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I would wrap the lower part of that strut / shelf support in brick paper to make it look like a chimney and then just place the coaching inn around it.

The low level view looks good.

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Posted on: 21 Sep 2020, 15:42


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I like the way the coaching inn has come out thumbsup.gif

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Posted on: 19 Sep 2020, 08:26


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Roco had got to the point where they had three track systems - Geoline, Rocoline and Fleischmann. Something had to give and with the owners putting the HO under Roco and 'n' under Fleischmann the result was inevitable?

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  Forum: HO & International · Post Preview: #647419 · Replies: 32 · Views: 10,624

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Posted on: 18 Sep 2020, 15:48


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I wonder what Roco will do in response? Surely they're not going to allow their customers to decamp to Trix without a struggle?

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Posted on: 17 Sep 2020, 17:41


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There's a photo of the Trix converter track in their new items leaflet for Autumn 2020. You can clearly see it change in height from one end to the other.

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  Forum: HO & International · Post Preview: #647397 · Replies: 32 · Views: 10,624

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Posted on: 17 Sep 2020, 17:38


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You've not seen the price yet? Makes the Roco crane look like a reasonable deal... wink.gif I guess it's the smoke generator that makes the difference.

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  Forum: HO & International · Post Preview: #647395 · Replies: 2 · Views: 215

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Posted on: 16 Sep 2020, 16:04


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An English language PDF of new models for Autumn 2020 is now available on the Trix website - https://www.trix.de/en/products/product-inf...alog/new-items/

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Posted on: 16 Sep 2020, 15:53


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It seems whatever 'grip' Bachmann UK managed to get on their production a few years ago, when you could actually start relying on their delivery dates, has slipped away again. I too have noticed how much larger the distribution side of the business has become.

It's difficult to foresee another large steam locomotive beyond the V2 coming from them now.

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  Forum: OO Gauge & 4mm Scale · Post Preview: #647369 · Replies: 1 · Views: 236

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Posted on: 28 Aug 2020, 07:34


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That's a lot of trouble to have to go to but the result looks good thumbsup.gif

I'm waiting on a set of Piko DC axles for a deep well bogie wagon I bought second hand in Germany last year.

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  Forum: HO & International · Post Preview: #647151 · Replies: 1186 · Views: 99,565

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Posted on: 26 Aug 2020, 15:35


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Eeek!

Nothing is ever simple and nothing seems to age faster than modern electronics hardware/software combos. If it's not the hardware that breaks, it's the software being too old to be upgraded anymore or the hardware not being 'fast' enough to run the latest and greatest software which has got larger and needs more memory and CPU cycles to run.

Good luck with the next stage.

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  Forum: DCC · Post Preview: #647109 · Replies: 5 · Views: 679

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Posted on: 19 Aug 2020, 22:06


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Result!
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  Forum: DCC · Post Preview: #647013 · Replies: 7 · Views: 365

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Posted on: 18 Aug 2020, 17:24


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So the chip works fine in another loco, the loco itself is ok on DC and the 'old' DCC chip?
Sounds like a communications issue to me so I would go looking for capacitors and other components in the connection from the track to the chip. That stuff is for radio noise suppression when the motor is directly connected to the track. They are NOT required when running DCC because the suppression etc is handled on the DCC chip itself.

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Posted on: 18 Aug 2020, 17:19


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You should be able to set up your own mini network in the shed.
Connect the PC to the hub with a cable.
Then connect the Android device to the Wifi being generated by the hub in just the same way as any other hub. If the hub was only recently retired from the house, the Android device might already know about it, so it will connect immediately.

The only problem I can think of is that you might have to select the Shed Wifi on entry if the Android device has a strong signal from the house Wifi which it won't let go voluntarily. All you have to do is manually disconnect and then select the Shed Wifi instead.

Good luck

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Posted on: 16 Aug 2020, 22:35


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I'm guessing you already have a WiFi network set up with your current broadband hub?
Is there any particular reason why you don't want to connect the tablet and old PC, which I'm guessing is running JMRI to that network?

You could set up a separate network using one of the old hubs. It could be located in your railway room and then you could have a direct wired connection from the hub to the old PC it you prefer and still connect the tablet by WiFi to that hub.

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  Forum: DCC · Post Preview: #646951 · Replies: 5 · Views: 679

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Posted on: 15 Aug 2020, 17:14


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Those look very nice.

I am also slowly collecting auto transport cars in HO and I'm jealous of some of the recent N scale models I've been seeing appear on the MSL website.

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  Forum: HO & International · Post Preview: #646941 · Replies: 1186 · Views: 99,565

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Posted on: 13 Aug 2020, 16:08


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A couple of days ago I came across this youtuber - https://www.youtube.com/c/RailwayEmotions - who is uploading cab videos of routes in north west Switzerland. I'm guessing he's an SBB driver. I've watched a few of the ones around Konstanz as we did some cycling round the lake and the paths were often alongside the railway.

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  Forum: Prototype · Post Preview: #646913 · Replies: 50 · Views: 4,243

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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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Posted on: 6 Aug 2020, 16:51


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QUOTE
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: 17 · Views: 16,570

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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: 13,546

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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: 68,527

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Posted on: 31 Jul 2020, 15:16


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QUOTE
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: 17 · Views: 16,570

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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: 50 · Views: 4,243

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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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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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