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  1. Popped into my local model shop today with the intention of just buying some loco oil (which turned out to be a waste of time, but that's another thread...) and ended up walking away with an old Tri-ang Dean Single and 4472 from their "bargain bin". Suggest you don't have the sound on too loud for this one, it could do with a service
  2. This weekend has seen a new addition to the garden railway - a £40 new Class 47 from ebay. I'm amazed at the difference with these modern locos, ran as smooth as a nut straight from the box with no track cleaning required! All my other locos need the track as shiny as anything One day I'll remember which side of the tracks the trains run in the uk...
  3. Hi Steve The motor shield is used to boost the DCC logic signal to the correct voltage - the arduino is powered through USB at only 5v, whereas the shield can be run at whatever you like. Those blue terminals on the left of the motor shield are DC in, Output A and Output B - the signal to the main running track goes through output A and the programming track goes through output B. Have a watch of the following, hope this helps: Shaun
  4. Yep, I still have my 'Made in Great Britain' Thomas too from when I was 4. He may be battered, lost his face (and a buffer) and have some weird rear suspension issue going on, but he's my Thomas and the boy isn't allowed near him
  5. Cat? Not a chance! I'm very much on the dog side of the debate! That right there is the remnants of a cuddly toy fox - our dog can't have any toys for more than 10 minutes without being "killed", ripped apart and then dragged outside. Even the 'indestructible' toys only last about 30 minutes. What type of dog do we have that can do that? A pitbull? A staffy? No, a Poodle Basset cross!! Thanks, I'm still not sure if that's how it will remain though, I wanted it to be a bit more of a gentle split than it has ended up being. Probably should have gone with RH points instead. The flextrack haven't been bonded yet so I'll have a play, but that space on the left of the track as it is now does give possibility of a line-side building to hide decoders in...
  6. Thanks Mick, they're not exactly running at scale speed but that's what you get when you hand over control to a two year old I guess! Where the points join at the bottom of the picture (which have had the rails bonded), it has electrically connected the inner and outer loop for now so both trains were running off the same power supply, meaning I couldn't independently control their speed
  7. I'll be following this thread with interest Dave. I've just built a command station using an Arduino Mega (see separate thread in Control section) and I'm now looking into using Arduino mini's to build accessory decoders. I was at first thinking of using central locking motors for point control, but I'm seriously thinking about the servos now as they use so much less power and are cheap enough if they die in the elements. Shaun
  8. Thanks very much! Welcome
  9. It's been a lovelly day today so I've managed to get outside for the first time of the year - winter and Doris have not been good to the garden! Still, after a bit of tidying and creosoting of the shed it would have been rude not to get the trains out. As you'll see on the seperate DCC++ thread I've managed to get it built and working, so I'm really rather chuffed. I didnt't test it out on the layout though as I only have JMRI (the DCC software) installed on my desktop and not on my laptop, I'll be getting that sorted ready for the next good weather day. Good afternoon out, enjoyed it
  10. Well that was much easier than expected! 30 minutes was all the time it took to build the Arduino, install the code and convert my trusty Class 37 over to DCC and have it running! Total cost for the system (brackets indicate I already had, but price for info): Arduino Mega (£30) - Could be made with Arduino Uno (£20) Motor shield £20 Power supply (£5) USB cable (£1) So from scratch the project could have cost £46, but for the £20 I paid I'm rather chuffed, and after looking around on Amazon at Arduino compatible boards this could easily be made for £8.70!! The only reason why I go for genuine Arduino products and pay more is to support the foundation. Would seriously recommend anyone giving this a go...
  11. Hi All I've been doing some research of late about DCC'ing my layout, and while doing so I've gone in with a wishlist: Be programmable (for automation) Have wireless control Have a smartphone app (for the boy's android tablet) Option for computer control (to set routes) Possibility for sensors (block detection) Be cheap I'll be honest and say I wasn't expecting to find anything that fitted all of those, but then I came across DCC++ - a DIY system using an Arduino and a couple of extra components. I was wondering if anyone on here has had any experience with this, and if so, what should I be be looking out for by way of issues? For those that are interested, his (the chap that came up with it) youtube channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJmvQx-fe0OMAIH-_g-_rZw/videos I'm lucky in the fact that I already have all of the components required with the exception of the motor shield, so if I can get this working the total cost to me should be £20 for a fully functioning and expandable DCC system. Having a look around amazon I could buy an alternative motor shield for £6.60, but the OCD in me is saying I should go for the same one as in the video to give me the best chance of succeeding. The main contender was Hornby's Railmaster and eLink, but it's not cheap, no possibility for sensors, the smartphone app costs extra, and if I want to install it on another PC I have to buy another license. So any thoughts, comments or guidance greatly appreciated. Shaun
  12. Well it's been a while since I was last on here and I'll be honest and say nothing much has changed unfortunately other than where the two pairs of points lead off from the loop in the above picture, they were connected a week after the photo was taken. My wife became pregnant with our second so ultimately funds were diverted from the railway to higher priority items. However, now my daughter Frankie is safely with us and I'm taking 9 weeks off in the summer for paternity leave, construction can resume Plan of action hasn't changed from June, however at the moment I'm looking into DCC options and after doing some research I'm going down the DIY route and and building my own basestation using DCC++. I'll start off a separate thread on the subject but basically it's a system built from an Arduino Mega with a motor shield, controlled using JMRI, and gives the options of integrating sensors and automation scripting. I already have an Arduino but the shield and a decoder are on order so I'll get to have a play soon. Anyway, thought I'd swing by to say "hi" again. Excited to be cracking on again! Shaun
  13. I know I said there wasn't much point laying down too much track until the rest of the boards are down, but the problem is that it's been raining here every weekend that I can work on the layout, and the one day that we have sunshine (today) I'm stuck indoors messing around with flat-pack furniture! So sod it (gruble grumble) I've been out for an hour laying points on the other side tonight. I've had to reduce the radius of the chord down to 3rd radius to get them in though, I'd originally planned for the geometry of set-track points as I didn't have streamline at the time. It's a shame, but I've tested with the locos/rolling stock I have and all works well so I'm happy. Was hoping to get the 'wye' junction down as well but I've gone and misplaced my bag of track pins. Ah well...