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  1. I came upon this old film footage. And have a look at the signaling school, who does would not like a layout working like that? http://www.britishpathe.com/video/railway-signal-school-aka-railways I found this footage searching for a good book on British semafoor signals, preferably LNER type. What I'm looking for is the way they are placed, especially junction signal and speeds connected to certain signal images. Does anyone has any tips for me? I already have found a few good websites like "Signalbox" http://www.signalbox.org/index.php But it's a good book on the topic that I'm after, who has a tip for me? Cheers, Danny
  2. Hi Tony, I also start at all funny hours of the day. We are allowed to make maximum shifts of 11 hours, but only 9 hours are effective driving. Most of the times we sleep over in Germany and return next day. Maximum length is about 700M, longer trains aren't possible here in Europe, due to that this is the general maximum length a station can take. Maximum pulling on flat surface is about 2000 tons with one single locomotive. Sometimes we drive in double traction, but than again 2 locomotive are the maximum and they must always be in front. Of course than the maximum pulling weight is than 4000 tons. Also the rail infrastructure is much more dense and busy here, so freight must be at high speed to avoid conflict with passenger rail. I predict that in the near future freight will go even faster, the locomotives are already up to it. Only the breaking system on the wagons aren't, but a new generation is on it's way It's a dream of many companies here to go bigger but infrastructure is not adapted and to expensive to change. Probably like In the US and canada, containers can be put up double hight in Australia, but than you almost got no bridges. And if there are, only replacing a few is acceptable. Cheers, Danny
  3. Thomas, Rome wasn't build in one day. I to, don't have always the time and resources to work on my railway as I want. My garden is also jungle at the moment, I hope to find enough time this Autumn to give all the trees and shrubs a serious cut back. At the moment I'm buying every month a few packs of flexi track, I've calculated that I need about 450m of track. As I mentioned, at the moment I'm doing experiments with signal, block systems everything controlled one DCC. But I do hope, that by next year the first foundations will be seen.
  4. Hi Thomas, You're building a very impressive track there. Although high speed is not my thing, I guess I'm confronted to much with it on a daily base . It's nice to see people like you, and some others here on the forum, specializing or showing intrest in this era. Keep us up to date, I will follow this with great interest. And If the offer still stands, be sure want I to visit you one day, although the few modern rolling stuff I have is of little use on your track, as it all Is AC. I'm sure your garden railway will be an inspiration to the modern railway fans, and defiantly an enrichment to this forum. Cheers, Danny
  5. @ Tony, Prepare for a long scratch build, I think. Thomas would be the best person to tell you, if there is any modern material that comes near to it, but I doubt it. It is not my field of expertise, as I'm personally am more interested in steam. The most modern material I have to run on my garden rail are two diesel class 40 models and those are only part of the cleaning train. Although I have a few pieces of this modern passenger rolling stock AC, but I'm not an expert in it as thomas The only thing I can do, as I see this modern material pass me by on a daily basis, is take some photos them. I hope these photos are an inspiration to those who are interested in this high speed stuff? The material I drive with, are mainly international freight trains. Coming from mainly Antwerp or Rotterdam harbor going deep into Germany , from their sometimes German or swiss colleges take over with or without their own traction material. These train compositions can go as far as Italy or somewhere in the east European countries. The locomotives I run at the moment, are the NMBS type 28/29 Traxx build by bombardier, also known in Germany as the type 186. The difference between a classic German type 186, is that a Traxx can run on in several countries whit their specific security systems and tensions. You must not compare the European rail system to the Australian for instance , their is no unification between the EU countries, although a lot has been invested to unify, but it will take years if it ever will come to that. Each country has their rules, so for every country I know I had to learn the rules from start again. That makes a train driver so valuable, the more you know the more you're wanted. It will take up 5 years of training and learning, to do the job that I do. Just like the high speed trains you're interested in, the Traxx drives the same, except that they are build for freight purposes. Although you'll find a few running passengers trains between Brussels and Amsterdam, due to the disaster oder and scandal of the Fira train. The Traxx has about 7000 Hp and is a real working horse, designed for freight. Normal speed with freight is around 100 Kmh, alone 140Kmh and passengers 160Kmh "> The Traxx model is available in HO made by Pico. Cheers, Danny
  6. Hi, what some people do with their models sometimes is not understandable. I don't have anything against number change or even a repaint. But if you start such an undertaking, know what you're doing, or keep your fingers of it, that's my opinion. I recently bought such a model where a change was started with a good intention, but was treated badly. The Dapol BR black 0-6-0 saddle tank lettering and BR logo was very rough removed with a scalpel I think. Above that aggressive glue was spilled on the roof of the cabin. After filling with Tamiya putty and some careful sanding with water and 1500 grit sandpaper all the uneven parts as good as removed. Than the to be restored parts where primed. I choose to restore the model back as it was intended. And after the finishing varnish layer, I was pleased with the result. Let me know what you think of the job that've done. Cheers, Danny
  7. Hi, Last Monday 08/08 seen at Aachen West (Germany) a brand new Eurostar on it's way to Belgium for delivery. Cheers, Danny
  8. I know that the wire can be infected by direct exposure, but hidden away I do think It will work. It is not moisture sensitive, that's for sure, and a great plus. Anyway like I mentioned all is in experimental stage, and has to be tested.
