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  1. Operating Points Outdoors

    Yes I did mean the DS52. They are my decoder of choice these days. They are powered off the DCC bus, with built in CDU. They are easy to configure. They are easy to program. They can driver two motors off one output. They work with a long cable run. I can install them outside with only crude protection from the weather. They are cheap. If one fails (and that hasn't happened yet) they are simple to replace.
  2. Something in On30

    I'm still at the stock acquisition stage on my narrow gauge railway. Can't get my head round where I will build the garden railway. I've got a couple of locos and a few coaches. In the middle of bashing some OO wagons into 7mm narrow gauge ones. Wakefield show is at the weekend. I'm planning on popping over to make some purchases of donor vehicles.
  3. Operating Points Outdoors

    No. Some Accy decoders are designed to work with two wire solenoids, some are not. It's worth reading their manual before you buy. Manuals for this kind of devices can usually be downloaded from somewhere.
  4. SBR appears to be an ideal adhesive for ballast. Probably best to switch this discussion to the ballast thread.
  5. Sounds like you may need a project to get your teeth into. I can't find any recent photos of your branch station, but how about a rebuild of that into a two platform station and possibly an overall roof.
  6. Amblethorpe

    I've been fettling loco's recently, stripping down motors, adding pickups to wheels and installing DCC chips. Working with my mate John we have turned several locos from the 1970s and 1980s into good runners again. I'd upgraded a couple of Lima Class 66 previously, including a whole motor replacement, but they still improved their running after a fettle. The improvement was big enough that to my surprise, the Freightliner 66 could pull my intermodal train. Knowing that the real thing passes my house around 6 o'clock each evening, I hatched a plan to film them both runnnig at the same time.
  7. With a OO outdoor railway and a OO indoor tramway, I've become rather tempted to build a outdoor tramway, but with a twist. I'll stick with the same track, 16.5mm (OO/HO) but run narrow gauge O on it. In the UK that's O-16.5 where as in the US it's On30. The idea appeals because it allows me to work in a different scale, (UK 1:43.5, US 1:48) yet without the big hike in cost. Bachman USA do a fair amount of On30, including some Street Cars based on no particular prototype. Having built my outdoor railway on a shelf a metre above ground I think that the garden tramway will be at ground level. So far I've resisted the temptation to buy a On30 tram, but I know I'll crack soon. I'll have to spend some time on here going back though all your threads of building at ground level to work our how I want to build the track bed.
  8. Amblethorpe

    Started running Amblethorpe again this week. For reasons that are beyond me, my laptop doesn't want to connect with my DCC system. Will have to come up with a solution so full iPad control can return.
  9. Points question

    Any chance you can post some pictures of your installation. Some one may be able to spot something amiss.
  10. Ballast

    I've followed Trevor's lead and used SBR on a couple of sections of Amblethorpe. They have both been down for over 6 months now and I don't think a single chip of ballast has moved. I had given up ballasting areas open to the elements, but having used SBR successfully I will get back to it this year.
  11. Rapdio are a Canadian business building trains in China to sell in the UK. I assume they are looking at all the projects they have on at the moment and doing a risk assessment. Their assessment of the Prototype HST will have shown them that the risk factors are simply too high and that the chances of them making a loss are considerable. The question is what are the risks? As they say. The drop in the pound is going to make their product more expensive in UK shops, which will make it harder to sell (I'll come back to that). Manufacturing costs in china are rising quickly, they will have to pay more to have them made. Nobody, and I mean absolutely nobody, knows what trade tariffs will be in 3 years time, that's instability that they talk of. Read any Model Railway forum, including this one, and lots of members are complaining about the high price of new models and how they won't be buying these expensive products. If you and I, their market, go online and say we won't buy models that cost £xx.xx then it will scare manufactures off. A brexit vote was always going to make imported goods more expensive, this was made very clear before the vote and as a nation we voted for it. The argument is that it will bring manufacturing back to the UK. Personally I don't think it will, I can't see Hornby taking back control of their supply chain and building everything in Margate, but I wish they would. That said it would probably mean they went bust, but I think they are going to do that anyway!
  12. Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    That's interesting. I've named stations and junctions on my railway, but not farms, bridges and viaducts. I'll have to put my mind to that. I was very deliberate with my naming of stations, well that is what I tell myself. Having named my first couple of stations Amblethorpe and Colwick I realised that it was a good idea to name my third station beginning with the letter B so I'd have A, B and C stations. Since then I have made sure I haven't reused a letter for a junction or a siding. With a computer based signal box sorting things by alphabetical order makes a lot of sense.
  13. Amblethorpe

    I don't have any motivation to exhibit. But with the tramway I have something "that will generate a lot of interest among the viewing public." The practicalities of going on the exhibition circuit are beyond me because I don't drive... I should be able to talk a mate or two into assisting me if I do book for the occasional show. A friend and I have big plans to build a modern image layout of Morecambe and Heysham and to exhibit it. But he is suffering from a chronic illness so all we can do at the moment is plan. The main idea behind taking some of Amblethorpe to the Coffee Shop is to get my station on show, with a few DMUs moving in and out. If we keep it simple the only extra boards required would be for a station throat. I'm meeting my mate John at lunchtime in the shop, I'll see if he's got any any enthusiasm to get it on with it.
  14. Amblethorpe

    I've made a lot of progress with my tramway. So much so I am planning of showing it. My wife and I own a local coffee shop and one Saturday I'll set up the tramway there and run it for the customers. This idea got me thinking, could I also show Amblethorpe? One option would be to simply have a running day on the Sunday after I've had the tramway out, and had out flyers on the Saturday. Another option could be to take Amblethorpe to the coffee shop. A lot of the scenery on Amblethorpe are dioramas that I place next to my tracks when I am having a running session. I could make and indoor version of Amblethorpe by putting some track on a baseboard or two and simply place my scenic sections next to it. I've spoken to a mate to see if he fancies taking on this project with me. I'm awaiting his response.
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