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  1. Well roddy you were dead right about Q's fascinating comments. About 40 + years ago I was an apprentice auto electrical engineer and learnt about lead acid battery construction. Absolutely right about surface area for short term, high amp demand, about 200+ amps for a starter. Just shows how technology has moved on there were no leisure batteries or sealed gel batteries then. I didn't realize the different makeup of leisure batteries, makes sense though. As I am only running some LED lighting and some signals I was thinking that a modest sized deep cycle battery of around 15 to 20 amp hrs would suffice. I had best measure the current drain and work it out properly though. Dave
  2. Hi guys Well this is encouraging. Jimbob I think I will follow your lead and invest in a bigger battery. All my electrics are 12volts or 5volts and dcc track power comes from inside the house, so I don't need an inverter. I do fancy one though. I will tidy up my (embarrassing) wiring and post some photos. Dave.
  3. Hi all. I am experimenting with low power timed led lighting sets at around £4 each from eBay. These use the micro leds and a small battery control box. When activated they stay on for 6 hrs and off for 18. They give a bright light for their size, but batteries only last a few weeks. I thought about solar power, prompted by the outbreak of summer. I had a 12v 1.7Ah lead acid battery so I needed a solar battery charger and a charge regulator. My first solar panel was a 1.5watt panel from Maplins. This didn't keep up with the load of three light sets coming on for 6hrs. I got two 3watt panels and wired them all in parallel giving a possible output of 7.5watts. So far this has kept up with demand even under overcast conditions. Has anyone played with this type of thing? I am not sure if I'm using the correct components. Any thoughts guys Dave
  4. Here are two night shots. Sorry they are a bit blurry.
  5. Hi all Here are a few photos of the Goddard junction railway layout. All the buildings are glued down after I collected them from the grass having been blown off by the wind. Lights are installed in the town and stations. I have used outdoor timed micro led sets (about £3 each from eBay) they come on for 6hrs and off for 18. So far so good with the Mercontrol signal and point levers. The best control wire seems to be 30lb fishing line. My 1mm steel rope wire in tube idea failed as it binds too easily. Tony, thanks for your advice. looks like the photo upload issue was the file size of my new phone camera. I went back to my old phone for these pics which uploaded fine.
  6. Thanks for the video Roddy. That is a very impressive lever frame. Definately food for thought. All my control gear is on the surface of the baseboard, a small modification to the frame would accomodate surface oporation. Great idea for bellcranks, I will be giving that a go.
  7. Hi all Thanks for your supportive comments. I am still new to this part of the hobby. That is why all your comments are so welcome and helpful. Tony, that looks a mighty strong baseboard looking forward to following progress on your layout. Just posted another short vid on youtube. link above. I must get on with the point rodding and ballasting. Heres to a good summer.
  8. Hi Guys I seem to be having problems loading photos to my postings. I am using the same source as before and the same file size. It goes through the upload progress bar then reports an error. Same thing with the gallery, I've created a new album but cant upload to it. Has anyone got any ideas?
  9. Hi All Well I have made a start on all those Ideas that you get during the winter nights. All main line points upgraded to express points. Branch line extention with the addition of a small villiage. The other thing I wanted to do, was one of those drivers eye view videos. Having purchased a tiny camera to blue tack to the front of one of my RC locos, all high teck stuff here. I recorded a test run today in the rain, that will be a bank holiday then. I edited the resulting video and watched the finished product. This is the first time I have seen the railway close up, you can see everything. I have now added about 200 more jobs to the to do list! I have put the video on youtube under Goddard Junction Railway. Im having a problem uploading pics to my posts at the moment but will keep trying.
  10. Further report.on Groundframe. Having tested my electro powered groundframe which works well, I felt that I was cheating. I went back to the Mercontrol leverframe and changed all the wire in tube bowden cable for cord. Using a heavy duty braided fishing line. This is spring tensioned and so far so good. I will let the weather get at it for a few days and report back.
  11. Hi chaps Here is a short report on testing of the Ratio plastic lever frame. As I feared if there is any resistance in the prodding or Bowden cable the bottom linkage within the lever unit will break. However the system works well with signals which are pulled off by cord and screw eye method. I have made up a battery powered, switch controlled servo unit to try. Same Bowden cable and cord system just an electro mechanical operating system. Dave
  12. Hi traingeekboy I am working on a stand alone battery powered servo control for my point and signal rodding. Tam valley are indeed very good. They can be dcc activated or push button using a small button board. The boards I am using for my new unit are from a friend of mine in Ireland. dcc-decoders.com he makes a lot of dcc devices and modules of his own design. My boards are not on his site as they are new. They cost me 18€ each, and move a servo through 90 degrees. What are you wanting to achieve? If you are going for the advanced roundy roundy with full points and signal control as in your dreams or a simpler version, All is possible. If I can offer any advice I'm happy to do so. Cheers Dave
  13. For Dropbox read soapbox. Flipping predicted text.
  14. Hi All There is one thing wrong with winter in my view. Apart from the cold rain snow and long nights. It gives us all far to long to think about our railways. Now that spring is here and we can get back to our beloved hobby. Trouble is all those long nights have resulted in loads of designs for extensions, sidings new stations and the like. I must have been very board 'caus I have loads to build. Makes winter all worthwhile. I have replaced all points for express points, point control prodding (Bowden cables) installed as is the signal operating cord. I will update my thread in ground frame control topic under general questions. I will also add some pics once I've sorted out the uploading issues. Dave
  15. Hi I can't seem to upload images. I can select them from soapbox, it starts to upload but says that there was a problem uploading the file. This happens when I try to add photos to a post as well. Any ideas? Cheers Dave