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Riddles last won the day on November 11 2019

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I have put the question to Peco Technical Advice Bureau. If and when I receive a reply I will of course share it.
  9. 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 it is possible to have very precise speed control simply by angling my thumb slightly on the touchscreen. I must admit that I never expected to find that.
  10. According to an email I received yesterday from Accurascale about their new PCA wagons, the recommended weight according to NEM is 25gms per axle. Ideally, that is the weight one should aspire to in order to work properly. Perhaps it's quite a challenge.
  11. Some years ago I had similar thoughts about using sprung points and looked at possible solutions. The only one I found was to use Fleischmann points (Profi Track I think) which are, or were, non-isolating. The spring mechanism was covered by a metal plate which I think was steel, and fitted under the track. The radius of the curve was very tight as it was obviously intended for a table top "trainset" layout where moisture and outside debris would not be a problem. I think the rail might even have been made of brass. It did not look convincing and of course had HO sleeper spacing. I have no idea what is in the current track range. Perhaps Fleischmann train sets include Roco track components following the merger of the companies. Maybe ThomasI would know.
  12. What thickness is the material? I think it is available in 9mm and 12mm. Obviously the thicker it is, the more expensive it becomes. Is it easy to saw and does it hold pins and screws well?
  13. Peco has now announced that they are re-starting limited production. Quote: "In the factory in Beer we have implemented a split shift to help allow us to keep everyone spaced out and safe. It has been an enormous task and initially we don't expect to be at full production capacity, but it is a safe and steady start that we can build on over the coming weeks. The Ratio business in Buckfastleigh is also back to work under expert guidance, which is very good news." To be fair to Hattons, the RRP for a box of SL-100 is £103.75 but there is none in stock anywhere unless you want to pay £123.95 a yard on eBay!!! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PECO-SL-100-Flexi-track-Streamline-Code-100-Wooden-sleeper-Flexible-/153785620846
  14. I'm glad to hear you use some TTS decoders. Hornby decoders do tend to get a bad press on RM Web etc. but for the cost, they allow fairly reasonable sound to be fitted on largish collections economically. The majority of my own sound decoders are probably ESU but I do like the Zimo ones, especially when they are fitted with "Stay Alive" capacitors. I love using the brake feature on Function 2 but I don't use all the various lighting capabilities. The slow running with Stay Alive can be amazing, even over dodgy track.
  15. Do you usually fit Zimo or ESU Loksound, or maybe a lesser known brand? I’m guessing you haven’t used any Hornby TTS decoders.
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