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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 11 Dec 2013, 14:02


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These look good; don't suppose they do a set for contact lenses as well? smile.gif
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 10 Dec 2013, 18:42


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Yep, clean track is vital for DCC. No substitute in my view for the good old PECO track rubber. Its the only thing that is really effective. I also find that the Peco wheel brush is also good on loco wheels, but you need to use it before the chip goes in on DC power for best results
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 10 Dec 2013, 17:52


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Some more progress has been made, and I now have a top level with track attached.

Full details as usual appear in the blog

Please feel free to go across and take a look
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 10 Nov 2013, 23:50


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Thanks Guys.

I downloaded a copy of anyrail and was quite impressed with how easy it was to use. Anyone used Win rail recently?
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 10 Nov 2013, 23:45


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Nice plan

What software did you use?
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 6 Nov 2013, 18:23


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QUOTE (kristopher1805 @ 6 Nov 2013, 18:06) *
In so much as I use anything it is Railmodeller 4.1.6 as this works on my macbook. because of the mac this is all you could back along get but it is quite good I think, in the end it is about testing concepts as once I have the idea I start to build the thing when it turns out that practicalities get in the way.


The mac was the reason I originally went for XtrackCad, it works on PC MAC and Linux, unlike anything else I've found. It doesn't mean its the easiest to use though!
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 6 Nov 2013, 17:50


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Guys

I'm currently researching the various model railway design software packages that are available. Personally I use XtrackCad, and I also have a copy of SCARM. What do other people use?

What is your favourite and why?
What have you tried and rejected and why?
What would you like from these products but don't currently get?
If you could wave the layout design magic wand, what would you have?
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 6 Nov 2013, 17:44


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Hi Keith

Welcome to the best forum on the web. You will find a great group of guys here and plenty of support and advice when you need it.
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 5 Nov 2013, 17:06


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The layout is moving forward, but not as fast as I'd like.

Ive updated the blog to show the latest progress
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Posted on: 4 Nov 2013, 22:30


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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 4 Nov 2013, 13:56) *
*** I'd vote with Andy on this one. SSI is far, far easier to get on with than JMRI unless you enjoy coding. Susie - I think you need to re-look at the current versions.

Also - the creator if SSI is an MRF member... who will give you good support!

However, overall, don't rush into it. You need to get a feel for the railway before you spend too much as things may change during the build and so might the approach to operating. I see all too often shedloads of money spent - on things that get relegated to the bottom drawer.

think of the train control and layout control bus as separate things from the beginning as I said before - concentrate on getting the track right and sorting the layout, then get used to the control system, then take step 3 into outside control... overtax the mind at this stage and you will never get started.... or never be happy.

Richard


Richard, I'm not sure I entirely agree. It's possible to do quite a lot with JMRI without doing any coding. It used to be true that anything sophisticated needed to be coded, but that was quite a few releases of the software ago. JMRIs strength is that it is possible to code stuff and this makes it far more powerful than absolutely anything else on the market.

Many of the people who criticise JMRI as hard to use seem not to have looked at the software for 2 or 3 years, there is a significant new release of software every 6 months, and the that's 3 or 4 releases have brought the package on in leaps and bounds.

I'll accept that it still takes longer to do stuff in Jmri than in more basic products like RR&co, but with any software there is always a trade off between richness of functionality and ease of use. Give me the all singing all dancing package any day, and it's free (I still find it difficult to understand how a bit of layout control software can possibly cost more than my company pays to use Microsoft office pro)

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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 8 Sep 2013, 17:49


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Nice track plan, but if you increase the boards to 2'6" you will get double track quite easily
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 8 Sep 2013, 12:58


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David

That only seems to be a sales page, can't find any instructions there either
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 8 Sep 2013, 12:56


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Thanks David, our replies obviously crossed in the ether
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Posted on: 8 Sep 2013, 12:55


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Agreed

I was quite interested to find out exactly what these devices do. I can't even find the product listed to buy on the DCC concepts site, never mind the instructions!

