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  1. I got a 315 from Liverpool St to Chelmsford that terminated there at about four in the morning once. I had to continue by taxi from there - it was as far as you could get in the middle of the night. 315s used to operate the Southend Victoria line and to Southminster during the day at one time before the metro service got busy enough to need all of them I guess.
  2. Close coupling mechanisms have to be used with rigid couplers or they are prone to move to the side in the 'wide' position when pulling a heavy load. If they pull to the wrong side before a corner they will derail. I don't understand why most stock that comes with close couplers only has tension lock couplers in the box, Bachmann are better in this regard supplying solid coupler bars fortunately.
  3. The building in the background is the mental hospital (Essex Hall?) which was built as the station hotel. Interesting that a Walton service is in that platform - it would normally be going the other way - or is that the back? (Edit, red lamp gives it away!)
  4. So no 90+DVT sets yet. I would have thought that there would be somewhere that is all under the wires by now.
  5. Which Peco points? If you have the new Unifrog points you will not need insulated joiners, but for Electrofrog you will. The frogs will need to be switched and the frogs will be of opposite polarity, so if operating the two motors together you can use a single DPDT frog switch to switch both frogs at once.
  6. I don't think any UK loco manufacturer has released a decoder without 126 speed steps, even though some have had pretty rotten decoders. The Roco crane is I think the only RTR decoder fitted item that came with a 14-step decoder, and that was decades ago. The 28-step spec and 126-step spec came at about the same time, so there are very few, if any 28-step decoders that don't also support 126-steps.
  7. When I tried to use my triang track the gauge had reduce to 13.5mm in places. It would need widening for TT-fine scale! I am loathe to put something so old in the skip that gave me a lot of enjoyment many years ago, but I think that is where it belongs.
  8. In i-train it is reasonable to assume that all locos are 126 speed steps, since this is most likely the case. If you have a decoder so old that it does not support 126 speed steps you will most likely know about it - there are not many of them around and you would not use one unless you really, really had to. You will need to ensure that CV29 is set correctly in all locos to make sure that the directional lighting works correctly too. In the unlikely event you find a loco not responding to i-train then you will need to investigate whether it supports 28-steps instead, o
  9. Insulfrog is Peco's trademark for their particular brand of dead frog points. Only Peco make them. Any other dead frog point is not Insulfrog. Fortunately Insulfrog is being phased out in favour of Unifrog which does not have the same problem.
  10. Hornby points are not 'Insulfrog', and neither are Fleishmann. Only Peco make Insulfrog - and fortunately not for much longer.
  11. One wheel is insulated from the axle (pickup side) and the other is not! You must get them the right way.
  12. Using John KS's first diagram it is possible to have up to half an Amp's worth of LEDs, so at 20mA per LED you could have 25 identical LEDs in parallel fed with a 20R 5W resistor - but you will have to be very careful that none of the LEDs become disconnected or there will be a very bright display. Much better to use a lower voltage power supply (5V is ideal and very, very cheap) and individual resistors for each LED.
  13. In DC you don't normally power the track beyond the frog independently - in DCC you do. When using Insulfrog specifically as the wheel crosses the frog it shorts the two frog rails together. In DC this is not a problem because one will be powered by the switch rail contacting the stock rail, and the other will be left floating. In DCC if no insulated joiners are used on the frog one frog rail will be connected to one stock rail, and the other frog rail will be connected to the other stock rail. As the wheel passes the frog it shorts the two frog rails together and conse
  14. The suppression components have no effect on your problem so don't remove them (unless converting to DCC). You need to check that there is nothing to short the wheels to the chassis block on the side with the pickups, and that the pickups are making good contact with the wheels, and that the wheels are clean.
  15. If using Insulfrog points with DCC you will need to treat them as if they are Electrofrog or other live frog points and insulate the frog rails. Insulfrog points specifically are optimised for DC operation and will cause shorts when metal wheels go over the frog otherwise.
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