopic magnet pens, though they've got a stronger pull and can lift lighter wagons from the track if I accidentally make contact with the hooks. It's not possible with corridor fitted coaching stock though, and a few wagons have brakeman's platforms that get in the way a little.
  6. I can only imagine how heartbroken the victims of this are. Even just reading about it tied my stomach in knots. My most sincere condolences to all those affected.
  7. IIRC the Tillig "Trabi" has a break off part on the PCB which then accepts a 6 pin decoder.
  8. Now Brawa have announced a DB V60 too! The pre production images look to have finer flanges than NEM standards. What a choice there is a available!
  9. The Modist toolings were exclusive to them, but made by Tillig. After Modist closed down a few years back, the models joined the main Tillig range. I've got some of those Halberstadt seconds in other liveries with Tillig branding, DR green and ivory and DB NachtZug. I've also got a Modist branded BR 212 (DB V100.2).
  10. Also, if you're planning a trip to Germany, June 15th sees the 25th anniversary celebrations for Tillig. This includes an open day at the Sebnitz factory and at ITL's Pirna workshops.
  11. Hi Lewis, Great to see another TTer here. I've got a couple of TT Model coaches I'm after, could you give me links to the online shops you've used to buy them? I visited their stand at Modell Hobby Spiel in October and they didn't have the ones I wanted in stock. I think the European TT gauge meet should take place again this year at Belper Model Railway Exhibition on March 30th. While I don't want to take traffic away from RMWeb, I would like to mention that there is a small facebook group for those interested in Euro TT, it's called simply "TT Scale Model Railways".
  12. Sea Moss is good looking stuff, if a little fragile. I've also been very happy with The Model Tree Shop's products, which give a good appearance for a decent price.
  13. I would regard Märklin as akin to Apple products. A higher price for better perceived quality, though often actually similar build quality to their competitors. Where they do win out is in usability, again, rather like Apple. They're reliable, simple to use with an ecosystem of own brand products and certain third party compatbile items, perhaps not as flexible as other products but generally easier to achieve impressive things (eg automation) with. The Märklin digital system is actually very capable, I think more so than DCC. There are more basic offerings in the range at reasonable prices. There's a choice of track available, I would say the C-Track in both its stud contact and Trix two rail form is the best train set track out there. Although convention is for studs lifting the pickup skate over the switch rails on points, with fairly simple wiring the switch rail on Peco track can be made to switch to common with the centre studs when appropriate and eliminate this one uglier element of the tracks. However, you won't want to use code 75 owinng to deeper flanges- I assume this standard has been kept to ensure good road holding on train sets. I have seen impressive models made using Märklin's system, for the average modeller I think the achievable realism is generally as good as two rail.
  14. I guess I'd better take up P4. The only time I run my trains is at exhibitions, going finescale could save me that effort.
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