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  1. Hello, I'm enquiring about how to go about replacing the damaged live coupling that connects the 2 DMU's on my Arriva Trains Class 150 by Bachmann, the coupling works the front and rear lighting system. I believe the whole coupling system needs replacing. The 2 car set is a limited edition weathered model that i'm preparing for sale so am eager to get the couplings done. I'm unable to find the exact coupling in replacement parts online etc. So was wondering if anybody knew of the such coupling, and/or how to go about the replacement process. I'm open to further questions about the details of the couplings or the DMU - and if anybody is interested in making an offer since I intend on selling. Many Thanks
  2. Hello Everybody, As a complete novice and first time poster please be gentle! I have always had a love model railways and trains in general and was lucky enough to have a big loft layout that my father built me when i was a child. Now as an adult with 2 young children I have the urge to start building a model railway for myself. Having recently moved house, i have found some left over hardboard and timber and have built a base measuring 8ft 4in x 2ft pictures attached. I intend to keep the layout in the garage. My first thoughts would be to have a station layout or a yard of some sort (end to end). I have being buying locos and rolling stock for quite some time and have a rather large collection of BR blue diesels and passenger carriages(OO Gauge) plus other bits and pieces/track. I have one Hornby controller (DC) and would like to keep costs low if possible. My knowledge of electrics are poor and this is my biggest worry. Laying of track i feel quite comfortable with and adding buildings etc will be done once the track is up and running. I welcome any ideas or designs you may have and please accept my thanks for any advice given. Regards, Mark from Manchester
  3. Hi guys, first post and total newbie to railway modelling. I'm sure everyone remembers their first kit, mine was a Horby Virgin Trains HST and I could watch that go round for hours! Now I'm a little older my tastes have developed and I would love nothing more than a semi believable BLT set in GWR late 30s? I come from Swindon and visit the Steam museum regularly so the GWR theme is non-negotiable. I have toyed around both in SCARM and with the track I have and am pretty happy with this layout, it'll allow me to run push/pull in the top station line and slightly longer steam in the bottom with a neat loop that leads to goods/engine yard. I have a peco LK 55 and would love to use it in the layout, especially for turning larger engines such as a castle class. (I know it's less likely to show up at a branch line terminus but it is my favourite engine) The red track section is just an idea to allow trains that have been turned to immediately join the branch line and commence other duties further up line, but I'm not totally sold on this idea. The hope is to create a busy suburban seaside branch with enough goods shunting to keep me busy! Any input is greatly appreciated but I am limited to the baseboard size as this will be in my bedroom. Yellow is station, red is goods shed, black is coaling station and water tower, green will be a roadbridge to hide a minor fiddle yard. Thanks for looking! Dan.
  4. Hayling Island Signals. Currently, on my 00 gauge layout of South Hayling Station, the two Home Starter signals for the main platform and the bay platform are standard Hornby semaphore signals and I am planning to remake them to match the original signals and to make them work, including DCC Concepts working rodding. South Hayling was always said to be unusual in that the main Platform Starter was a “normal” Southern Region upper quadrant signal while the bay Platform Starter was lower quadrant probably, it was said, a signal that came second hand from another region. A lot of “hand-me-down” equipment ended up on the Hayling Branch line. From this photograph, it is clear that originally both Platform Starter signals were lower quadrant. Unfortunately the photograph is undated but, it appears that the Terrier is sporting an early BR logo, which should put it into the 1948 to 1956 time period. More recent photographs show that the No.1 Home Starter was replaced with a very short SR upper quadrant version made from re-used rail. Where an engine appears in any of the photographs showing the newer upper quadrant signal, those engines have the later BR crest. In addition, the bay Platform Starter is unusual in that the ladder is on the facing side of the signal with a vertical hand rail that runs in front of the signal arm. These are two of the working signals that I am building. However, I also found a copy of the 1957 signal plan for South Hayling Station: I wanted to understand the way that the signals worked and interlocked, so that I can recreate the signals as close as possible to the original. However, I am definitely no expert at signals and I am hoping that someone who does understand the intricacies of signalling can help sort out a few things that I don’t understand. My understanding (I hope) is that in order to pull “On” the lever in the “Work” column, one must first pull “On” anything in the “Release” column, then ensure that anything in the “Locking” column is “Off” (pushed back) before pulling the “Work” lever “On”. It appears that the Facing Point Locks (Nos. 1 and 4) are locked when “Off” and unlocked when “On”, everything else is at Danger when “Off” (for signals) or at normal when “Off” (for points). Hoping that I am right so far, this leads to a number of questions of things about which I am not sure: 1). On Nos. 1 and 4, does the “in nor pos 6 6” and “in nor 5 5” mean that the FPL can only be unlocked when the relevant point is in its “normal” or “Off” position? 