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Dave last won the day on November 29 2019

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  1. It was supposed to be late steam early diesel, I got a bit carried away buying kits and locos from all eras! I am thinking late 60's
  2. After using my small N gauge layout at shows I have always wanted a large HO layout. So taking so much needed time out I started to build one. It's 5mtr x 1.5mtr or 16' 5" x 5' Its not based on anywhere, has lots of shunting potential. It will have a saw mill on one end with a paper mill in the middle and a loco maintenance depot at the other end.
  3. Excellent! This is what I use. I use the small 9g servo all controlled by the megapoints system.
  4. Dave

    Anthony McDonald RIP

    Truly shocked and saddened to hear of Anthony's passing. Such a nice guy. He will be greatly missed.
  5. Well it's moved on considerably since August. It is now on site and the track is down and now I have to sort out the computer control. The build has now been split between 2 companies to speed it up. We are doing the boards, track, point and computer control. It should be open to the public for Christmas.
  6. Here's a few sneeky shots I took today. The scenery is still at a basic level as we have to add lots of weeds and bushes.
  7. Also remember with curves on gradient, the tighter the curve is, it will have an affect on the gradient.
  8. Very nice Jason! Very like the one in Tullamore
  9. Hi Brian, Dawson Hall in Belfast do custom made laser cut card buildings. Eddie is the guy and his email address is dawsonhallsales@jecdesign.com
  10. Hi John, Open frame boards don't have a top on them. They need more bracing on the frame to add strength. The advantage of open frame is you can have the track work raised as the landscape rises and falls around it.
  11. We have been appointed to build the new layout for the Fry model railway museum. The new museum is not far off finished in the old casino building in Malahide. The new layout is 11mtr long x 4mtr wide and will be OO gauge. The reasons for OO was space as O gauge in that size would look like a train set and budget. Replacing O gauge Irish rolling stock was also an issue. The cost in replacing a loco being in excess of 2 grand they quickly realised OO was the way to go. The Cyril Fry original collection is currently off for conservation and will be on display in the museum. The museum itself is lovely, above the layout will be a suspended O gauge track where models from the layot in Malahide will run through the day. The new layout is under way, I have attached a few pics. The baseboards are birch ply open frame the upper structure is MDF. The open frame allows for realistic landscape. The layout will be divided into 4 scenic areas, Dublin at one end with Butt bridge and the liffey, Malahide on one long side, then part of Bray head at the other end with Mallow station on the other side. The pics show the Mallow side with the curve for Bray head at the end. I'll keep the thread updated as the build progresses.
  12. No problem, just take your time and you can always reset the decoder if you run into problems. Start with one loco, play around with the settings and watch the effect it has.
  13. Looks great Eoin! Nice and neat, wanna job? 😁
  14. The 2 locos need to be speed matched. The first step is to get the CV values for acceleration, start voltage and top speed matched. Then you run them one at a time and time them over a set distance, you fine tune the CVs to get them travelling over the same distance in the same time. This means they both run at exactly the same speed. For double heading speed matching is important, it means one loco won't be pulling the other and therefore both pull equally across the acceleration curve. After I speed match 2 locos I set up the consist and then keep the 2 locos about 50mm apart, I run them and see if the gap opens up or closes. If the gap stays the same they are speed matched. There are quite a few videos on YouTube on how to do it. Hope that helps!
  15. I built this for a layout a few years ago. It's a radio controlled kit. It was a pig to make though!
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