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  1. I may have posted this previously but it a speed chart based on known parameters, coach length etc VS time and works for all scales from T to 303mm/ ft I use it for timing 303 mm/ft trains as well as N and 00 gauge, often with a watch sweep hand and sometimes with a stop watch. Count 0 as the front of the first vehicle passes, 0-1-2-3-4-5 Not 100% accurate but as good as your car speedo error 5% typicallyc
  2. My code 100 Electrofrog slips have built in point blade polarity switching. They are in my spare track box as they are so sharp at 2ft and I try for 3ft minimum. Double slip are a doddle to wire up, one wire top middle one bottom middle and insulated joiners everywhere,DC DCC no problem. If you don't use all insulated joiners and use DCC with in excess of 1 amp circuit breakers tthe point blades contacts are likely to fail. The real sod to wire is the live frog LONG CROSSING. That needs 2 switchable frogs and 2 switchable outer rails. Out of the box the Peco Electrofrog long crossing has an a dead "Blob" in the middle which is a nuisance so I shove the rails together and solder the joint. That means using a four pole relay, so maybe I should have used a double slip as a crossing. Instead the adjacent point powers the four pole relay. Now they have worked for well over 35 years without attention, except the elastic band holding the relay broke. The Unifrog avoids the problem of Peco introduced maybe 1990 using the basic Live frog point for Insulfrog in that when wired for DCC everything live the two frog rails being tapered together rather than having a plastic insulated frog leaves a spur of A polarity track in the otherwise B polarity rail causing momentary shorts which trip the DCC Beaker. I live frog those points by simply soldering the two frog rails together .
  3. The electrofrog double slip works as live frog straight out of the box. One wire at the top middle, one bottom middle insulated joiners everywhere. Unifrog are dead frog out of the box but you can wire up the metal frogs from additional accessory switches on the tie bars or point motors. Unifrog Bullhead looks better and is a more work than code 100 Electrofrog and not generally available second hand which puts them out of my price range. EDIT I checked my electrofrog Code 100 double slips and they work live frog out of the box, using point blade polarity changing one is over 30 years old.
  4. 10ft X 2ft scenic would be enough for a decent terminus station, My "Ugleigh" terminus takes 4 coach trains and is in an 8ft "Shed" ( at te end of an outside branch line so 5 coaches would be easy with 10ft as long as you have 6ft for a Fiddle yard or cassette yard, The 2ft width can make a decent spacious branch line terminus serving a village or a cramped urban terminus. The famous "Minories" plan is an urban terminus. There are several posts about compact station throats etc which are well worth looking at. To make it look realistic having the track raised above the lowest level of the baseboard always helps, as does having scenery above the tracks. Most UK stations are in valleys and have rivers nearby, not mountainous but undulating. Few models have rivers...
  5. 3ft is too small for a 00 oval to cope with 2000 era manufactured rolling stock The 2nd radius would run right to the very edge I believe it is 17 5/8" radius to the track centre line. My Bachmann 64XX class struggles to get round 2nd radius curves. 1960s era Hornby Dublo would just fit double track on the 3ft running right to the very edge and run very nicely. I would consider using either old school 00 or N gauge with that space
  6. I think the class 40 would be happier at 75MPH, did they ever actually get to 90 mph except down Shap. Speed is relative, if the view point is to scale such as looking through the open door of a station building as a train passes it will look right at scale speed, 1:76th of prototype speed for 00. I have some video of my 00 trains passing my camera at track level at scale speed on the outside of a bend around 60 MPH from my speed chart. They are pretty ordinary and nondescript except a set of tinplate Hornby Dublo coaches where the light catches and reflects off the sides and they look just like there real thing, Even the sound Whoosh, Whoosh , Whoosh as they pass sounds good Most surprising, watching from the inside of the track was far less impressive Often the viewpoint is anything but scale 100 feet above rail level typically in 00 scale. But coming down to track level even generous prototype curves look sharp, Set track sharp. I watched a video of a 37 on the Cumbrian coast and as the train approached the rear coaches were seemingly almost at right angles to the track at the view point and the train seemed to be barely moving but as it approached it became obvious it was moving quite fast. The constant is not speed but RPM . The rotational speed is very obvious on the vast majority of steam locos as the coupling rods whirl round. And sound, the clacks of wheelon rail joints...
  7. I found pics of my tatty Grafar Triang with H/D wheels 94XX which is part way through having new footsteps made and alsoanN2 chassis with computer motor, its an eBay job lot purchase, 3 rail and I don't know if it works but might inspire someone,
  8. Not sure which iteration of the Hornby Black 5 you have but mine benefitted greatly from removing the tender pick ups and lightening the tender chassis with a hacksaw, it increased haulage by 50%. . If the wiring between loco and tender is the issue I have found it just about impossible to find suitable very flexible wire to use as a replacement, even going back to Airfix Castles etc circa 1975. There does seem to be a spares problem for Hornby, if not model railways per se since production moved from manufacture of a small number of standard components used on multiple models over many years to batch building of similar models to constantly revised specifications in different factories. It's a similar situation to classic car maintenance, my neighbour had to make bits for his (1930s) Bugatti instead of getting them from the dealer, except now its the new ones with no spares available.