2). There are two 7 ground signals, one facing away from the station (7 Pull)and one facing towards the sidings (7 Push). FPL on 6, lever No.1 appears to require both of these to be “Off” (at danger). Does this mean there are two levers – or if not, how can they both be “Off”? 3). To pull No. 5 or No. 6 “On” does not seem to require the appropriate FPL to be “On” or unlocked, or am I missing something? 4). Lever No. 6 seems to operate both the main points at 6 as well as the catch points next to 7 Push, presumably via the same set of rods. Is that correct, two points with the same lever? These are the catch points next to 7 Push. This is a photograph of the main points at No. 6. What is the linkage on the middle left and what does it do? Is it controlled by Lever No. 6 or lever No.1? 5). This is a photograph of the back of the tiny signal box at South Hayling. You can clearly see the ladder on the face side of the starter signal on the right. I can see the rods that work from levers 1, 4, 5 and 6 and that cross the track on the right to run down to points 5 and 6. There also appears to be a signal wire running from the pulley at the bottom of the starter signal on the right, across the tracks to a pulley under the three rods. But that leaves at least six signal wires unaccounted for. You can see some of them in the photographs above, of the Catch points and Point No. 6, running alongside the track, but how do they get there? Any Ideas? Any and all help very much appreciated! All the best, Echini.
  5. Hi just bought a cheap Ratio 508 Pump / Boiler House kit, alas No Instructions, can anyone help with a photo copy of said instructions Regards and many thanks in advance Steve @ York
  6. I have a DCC FITTED Dapol streamlined railcar 16 when I press function 2 the interior lights stay on when i hold the switch down but as soon as I remove by hand the lights go off . All the other functions work .Does anybody what I am doing wrong many thanks GWR Man
  7. Hello, I've posted a couple of ideas recently but none have quite met my requirements and they just don't look quite right. Trying to fit too much into a certain area just doesn't work as I don't want an over crowded look. I have an 11'1"x 9'9"room which is a reasonable area, but has to double up as a Music practice room and the doorway needs to remain clear with a 2'9"aisle. That gives me approximately 11'x 7'for my model railway. OO gauge. 42" - 48" above the floor. No lifting or hinged sections, so has to be a "duck-under" to get to the lower lever fiddle yard and operate the upper Outer Suburban "Minories" derived Terminus with goods facility and Engine Shed. I have come to the conclusion that I can't build a dual level layout in the space I have with shallow incline between levels and a minimum radius of 24" so I've adopted a different approach. A dual level layout, but no connecting line between the layouts and the top, "Minories" layout's fiddle-yard is in the next room through a "tunnel" in the wall. The fiddle-yard will be de-mountable and only in place during running sessions. Probably use Analog 12V for the lower layout (with the ability to hook up to DCC by making all the Iso. sections live by a flick of a switch. Upper layout will be DCC. All PECO Code 75 track and points with Electro-frogs. I have been using the Demo version of Anyrail CAD and have been trying to keeps radiuses 24" or greater. Doesn't seem to be working! I plot the curves using 4th radius ST235 and 5-6 R 238 Setrack curves then delete some and fill in the spaces with Code 75 flex track. Its giving an approximate idea. Anyway , thoughts, advice, criticism, about the Track Plan and its operational interest are welcome. *** I am aware that the head-shunt is incorrectly connected to the fiddle-yard! I have fixed this mistake on another draft!***
  8. Hi all, not too sure if the image I have attached will appear, but can anyone please help me in determining which signals are needed for my layout, it is indeed a concept of the Great Central Railway and Midlands so any advice would be extremely helpful Regards, Liam
  9. Hi all out there in rmwebland I have a Hornby B12, it's a good runner, but, it looks pants! What can I do to make it look better? Also any help or advice on making the handrails that go round the boilers would be beneficial to my own knowledge banks. Cheers in advance Scott
  10. Hi all I am planning to build a OO gauge shunting layout with the measurements of 3 foot (length) by 1 foot (width) I've come up with a few ideas but I was wondering what the other users of RMweb could produce. This is my first one. apologies for the low quality, but hopefully you can see the trackplan. And here are my other ideas. I would also like to see your ideas, or how I could change some of the ones I've created My aim is to see if I can get as many sidings in as possible, to make it more enjoyable to operate. I would also like to see your trackplan ideas that could fit in this space.
