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Author Topic: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC  (Read 2548 times)

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Offline Chris in Prague

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Re: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC
« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2014, 07:43:09 AM »
" . . . only two wires from the controller to the track", you don't know how happy you've made me: NO soldering!

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Re: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC
« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2014, 07:43:59 AM »
Which 'frog juicer' have you got, please? Did you also buy it from DCC Supplies?

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Re: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC
« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2014, 07:55:24 AM »
" . . . only two wires from the controller to the track", you don't know how happy you've made me: NO soldering!
there will be a little bit, you'll have to solder wires from the frogs to the frog juicer and there may be one or two dead sections that will need a feed, but you can pinch that from another track like I did. My layout is quite small so it's all easy to do, a bigger layout is going to need more separate feeds. That said Elvinley is an 8ft x 4ft layout and can be run on DCC with just 2 wires.....
If it's got rails... you have my full, undivided attention - Steam, diesel and electric, 'tis all good !

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Re: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC
« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2014, 08:08:16 AM »
Which 'frog juicer' have you got, please? Did you also buy it from DCC Supplies?
I've got the Tam valley Hex frog juicer and I bought it from www.coastaldcc.co.uk for 56.50. I don't think dcc supplies stock them, well I couldn't find it on their site anyway.... Coastaldcc are actually very good and have used them a few times now and will do again.
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Re: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC
« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2014, 08:26:27 AM »
Digitrains also stock Hex frog juicers, seems them and Coastal are the only two in the UK, I have asked DCC Supplies in the past whether they were going to carry them but never received an answer?

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Re: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC
« Reply #20 on: September 09, 2014, 08:29:10 AM »
" . . . only two wires from the controller to the track", you don't know how happy you've made me: NO soldering!
there will be a little bit, you'll have to solder wires from the frogs to the frog juicer and there may be one or two dead sections that will need a feed, but you can pinch that from another track like I did. My layout is quite small so it's all easy to do, a bigger layout is going to need more separate feeds. That said Elvinley is an 8ft x 4ft layout and can be run on DCC with just 2 wires.....

Many thanks for the details. I think I can find someone to solder wires from the frogs to the frog juicer. Taking power for any dead sections from another track is another excellent idea. I don't think I will need any dead sections. The DCC programming track will, probably, be completely separate. Cant Cove is of similar size as it has to fit under one half of my double bed!

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Re: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC
« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2014, 08:31:31 AM »
Which 'frog juicer' have you got, please? Did you also buy it from DCC Supplies?
I've got the Tam valley Hex frog juicer and I bought it from www.coastaldcc.co.uk for 56.50. I don't think dcc supplies stock them, well I couldn't find it on their site anyway.... Coastaldcc are actually very good and have used them a few times now and will do again.


So, I will order, next month, a Tam valley Hex frog juicer from Coastal DCC, then. (I won't have time for tracklaying for several months. If I can buy, cut and lay the insulation board sections on my baseboard before Christmas I'll be happy.)

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Re: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC
« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2014, 03:07:34 PM »
Signals look great, Mike!  Any suggestions on where to buy as I could use a couple for my layout.

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Re: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC
« Reply #23 on: September 17, 2014, 04:46:28 PM »
The signals are Tomix and they can be bought in the UK, Osbourne's sell them but they are a bit expensive.... :o

I got mine from an EBay seller in Japan called 'plazzajapan' . It does take a few weeks for delivery, but as you can see they're well worth the wait !
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Re: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC
« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2014, 08:06:30 PM »
Found them on Plazajapan, those prices look a lot easier to swallow than Osbourne's!

It looks like you've removed the base from your signal to get it on the platform, or is that an illusion?

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Re: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC
« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2014, 08:08:55 PM »
PlazaJapan is very good; I bought some forklift trucks and figures from them.

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Re: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC
« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2014, 08:26:34 PM »
Found them on Plazajapan, those prices look a lot easier to swallow than Osbourne's!

It looks like you've removed the base from your signal to get it on the platform, or is that an illusion?
You can't remove the base, it won't work otherwise !

What I did do is cut a hole in the platform big enough to fit the signal arm through, then fed the signal through the hole and glued it to the underside of the platform. The hole on the platform surface was covered by the extra sticky sheet that Metcalfe provide with the platform kit, if you look carefully you can see the sticker edges... I will weather it at some point and they should hopefully be barely visible.
If it's got rails... you have my full, undivided attention - Steam, diesel and electric, 'tis all good !

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Re: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC
« Reply #27 on: September 17, 2014, 08:30:48 PM »
Could you supply a link to signals at Plazajapan if possible ?
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Earlstone Vale - 1930's ish GWR in 5ft x 2ft 6in DCC
« Reply #28 on: September 17, 2014, 08:34:26 PM »
Found them on Plazajapan, those prices look a lot easier to swallow than Osbourne's!

It looks like you've removed the base from your signal to get it on the platform, or is that an illusion?
You can't remove the base, it won't work otherwise !

What I did do is cut a hole in the platform big enough to fit the signal arm through, then fed the signal through the hole and glued it to the underside of the platform. The hole on the platform surface was covered by the extra sticky sheet that Metcalfe provide with the platform kit, if you look carefully you can see the sticker edges... I will weather it at some point and they should hopefully be barely visible.

Ah, that's useful to know.  Not sure if I'll be able to integrate those signals into my layout in that case.  Might have to be content with some non-operational ones.

Thanks for the info.


 

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