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Forum: Wiring & Electronics Yesterday, 11:13 PM
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Posted By Steve M
Use the auto module instead of the point switch,...

Use the auto module instead of the point switch, not both together. And they only work on DCC.
Forum: Wiring & Electronics Yesterday, 10:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 52
Posted By Steve M
Thereís always someone that will contradict the...

Thereís always someone that will contradict the advice given - itís my turn.:)

I had over 100 points on my N gauge layout, all using Seeps. Now I didnít use them for frog polarity switching as the...
Forum: General Chat Yesterday, 10:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 168
Posted By Steve M
I always list my items as ‘used’ - often the only...

I always list my items as ‘used’ - often the only ‘use’ is to test that the thing works. At least I’m being honest.
Forum: Location location location Yesterday, 01:26 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,373
Posted By Steve M
Make sure you weather them before putting them...

Make sure you weather them before putting them up.:D
Forum: Scenery Yesterday, 01:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 119
Posted By Steve M
Try this link: ...

Try this link:

http://www.sankeyscenics.co.uk/bespoke-items/4551163731
Forum: General Chat Yesterday, 01:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 168
Posted By Steve M
I have one guy who lets me know if any of my...

I have one guy who lets me know if any of my listings are incorrect - I'm on first name terms with him now.:D

I had a chap 'discussing' whether a loco I was selling really was DCC ready, not sure...
Forum: DCC Yesterday, 12:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 240
Posted By Steve M
Power for switching the points should ideally...

Power for switching the points should ideally come from a suitable AC supply via a CDU. (DCC point operation may be different, don't know, never tried it).
Frog polarity and track feeds come from...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell Yesterday, 11:41 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 1,900
Posted By Steve M
A short video showing the modified coupling in...

A short video showing the modified coupling in action, including propelling a coach without recoupling.

The loco still has to be ‘spotted’ accurately so I added a spot of white paint to the end...
Forum: General Chat Yesterday, 11:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 168
Posted By Steve M
I suspect it’s both of those Barry.

I suspect it’s both of those Barry.
Forum: Location location location Yesterday, 11:09 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,373
Posted By Steve M
Itís not finished - hope you havenít paid him...

Itís not finished - hope you havenít paid him yet.:D

Coming along nicely Brian.
Forum: DCC Yesterday, 11:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 240
Posted By Steve M
That will work perfectly well.

That will work perfectly well.
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell Yesterday, 10:38 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 1,900
Posted By Steve M
A new modification. Clearances are tight using...

A new modification. Clearances are tight using these adapted tension locks and this morning I noticed some of the hooks were not engaging or disengaging cleanly. The answer was to cut out the rear of...
Forum: DCC Yesterday, 09:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 240
Posted By Steve M
The Peco electrofrog mod: Red arrow - cut...

The Peco electrofrog mod:

Red arrow - cut the two silver link wires to completely isolate the frog

Blue arrow - solder a wire between the rails as shown, use a long length of wire to extend it...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 15-08-2018, 08:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 89
Posted By Steve M
I’m not an expert but from a few photos on Google...

I’m not an expert but from a few photos on Google it would appear that the configuration would be determined by the type of load being exchanged.
I read on one page that std gauge wagons tipped coal...
Forum: Wiring & Electronics 15-08-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 495
Posted By Steve M
I would definitely add droppers to the outside...

I would definitely add droppers to the outside rails of the points - but I would also do it in conjunction with the advice in the link below. Adding live frog switching and doing the very simple mod...
Forum: Members layouts 15-08-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,269
Posted By Steve M
Clean the track with a Track rubber first then...

Clean the track with a Track rubber first then wipe it with a lint free cloth and some IPA (isopropyl alcohol). The wheels and pickups can be cleaned of crud using the IPA and a cotton bud.
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 14-08-2018, 09:43 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 1,900
Posted By Steve M
At this stage Iím leaving the Dinghams on the...

At this stage Iím leaving the Dinghams on the goods wagons - they work although I can change them if I have problems.

Coaches will be in rakes with just the modified coupling at each end of the...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 14-08-2018, 09:36 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 1,900
Posted By Steve M
Tony, I dare you to try.:D Itís a shame the...

Tony, I dare you to try.:D

Itís a shame the Dinghams proved to be a problem on curves for coaches. For a small, relatively straight shunting layout they would be my choice and they are not...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 14-08-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 1,900
Posted By Steve M
I think Iím getting close to the final design....

I think Iím getting close to the final design. Hooray, I hear.:)

I changed the soft iron wire for a metal staple - after all, one end is already bent to 90deg and they are easy to get old of. The...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 14-08-2018, 11:42 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 1,900
Posted By Steve M
As the loco draws away the hook continues to...

As the loco draws away the hook continues to rise.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1803/43122237225_38d8d1e603.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/28GyJLH)20180814_111059 (https://flic.kr/p/28GyJLH) by Steve...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 14-08-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 1,900
Posted By Steve M
This is the basic design, in this example the...

This is the basic design, in this example the brass wire near the hook needs to be a little closer to the plastic hoop of the original coupling.
...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 14-08-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 1,900
Posted By Steve M
I should acknowledge the original author, Will...

I should acknowledge the original author, Will Vale, who posted this adaptation on RMWeb in 2010. Although this morning I found that the measurements were slightly off, maybe Bachmann couplings have...
Forum: Members layouts 13-08-2018, 09:20 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,269
Posted By Steve M
You say the points are all new - if so they may...

You say the points are all new - if so they may be the new ‘unifrog’ design which are, apparently, even easier to use. If they are ‘pre-unifrog’ I think I would do the mod.
Forum: Members layouts 13-08-2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,269
Posted By Steve M
It’s not just a Dcc thing. Electrofrogs will...

It’s not just a Dcc thing.

Electrofrogs will work perfectly well straight from the box with no modification and without touching that silver wire.

However they can be made more reliable by...
Forum: Modelling Techniques - Show and Tell 13-08-2018, 08:23 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 1,900
Posted By Steve M
I found a post and photo online (nearly ten years...

I found a post and photo online (nearly ten years old!) that gives some clues how the Brian Kirby coupler can be improved to prevent recoupling.

The original post indicated that the extra bits can...
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