  9. Yes you are correct Thomas, I just had a look, everything is stored away here, I had to dig them out, I suppose I must run my models more often I bought the set at the time when I was in training as a train driver, I have a model of all types of trains I drove, but these types do not come out of their box as much as they should do. Specially the ultra modern stuf like the Thalys, It's a beautiful set but it needs long stretches to become realistic, like a garden rail. But than again your garden rail should look as modern as your material, and that is not what I'm aiming for.
  10. Finely I found it back again! Preparing for my future layout I was searching for a product that was called smart wire. It basically comes down to a wire as thick as a hair, that when put under an electric voltage starts to shrink. How much it shrinks depends on the length of the wire. I first saw it at a model fair here in Belgium around 2000. I always had it in mind, when I would build a layout, I would use it. I had to go though some old magazines, but due to some good order, I soon found an artikel on it back It's not a product that you will find in an average model store, that's why I had to look it up. I found the practice of it phenomenal, you could use it to move all kind of things like semaphore signals, points,rail crossing, even apply it to coaches, so the doors automatically open at a halt. The nice thing is that it gives you a realistic motion, not as an electro magnetic motor, where the movement is so fast, that it looks unrealistic. I know that there are slow moving servos on the marked, but they come not cheap, and perhaps more importend for us, are not moisture friendly. The smart wire in comparison is cheap and moisture friendly and can be DC or DCC applied. I recently ordered some ratio semaphore signal kits, as soon as I receive some of that wire, I'll make a few samples and keep you posted For those who want to know more about it, look at following link: http://users.skynet.be/pro-rail/ukcafam0.htm Cheers, Danny
  11. I totale agree with you Thomas, but your are speaking about composition in reality. I refer to how Mehano sells them.
  12. I already mentioned that the total set is 12, 2 engines and 10 coaches. So 3 boxes and each box contains 4 vehicles. But what really raises questions with me, why would you motorize the dummy loco? The one loco in my set is powerful enough to give motion to the total train, and has more power than realistically required. Is it perhaps that a Märklin type 3 rail AC system has more grip? Perhaps Thomas knows a good sound decoder as they are not my field of intrest. @ traingeekboy, thank for sharing the news footage of your local train store, and boy what a store it is, I can imagine that you loose a few hours walking around in that store. Yes, I really can understand you that the disappearance of such a shop I a real sad thing. I do hope though for you, that perhaps a new location can be found, as there was a small chance, according to the news footage Cheers, Danny
  13. Hi Thomas, My friend who has the address of the DCC filter in Germany, is on a holiday at the moment. So you have to wait for a few days, but don't worry, I promise you'll get it. Cheers, Danny
  14. Hi Thomas, Yes, the Lenz system is really good, I saw it last spring when I went to the international model building fair at Dortmund. Because I work with British rolling stock and track material, I also decided for the Hornby eLink. Not really know in Germany, but the system comes down to a device that is commanded over the computer with a program called Railmaster. But at the moment I'm in the UK and saw a very good system made by Gaugemaster, that is very popular over here , and this really caught my attention,so I haven't really disided yet If possible I would like to use the two systems next to each other. As for the decoder inplanting, one of my colleges told me last week that he always turns to somebody in Germany who does it on professional level. I forgot where it was, but I believe somewhere in the neighborhood of Dortmund. If you want I can get you the address? Cheers, Danny
  15. Hi Thomas, Welcome to the forum from Belgium. I to am very isolated, if it comes garden railways. Although I have huge collection in AC Bavarian Märklin/Trix epoche 1 rolling stock, my choice for the garden went out to British rolling stock. I'm also at the planning stage. Although I've been working analoge for almost 40 years, the DCC part is the most difficult part to work out. As I want it to run almost full DCC, with fully automated parts. I do hope you like it here on the forum as much as I do, and if you want to write me in German, feel free, as I know that language to. Cheers (beifall ), Danny
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