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Thanks 34C i will give that a try this weekend . Jim
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Posted on: 26 Oct 2020, 20:27


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Hi Thanks for your replies. As said the engine was new and not been run apart from testing to see if it worked . I remember it ran ok but that was a while ago i think maybe it had seized perhaps i should have oiled it before trying to run it. It was stored in it's box in a cupboard in the house so not to cold or to hot . Because the engine was new the brushes should not have been worn as for vapourising brush springs i do not know. I did apply current directly to the motor but no sign of life i have not removed the motor from it's housing to inspect the brushes. Now the clocks have gone back might be the time for some indoor tinkering . I have been looking at you tube and found a chap who is selling replacement packs using motors from cd/dvd players .These packs contain the motor some diodes and a 3D printed shaped packing piece to fit into the ringfied motor housing. The motor is sealed and have no brushes the motors themselves are said to be quite cheap though i have not looked myself. The only thing is he only shows are diesel conversions so i don't know if he has gone as far as steam loco's it might be worth a look anyway. Jim
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Posted on: 25 Oct 2020, 16:13


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Hi I don't have a Black five but very much intend to get one some day maybe when some manufacturer decides there's worth in investing in . A the moment most of engines are GWR including 4 Castles one of which does not work . During the lock down i ran most of my engines all went ok except Bachmann 43xx ( split chassis) need i say more and Dunster Castle R2317 . I can't remember when i bought it it was some time 5/6 years maybe, it was made in China but has a type 8 Ringfield motor which i pretty sure is not working. I have tried searching for a replacement but have had little luck. It seems to me the big manufacturers are not interested in repairing models there is little profit in that . For me this model has not been run much so i have not had the use of it, every part except the motor is like new .I think this model is a Railroad version though set next to my Tintagel Castle and Caerphilly Castle which are the more detailed models there doesn't seem much less detail though the latter ones came DCC ready models. If any one knows where i might find a replacement motor i'd love to know . I have tried Peter spares left my e-mail address and New Modellers and ebay though not in the last few months they did have some but not the type 8 whatever that means.
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Posted on: 13 Jun 2020, 19:26


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Hi I My questions perhaps not informative enough . Whilst not having a layout at the moment I do have a lot of Peco code 75 which I am intending to use in the storage yards. My intension was to use either Peco Bullhead or C&L OO scale for the scenic area.
I have never built a point and although I must admit it seems a little daunting , I did master soldering droppers and some decoder installations so given that I'd give it a go. Peco are going to release more points in the future and this may become more of an appeal but building your own points does put another feather in you cap as they say. Where I live we do occasionally have some highs and lows but generally not extreme this last winter was quite mild my shed will be insulated and a heaters on a thermostat
for the winter . The cost would also be a consideration point kits seem to me to be expensive. This is a lot to consider when the amount of track to be used and once started needs to be consistent with minimal joining of different systems. Jim
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Posted on: 12 Jun 2020, 19:10


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Hi A couple of questions can you paint ss track the same as ns . Also would you be able to use it with other oo track? Jim
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Posted on: 12 May 2020, 19:45


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Hi Roger I must say what a very detailed research you have carried out. I live in Gloucester and have done all of my life with the exception of 6 years when I severed in the army. During this time the Eastgate station which was the Midland was closed and later demolished . Later the Asda super market was built .It was long time ago but I think that some part of the tram road was discovered during the construction but as I say it was I while ago. Gloucester is a very old place with a lot of history and every time a new building project happens in the city they have to allow for historical excavations . More recent years the part of the old prison was demolished and part of the Gloucester castle were excavated close to some of the sites in your pictures. Some thirty odd years ago I worked in Cheltenham with our factory near to the Leckhampton station and worked all over Cheltenham so most of the locations are familiar to me in both city and town .I find local history very interesting not just mine but where ever I go . Thank you again for sharing your efforts. Jim
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Posted on: 9 May 2020, 11:39


