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Pete the Elaner

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    30 minutes from London on the WCML
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    It's a fun hobby. Please remind me if I appear to forget.
    My home layout: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/120795-south-hampstead/#entry3387669

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  1. You need to set a couple of more CVs to effectively unlock the pantograph settings. CV 31 to 16 & CV 32 to 0. CV368 is the one you are looking for. I think both of mine are now set to 45. I found something strange when setting them. I started with 1 & got the height right with that, then copied the CVs to the 2nd model. You would hope that the pan would raise to the same height, but this was not the case. After adjusting CV368 a couple of times, the pan now raises to the same height as loco #1 with the same settings I gave it when I copied them across. It didn't make much sense to me first time either, but it is all in the manual & makes perfect sense now.
  2. I don't think so. It seems a logical progression though.
  3. I am able to run 5 trains with my Power Pro. You can upgrade a PowerCab to a Power Pro quite economically & you may not want all its features anyway, so I would advise starting with a PowerCab. PowerCab also has the ability to display layout current, so if running 4 trains is pushing it near to its limit, you will see this & be able to make an informed decision on whether you need to buy an additional power booster. Wire size: This can cause a lot of debate & many conflicting answers can be correct.. How may droppers do you plan to use? More is better but extra work & you will get a lot of satisfaction from running trains for the first time, so don't make things too complicated. For 4 tracks, I would use 7/0.2 wire (7 strands of 0.2mm diameter) for the droppers. This has a max current of 1.4A. I then bought 15A mains cable for my bus wires. My layout is in small sections & using 15A cable for inter-board connections was impractical so I used 2 16/0.2 wires for each one. Do you plan to control pointwork from DCC or from switches & transformers ('DC')? DC is cheaper & removes a layer of complexity. This does not necessarily make it any easier because it involves installing more wire back to the panel. With 28 points, that is a lot of wiring. You can make a panel which will send DCC commands to the PowerCab, so don't think that changing points from your handset is the only DCC option. If you plan to use DCC for controlling points, then it is useful to have a separate bus for this because you will occasionally short out running rails by driving a loco the wrong way though a point & if the pointwork is on the same bus, you will not be able to throw the point it in order to clear the fault.
  4. I sympathise but currently available models do not support this view.
  5. Printing each model individually rather than in a batch would be impractical for bulk production. The alternative would be un-numbered models, but Hornby tried this in the 80s & the models sold poorly. It seems to work for Heljan in O gauge, but this maybe because O is a different market with more modellers willing to do a little work to finish the model off.
  6. I had heard that Y points were still using the older tooling but this is not static. As the tooling wears, they could be updated to the newer style, or may even skip that completely in favour of Unifrog.
  7. That's the only direct northbound service all day which uses the TV lines. The rest go via Birmingham & as a result are over 5 hours, often making it quicker to use 2 trains. It is therefore a bad example. If you use the WCML, surely you must see how much it needs help? There are viewpoints other than travelling north from the home counties: HS2 is designed to serve major hubs on the WCML of Birmingham, Crewe, Manchester & London. These are all served by lots of local services from which passengers need to change anyway. HS2 frees capacity from here onwards.
  8. You don't seem to understand. Phase 3 of HS2 will go to Glasgow & since we are discussing future travel, we should include it. Tilting is therefore irrelevant. The WCML is double track for most of its northern half so the speed difference between a 125mph express & a 60mph freight is the problem...& also why the idea of running Pendolinos at 140mph never went very far. Also as the previous post correctly states, choices for travellers from Milton Keynes or Rugby to Glasgow are currently either the slow route through Birmingham or taking a Holyhead/Manchester/LMWR service as far as Crewe. Stopping patterns on London-Glasgow services were changed some time ago to relieve congestion & accelerate the service in order to compete with other transport (ECML & air) so more stops which slow down the services are unlikely to be re-added.
  9. It is possible to modify insulfrogs too. Along with several others, I ended up with a club layout which was fitted mainly with insulfrogs. (Existing members seems to have lost interest so newer, seemingly more enthusiastic members got involved with it. I am sure many of us have seen this at a club). Most of the points had limited weathering but few had been ballasted. Many of those nowhere near ballast were unreliable because of poor blade contact. There were other issues & together, these prompted us to re-lay all the track & start again on the same baseboards. Replacing all the pointwork would have a costly outlay which I could not justify. Re-laying them as they were would have been silly. Any poor contact areas were not going to get any better. We decided to cut the rails & bond them to feeds, just like I have been doing with electrofrogs for years.
  10. I can see you have accounted for the butterfly connectors too. I never had a problem with these but I am mindful that they can be a weak spot. Until a fortnight ago.. A friend had an issue with these on his exhibition layout. A drop of electrolube helped temporarily but it did not last long.
  11. Why would they do that? There is no market for one. If you want a high quality one & are prepared to pay, the Hattons one is suitable & has stolen the market from Bachmann. If you are not prepared to pay that price & would accept a less detailed one, Hornby have a model. There seems little point in doing an 'in between' one.
  12. You have been lucky... ...unless you find it perfectly normal to clean the inside of the rail & point blade? I find this totally unacceptable because it can be easily avoided by wiring the point as described above. Weathering & ballasting makes the problem worse. An older club layout was given a running session recently in preparation for an exhibition. It relied on point blade contact, but every point except 1 failed to conduct due to dirty point blades, requiring about a 15 minute cleaning session. The trouble is that once you have ballasted & weathered the track, you can't easily change your mind & change it.
  13. What do you mean, finally? You said you hoped to have then in time for Warley. Then you estimated mid-November. That sounds about on time to me. Almost unheard of in this hobby!
  14. I am pleased with this announcement even though none of the initial release are suitable for what I model. The reactions look good enough for other variants to follow in which I will be very interested.
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