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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #300 on: July 10, 2018, 11:45:30 pm »
 :hellosign: Good to see you up & running again Di, looking forward to the vid
       regards Derek

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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #301 on: July 11, 2018, 01:38:23 am »
After another day fine tuning the track I am still not 100% happy with the running quality, Kato unitrack is looking very interesting, I am seriously considering investing the 500 for the track it has the advantage that the point motors are built in and by all accounts gives very reliable running. >:( :veryangry: :censored: :help: :headbutt:
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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #302 on: July 11, 2018, 07:21:13 am »
That would be a major change and investment Di, but if your current track isn't producing what you want, a review of what system to use is understandable.

Await your decision and update with interest.

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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #303 on: July 11, 2018, 07:54:46 am »
Hi Di
I dont suppose you havent considered the stock rather the track? But it is just worth checking your back to backs again, just to make sure it is the track. It would be really annoying to spend 500 quid just to find your issues are stock related. Hope this helps.

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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #304 on: July 11, 2018, 09:54:40 pm »
As I have been dissatisfied with the running on my last 2 or 3 attempted  layouts all being built with flex track and streamline points, the last layout to run as intended was in OO and used Hornby track, I think I have to eventually admit that Peco and I don't play well together, my most successful layout was in z-gauge using Marklin track so I am seriously thinking of giving Kato unitrack a go,it is similar to t-gauge track that I have used sucsesfully in the past, this is my idea, Kato is supposedly idiot proof so I should be able to get a layout that runs well it is plug and play track that even my ham-fisted track laying should be up to laying it.

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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #305 on: July 11, 2018, 10:09:25 pm »
All I'd say is if you intend to use any #4 points you might have to indulge in a little judicious filing of the stock blades. I know each loco is different but the results of my testing might be of help as I don't know exactly what stock you have. Attached..................

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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #306 on: July 11, 2018, 10:15:15 pm »
All I'd say is if you intend to use any #4 points you might have to indulge in a little judicious filing of the stock blades. I know each loco is different but the results of my testing might be of help as I don't know exactly what stock you have. Attached..................

All points are #6 I have heard that #4 points have some problems.
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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #307 on: July 11, 2018, 10:31:24 pm »
I am seriously thinking of giving Kato unitrack a go,

@Ditape
As I mentioned in a post a day or two ago, Unitrack does not look as 'nice' as, say, Peco straight out of the packet. However, it is easy to disguise using ballast, washes etc. It is surprising what you can do with it using a sharp knife and/or saw. I am currently experimenting with putting in an inspection pit on the layout, using nothing more than a normal straight piece of track, some plasticard and tiny LEDs. The website www.fiferhobby.com has some excellent tips and tricks for Unitrack plus there is a lot of information on Youtube.  Get yourself a few pieces to experiment with.
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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #308 on: July 11, 2018, 10:45:18 pm »
Also Steve @tutenkhamunsleeping  has some tricks up his sleeve with creating 'Flexi' Unitrack etc

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=19584.0

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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #309 on: July 11, 2018, 11:11:46 pm »
As I said, amazing what you can do with a knife or saw. I have not read the full topic referred to by @Newportnobby, (I need to go to bed  :)), but if @tutenkhamunsleeping  cut a few slots in the 'base' of Unitrack to convert a straight piece to flexitrack, that is another tip I got from Fifer - a mine of useful information!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #310 on: July 12, 2018, 01:51:59 pm »
I have just been informed that my order for Kato track for the above layout has been sent out by  Keith @ Train Trax, I only placed the order in the early hours of this morning(sorry 2355 last night), I look forward to starting this build. I will have to clear the baseboards ready to start.
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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #311 on: July 12, 2018, 02:21:01 pm »
Keep us posted as to how you get on please, Di

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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #312 on: July 13, 2018, 11:59:03 am »
Look at the pile of goodies that arrived this morning from Keith @ Train Trax via UPS. :) :claphappy:

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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #313 on: July 13, 2018, 12:01:43 pm »
thanks diane

look forward to seeing progress

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Re: Plym Bridge (my retirement project)
« Reply #314 on: July 13, 2018, 01:25:44 pm »
Going by passed performance, that lot will keep you busy for at least 20 minutes!  :D

Look forward to watching the rebuild take shape.

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