  9. The split axle (?) Bachmann Nelson is best left in its box as the driving wheels usually fall off. I fit pickups between the chassis and the back of the wheels which improves matters by reducing arcing and journal heating which softens the axles and loosens the wheels . Hornby Nelson is much better mechanically
  10. I chopped quit a bit out of the boiler and or tanks to get the Triang 3MT down to something around scale length, The wheels were R1 which meant insulating the cylinders, I should have used rim insulated Romfords. The Farish 94 XX fits the Triang Jinty chassis if you chop the back end off. I screw a thick steel plate to the bottom of the bunker as a rear mounting, Detachable synchrosmoke chassis need a straight steet plate in place of the smoke unit to engage the slot under the smokebox. Wheelbase is 3mm too long all between front and middle axles but the body fits and it does not bother me 94XX should be 7ft 3" + 8ft 3" 29mm + 33mm but is 32mm + 33mm (jinty should be 32mm + 34mm) They are too narrow but not too noticeable unless marshalllng BR Mk1 coaches. and they really look the part beside H/D Castles and the like I have two, a good one with Romfords and a 5 pole X04 and another without! The R1 motor is too far back for the chassis to fit the 94XX and wb too short at the front to get anywhere near the splashers
  11. No My BR Std 3MT built 35 years ago from a re wheeled Dublo 2-6-4T chassis under a shortened Triang 3MT body has had the chassis cut away to take the ring magnet from a Co six wheeled Ring Field motor bogie which fits around the standard vertical motor armature. The standard block magnet made the chassis too long at the rear. AFAIK this larger magnet is only found on the Co, all the other RingField motors I have use a smaller magnet which is too small to take the vertical N2/ 4mt / A4 / Duchess Armature. My 3MT was my go to carriage pilot for years, it would push 8 heavy tinplate Hornby Dublo coaches up a 1 in 40 ish grade, sometimes it had to set back to get going but it almost never slipped. Sadly it was as ugly as sin so a 94XX Farish Triang H/D Airfix creation replaced it.
  12. The livery question is fairly simple. I believe from the formation of the Southern in 1923 repaints were in the dull Olive green and from 1937 until the war, the bright Malachite Green both for coaches and passenger locos and Black with sunshine lettering for lesser locos. . Post war new construction and repairs was again bright Malachite green or Black until BR got it's act together and started painting locos Blue. Green /Black and coaches Crimson / Cream The locos are R3435 MN Post war Malachite R2745 Schools Post 1937 Malachite and R2711 T9 R2742 Schools 32-153A N class Olive Green I would expect 32-153A N class to have been black before the R3435 MN was Malachite and whether the Schools and T9 remained Olive when the MN was painted Malachite was doubtful. The coaches were patch painted during the war so tatty Olive stock can be seen in many post war photos, but at the end of the day if you just want to match locos to trains its simple and if you want the fleet to look right together maybe get a can of Poundland matt black spray paint and some transfers. To me having a loco in a livery outside my time period is a no go,on my "Ugleigh" branch
  13. Triang / Hornby did pin point axle wheels with one metal and one plastic wheel for use on the lighted coaches and I think some Hymeks also have these on the trailing bogie with wiper contacts on the axle so almost no drag with one metal wheel to right and one to left it provided extra pick ups with little effort. To be honest on steel track Hymeks pickup is very good provided the wheel backs are polished as they stick to the rail. On N/S they drop onto frogs and frog gaps. I still intend to create a two motor pre ring field Hymek despite having a Heljan Hymek,it's just too smooooothe
  14. Those look like the later finer geared armatures. They look to be in pretty good nick, they are designed for 12 volts 10 VA so less than the 1 amp cut out most transformers use and as consequence are often found with scorched lacquer . The 08 had a smaller diameter upright armature with Ring field magnet and a detachable worm, (The gear set interchanges with a Romford 60:1 ) The ring field armatures are smaller diameter than the N2 4MT A4 etc except the Co Co bogie which is the same diameter as the N2/ 4MT etc. The Co Ring field magnet fits the 2-6-4 Tank (Mine has one) The armatures last forever if not run slowly with heavy loads or subjected to PWM power units, My Duchess has its original 60 years after I acquired it second hand.
  15. T9 N BoB WC and possibly M7 would have been seen with a smattering of GW Locos at Weymouth, 1366, 57XX 14XX Halls Castles 14XX etc Bournemouth was GW excursion territory so Hals mainly, GW and SR had separate stations at Dorchester so no foreigners at the stations. Again T9 N BoB WC and M7 passed Just about all types of GWR locos from 14XX to Kings at Exeter and Plymouth. while LN and N15 did so between Reading and Oxford on Poole York and smilar inter regional trains. LN and N15 didn't venture down to the GW at Exeter though S15s seemed to to Riverside yard . E4 Q1 and Schools were more Eastern section and not usually on GWR metals, and MN and GWR kings didn't really ever meet except the 1948 Loco exchanges as Kings were barred from Weymouth . it was GW locos on the Southern where MNs and GW locos met Basingstoke and Bournemouth (West) being most likely with GW Halls and of course Black 5s and LMS 2P and 7F s off the S&D
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