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Hi Has anyone tried the new Hunt couplings? I have seen a couple of video's on the tube and they look quite good they are basically magnets . However although they are quite slim looking they are not prototypical and you cannot auto uncouple them. Also of course you will have positive and negative at each end this could create problems coupling up to loco's unless they are used in rakes with a different system on the ends and loco's .To uncouple you only need to just pull apart they are strong and a long rakes stay coupled they also fit into the nem pockets . I don't think they would be any good for shunting without the hand from above so fixed rakes easier to couple and to uncouple. As i'm writing this I don't think i'm selling it .I bought sample pack of Shapeways three link couplings I was intending to use on fixed rakes which fit into the nem pocket. I think they will be more of a fiddle than the Hunt couplings although the shapeways look more prototypical and if left on your layout in fixed rakes would be ok they also have different types to suit the differing heights of the stock couplings. I like the look of the Hunt product and I think they would suit my needs, as for the rest of the for the time being I would use the tension lock couplings on the remaining stock and loco's for the time being. Jim
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Posted on: 15 Apr 2020, 20:27


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Sorry Kris i'm still confusing you it would seem. My old setrack is being used for my grandsons train set which will be DCC ,the code 75 is what I am using on my own layout. So they will not be mixed together. Kiwibarge it is not difficult to convert them your just need to get you head round it. It took me a while to understand the how and the why, then getting the hang of soldering as well Now I get it although I've yet to wire up a double slip no doubt i'll get there too. Jim
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Posted on: 14 Apr 2020, 19:17


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Hi I think I have caused some confusion here this thread was started back in 2017 by BJ .I did a search to find out about setrack points and dcc and I ended up on this thread . So my question was can you convert a setrack point like a electrofrog . I already thought I could but I was asking for conformation I have been using peco code 75 and the setrack was what was left over before that. Thanks for all replies Suzie has got the answer I was looking for cheers .Jim
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Posted on: 13 Apr 2020, 19:01


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hi sorry to dig this one up but is there any reason why you cannot wire an insulfrog the same as a electrofrog? I'm wiring my grandsons DCC train set which has peco setrack points the radius being to small for anything else. On my own layout they would all be electrofrog so I'm not sure about insulfrog. Jim
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Posted on: 10 Apr 2020, 14:33


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Hi Having a bit of time on my hands I got the layout I was building for my grandson this was in four boards so that it could be stowed .When I put it together I found there had been some shrinkage being a double track the outside was ok but the inside was a bout half a mil out does not sound much but enough to cause something to derail . It has been a while since I last did any work on it and I had not treated or painted it and I believe this is why there was shrinkage. I have since rebuilt two of the four boards an fixed them permanently . In future I would not have any moveable boards of any type but that's just my view best thing to do is research and more research Jim
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Posted on: 28 Mar 2020, 21:17


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Hi BJ Nice to see you back from the land of the long white cloud. Sad, worrying and testing times still nice all the same. Are you back in the shed with your layout last time I think you had a room in the house . Been enjoying a few beers myself this evening not much else on at the moment . Looks like i'm off work for the next two weeks just hope we all have a job to go back to . But most of all that we can survive this virus and on that point I wish you all well stay safe! Jim
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Posted on: 22 Feb 2020, 21:04


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Hi Bear I checked on our local council portal and I do not need planning permission as the shed will not take up more than 45 percent of the area available however I do have to have building reg,s as it will be over 15 square metres actually 20 square metres
it states that it has to be built using non combustible materials . Ah I thought that means not in wood but if the wood is treated with a fire retardant to a BS blah blah certified then that is ok . I could of course build it and hope that I don't get a knock on the door a bit down the line and told to take half of it down.

Thank you for pointing out the electrical side of things .I will be employing an electrician to advise and install we have recently had a new fuse board installed and there are extra spaces for the shed and garden (water fall ) I intend to have a fuse board in the shed so in the winter two small thermostate controlled heaters set on low during cold spells lights and a separate ring main for the rest. Everthing can be isolated at the fuse board in the house.

