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entry 2 Nov 2014, 00:42
Having now recovered from six weeks away I now feel a bit of an update is on the cards. I spent most of my time in Scotland with a week in Yorkshire and a week in Berlin. Railways were very much the theme of the visit and I managed to take in most transport museums in the areas visited.

Glasgow's new transport museum was first up and was quite impressed by the architecture.



I was also rather impressed by the large South African locomotive on show. This was the one that was on the Monster Moves television program.



Next down to Sheffield to visit the wife's family. We stopped off in York first though and stayed right next to the station. This was handy for train spotting opportunities.



It also meant that the Railway Museum was within easy walking distance.



I was quite please to see this upon entry. Very nice. Always been one of my favourite British loco's.



In Berlin I was quite impressed by the new Hauptbahnhof. Awesome railway station.



On the way down the the Deutsche Technicks museum I stopped to have a look at all that was left of the old Anhalter station. It must have been an impressive sight in its day.



The Museum still has turntable and sheds in good condition with a good selection of locos.











This is a model of the Anhalter station before destruction.







Like the National Railway Museum in York, there is also a cut open loco here showing how it all works. This is a KPEV P8 rather than a Merchant Navy though.



I wanted to go on a trip on an ICE and went to Braunschwieg. This loco sits out the front of the railway station.



Getting back to model railways, having arrived back to our house in Melbourne I was pleased to see a large parcel from Modelbahn Kramm which contained many items needed for the layout. Most of the stock I had was epoch 2 but generally based in the north in Berlin. I had bought a few items which were more appropriate for Bavaria so a Brawa Br 38 steam loco.



I also bought a few electrics appropriate for the era. I has initially found these dull and uninteresting but now love them now. Especially the bigger ones. So a Roco E-94;



Brawa E 73.



and a Brawa e 77



While inputting these locos into the ECoS I had a screen freeze which I have been unable to resolve. It occurred when trying to set long addresses to Railcom locos. The ECoS seemed to do a reset whenever I tried to program them with the long address. After one of these resets the screen froze and set on the track plan diagram and has not responded to any touch since. The loco that was on the prog track when the final reset and freeeze occurred was a loksound v4 so I wouldn't have expected that.

I have spent a bit of time trying to resolve the problem but the screen will not move from the track plan mimic diagram screen unless given an external command when linked to a computer. I had managed to get the rescue mode screen and the initial screen after3 factory reset mode. I also had the screen calibration screen up but none of them will respond when touched. Having faced facts; it's eight years old and has served well in that time, I suppose I will have to get a new colour screen one.This wasn't factored into my budget so other things such as catenary and more signals will have to wait now. Unfortunate but these things happen.

I have a load of signals to install which will complete the north side of the layout.



The signals will all be digitally controlled so I need to get the new controller before I can set this up so this will all have to wait. I also have some kits to build. I got one of these sets which has four buildings in one kit as they are more economical and I need a few.



I can start work on the kits now but will have to wait a bit until I can order a new controller till I start doing the rest of the signals. So plenty to do from here.

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Great update Neil thumbsup.gif I almost said "Something to keep you going during the dark winter months" but of course you're well into Spring now.

That's bad news about the EcOS but eight years is a good length of time. I have to say that I am often tempted to upgrade to a colour version each time I get a new british outline loco and can't find a good picture for it. I think it would be better for mimic diagrams with track occupancy and signals as well. I also suspect that the colour unit will provide colour images to the remote when it comes out whereas I half expect the mono unit to send mono images sad.gif

I was on the point of making some suggestions but I see you've already tried those from the ESU support forum. If it's just the touch screen that's not working perhaps you'll be able to use it as a booster? Once you've got another way of programming locos, you may be able to control it from a PC or remote control? On your Fife project perhaps?

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Thanks David, spring is certainly here, we had 30 degrees on Friday but back down to 14 yesterday. Plenty to keep me going though.

The ECoS I'm still thinking about. The options you outlined had crossed my mind but the inability to control from the touch screen may be an issue. I'll see what I can do with it. I thought of it in terms of a laptop; if I had an eight year old laptop what would be my expectations of it? Assuming it hadn't packed in. Still worth the money.

A colour one will be nice too.

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Hi Neil

After much travelling and work, I finally got around to reading your blog - very interesting and I am inspired to get to visit the Berlin Museum now - looks great.

I am curious, and hope you don't mind me asking, but you say 'returning home to Scotland' so do you live (work?) in Melbourne or UK? I never knew where I wanted to be when I was based in Sydney.

I cannot recommend highly enough the EcOS with colour screen - you would really enjoy the upgrade, mine came from Lippe and got me a shed load of bonus points.

I have also recently been doing some research on DCC point decoders to drive my Fulgurex and slam/dunk solenoids. I have bought 2x packs of the new DCC Concepts AD8FX ones for the Fulgurex from Hattons, since they work out at a very good price. I will probably get several packs of the ESU Switchpilots for the solenoids from Lippe as they are much cheaper in Germany and again will get the bonus points plus free shipping.

Just wish I was closer to my layout on a more regular basis but trying to work from France (home) a bit more this year from Spring

I also need to crack on and get all my Vollmer buildings completed so I can add them as a backdrop to the front part of the layout.

In conclusion - I have some red & blacks coming, my first ever...

Cheers
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QUOTE (reddo @ 20 Feb 2015, 17:14)
Hi Neil

After much travelling and work, I finally got around to reading your blog - very interesting and I am inspired to get to visit the Berlin Museum now - looks great.

I am curious, and hope you don't mind me asking, but you say 'returning home to Scotland' so do you live (work?) in Melbourne or UK? I never knew where I wanted to be when I was based in Sydney.

I cannot recommend highly enough the EcOS with colour screen - you would really enjoy the upgrade, mine came from Lippe and got me a shed load of bonus points.

I have also recently been doing some research on DCC point decoders to drive my Fulgurex and slam/dunk solenoids. I have bought 2x packs of the new DCC Concepts AD8FX ones for the Fulgurex from Hattons, since they work out at a very good price. I will probably get several packs of the ESU Switchpilots for the solenoids from Lippe as they are much cheaper in Germany and again will get the bonus points plus free shipping.

Just wish I was closer to my layout on a more regular basis but trying to work from France (home) a bit more this year from Spring

I also need to crack on and get all my Vollmer buildings completed so I can add them as a backdrop to the front part of the layout.

In conclusion - I have some red & blacks coming, my first ever...

Cheers


Hi Reddo,
I live in Melbourne but have never considered it home. I consider the UK to be home.
The Deutsche Techniks museum is great. Well worth a visit.
I have had the colour ECoS for a couple of months now and am very happy with it.

Use the Lenz ls150's for point decoders and find they work well with the tilling point motors. I'm now thinking about using servos with switch pilot servo decoders. Will wait on my next
Kramm order to get them to try out.

I need to get cracking with my buildings too. Have two still to make.
Good to see you're getting into the red and blacks. I've never looked back since I got the bug.
Can't get enough of them.

Regards

Neil


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