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by IanS
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: DCC (Digital)
Topic: DCC chips and their pin configuration
Replies: 10
Views: 118

Re: DCC chips and their pin configuration

Thank you for the replies. It seems the choice is made for me with DCC ready and for those that are not the choice is 8-pin with our without socket but with harness (or 4-pin).
by IanS
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: DCC (Digital)
Topic: DCC chips and their pin configuration
Replies: 10
Views: 118

Re: DCC chips and their pin configuration

Thank you Ron S, but the document isn't really helpful as it is a technical one and which pins do what isn't the information I was after. (As an aside, the document looks like a poor translation into English with at least a few errors still in it.) From the replies so far, I have gained that the num...
by IanS
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: DCC (Digital)
Topic: DCC chips and their pin configuration
Replies: 10
Views: 118

Re: DCC chips and their pin configuration

I've already fitted a few 8-pin sockets ready for 8-pin decoders. I was wondering if 6/4-pin would do the same job. I understand 21-pin ones have more functions such as internal and directional lights and cab lights as they have more 'wires'. None of the extras would be needed. Soldering onto pins w...
by IanS
Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: DCC (Digital)
Topic: DCC chips and their pin configuration
Replies: 10
Views: 118

DCC chips and their pin configuration

I'm struggling to understand the differences between the 6-pin, 8-pin, 21-pin, 18-pin and 22-pin chips. I understand that some have more functions and some come with either a stay-alive capacitor or the wires to use a stay alive capacitor/unit. I also understand that sound requires extra wires to le...
by IanS
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: The Welcome Forum
Topic: New Member: StobartRailFanNo.1
Replies: 9
Views: 80

Re: New Member: StobartRailFanNo.1

Welcome.
by IanS
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Useful Tools
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Useful Tools

I bought a similar set a while ago at either LIDL or Aldi. They have multiple uses.

I'm tempted, for the job you're describing, unhooking of tension lock couplings, to go with a spoon from McD's supplied with ice cream flurries. Less chance of sticking myself with the pointed ends!
by IanS
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Soldering steel rail.
Replies: 17
Views: 1042

Re: Soldering steel rail.

Richard The tubes were "D" shaped 10ft long with shoulders batches of 100, they were laid back to back in sixes top and bottom and soldered together in a jig and then assembled in racks to make a cooler, water inside beer outside, just like the old ones used on farms to cool milk. So i had to tin t...
by IanS
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: The Mess Room
Topic: Your latest acquisition
Replies: 227
Views: 29781

Re: Your latest acquisition

One of a number of DCC installed (or ready) I have bought since Christmas Day is the Railroad version of the Flying Scotsman. I put it on a test track a while ago and also a rolling road when I bought that - all worked fine. Today when I placed it on the rolling road it didn't! Apparently in the in...
by IanS
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: The Mess Room
Topic: Your latest acquisition
Replies: 227
Views: 29781

Re: Your latest acquisition

Aren't you meant to run them in then use them on the layout> :mrgreen:
by IanS
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: OO 4mm/ft, EM & S4/P4
Topic: Hunt couplings
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Hunt couplings

Hunt couplings seem to be the latest 'fad' for coupling coaches. Basically two magnets on a bar fitting into NEM pockets. They're 'out of stock' at present from the sole supplier. I've seen a couple of 'Tube videos on these. Although they look good on a rake of coaches, they're not suitable for wago...