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Riddles last won the day on November 11 2019

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  1. The most important thing about any hobby is that it is something to be enjoyed. I hope you continue to do so.
  2. Competition may be good for the consumer but you may not be aware that a similar system is already being marketed. Please see https://www.protocab.com/welcome for something that is already available.
  3. I hadn't heard before you mentioned it, and it's only been confirmed today, so you are certainly keeping your eyes on the ball. I tend to agree about sticking with Hornby. Much of the new stuff is lovely to look at close up but can be rather delicate when you pick it up, especially outside in the garden.
  4. You seem to make a brilliant job of weathering in a very short time. Have you seen the new HAAs from Cavalex announced today? Their picture and copyright.
  5. Thanks for that Iain. Sounds nice and simple but no doubt time consuming. Probably very therapeutic after a stressful day!
  6. Did you use neat SBR, or the traditional diluted PVA with a drop of washing up liquid method? It looks very realistic. Can we have a little more detail of your method please?
  7. Sorry to hear of your problems Iain. To be honest I think Wiltshire, even if sweltering, is preferable to sitting in a tube in the sky with who knows what circulating in the air. If you obtain a free certificate of posting when you return the Class 117, I don't think KMRC could refuse to compensate you if it failed to reach them or was received damaged, if that is what they told you to do. I can understand your reluctance to do so though.
  8. That bridge is a superb structure in such a natural setting, which for me, is what a garden railway should be. There are three or four other railways of this type on the forum which I hope to emulate one day, including Mick's "Worsley Dale". I presume that the bow bridges are a commercial product although I don't recognise them. Are they still available? The underwater foundations must have been difficult to build without disturbing the pond structure. I am looking forward to seeing and reading more.
  9. It would be good to know whether they are powerful enough to operate two CDLs at the same time, for a crossover. Looking forward to reading your report.
  10. Sadly Britain, i.e. the U.K., can't take the credit for this. It is actually manufactured in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. The owning company, Coilte, is a statutory corporation owned by the Republic of Ireland government. However, the initial development was by a British company Accsys Technologies, with interests in the Netherlands. I've obtained a free sample and it looks perfect for garden railway use.
  11. Of course a DCC layout is always receiving the full voltage, normally around 16 volts in a OO set up. It doesn't slowly ramp up from zero as in traditional DC so that may be an advantage.
  12. Sorry Mick, as I said on Friday on the DCC Systems thread, although I do have a WLANMAUS , I find it easier to use an iPhone or iPad so I don't have a lot of experience of it. There are two (at least) groups on Facebook which might be able to answer your question, if you ever use that media. They are Z21, Digikeijs & automatic control users group and Roco/Fleischmann Z21 Users Group . I find the first very technical and the second perhaps a bit basic but I expect someone on one of them could help.
  13. I've already received a reply, sent at 8.39 this morning regarding concrete sleeper track. A Beard, PECO Technical Advice Bureau, said "Thank you for your email. I can advise that this sleeper base also uses UV stabilised plastic." So there we have it. I wonder whether the same applies to Hornby track. Of course they use different factories but they are responsible for the specification. Roco in Austria, at one time made track for Hornby, and when production moved to China, they supplied the same track to Bachmann.
  14. I have put the question to Peco Technical Advice Bureau. If and when I receive a reply I will of course share it.
  15. I believe that the Select has been improved fairly recently and an uprated one will now operate more functions as well as set CVs. I understand that the unit has to be be returned to Hornby for the upgrade to be carried out and I think a figure of £15 was mentioned for this. I have also used eLink and the Elite which I found a cumbersome system. My preference is Z21 (by Roco/Fleischmann). Although I have a Z21 wi-fi multimaus, which has a dial/knob (see below), I much prefer to use my iPhone or iPad as it is so much easier to find and operate different functions. With a little bit of practice
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