Fire extinguishers were also in mind not to sound paranoid though I did not think about one for the out side. The bathroom and kitchen are separated by a hallway funny how missing a comma can raise a smile. Thanks for your reply as always very helpful and appreciated. Jim
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Posted on: 22 Feb 2020, 20:14


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Hi David Some nice rolling stock I have a Duchess of Gloucester and also a Duke of Gloucester although I do not have any coaches for them at the moment. I seem to buy lot of stuff with Gloucester on it . None of these engines were seen around Gloucester the LMS were mostly smaller types 3 and 4f's 2p's the largest 4-6-0,s from Bristol or Birmingham. It seems you may have the same affliction about Leeds although maybe not to the same degree . You crane does look good plenty of room on your layout for it, where would these cranes have been kept at a large shed I would have thought? Jim
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Posted on: 22 Feb 2020, 19:28


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Hi .Jim yes the door will be opening out. I will be having an entrance door at the end nearest the house ,there will be a half door at the other end under the baseboards and a pair of doors in the middle of the shed. These extra doors are for access and ventilation during those really hot sunny summers we have hear in England ha. The windows will be small as there is no point in having a window that is covered by the back scene . The other doors are also for fire escape hopefully never to be used for that reason .When the shed is not in use they will be bolted from the inside and not accessible from outside.

Julian thanks for your suggestion though that's basically two layouts it could be interesting which I will give some thought.

At the moment i'm spending all my free time at my sons flat which has been all but gutted a new bathroom kitchen to be fitted doors and frames skirting architrave to be fixed painted etc. So the shed is on hold but the weather is pretty bad anyway. Next step is to and seek building regs as the shed is over 15 square metres never done this before so a whole new experience to be had.
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Posted on: 2 Feb 2020, 15:23


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Hi And thanks for the replies. Some very useful suggestions .I did have a look at some helix layouts and I have to say not a fan. I want the top deck whether a single or two level all scenic . I have thought about powerbase and or using a banker engine. How ever listening to what is being said i'm swaying towards a single level. TBH i'm not even sure any of engines will pull eight coaches on the level without a bit of slipping something that will have to be tested. My concern with a hidden storage under a hill is how to remove the hill for access as this is likely to 4.8m long. I suppose the hill could be built in sections and would only be lifted occasionally Derecks use of a camera or Roberts infra-red would make for better control. Thanks again for your replies Jim
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Posted on: 1 Feb 2020, 20:22


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Thanks for the replies. David I have been following Dereck's Thornton and Capt Jango's Hanem Before he passed both very inspiring models .I really don't know if any or some of my engines will climb a two percent incline most of my loco's are Hornby built in China although just received a Heljan Night owl 47xx and these are the ones likely to pull the longer trains. It will be something to test before going to far .Having an out and back would still require two levels but would definitely be realistic in that it leaves in the morning then returns later.

6991 The location is some where in the west country, a fictitious GWR and a little LMS much as was found near Gloucester maybe with some features from the two stations without being a model of. The time in and around the thirties/forties sorry I did not mention that, as it is fictional the types of loco's will be what was used hear but not the exact names ,numbers.

Robert I have also been following your layout as did I followed your previous one. I did comment on your layout thread that I found your infra-red very interesting and if I may at a later date ask you for more details on that. I also noted that your storage is only 300mm wide so not so much of a reach I have started to collect some Colbolt point motors so the lower level will have to clear those I think they are about 70mm deep without going to check that. I had thought of at least 100mm between the bottom of the upper board and the top of the lower one. I have read that a two percent incline will reach 100mm in 4.8m given what has been mentioned the two percent may have to be revised. My other thought was to have just one level with the storage tracks on the scenic boards hidden under a hill with the scenic track running in front. Thanks for your replies and thoughts Jim
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Posted on: 31 Jan 2020, 22:52


