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the pictures look great, and really like this one
There are five controllers, namely 1: Down Main + Relief (i.e. outer oval), 2: Up Main and Relief, 3: Branch line, 4: Shunting (switching) and 5: Loco shed and turntable. At the exhibition I ran 3 trains, as can be seen in one of the pictures. In some cases I had 4 running as I could bring a train out of the 'hidden' sidings on the same controller as one leaving the station in order to swap what was on show. Really it needs two operators to work to capacity but I attend exhibitions alone. The complexity of the pointwork at the up end of the station is due to its function as both a junction and a terminus. (See trains.manvell.org.uk/z-scale/layout/ .)
That is one complex Marlin track set-up you've got there, very impressive. It looks like you've got four transformers, is that right??? So four trains running at once, or is it more???
The signals worked a treat though they were a nuisance when talking to viewers so I would set them to "Manual" and leave the trains running.
Very cool, and I bet a real treat to watch in action with all those signals.
Chris, it looks fantastic.
That's why I put the word 'hidden' in inverted commas; 'cos they ain't at the moment. The hidden tracks are the six in front of the control panel. Ultimately, when the layout is complete, there will be a background board that will hide them from the public. The other name for hidden sidings is 'fiddle yard'. Not sure if that is common parlance worldwide tho'.
One thing I didn't get, or missed through looking too hard, were the "hidden tracks". Can you please explain?
May I also say that I am very impressed with the layout.
Very simple really, HO (half O) came first. so:
I would like to know what the difference is between HO and OO in the UK?
I tell you, it was impressive, especially when all the lighting was on. The whole layout was built on a single board and weighed a ton (I helped lift it into place).
I am into Swiss on my home layout so I liked the N scale layout "The 3 bridges".
My only double heading was a couple of Prussian P8s - cannot remember how many wagons tho'. But it worked OK.
I just received 2 PRR GG-1 engines so I can doubleheader them to pull my 40 MTL American freight cars on the Zo Cal club layout.
No, it has always worked perfectly. However, I did have problems with one curved point. Pretty well all my track is second hand and most locos would stall on the down entry point unless they were going fast. No amount of cleaning would cure the problem. After a close look at the exact point of failure, I noticed that it was when all three driving axles were on the blade and a quick check showed that it was not supplied with power - the phosphor-bronze contact was not touching the blade. Replacing the turnout cured the problem and trains can now come in at a scale speed. (BTW, it didn't affect Bo-Bo or Bo-Co locos as they always had contact somewhere, but I run steam almost exclusively.
Have you had any problem running the Henschel-Wegmann (81436)through curved switches? Mine hangs up occasionally and I cannot figure out why.
Have you had any problem running the Henschel-Wegmann (81436)through curved switches?
Mine hangs up occasionally and I cannot figure out why.