Allan Goodwillie wrote:I think this new set up is great as it allows us all to be in more immediate touch with one another and be able to share our skills and knowledge, something we both appreciate.
Allan, AHMEN to that.
Allan, I'll get back to you on your message, but briefly WFRM (Wirrall Finescale Railway Modellers) use Tortoise motors on both our expo layouts, Charlotte Road and Widnes Vine Yard and both are 100% computer controlled. I'm the strcuture/scenery man for the group as sitting here in North Carolina there is nothing I can sensibly contribute in terms of baseboard construction, wiring and those type of tasks. So I sit here making all the buildings and signals as units, then bring them over on one of my two annual UK visits, or if the guys are in dire need, I actually mail these models across the pond. So far we haven't had a lick of problems doing that either.
I know Dave Skipsey is on here and I'll send him a PM (private message) using this web forum, he did all our computer stuff as well as a lot of the wiring of Charlotte Road, or re-wiring after I shipped it over from the US. Tim Rogers and Mike Turner also know a good deal about it too as they are responsible for a lot of the wiring, planning, track making and such. After they are done, I'm get the job of laying all the ballast.
For the US guys I am walking them through some ideas, the main one is more to do with building and detailing your own turnouts. The image is typical of what I'm posting and decribing what I do. My online clinic seems to have been received very well, at least I have got the majority interested in wanting track roller gauges, so I'm looking at getting these made in a local small machine shop for them and oiffering them at cost.
Thank you for permitting me to use your photos and your knowledge. Its is very much appreciated.