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by Le Corbusier
Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Starter question - track work
Replies: 100
Views: 27202

Re: Starter question - track work

Thanks Keith and Noel,

Just the info I was looking for. Now I know what I am looking at, everything falls into place.

note to self ..... formation is for the ground not the rail!

early days at the moment.

Tim
by Le Corbusier
Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Starter question - track work
Replies: 100
Views: 27202

Re: Starter question - track work

Track plan and signal plan attached. http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad265/leefitzgerald/Monsal%20Dale%20two%20chain%20plan%20-detail_zpsnuojaaty.jpg http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad265/leefitzgerald/Signal%20plan_zpshi0cthys.jpg http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad265/leefitzgerald/016-sig...
by Le Corbusier
Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Starter question - track work
Replies: 100
Views: 27202

Re: Starter question - track work

Next question. The learning curve is still high when it comes to understanding track work. I wondered if anybody could tell me exactly what is happening with the track formation here ... I am struggling to understand how it works and therefore what I ought to be drawing. See attached pictures. http:...
by Le Corbusier
Sat Jan 16, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Starter question - track work
Replies: 100
Views: 27202

Re: Starter question - track work

Noel,

Hadn't got to that section yet .... fantastic .... Thanks.

Tim
by Le Corbusier
Sat Jan 16, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Starter question - track work
Replies: 100
Views: 27202

Re: Starter question - track work

Thanks everyone .... that's really helpful.

Tim
by Le Corbusier
Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Starter question - track work
Replies: 100
Views: 27202

Starter question - track work

I am thinking of doing a model of the old MR Monsal Dale station on the Peak line (circa 1900) as a first stab at P4. To date I have been experimenting with loco and coach/waggon kit building. I am now turning my mind to track construction. I am trying out some sacrificial experiments at the moment ...
by Le Corbusier
Sun Nov 08, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Will L
Topic: A CSB Source book
Replies: 59
Views: 31565

Re: A CSB Source book

Will, I suppose that just goes to show that the process is pretty robust and within certain parameters you simply have to be there or there abouts ..... which is comforting. We chatted at Scale Forum and the next chassis - a simple 0-6-0 will be CSB using high-level horn blocks - its a johnson 1f 0-...
by Le Corbusier
Sat Nov 07, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: Will L
Topic: A CSB Source book
Replies: 59
Views: 31565

Re: A CSB Source book

Will, I have been reading though the thread and I have a question. I downloaded the CLAG spreadsheet, the spread sheet on here and the simplified 3 axel spread sheet. If I insert the figures calculated by the auto calculate feature into the other two spread sheets (the fulcrum points, load weights a...
by Le Corbusier
Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:22 am
Forum: DCC
Topic: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie
Replies: 31
Views: 9758

Re: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie

You don't say whether a branch or the main line? presumably, if the latter, everything will have to be double headed in typical Midland style? Again, if so, it may impact on your overall power requirements. Noel Noel, At the moment I am thinking of Rowsley ... station/shed/etc with a linear layout....
by Le Corbusier
Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie
Replies: 31
Views: 9758

Re: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie

Tim, what follows is my personal view of entry priced systems, others will take a different view, particularly on the feel of the system. I've set the cut-off at £250, which means some makers are not mentioned. Hornby and Bachmann - I really don't like their systems! Bachmann have a new one coming ...
by Le Corbusier
Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie
Replies: 31
Views: 9758

Re: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie

Tim if heading into DCC, then there are a lot of controllers around at different budgets and with different features. I'd suggest trying a variety of systems to see what works for you and what features matter - I'd recommend trying on layouts rather than a dealer's demonstration area as what an own...
by Le Corbusier
Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie
Replies: 31
Views: 9758

Re: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie

by David Thorpe » Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:28 am Like, I suspect, a lot of people i used to be sceptical about DCC. However, three or so years ago my analogue controller began playing up and when I went down to Scalefour North I was genuinely surprised by how easy it was for the boys on the Digitrains st...
by Le Corbusier
Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie
Replies: 31
Views: 9758

Re: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie

I am inclined towards DCC but have not made up my mind. When I make my locos, (I have only made two chassis so far!) I use a small connector (see an example here) between pick-up and motor so that it will be easier later on to insert a DCC chip. It means that you don't have to solder on to the moto...
by Le Corbusier
Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie
Replies: 31
Views: 9758

Re: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie

Thanks for the input Rod. At the moment with young family, business etc this will tend to be pretty much a lone venture - so no clubs - other layouts to run things on in the foreseeable future (though hopefully a few shows. But definitely one to consider ... I didn't know you could switch a loco bet...
by Le Corbusier
Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie
Replies: 31
Views: 9758

Re: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie

Thanks for the references Noel ... will do a bit of reading up. At the moment one of the things that appears attractive about DCC is the flexibility. Having wired up a layout it would seem that it would then be possible to run it in a number of different ways without a big re-wiring/isolating job. D...
by Le Corbusier
Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: DCC
Topic: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie
Replies: 31
Views: 9758

Re: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie

Thanks for the input John.

From your experience is DCC reliable in itself or subject to gremlins? .... more so than DC. Excluding plain bad wiring.

Tim
by Le Corbusier
Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: DCC
Topic: A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie
Replies: 31
Views: 9758

A Few thoughts on Control to help a Newbie

Hi, I am just returning to modelling after a 30 year hiatus. I have been starting by practicing a little loco/coach kit building to assess and hone skills (that's another story) I am also looking to try out some track building. The mind is therefore turning to layout design and wiring etc. DCC is a ...

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