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Posted on: 9 Aug 2020, 09:31


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We were in Konstanz for a week in summer 2017. My memories of the railway are a level crossing at the end of the station which gave access to the harbour. I did see that signal box so I guess it's gone. The road, railway and pedestrians all have their own parallel bridges over the Rhine.

Passenger trains on the DB side were double deckers with 'Electric Containers' for traction.
My one photo of trains on the SBB side show another suburban double decker - ie not IC2000 and a railcar, probably a Flirt.
I don't remember any freight but to be honest unless it's an intermodal, I tend not to notice wink.gif

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  Forum: Prototype · Post Preview: #646849 · Replies: 42 · Views: 2,666

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Posted on: 6 Aug 2020, 16:51


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Thompson pacifics relatively rare near KX.

Nice thing about Leeds Central is that it's not far from Doncaster and I've seen a few photos of locos on 'running in' turns after maintenance so the possibilities exist smile.gif.
I just have to remember if I'm running pre-war, not to have Pacifics arrive before the bridge strengthening works somewhere further south took place.

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  Forum: Model Rail News · Post Preview: #646809 · Replies: 16 · Views: 13,572

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Posted on: 2 Aug 2020, 19:17


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Nice thumbsup.gif

I've always liked Faller kits

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  Forum: HO & International · Post Preview: #646759 · Replies: 81 · Views: 11,598

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Posted on: 2 Aug 2020, 14:05


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I fitted a Hornby 6 pin decoder to my 'standard' Rocket train pack today.



Some notes:
* Two of the four electrical pick ups needed to be 'adjusted' to make contact with the wheels.
* The decoder is a tight fit in the barrel.
* I trimmed the decoder pins - there goes the warranty - so that the combined plug/socket would fit in the bottom half of the barrel.
* At least one of the supplied coupling chains is shorter than the others. I discovered this while trying to couple two coaches together and noticed the buffers hard against each other just before the bad words started to flow.
* Rocket runs really smoothly.
* Rocket was able to start the train from rest on the 1:48 gradient leading to this section of the layout.

It's a very nice model.

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  Forum: On My Layout · Post Preview: #646753 · Replies: 386 · Views: 65,473

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Posted on: 31 Jul 2020, 15:16


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curious to know what anyone has ordered from 2020 range.

I have the 'standard' Rocket train pack. It's incredibly cute. I finally got round to ordering the Hornby 6 pin decoder for it this week. It should arrive tomorrow. I chose the Hornby on the basis that space is incredibly tight and surely their decoder should fit? I have an ESU lokpilot with 6 pin harness but the PCB is too big by a long way, never mind the harness on top of that.

I have also ordered the Hush Hush in original and rebuilt state.

Don't know if the Queen of Scots train pack is 2020 but one of those arrived earlier this month.

I haven't decided on the Thompson A2 rebuilds, the LMS Coronation set or the APT. I'm kind of hoping that by waiting they'll get sold out and the decision is taken out of my hands wink.gif.

Definitely a good sales year for Hornby from me...

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  Forum: Model Rail News · Post Preview: #646723 · Replies: 16 · Views: 13,572

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Posted on: 24 Jul 2020, 07:14


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I have a photo taken last year (2019) showing a couple of 218s stabled on the sidings to the top right of the station. The next siding had an SBB 421 in Cargo livery.

Apart from being a very pretty town, the other thing that sticks in my memory about Lindau is that it has the only lighthouse in Bavaria.

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  Forum: Prototype · Post Preview: #646595 · Replies: 42 · Views: 2,666

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Posted on: 23 Jul 2020, 18:57


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Re page loading speed. There were problems with page loading speed about six months ago on some systems - mine included. It was somehow related to loading ads. Then the problem 'went away' and I've not had any problems since.

Re inserting photos in posts, there's a topic on how to do this which you can reach via a link in my signature.

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  Forum: OO Gauge & 4mm Scale · Post Preview: #646591 · Replies: 9 · Views: 855

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Posted on: 18 Jul 2020, 15:27


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Love i thumbsup.gif

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Posted on: 16 Jul 2020, 17:40


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the Heljan locomotives are ultra very and excessively sensitive to anything other than perfectly laid and flat track

Sounds familiar .... wink.gif

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  Forum: OO Gauge & 4mm Scale · Post Preview: #646471 · Replies: 37 · Views: 3,317

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Posted on: 13 Jul 2020, 16:18


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Hi Paul

Good to see you back again smile.gif.

Swapping wheel sets should do the trick. You just need to get the right diameter wheel and axle length. There can't be that many variants in the Maerklin range so it's highly likely that there will be Trix DC equivalents.

The challenge is the inter coach connections if you want them but it's not insurmountable. That link you provided shows the couplings go into NEM pockets which makes the job quite easy. If you want an identical coupling type, this set from ESU looks pretty close and it's two pole:

https://www.modellbahnshop-lippe.com/Access...ell_260158.html

Viessmann do another style:
https://www.modellbahnshop-lippe.com/Access...;grup=Couplings

I could only find a four pole coupling by Roco on the MSL site.

I picked up a second hand Piko double pocket wagon in Ulm last summer and it duly shorted out my track with its AC wheelset. Haven't got round to swapping them out yet.