  11. Recently i've been converting a few wagons to departmental versions of themselves. Here is one of my works so far! I wanted to turn it into something like one of these http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/brmediumwood . My question is which font should i use to make custom decals for the Tops data panels and the Tops codes on these departmental wagons? I thought it might be railway alphabet but it doesn't look right at all. any help would be appreciated thanks Jolt5
  12. Hello, This is an urgent appeal requesting funding to help ARC Models, I am desperately looking for potential investor's for ARC Models. The funding will allow not only the continuation of trading, but allow the production of new model kits of popular industrial prototypes at affordable prices. Investor's will be given lifetime benefits, please see the investor's form for what you can be entitled to. To apply as a potential investor and for more information, please contact me at [email protected] to request a investor's form, and you can help keep ARC Models trading. Thank you.
  13. Currently I operate DC and DCC locomotives on a temporary layout (well a train set format two ovals and some sidings) I am now going to begin making an end to end layout (the Hornby Magazine Operation Built It layout where I will follow the track plan but will be using Hornby points instead of Peco points as they do). Due to the cost of purchasing decoders to operate DCC locomotives and this extra cost I have being considering the use of DC control instead. I thoroughly understand how to wire a DCC layout but this is not the case with a DC layout. I understand that there needs to be some insulation involved and that there needs to be switches Despite this knowledge though I do not understand how I would wire a DC layout: where I would include the insulation, what the use of the switches is for,how I would wire the layout to run more than one locomotive on the track and how I would supply power to sidings. I was wandering if anyone could light the way with this I know that this has probably being asked many times but I have searched multiple times on here and YouTube but it isn't really what i'm looking for. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone could help, thank you!
  14. I recently bought a Hornby schools class on ebay. When i was testing it one of the connecting rods jammes, and the motor carried on going. This damaged the gear which is attached to the wheelset (the one which drives the loco). The gear is slightly loose and slides from side to side on the axle slightly now. This means that the loco just makes a grinding noise and the wheels done move. Also you can now roll it along and the wheels are free rolling. Whenever i slot ithe gear back into place it wont stay in place. What should I do?
  15. Hi, I recently purchased a Triang EM2, and it ran fine when I got it. However, today it has apparently given up the ghost. I removed the body and found that two black and green wires that run from one bogey to the other had come out of their 'slot' on the motor bogey, so I suspect this is the problem. Is it just a case of soldering them back on? I'm not really an expert in the more mechanical side of railway modelling, so some assistance would be appreciated.
  16. Hi everyone, Those that read my initial introductory hello will have a good understanding as to where I am regarding layouts so briefly - it is for my grandchildren. They have space for an 8x 4 layout but mum wants it put away easily so the board must be able to split in two plus each part then fold in half, leaving 2x4 foot sections to store. I have done a lot of reading on the science (I hope their father is doing the same) but have no practical experience of the art. The initial questions I would ask of you are :- They have two new Hornby dc sets which we intend to combine. Should we consider moving straight to DCC or stay as DC? I read that a youngsters layout should be based on yards & shunting to keep interest going. Is this correct? I have downloaded Scarm and used a slight modified free layout as a first. Would the layout work (without massive electrical problems?) (See below) Sorry image may have failed I will have to read up on how to upload images to a post Is there a more commonly used layout design programme? The incline to the coal drop would be very steep over the short length -Solutions? Would it be practical to use Aluminium sections for the base for lightness or should it be timber framed & 9mm ply? When I view YT and see tremendous layouts then I sometimes see a rear track at a much higher level than ground zero. Is this a separate track to the main tracks at lower level. If not how was such a steep incline overcome to take the train up to that height? I have dozens of other queries in my mind but I am sure some will become clear as I progress. In the meanwhile I would thank you in advance for any assistance (laymans terms please) that you can offer plus guidance you can give.
