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  1. Thanks Archie. The unpowered car is fairly simple then. I should have specified wiring diagrams for both powered and unpowered cars. I'll try to open up my own at some point and take a picture of the PCB if that helps. For DCC you have a common positive (blue) and switched negatives head (white) and tail (yellow) which is reversed at the other end. Somehow that common positive has to go to both sides but the opposite to the switched negative that is on?
  2. My Bachmann Cl150 has a 2-pin connection on the drawbar for both head and tail lights on the dummy car. Do any of the electrical engineers on here have an idea how that is done? I'm guessing that it is a series of diodes so that the polarity reverses depending on the direction. But can anyone work out the wiring diagram for it in the powered and dummy cars please? Seconds question, if I was going to do night/day headlights, interior lighting and central locking lighting on one decoder plus bringing the track pickups from the dummy car back, would I be able to save on interconnection pins in any way using these techniques?
  3. I was thinking, that the difference between most indoor and most outdoor (by no means all though). Most indoor and exhibition layouts I can think of need interest, so people model a station, a depot, sidings or a junction - somewhere there is some operation. Outdoors, gives more opportunity to model the bits in between. Extended stretches of line with no interruptions, just letting a train get on with doing what a train does. The other thing I was thinking about on the back of Mick's comment in Ken's topic was staring me right in the face. I was looking at my Dad's Bachmann calendar with a picture of a Northern 153 and 158 coming into Kirkby Stephen (I guess thats on the Settle line) past a semaphore signal and the signal box. You could almost take that contemporary train out of there, put a BR blue loco with blue grey Mk1 or 2s and it would not look a bit out of place. You could probably put a BR Steam loco on there and it wouldn't look wrong. T get to a point, maybe the simpler things are, the more flexible they are in terms of time period or stock that can be used.
  4. I thought that bridge was removeable so you could get through to a gate?
  5. Some good progress there and good that you have neighbours that will help. You'll soon be at track laying I'm sure. On Mick's point, I think the great thing about garden railways is they don't need to be set at a specific period and that seems far easier to do than on an indoor.
  6. I took the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow last night. Normally, the E-G services are made up of 7 or 8 car (2 sets of) Scotrail class 385s. At the moment they are just 4-cars and crammed at peak times. Standing all of the way. I can't see the connection between a driver shortage or work to rule and the trains being short formed. But maybe someone with better knowledge of the workings can throw some light?
  7. Lol, I do have some Lima in my "secondary" Fleet (old stuff not for YT). The Class 37 has had a CD motor replacement and runs quite well to be honest, still not quietly though. The Lima 156s have yet to have their CD motor conversions.
  8. Hi, Your question on Youtube, that video is unlisted but can be found on near the top of page one of this journal. I'm going to re-make it with all of the wagons and locos stored at Dad's but in my garden.
  9. I've just posted a video on my main garden railway thread. I think what I notice from watching the action camera in a wagon views is that good flat trackbed laying isn't noticeable, but bad track is really noticeable. Though, in my defence, it was just mocked up and will be properly done in the future.
  10. I was hoping to get some video today using my camera wagon. Unfortunately, after trying to charge up the Mobius camera I found it wasn't accepting a charge. Fortunately, replacement cells are not expensive and a bigger one can be fitted 820mAh instead of 520mAh (more than half as big again) costing only £7. In the mean-time I have my other action camera (a Drift2) which is bigger and isn't quite as suited to sitting in the wagon. Why do I have two? One for the front of my bike and one for the back. Yes, it has caught some bad driving and some quite close passes. Neither has been much use since I don't commute since Covid came along, other than on the model railway. I have got some footage so I'll try editing and get a video update for the weekend.
  11. The longest ever extension to the railway happened today, 4.5metres more than yesterday! That is, however, not properly laid and using my indoor test track for 3.5m of straight track. So the track was too lumpy for anything but the Class 20 and some short wagons to run successfully. More of that in the main thread when I can get the Mobius2 camera to work again. The point of this post, I was joined by a Mr Blackbird in the garden who seemed quite intrigued by the class 20 running along on it own. Not sure if he wanted me or the railway out of "his" garden.
  12. I glued the second group of three blocks on to the first group. The first four blocks are perfect. Four to five has a slight lip and five to six is perfect too. I think I was too ambitious getting all six together - should have done two groups of three then put them together as I said I would. It isn't a massive lip. Options are to cut through the glue between four and five and re-glue or file five and six until I get a flat top? In terms of strength, I could lift the six blocks together as they are now. It might be a different story when the arches are cut and the mating surfaces are much smaller. Block 1 is on the right.
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