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  Forum: HO & International · Post Preview: #646387 · Replies: 623 · Views: 74,364

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Posted on: 13 Jul 2020, 16:00


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Sorry. I didn't express myself very well.

What I meant was, it's easy to see that the output from the transformer goes to the top of the post, so anyone seeing that would expect it to go somewhere and not just stop, so adding a wire from there to the catenary wire is necessary to complete the scene.

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Posted on: 12 Jul 2020, 09:17


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I'd say you've got a pretty good match in that photo thumbsup.gif

Our local line was electrified recently and whilst the masts etc are very different, the wiring connections look very similar and I don't think they bother with insulation on the connection wires. It looks like they just bend it to ensure the necessary air gap separation to avoid flash over and leave it at that.

In your situation I think I would add the feed wire for the transformer posts because they have that very obvious pair of insulators at the top - power arrives but where does it go? My guess is that the wire attaches to the top of catenary a few feet from the support boom. Other feed points are less obvious so few will miss them if they aren't there.

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  Forum: On My Layout · Post Preview: #646343 · Replies: 66 · Views: 11,478

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Posted on: 11 Jul 2020, 16:56


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I agree that it looks oversize but I am not familiar with how that type of catenary was wired so I can't say it's wrong. A photographic reference is your best bet.

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  Forum: On My Layout · Post Preview: #646339 · Replies: 66 · Views: 11,478

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Posted on: 9 Jul 2020, 15:31


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My only thought on the height of the catenary wire is clearance at level crossings for high side vehicles.

Your installation looks good.

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Posted on: 7 Jul 2020, 15:34


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Fascinating.
Sanding that 3D Primt made a big difference.

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Posted on: 4 Jul 2020, 12:31


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I am definitely interested in seeing your photos, particularly the continental ones. I am fascinated by how far and wide locos and rolling stock from different countries travel. Is there any railway company whose coaches travel as widely as the OBB? I've seen OBB coaches in Antwerp and Venice.

I will be watching out for how the traffic changes over the years and how long the locos stay in service.

I am happy with a 'pot luck' approach so hopping about year to year does not bother me. Not sure about whether to separate out the British photos. It would be interesting to see how they compare in mostly diesel, fixed unit Britain with electric shunted Europe. Or maybe the photos will show my preconceptions are wrong wink.gif.

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Posted on: 2 Jul 2020, 16:57


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This is going to be an interesting topic thumbsup.gif

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Posted on: 20 Jun 2020, 08:00


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That's a good looking model thumbsup.gif

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  Forum: HO & International · Post Preview: #645949 · Replies: 1169 · Views: 92,921

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Posted on: 14 Jun 2020, 12:16


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Yup - it's definitely fixed for the side of the forum software. I know this because the problem's still there on the admin side sad.gif.

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  Forum: The Station Concourse · Post Preview: #645813 · Replies: 35 · Views: 3,019

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Posted on: 13 Jun 2020, 20:36


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Just re-enabled IPv6 on my Wifi connection.
Disconnected
Reconnected
https://www.whatismyip.com/
It said I had an IPv6 address as well as an IPv4.
Logged in here and it was ok.

Previously the existence of the IPv6 would produce the dreaded "IPv4 address error message".

So it looks fixed to me.

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  Forum: The Station Concourse · Post Preview: #645799 · Replies: 35 · Views: 3,019

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Posted on: 10 Jun 2020, 15:33


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And just to muddy the waters even more, some manufacturers will reduce the scale of long vehicles so that they will run within the confines of a trainset sized space. Modern continental carriages often fall victim to this. A true HO (1:87) modern continental coach model will measure 303mm over the buffers.

For example this Roco ICE-1 intermediate coach is listed as being 1:100 and therefore only 264mm long.
https://www.roco.cc/en/product/228358-0-0-0...0/products.html
In defence of Roco on this particular product, it is an old Fleischmann design and it's also considerably cheaper than more recent full size models.

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Posted on: 31 May 2020, 08:25


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The workaround is to to switch off IPv6 on the network connection he is using to connect to the Internet.

Approximate instructions for a Windows PC

* Go to network settings on the PC
* Select 'Change Adapter Options
* Select the adapter which is connected to the Internet.
* Right click and select 'Properties'
* Scroll down the list and uncheck 'Internet Protocol version 6 (TCP/IPv6)

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Posted on: 26 May 2020, 16:12


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Thanks for the info! Most helpful smile.gif

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  Forum: Tracks, Layouts & Scenery · Post Preview: #645503 · Replies: 16 · Views: 1,579

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Posted on: 25 May 2020, 15:10


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I ended up switching off IPv6 on my laptop as the only reliable way of getting access. I agree with RFS that the forum software is having a problem when there is an IPv6 address present.
As for escalation, I have stated that there is a problem in two places and had no response

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  Forum: The Station Concourse · Post Preview: #645491 · Replies: 35 · Views: 3,019

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Posted on: 14 May 2020, 17:50


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Despite having a large number of electric locos I have no intention of installing catenary on my layout but I do have plans for some tunnels and some pantographs will spring up from time to time so I have given some thought about what precaution I might take at tunnel portals. One thought I had was to rig up some code 75 rail to act as a kind of Armco to dip the pantograph under the portal. No idea if it will work.

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