  17. Hi, I am looking for sound chips for the following models.... C-628 (An American loco - faintly resembles a Cl.37 and I need it for an "Indian" WDS-6 model) A-456 (A Greek loco - made with an ALCo powerplant and needed for and "Indian" WDM-2 model) Now coming to the other point of my topic - Though these sounds are 90% accurate, things like the horn need to be changed (I have the recordings) and other unwanted sounds need to be omitted so does anyone know of companies that do custom sound? J
  18. Hi all Looking for some help on what would have happened, location is Bloxwich on the Cannock chase line. My prototype thread here: http://www.rmweb.co....ock-chase-line/ Here is the box signal diagram: Bloxwich Signal Box by Bescot Curve, on Flickr With regards to operation and the diagram above, all freight to Bloxwich came from the Walsall direction on the DOWN line and departed towards Walsall, now would a train have pulled passed the single slip and then reversed over the slip to the UP line and then used the crossing section of the slip to pull forward into the siding, or would the train have pulled over the crossing and used the standard crossover to reverse the train directly into the sidings straight ahead and to the right on the 3 way tandem? I know that the crossing north of the level crossing is used to run around the wagons once they have been pulled out of the industrial sidings, but would they have ever used it to reverse directly into the sidings? I'm thinking this may not of happened due to having a unmanned crossing to negotiate to get to the industry's sidings. So I think it would have reversed back over the slip and pulled forward, but thats my small knowledge of how the MR did such maneuvers without having facing points (hopefully thats correct), is it possible to tell from the layout of ground signals, is anyone able to tell me what routes those signals offer? I suspect that I'm asking a very big question so any help would be greatly appreciated! Can anyone id the ground discs and signal for me, I'm a complete dunce when it comes to signals. My time period for a layout is generally the 1980s, however I have only found 1 photo and thats just a through passenger on a diversion, and sadly doesn't show any of the signaling. I believe that until the sidings were removed recently that the signaling in the following links is how it would have been especially considering that the box diagram above still shows the names of the sidings as they would have been pre 70s! http://jandjcottrell...47728#h21447728 http://tractorman.sm...DtXDw4&lb=1&s=O http://www.flickr.co...ion/6385862385/ South View from Bloxwich Signal Box by Kevin R Boyd, on Flickr Bloxwich Level Crossing by Kevin R Boyd, on Flickr Thanks for the help Dave
  19. Can anyone point me in the direction of pre-grouping brake fittings? I am looking for a source of brake levers, blocks, retainers and crown plates suitable for use on 10' wheelbase pre-group vans and opens. I have had a look at my usual suppliers, but can't see anything. Any guidance will be much appreciated. The first set will be going on this GNSR diagram 14S van. Thanks John
  20. Has anyone a spare wiper for my poor class 20.lost:(
  21. My Bachmann class 32-480DS D211 Mauretania with sound stopped working today. It was running fine, left unnateneded for two minutes (with no one else) and when returned to it would play the sounds but I won't move even though it will rev up and down and the brakes will squeal but it won't move. The sound can no longer be turned off. Any idea what's wrong? I don't know what or why but if anyone can suggest a fix for this without voiding the warranty, if not it's still in warranty so I'll send it to Bachmann for them to do it. Turning the layout off and on again and reprogramming the loco have both been tried but unfortunately neither have worked. Thanks Rhys
  22. Hi I need help,with my n gauge layout. what I want is a plan with all signals slips poins I need for my terminus station. It's a branch line of 4 track line to a 4 track station. Trains will enter and leave within 10mins. It is used by northern rail transpennine dmu and voyagers. There is a heratage line depot on it and the station is just long enought to fit the voyager. The line is set as what I see I model as I live york it's york Yorkshire. If it was London it would be tube zone 1/2. On image green is station showing were Plats are respective to track. Brown is depot and red is direction arrow I want to know all signals(modern3/4 aspect) slips points(using stream flexi track would use fine scale slips ) and want the entrance to depo modeling ( point that leave network rail line to drop land only as can unsure of depot track plan) itmismset in very modern era with a national crime agency building. Amd the terminus is a comutor one trains enter leave with in 10 scale minuets I would,liek to know what signals I need and were for entering and leaving station and whilst in the station. The gap is,to sow before after point slips signal Any other info you need ask away
  23. I joined the Hornby Collectors club last year at the Warley model railway exhibition and I received a letter in December which was enclosed with my first collectors magazine. In the letter it said that "Your free club locomotive is being dispatched separately". But I still haven't received the loco yet. I was wandering if any one else has had this problem? Or is it still coming to me through the post but taking a while? Or do I have to select the locomotive and pay for it through an order form at the back of the collectors magazine?
  24. Hi, I'm a new member and I don't really know how to introduce myself; I've been working on this incarnation of my layout for about 3 months now, and my progress is varied, the quality of detail isn't brilliant but I am only 16, so there's still time to improve! I would upload some photos with this but the size is too big! looks like i'll have to take some poorer quality ones
  25. Hi Everyone. After a long period of modelling British micro layouts of various periods I am currently thinking of modelling something completely different. After browsing the net I fancy a go at something American but have no idea of where to get locos/rolling stock, American ways of doing things, signaling etc and is there anywhere other than eBay to get second hand locomotives etc. Any help anyone can give will be gratefully received. Jerry.
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