No doubt Richard Johnson will be along soon to put us both out of our misery
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 8 Sep 2013, 11:56


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No idea, 40 years of modelling and I've never ever finished one! I've pulled a few part complete ones apart and started again though. Maybe one day I'll actually design something that isn't fundamentally flawed and see it through.
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Posted on: 8 Sep 2013, 08:45


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QUOTE (TheBlueDragon @ 7 Sep 2013, 10:46) *
To work out the height I'd just measure the height of me in my wheelchair. I just need to work out the size which I can have the base boards. I don't think I'll be able to fit what I wanted


Have you given any thought to a micro layout? I have a large loft layout too, but for reasons of business commitments it hasn't progressed much in the last 18 months. In th meantime I've found building a shunting puzzle layout an enormous source of enjoyment. In the past I've largely ignored this type of layout, as I believe in scale length mainline trains, and only embarked on it because of a challenge at our club to build something in 300 sq ins. I've really surprised myself with how interesting it has been, and I challenge you to tell me you don't have space for this kind of compromise.

Loads of added info on my website below.

Kevin
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 8 Sep 2013, 08:35


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QUOTE (TheBlueDragon @ 5 Sep 2013, 09:26) *
Is there any free software programs to plan layouts?

Personally I'm a huge fan of xtrackcad, it's very well featured, and because of this takes a little patience to learn. It's worth it in the end as it will give you the flexibility of a cad package that makes it much more useful than the others.

I'm principally a 00 modeller, but have got really involved with the n gauge team at our club. I'm really impressed with n these days and have even started to buy some stock. Back in the 70s when I first modelled in n the quality was dreadful, I bought a garish 101dmu last week and its simply brilliant. If you are thinking of going n, just do it.

I'd go for a minimum board width of 2' 6"" to allow sensible curves on double track. I'd also recommend code 55 track, it simply looks better., the club layout has curves down to 12 inches and runs pretty faultlessly. If you are anywhere near Retford Bnnrs is always looking for members, no experience needed!
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 12 May 2013, 21:19


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QUOTE (Bill Siviter @ 12 May 2013, 20:35) *
I have tried a few mock up wagon sides on Microsoft Word and I can't find a font small enough for some of the sign writing on PO wagons.
Think I may need Paintshop Pro or something a bit more sophisticated than Word.

One thing is apparent....... most wagon lettering was white and what colour does a printer not print?????? You've got it WHITE!!! Which means that the outline colour has to be matched up with paint and under the clear letters of the transfer you have to paint a white patch.
Bill


Inkscape is a great programme for designing your own lettering, graphics etc. it's open source, very highly specced and free
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 22 Apr 2013, 21:38


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Thanks Julian

That looks a really interesting project.
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Posted on: 18 Apr 2013, 13:26


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Layout construction has started, I've got a baseboard and progress is being recorded in my blog. Please feel free to follow the link and take a look
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Posted on: 18 Apr 2013, 10:26


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Mike

I love the approach, and will probably adopt exactly what you are doing for my ballasted track.

For my current scheme I'm also using cork to cover the entire baseboard surface as described by the first response above, essentially to try to deaden sound and give a soft skin to the plywood baseboard. At the moment this is purely experimental and based on the approach Ive seen people who build baseboards professionally take. What will happen in practice therefore is where the track is ballasted there will be a double layer of cork and everywhere else a single layer. Fortunately this is a micro layout and I'm getting everything out of a single roll of cork. It could be a very expensive route for a big layout.


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Posted on: 18 Apr 2013, 10:15


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This is great to know. Does he do other stuff apart from diesel locomotives?
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Posted on: 16 Apr 2013, 13:49


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QUOTE (kittybrewster @ 12 Apr 2013, 20:55) *
cool.gif the kirk kits are not bad but the perspex mailcoach kits are a nightmare if you want the stream liners look for bill bedford they are brass but well worth it smile.gif


I picked up an entire mailcoach coronation train on eBay a few weeks ago. It's still sitting on my workbench unassembled. I'm interested in hearing about all these pitfalls before I start work. I must admit painting the Perspex and getting a good finish around the windows is a task I'm dreading.
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Kevin Appleby
Posted on: 23 Mar 2013, 22:28


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QUOTE (JonMann @ 23 Mar 2013, 21:34) *
The guy said it is going to cost 80, includes a copy of Railmaster and will be out in May.


Why wait until May? Some of us have been doing this for getting on for 3 years. Take a look at Withrottle in the apple App Store and spend the 80 on a sprog 3 to connect the laptop to the layout. Download a copy of jmri layout control software to the laptop, which is hugely more functional than rail master and you will have a first rate DCC control system that is much better than a toy train manufacturer will ever produce.
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Posted on: 23 Mar 2013, 09:10


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Richard

The scenic section is starting to look good
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