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  1. I've just fitted one of these to my aeroplane and it's very simple and effective. http://www.sparkbright.co.uk/sparkright-eclipse-battery-voltage-monitor.php
  2. Thanks Kris.....I'll give that a go!
  3. I for one would be very interested in learning how you set.up the pi!
  4. Yes the deputy chief engineer is very demanding over how "his" railway is to be built
  5. Although I think there is great potential in this technology, those prices seem extremely steep! The missing factor still seems to be an incompatibility with dcc......I am certain that for wireless control to take off there needs to be a system that can merely replace the power transmission aspect of dcc but allows the existing and often expensive infrastructure that existing modellers have invested in to remain useful.
  6. Well with typical bad timing we have had 2 solid weeks of decent weather and I have been in Plymouth for most of it! Luckily today has been good weather (in between the hailstorms anyway....The joy of living in scotland). so I got some more ground works done.....I've now cut out the turf for the full extent of the main run along the path. The level at the top end still needs dropping an inch or so to give clearance under the tunnel slab. Then it's a case of pouring the concrete cutting and laying some lightweight block foundations for the raised section. These will be faced with lengths of "log roll" to keep the planning department happy! Here is a picture of the work so far.
  7. Tony....yes nearly at the point that I can call it an unfinished railway rather than just a planned one! As your temperatures are dripping we are just starting to get light evenings and marginally better weather so hopefully progress can be made......I'm away for a week or two with work but looking forward to cracking on when I get back. As for Scotland, I'm merely an English interloper but it's a nice part of the world to live and worth a visit one day. Cheers Gareth
  8. No more progress in the garden since yesterday's update but thought you might like to see a picture of today's toy!......she's not the biggest or most glamorous locomotive in preservation and I'm sure that some of the garden railways on here have more scale mileage than we do but it's still great fun and I always feel privileged to have the chance to drive her.
  9. Firstly Happy Easter to you all! Took advantage of the decent weather to get out in the garden. Started off with the laser level and took some more accurate height readings......a virtually level run is going to be possible. Next in a fit of enthusiasm I decided to "cut the first sod"
  10. Mick, Even my very basic experiment showed that different locos behave very differently on even mild gradients.....wWhile I have no doubt I could operate all the way to the "top corner" with careful loco selection and a bit of faffing about its just not worth the hassle when sticking to the left hand side of the garden and the rockery I can get to an almost level gradient without an excessive height at the garage so I'll stick with that to start with.......There is nothing stopping the addition of a steeper branchline later for short trains and specially selected locomotives. The only downside is that I really need to start at the top of the current path and work downwards to ensure the correct elevation at the patio.......iit would have been great to start with a loop at the patio to get trains running but that leaves too many potential gotchas for my limited civil engineering experience!
  11. No physical progress this.week as I'm away with work but the idea of what I want to do is starting to firm up in my head. A few of you had said it was hard to get an understanding of the overall layout of the garden so last weekend when I was on the roof doing some maintenance I took a couple of pictures which show things a bit better.....hhere is the best
  12. Kris that's great! I'm away from home for a few days but ill have a play when I get home. I have no current experience of dcc and the sprog looks like a.great way to achieve the aim at low cost. Initially I'm planning on straight radio control but dcc does offer some intriguing opportunities and I really want to have a play with sound at some point so some kind of hybrid is ideal.
  13. Kris, Good to see another new starter on here......i'll be following with interest. Especially keen to hear about the issues with the raspberry pi as I have one kicking around unused and I fancy some experiments with wireless dcc. Cheers Gareth
  14. Mick, Have you thought about cutting slices of the same blocks you built the viaduct with these could be cemented to the foundations and the track fixed in the same way as the viaduct section.....already haveing the foundations is a mixed blessing but it may be worth a trial? I think I'm going to attempt to use.the blocks.as both foundation and track bed for my line but until I start groundwork it's all still a bit "up in the air"!
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