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Hi I am going to build my new shed in the spring and looking forward to planning the layout. Having looked at quite a few layouts on here and on you tube not just how they are built but how they work . Trains come and go we know where in the real world but on the model. But first I should say what it is I want from the layout , firstly a double track with a four platform station, a town and rural scene . The station will have a small goods yard , the layout will be more about trains passing through with stopping trains . The goods yard used as occasional divergence . So this will require a storage area for trains in fixed rakes as opposed to a fiddle yard. The trains will vary from a single auto train to an eight coach express and a small local goods to large coal and freight trains. How the layout works is what I am looking at the moment I am in two minds as to have two levels. Having viewed other layouts some problems arise firstly the inclines secondly access to the lower level . Access , the bigger distance between the levels the better the access but that leads to the steeper or longer inclines . Even though the trains are to be in fixed rakes and not messed with there will always be a need to attend to a train occasionally so being able to see them and know where they are is important . The upper level being scenic, one side the station and town scene the other the rural scene where the inclines will be hidden under a hill/s . Being steam I am thinking a two percent rise which will need to go around the shed twice before arriving at the lower level . Until I can test my trains against the inclines this is all a bit of a guessing game really . I will be using oo gauge code 75 Peco and the area will hopefully be 7metres by 2.4 aprox with the track running around the outer walls of the shed. Any comments suggestions welcome . Jim
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Posted on: 4 Jan 2020, 20:17


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Hi I'm modelling GWR thirties I was looking at the standard coaling station which in larger sheds was found all over GW. using photo's found on the net I did a mock up using an engine just to get the height the coal trucks would stand.
Then I built a track up to that level using blocks of wood and some 6mm ply after which I ran a Pannier tank not sure either a Hornby or a Bachmann I don't remember which but it pushed a couple trucks up no problem .
Unfortunately I can't remember how long the run up was sorry not much help there. But my point is you could do much the same and experiment there are plenty of pictures to look at that would give you some idea . It really all depends on
how accurate you want this to be and how much room you have you will find that modelling is a compromise take oo gauge for example. Jim
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Posted on: 21 Dec 2019, 20:43


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I can see why you would love O gauge but for me I like steam engines big or small mainly British, North, South, East or West . The larger ones pulling eight coaches is my aim so with the space I hope to have it has to be OO gauge. Like you Robert I would really struggle with anything smaller otherwise I would have gone for N. Thanks for explaining your storage I can see how that is going to work .I'm pretty much with you on the shunting running trains is what I'm looking at but I may have a small goods yard just in case I fancy a change once in a while. Jim
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Posted on: 21 Dec 2019, 14:05


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Good to hear that Peco will be releasing these other points in the not to distant future maybe in time for me once the shed is built . I agree with 34c about the track work flowing through the platforms something about curved platforms just adds to the look
. As for O I think OO is expensive and O is twice the size and even much more than twice the price let alone the space needed, definitely a lottery win. Can I ask if your base board above the storage area will be removable for access? Like you I would like the whole base boards scenic with the storage hidden, mine under a removable hillside. Plenty of those on the Settle and Carlisle nice choice by the way. That is where the infa red or camera's will come into there own with the removable scenic only required in the event of a breakdown, derailment ect. Jim
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Some nice pictures of some nice modelling .Jim
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Posted on: 20 Dec 2019, 20:51


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Hi Robert Nice to see some progress and to see some trains running. Although I have yet to build my shed I hope to have a little more in width and length than you have there with luck starting in the spring. Its interesting watching your progress as
a lot of your problems if we can call them that are ones that I am considering. The height of your baseboards the duck under and multi level being some . What you have done so far looks very good and the infa- red track sensors look very interesting.
I like the look of the Peco bullhead track to, do they make all the code 75 points with bullhead rail now? Thanks for sharing . Jim

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Hi Derek It's great to be able to see your videos and all looking very good .I don,t know why I could not see the others on you tube . Love the station the canopy looks great . Thanks for sharing Jim
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Hi Interesting subject id love to be earning the national average but alas, as for finding another hobby perhaps fishing, golf, fixing cars. You like what you like any how hobbies are not cheap which ever you choose. To me the new models are expensive
are they worth it I can't answer that . I do how ever want to see the companies making these models stick around and make more even if I can,t afford to buy all the models I fancy. I have just completed a rake of Hornby Collets these run out at £43.50 each it took me a while as other things crop up. I have some items on pre-order which seems to be taking for ever. Jim
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