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General Discussion / Re: DCC short circuits
Last post by willike1958 - December 05, 2023, 03:02:10 PM
I had a similar frustrating and expensive problem until I split my layout into two zones and fitted both power buses with an NCE EB1 circuit breaker. I would also advise to power point motors and other accessories from a separate bus if you don't already have this arrangement.
General Discussion / Re: Happy thread
Last post by Browning 9mm - December 05, 2023, 01:27:46 PM
sorry, already gone to the RAF benevolent fund.
maybe next year.
General Discussion / Re: Happy thread
Last post by Calnefoxile - December 05, 2023, 01:18:22 PM
Quote from: Browning 9mm on December 04, 2023, 08:34:14 AMrather than tax what is left of my brain trying to decide how to spend this 'windfall' I think I may donate it to a worthy cause.

merry christmas all.

What about the Forum Coffers as a worthy cause  ;)


General Discussion / Re: what are you listening to ...
Last post by Moonglum - December 05, 2023, 01:11:17 PM
Andrew, you have inspired me to have a listen to early PG. "So" was my favourite but I have never been a huge fan. I did have a quick listen to "i/vo" - not sure either, perhaps a bit unfair but these days if a piece of music doesn't grab my attention straight away it tends to be a "miss"...


General Discussion / Christmas Greetings 2023
Last post by Ditape - December 05, 2023, 12:52:24 PM

General Discussion / Re: what are you listening to ...
Last post by AndrewPH - December 05, 2023, 12:43:39 PM
And now I'm diving into Gabriel's back catalogue which is bringing back disconcertingly vivid memories of my student days...

This album from 1980, sometimes called "3", sometimes called "Melt", is definitely his best. Every track is an absolute gem, and "I Don't Remember" is (I think) the best song he ever recorded. The whole thing was way ahead of its time and over 40 years on it sounds like it could have been released yesterday.

General Discussion / Re: DCC short circuits
Last post by ntpntpntp - December 05, 2023, 10:45:39 AM
@Paddy McF   can you tell us which DCC system you're using? Does it have built-in short protection or are you relying on an add-on device for that?
General Discussion / Re: DCC short circuits
Last post by Quicknick - December 05, 2023, 10:44:02 AM
Hi Paddy,

I use an NCE DCC system, and my layout is divided into 5 zones, each protected by a DCC Specialities PSX1, or the newer PSXX1. They can be set from about 1.2A up to 10A. And provide excellent instantaneous protection. They can be set to auto or manual reset when a short occurs.
General Discussion / DCC short circuits
Last post by Paddy McF - December 05, 2023, 10:05:47 AM
I have had several incidents where locos have been damaged by undetected short circuits with DCC usually causing wheel distortion and sometimes their support framework, the result is that the loco does not work and sometimes can't be repaired if too old.
Does anyone else have this problem and if so do you know how to prevent it happening?
General Discussion / Re: A Children's Christmas Sto...
Last post by Chris in Prague - December 05, 2023, 05:55:00 AM
Suddenly, Jenny heard a rustling behind her. She turned around and saw her friends, the animals and birds, rushing towards her. They formed two circles; the animals held each other's tails while the birds held each other's wings. They then formed their circles around Jenny and asked her to place her feet one in front of the other while the animals guided her steps, and the birds, led by the tawny owl at her back, gently guided her back to where she had missed the turning. She felt the strength and warmth of her friends around her. They had warned her of the steep slope and saved her from tumbling into the icy stream below.

Jenny's friends continued looking out for her. Whenever she was about to take the wrong turn in the path, one of her animal friends would warn her and promise to keep alerting her to unseen dangers.

Suddenly, she heard a rustling behind her. Was it the wolf coming for her again? No, it was her friend, the badger. The badger warned her to be careful where she was about to step because of some roots that might trip her. Jenny thanked the badger and continued walking.

As she walked further, she heard more rustling. It was her friend, the deer. The deer warned her to be careful of some low-hanging branches ahead that might hit or cut her. Jenny thanked the deer and continued walking.

As she walked on, she heard rustling again. It was her friend, the fox. The fox warned her to be careful of some thorns ahead that might cut her and some nettles that might sting her. Jenny thanked the fox and continued walking.

Jenny felt safe and happy, knowing that she was not alone in the snow-covered woods. Her friends cared for her and had promised to protect her, alerting her to any dangers she could not see. Jenny thanked them and continued her journey, following the winding track. She felt lucky to have such wonderful friends and hoped that the path would soon lead her to the mailbox.
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