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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. That looks nice. But I have no idea how to use it!
  2. Hi, You should have 2 options. Adjust the (CV4) coasting value so it brakes instead of coasts. I am not familiar with your control system. Can you read CVs as well as write them? If so, see what you are fiddling with before you change it. This would not allow separate coasting & braking. I guess you don't want to do this....& neither would I. The other option is to swap functions over. I have never done this but I remember seeing Biff give out a list of CVs you can change to swap 2 over with each other. I believe a Lokprogrammer can do it & probably also JMRI. I have both but have never tried doing with either of them. In short, don't give up. The decoder & its project are both capable of doing what you want.
  3. I assume you mean Loksound v5? Should be cv3, like usual, values 0-255. The ones I have respond to this. I remember reading that there was something 'wrong' with the way v4 handled cv3 which made the acceleration too gradual (better IMO).
  4. Or a 58. Heljan's model of this was one of their better ones. I wonder if it will prompt a re-run?
  5. I doubt there has been more than 1 release/batch of 6201. I would expect them to have done 1 large batch. Some of the stock would have been supplied to retailers quickly while others gone into storage to supply retailers with re-orders.
  6. It doesn't. The more blocks you have, the more accurate detection will be. If your trains are stopping at a terminus, you may want shorter blocks for this reason. We at the club are wiring a layout this way. We may want to use block detection later (especially in the large engine shed where we can't see where the locos are) but not straight away. We will therefore isolate the rail sections from each other then connect them together below the board. If & when we want to add block detection, we just flip the boards up & wire each section through its own detection loop. Peco do not make insulfrog code 75 points, so you must have code 100. This has coarser tolerances than code 75 so the chances of your stock shorting the frog out are less, but it could still happen. Modern stock with well adjusted back to backs is usually less trouble than older stock running on coarser wheels. Insulfrog points are easy to modify so the frogs are powered from switches then you can also wire the switch rails to the stock rails (which gives much better reliability). This does not take very long. 2 of us did about a dozen points in 1 club evening, including working out together exactly how we needed to do it. As expected, we were got faster after the first few. If you check the electrofrog wiring diagram then you can easily work out what to do. It may sound like the long way round, but a micro-layout to try some new ideas on first my be very useful. You won't have ruined much with something which you cannot get to work & rolling the change back will be much easier.
  7. Er, wasn't this thread about exhibitions? There is a less predictable hazard with an outdoor show....rain. The damage it would do to most railway exhibits & the chances of it falling makes outdoor shows impractical in the UK. So cover the exhibits with gazebos? Apart from being an extra expense, these are similar to marquees which were discussed, debated & dismissed several pages ago. Outdoor model railway exhibitions are simply not practical.
  8. Re-spacing sleepers is tedious & I don't blame anyone for accepting the standard webbing. Regarding rail height though: OO is way underscale & always will be, so is getting other things to scale the best thing ? Sleepers are a good example: scale 8'6" sleepers under OO track look wrong & emphasises how narrow the gauge is. Shortening them hides this a little. If we are stuck with 1 dimension which is wrong, it is better to tweak others to hide this? Does the same work for rails too? We seem to be digressing from the subject of point geometry, so here goes: During the recent build of a club layout, we decided to use Streamline with a more accurate six foot (45.5mm between track centres). This may well cock up the universal point geometry but the only crossover is long-long so this was not a problem. A nice benefit was that in order to shorten the points, we had to eliminate the last bearer...the nasty angled one. This left us with a crossover with all bearers perpendicular to the running lines also, the remaining ones just about lined up with each other. Those of us who appreciated the difference were well pleased with our evening's work. The rest of the club wondered what we were happy about, even after we explained it.
  9. Pointwork - maybe not, but bullhead points generally seemed to outlast track so they looks at home with FB track, even on concrete sleepers. FB track can be improved by but re-spacing sleepers. I admit it is a bit time consuming though. I think I gave you some templates for this?
  10. Indeed. It has been a spares donor for so long that you would think there is nothing useful of it left by now.
  11. Something which has crossed my mind: We seem to live in a very blame-oriented culture. If someone did contract Covid & it was possible they caught it at a club night, it would almost certainly attract bad publicity for the club. How would the club cope with this?
  12. That's a bit of a blow. Regarding the latest 6 rule, I doubt this is relevant for next March. I have no doubt it will have changed several times by then. The quicker restrictions like this are implemented, the quicker they should have an effect. The government now seems to be reacting much more quickly (which is good) & we may well see restrictions lifted differently to before. What will affect exhibitions in the medium term is uncertainty. You cannot organise something 6 months away assuming the restrictions will be the same as they are now. Nobody knows just what they will be.
  13. You don't seem to like MK at all? It was designed with the car in mind. Like it or not, most people like to use their cars for most journeys. Until this changes, it will continue to be faster to get around than anywhere else in the UK, which is exactly how it was designed over 50 years ago. It may not appear to be the prettiest town when you drive though it, but there are a large number of lakes & parks, some of which are surprisingly close to the centre.
  14. I am finding your photos of the old Wolverton station building quite useful. Are these publicly available? I have only the 1 in a book about the Wolverton - Newport Pagnell line. I am modelling South Hampstead as it was c1940. Its station building & location (above the running lines) shares a lot of similarities, but I do not have many photos to work with. I assume the building was replaced with the current rather uninspiring concrete box when the line was electrified in the 1960s.
  15. With your diagram pins 4 & 5 will do nothing on a small steam loco. Neither will 2 & 6 - these are usually used for directional lighting. 1 & 8 are for motor connections. 2 & 7 should go to the track. The blanking plate should connect 1 with 2 & 3 and & 7 with 8 & 6. For a loco with no lighting, you do not need any connections to pins 3 or 6. Some newer decoders also include a suppression capacitor. It is better here than elsewhere in the loco because decoders work better without suppression elsewhere. With 12v, a resistance of 1 ohm will allow 12 amps, which will cause an overload. Definitely a problem. Resistance across sockets 1 & 2 and also across sockets 7 & 8 should definitely be infinite with the blanking plate removed. I think the issue is less likely to be the socket itself & more likely to be untidy soldering/connections underneath. I agree with you about questioning where this has come from. I hope you manage to get to the bottom of it.
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