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  1. This may be of interest... http://bluerailways.co.uk/Index.aspx
  2. Google reports you can get from the most northerly point in Scotland (Dunnet Head) to the most southerly point in England (The Lizard) in around 15 hours, without stops... I'm sorry to hear of your loss, but it seems you have found a good mental place for it all, after his illness. Good luck on the redevelopment... i'm sure it will be great!
  3. Hi Purbeck, the PL10's and 11's aren't waterproof. You can use PL10's mounted below the baseboard, and keep them in good condition with a covering of WD40 etc to keep the moisture out... You can also use the PL10's above board, and then put covers over them. They can be scenic and left there all the time, or just for protection, and removed before running. A microwave treacle sponge pot is a good size and shape... plus the contents are quite tasty too! The PL11 didn't survive all that well outside. I believe many people use central locking actuators for point motors, but I've never used them so can't give recommendations/
  4. If it's old tri-ang, then it's possible the flanges are riding up on the sleepers/checkrails.
  5. Ahh I get it now, Thanks.
  6. Hi Dave, Thanks for your input.. its good to know someone else is in the same situation. I'm not really a veteran outdoor OO guy, but have been involved with this for a number of years :- www.adnalm.org.uk , more specifically in the recent rebuild. I'll have a look at your layout, and see what I can take from it. Due to the layout of the garden, i'm looking at close to ground level for one area, and possibly as high as 4 ft in another... I need to finish the clearing of the land, and do a proper survey. Once I know the actual distances, I'll start working on a to-scale plan.
  7. One reason for using these, is that I can't concrete into the ground... as i'm renting. (The plan is to change this at some point). I've thought about using down-pipe, but I've had experience of that and didn't find a really solid way to mount boards to them... I think I'll do a test and see how well they hold up. thanks, TheQ.
  8. Another question for those experienced in this.... Has anyone used 50mm square Spike Metpost units to mount their railways? I'm looking at ones with around 450mm of spike... have they worked in the medium/long term? are they firm enough?
  9. Transformers. OK, got it My layout... nothing as yet. I'm waiting for the weather to improve so I can start clearing... then measuring up and putting more detail into the planning
  10. Ok, Just had to properly check the thread for what was meant by Trannies... Transceivers?
  11. I think the 'future' of modelling will be with developments in 3D printing. It's gone past the idea of 'rapid prototyping' now, as the prints can be very fine indeed... My own printer i'm building is technically capable of printing to 0.2 of a millimeter. Once i've got it up and running, I'll put some items up that i print etc, and a thread for it as well. Brexit is being used as an excuse to raise prices in general, without good grounds to do so. This decision from Dapol, really highlights the problems for anyone in a product based environment, where it's simply unknown what is going to happen, following the enactment of Article 50. Companies won't take big risks, as that would upset shareholders, since we don't know what will be our 'place' once this I don't generally comment on political issues, but I cannot understand why anyone, looking at the FACTS (not the crap spouted by mainstream media) could decide we are better off out than in. For me, the uncertainty alone, in what is going to happen, was enough to prevent me voting out. It's been proven, factually, that the exit campaign was filled with lies, misinterpreted data, propaganda and a fair smattering of outright racism... I'm sure that many exiters don't realise that we will still be bound to EU rules, if we want to trade with them... so why are we expecting this massive amount of autonomy on leaving? Any products we buy from Europe will conform to EU Rules, anything we want to sell to Europe will have to conform, otherwise, it won't be able to be sold. but anyway, I digress.... don't want to throw the thread too far from the tracks.
  12. Hi Shaun, If I follow this correctly, the DCC signal never reaches the track? Whats the Motor shield used for in this case? Regards, Steve
  13. admin - please remove. original post no longer relevent
  14. It was a pleasure to go through and watch the development unfold. You might want to think about writing up a booklet about the process you went through, with pictures etc. I'd also like to see more of the area as a whole, with trains running, now that the line has had some time to 'bed in'
  15. Thanks for the response Mick. The SHR is going to be more of a Railway in the Garden, rather than a Garden Railway, if you get the distinction. I'm planning on having the base raised up at the bottom end of the garden, and let it run level for the 'loop'. The extension will also run level as much as possible, but ensuring it can still raise above the main line. For climate and leaf-fall protection, i'm planning on using a backscene on the boards on the fence sides. On the rear of these will be stainless steel press studs, with press studs on the front of the boards as well. I'm going to ask my lovely wife if she can sew me up some covers out of waterproof material. These should keep the worst of the weather out, and also keep things free from debris. I've thought about getting a shed, but I'm not sure I'll be able to justify the cost. For power, I'm planning to run a heavy duty extension lead from the house. it's going to be a long process, as I've only really got Fridays I can actually work on the railway. the rest of the time, I'll be at work or with my family. I'm leaning towards the 2nd plan, where I'll do the first loop, then put the extension on, then finish the second loop and extra other bits.