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Re: Rolling Roads?
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2019, 12:57:05 PM »
Yes.  Another good idea.  Though for formal running in I do feel making a locos or power car go round left and right bends wI'll free ito up better

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Re: Rolling Roads?
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2019, 01:04:49 PM »
With Coniston, I've cheated.
It's a branch line terminus but has a spur at the far end of the station disappearing up the valley to a slate wharf, to which empty wagons will need to be propelled and later brought back, loaded.

Rather than have two fiddle yards, I've made one which serves both ends - and also gives me a "roundy-roundy" if I wish for testing (or just playing). It's been very handy for running in, all I do is turn the loco from time to time so that it gets run both forwards and backwards, both clockwise and anticlockwise around the loop.


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Re: Rolling Roads?
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2019, 01:21:53 PM »
... personally prefer a figure 8 test track for running in

I like that figure 8 idea! Anyone able to supply a list of Kato components I'd need to assemble a small one of those?


Actually I use a Unitrack K3 set I bought many years ago.  It's a figure 8 with gradients and bridge rather than a diamond crossing.
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Re: Rolling Roads?
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2019, 04:20:56 PM »
Thinking outside the box - how about an auto-reverse module, so you can leave new models running end-to-end for an hour or more without having to keep doing it yourself?

That's a good idea, but when I search for "auto reverse" I come up with gadgets to change the polarity in a reversing loop. Am I searching for the wrong gizmo?

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Re: Rolling Roads?
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2019, 05:37:03 PM »

I like that figure 8 idea! Anyone able to supply a list of Kato components I'd need to assemble a small one of those?


From the Kato USA website

http://www.katousa.com/track-plans/basic-figure-8.html

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Re: Rolling Roads?
« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2019, 06:05:22 PM »
Deliberately running against the buffers is a very bad idea, you're straining the gearing, wearing out the wheel plating etc.

I use Bachrus rollers in both N and G scale, they are indeed very useful for servicing, decoder programming and to some extent for running in. 

I say "to some extent" because personally prefer a figure 8 test track for running in because is incorporates left and right curves not just straight track.  Curves are important to ensure the mechanism's pickups are fully working, gearing is exercised when out of parallel, bogies etc. swivel correctly, steam loco rodding isn't fouling up, and lubrication is spread properly.


I like that figure 8 idea! Anyone able to supply a list of Kato components I'd need to assemble a small one of those?


Train Trax ( NGF advertiser) has all the bits neede

https://www.katousa.com/track-plans/basic-figure-8.html

This piece includes the 4 short straight sections needed

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=40589.msg494248#msg494248





Train Trax

https://www.traintrax.co.uk/20320-124mm-crossing-p-248.html

you will also need a power feeder section,plus 1 x 20-040 short  section to replace 1x 20-102 long stratght ( or solder 2 wires to unijoiners - http://www.fiferhobby.com/html/how_to_make_kato_unitrack_feed.html)

kato track manual here

https://www.katousa.com/cgi-bin/dl/dl.pl?dl.mif,Kato-TrackReference-2013.pdf


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Re: Rolling Roads?
« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2019, 06:06:23 PM »
Hi

I use the DCCConcepts version, but would suggest you look at other option first :( and wish I did as well.

Paul

Hi

I have the DCC Concepts one and never had an issue with it. What problems have you had?

Cheers

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I also use the DCC Concepts rolling road without any issues.

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Re: Rolling Roads?
« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2019, 06:08:16 PM »
Hi

I use the DCCConcepts version, but would suggest you look at other option first :( and wish I did as well.

Paul

Hi

I have the DCC Concepts one and never had an issue with it. What problems have you had?

Cheers

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I also use the DCC Concepts rolling road without any issues.

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Re: Rolling Roads?
« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2019, 07:15:34 PM »
I have one from Direct Train Spares of Burnley. It's 4 cradles that fit on a length of straight track. They sell them singly, when I bought mine it was a show special of 4 for £30.

http://www.directtrainspares-burnley.co.uk/page23.html




I use the same one, works well providing you are careful in positioning the rollers, here's mine in action.


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Re: Rolling Roads?
« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2019, 09:33:39 PM »
Thinking outside the box - how about an auto-reverse module, so you can leave new models running end-to-end for an hour or more without having to keep doing it yourself?

That's a good idea, but when I search for "auto reverse" I come up with gadgets to change the polarity in a reversing loop. Am I searching for the wrong gizmo?

Apologies. The function that it needed to perform came to mind and I didn't use the right term - look for "shuttle module".

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Re: Rolling Roads?
« Reply #25 on: March 01, 2019, 09:49:28 PM »
Apologies. The function that it needed to perform came to mind and I didn't use the right term - look for "shuttle module".

Many thanks for the pointer, Steve. I've done a quick search and there's a BLOCKsignalling shuttle "with station stop" developed specifically for DCC for $39.99 on eBay, which is cheaper than the rolling road, and would give me the opportunity to "watch the train go by" as a bonus. I'll do some more digging and read up on the reviews.


 

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