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  1. Dave

    Fry Model Railway

    Also a massive thanks to Richie for the design work
  2. Dave

    Fry Model Railway

    Bit of news on the Fry Model Railway. Model Rail Baseboards have been commissioned to build the new layout for the Cyril Fry Model Railway Museum. The new layout will be 11mtr long x 4mtr wide in OO gauge.
  3. Dave

    Install & Display Project

    Hi Ryan, I'm afraid I can't help. I'm fully booked up to Christmas. I don't do rental setups.
  4. Dave

    Bray Train & Model Fair

    Due to an ever increasing workload and with the business growing in the UK market, Model Rail Baseboards will no longer be attending the Train and Model Fair in Bray. I would like to wish the lads the very best of luck and success in the future.
  5. Dave

    Install & Display Project

    Hi Ryan, I am a professional layout builder. What are you looking to do?
  6. Not necessarily, the trick is to push them down into the baseboard. I have successfully done this, I drill through the baseboard and then push the magnets in. I then adjust by pushing them in further until they work perfectly!
  7. Hi Noel, If you use more magnets to create a bigger magnetic field they work better than the kadee magnet. I use 3mm dia neodymium magnets and they sit nicely between the sleepers. I find 6 or 8 in a row works well.
  8. Dave

    Torri Laser

    Nice find Paul, they do some nice stuff
  9. Dave

    Layout without a hinged section

    A lift up section is well worth doing. Yes it's a bit of a pain soldering track but once it's done you will be happy you did it. Most of the layouts I do that go around a room have a hinged lift up section. I wouldn't use copper clad sleepers, they can come away from the baseboard over time. I use brass screws, once soldered I trim them down to the width of the rail with a dremel then fill in the gap with sleepers. The best thing about using screws is once they are soldered to the rail they can't unscrew and come back out. Iv'e seen people use nails but they just come back out with expansion and contraction. Here's some pics of how I solder track across a baseboard joint, same principal applies for a lift up section. (There is a joint there, it's perfectly joined together!)
  10. Hi Guys, I have now developed a range of birch ply baseboards. They are incredibly strong and won't twist warp or sag. Ideal for exhibition use. The frame is 12mm and the cross braces are 9mm with a 6mm top. They are much more expensive than the standard MDF boards due to the cost of the birch ply and the additional time that goes into making them. I found that they are slightly heavier than the MDF boards, as birch ply is quite heavy!
  11. Dave

    The Fry Model Railway

    Hi Guys, I have been working on the Fry Model Railway with Fingal county council. As part of the museum they would like information and photos of the Fry Model Railway. They would like to hear personal stories and possibly use these with photos to tell the story of the Fry Model Railway. So if you don't mind sharing your memories and pictures please comment below!
  12. Dave

    RIP Eamon Kerney

  13. Dave

    Voltage too high?

    You can't read DCC on a multimeter. DCC is DC with a modified Bi Polar square wave alternating. It will give you a false reading. The only accurate way is an oscilloscope. It would be unusual for the prodigy to put that voltage out, it's factory set to 14.5 volts. Have you had problems with any other decoders? Hornby can be problematic. Are you sure the LED's were wired correctly and is the decoder able to cope with the additional load?
  14. Dave


    It amazes me they go to the trouble to fabricate steel to protect people from falling roof tiles rather than fix the roof! Iv'e seen this on a number of buildings around Offaly. They still won't stop roof tiles in high wind from hitting someone.
  15. Dave

    barrow street

    Absolutely stunning. The attention to detail is amazing. This layout was the talk of the show at Bangor over the weekend. Beautifully crafted, well done. Have you any plans to exhibit it?

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