jimbob

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  1. l have used a battery, inverter, solar panel set up for the past two years without a problem. I am an idiot at electrics so this is a simple setup. A car battery will work but l opted for a leisure/caravan type battery. I do not run my controllers directly off the battery. The battery is connected to a 300 watt inverter that gives me a 240 volt power supply and that then powers controllers etc. The battery is trickle charged by a cheap solar panel. The panel is in the shed window and does get direct sunshine for a couple of hours a day. I have never had to charge the battery as yet. I should point out that l do not use lighting in the shed (yet) but l think it would power them ok. I have used a mains electic saw in short bursts and although a bit slow worked ok but would'nt trust in the long term. Whole set up in UK cost about £100 when new much cheaper than getting the shed wired to the mains.
  2. The problem with having a garden railway is having to keep the garden its in tidy. Spent most of this week weeding ,pruneing, and planting and it still looks like l have not done a thing! Anyway this morning was a railway day. Beside the ongoing electrical problems it was all going well but l have found that track joints are popping apart. Although it has been warm most of the track bed is in the shade so expansion isint so much of a problem but my track seems to be contracting. I can only assume that the wooden baseboard is contracting. Anyway, an enjoyable (not) morning closeing the gaps up on the shed to shed loop, about 60ft of double track, stations and sidings. In the end l've had to insert two one inch sections to bridge the gap. Everything now secured back down and hopefully it will stay that way. l am doing some ballesting so hopefully that will help as well. Lots to do and so little time to do it. Am l the only retiree here who is busier than when they were working?
  3. You might have guessed by the amount of post l've put on line it's raining here. I should not complian as the garden does need it but l had marked the next couple of days garden railway days. Been putting in some real train track milage over the winter, Cardiff behind Tornado on St Davids day. Late start due to a failed Diesel blocking the stock in did me some spirted running which was good. Can't wait for it's first 100mph tour! Another trip down the Fawley and Luggershall branches meant a bit more underlineing in the book as well. This was a re run of a tour last year that only got as far as Southampton Docks when the loco and first coach came off the tracks entering the docks. Que a very long wait whlist the men in hi vis jackets measured everything and took pictures before the remainder of the train was hauled back to Eastleigh. Still at least no one was hurt. Was going to go to the Bullied day on the Swanage railway but something came up but a friend went and said it was packed and the big park and ride car park was full. So was everywhere else so In the end they parked back in Wareham and got cab back. Thats dedication. A bit like Flying Scotsman on the Bluebell. Couldn't get tickets so thought l might have a shot at line siding. Again every nook and cranie you could park a car in down the lanes was full so contentied my self with a look from afar. It goes to show that the hobby is on the up and moans aside that must be a good thing. South West trains have a £13 maximum single fare promotion on for the next couple of weeks so the map book is out working out were to go for max milage at cheap price. Another trip up to Ancaster to see a friend means that aĺl those jobs l meant to do are going to have to wait. Who says retirement is wasted on the old!
  4. Got one of these with some stuff l bought on e bay last week and now l've bought some batteries for it tried it out today. Have to say that it works very well and even has a better operation range than my Dynamis. The sound is also better than some of the posh jobs l've heard although the whistle effect would not be out of place in a Stephen King horror movie though.
  5. For what you get all the systems are expensive. I have tried to look at all the main systems avaliable and they all have good and bad points. The initial start up costs seem to be the problem, haveing to buy new controllers seems to be a large chunk of the cost. Why would you pay again when your own DCC system cost you an arm and a leg, also remember that many of these systems wont run DCC locos eithier. Anyway sitting on the desk in front of me is a small padded envlope with some expensive Tam Valley dead rail equipment. With duty and vat (it was sent from US) this is about £160 worth of stuff. The Tam Valley system is slightlly differant to the others in that it operates from your existing DCC controller and instead of your controller being conected to the track its wired into an ariel so is in fact true radio control rather than wifi or blue tooth like some of the others. This also means that you can continue to use your DCC locos as normal and do not have to convert everything whilst using the same controller. All the systems have there own plus points and l have still to select a loco to convert, Lima 47 looks the easist at the moment for an electics moron like me. If all goes to plan l will convert more, yes it is expensive, but no more than having sound fitted which has never appealed to me anyway. Anyway l will update you as things progress or not as the case may be and l will let you know if a fool and his money have been parted or not!
  6. Hi Tony Given the range of temp you have over there do you need to do anything special to deal with track or even base board expansion? I try to leave expansion gaps when laying track but cool days or hot days theres always one that pops out . Of course then Murphys law applies and that its always in the most akward place possiable or you find that the track wont fit back because its either to long or to short now ! Any tips? Happy days Jim
  7. The train now arriving at platform 3 is Stephen's Rocket, we are sorry for the delay. If you see anything suspicious report it to a member of staff, if you find a member report it as suspicious. And my fav, the buffet car is now open, with mouth watering food at eye watering prices.
  8. ln the past l've suggested that powered coaches my be an idea to help those that dont have the pulling power there full scale versions have. Well help is at hand. At last weeks Epsom and Ewell show Replica Railway had there powered coach chassis on there stand. They come in scale 64ft or 54ft lenghts and are weighted for extra tracksion. All the working gubings are below window hight so no big lumps on view. DCC or DC use. Costs around £55. Might interest some here.
  9. Well got part of the line up and running so did have some play time today. Have now put a couple of isolater joints in at certain places which may or may have helped, mainly today was a clear up day. This meant taking everything not screwed done out of the sheds and putting it back again. Yes of course it didn't all fit back, l'm sure the garden shed is part Tardis the amount of stuff thats in there! Any way had a bit of a stock take of the track l've been buying over the winter. Now got over 100 meters of fleixable track, new and used, more points than you can shake a stick at and six double slips! Time for a stock day clearout sale l think! The only thing about buying and selling track is it did make the railway self financing last year. The proposed fiddle yard in shed 2 is on hold until l can clear more of my "might come in handy" items from the shed though.
  10. Who needs a 5 year old, just use the web dahhh! Several sites on how to take things apart, hope theres one on how to put them back together! And yes l did take out the screws that they say do not take out!!
  11. Having a garden railway is a way to relax and ease away the stresses of life, thats of course until you need to take apart anything to do with them. Todays blood boiling/pressure raising problem is how do you get the body off a Bachman Warship! Need to do some DCC chip fitting and although l have taken out the two obvious screws even pulled out the buffers, it still seems attached at either end. I know it will be something stupid that a 5 year old would know but l dont have one handy so... HELP PLEASE! The next one up is the Bachman 2H and l cant see anything to unscrew at all there so help needed there as well please. If companies are going to sell stuff that they know will need chipping you'd think they would make it esay to do! Off to lie in a darkend room and get my blood pressure down now.
  12. I have a Peco point that does the same thing, just does not like certain locos. As roddy says check the distance across the axel between the wheels even a nats hair out can cause problems sometimes. Also check your wheels are actualy in line had that problem with a new loco before now. Fiendish these Chinese you know.
  13. It is, for all its faults, an excellent looking model. Trouble is l don't know if my body would function on only one kidney as l would have to sell the other one to be able to afford it! When l see them at exhibitions they really look the bizz, think l would be to scared to run them at the price they are though
  14. Well got part of the line up and running so did have some play time today. Have now put a couple of isolater joints in at certain places which may or may have helped, mainly today was a clear up day. This meant taking everything not screwed done out of the sheds and putting it back again. Yes of course it didn't all fit back, l'm sure the garden shed is part Tardis the amount of stuff thats in there! Any way had a bit of a stock take of the track l've been buying over the winter. Now got over 100 meters of fleixable track, new and used, more points than you can shake a stick at and six double slips! Time for a stock day clearout sale l think! The only thing about buying and selling track is it did make the railway self financing last year. The proposed fiddle yard in shed 2 is on hold until l can clear more of my "might come in handy" items from the shed though.
  15. The light bulb thing is a very good idea and l shall look at that when doing any future track laying. Theres power to the tracks and then for no reason the controller says theres a short and everything stops, reset and of you go again. From what l read this may be a bit of a Dynamis problem, l was going to upgrade to a Z21 but looking at something else in a differant direction now, more about that when l've tried it.... I am not a heat person, so unless you can a/c the garden l'd be no use where you are! ln the south east where l am we have been enjoying some early spring sunshine and temps hit the mid 20's Sunday, even had to water the garden it's been so dry but the temps are back down for Easter and the forecast is it to be overcast. The trouble with a garden railway is you have to keep up the garden it's in and not being 100% recently l'm a bit behind. Still it might be a mess, but it's a colourfull mess and thats what matters!