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Art models N scale and has this question for readers:
“I have watched many seemingly simple videos on DCC wiring and it seems to me that the only real difference from DC is the installation of a bus line and feeders at intermittent spots along the layout BUT the bus location line still has to be connected to the main power source, right? So why does running DCC necessitate installation of a the bus and feeders if ultimately the power is coming from th same main source? Sorry if this is a stupid question. I would love to go DCC to get all the sounds, horns, engines, etc but it just seems like an awful lot of work! I am using Kato unitrack by the way. Thanks in advance for any help!”
Keith has a lighting question for readers:
I run a OO analogue system on my layout.I have 4 types of lights up:
1/ Tardis box
2/ Ice cream van
3/ Security light
4/ Building/street lights
Each of these are run separately but the building and street lights come on but after a short time they fade out and go off. If I leave them for a short while I can turn them back on but again will go off. Can any of your readers give me any advise to rectify this problem. All the power comes off a Hornby HM2000.
“Hi all, I have never had a train set in my life and this is what I want to do. I have a sweet shop in Sutton on sea and the room is around 5 meters sq but I want to suspend the track from the ceiling so that you can see from under the track as well. I would like to use O gauge for the size of train. How can I suspend the track so it looks like it’s floating. What track do I use? How many are there? Where do I get it from? I really have know idea where to start if any one is local to me pop in and I sort you a free bag of sweets (candy). lol.”
This 2 minute video shows some of the MOW equipment on display at the Beijing Railway Museum near Tiananmen Square in Beijing China. The museum tracks 130 years of Chinese railways right up to high speed bullet train roll-out with the network now the most extensive in the world. This clip shows closeups of the ballastless track used for the high speed trains. I’m sure you’ll find the technology interesting!
Ernest models HO and asks readers:
“I have started scratch building model buildings and I was wondering if anyone knows a good way to make HO windows? I know that I can order them from Grant Line, but the postal costs are so high that I would have to order them in bulk. Is there a way to build them myself? Keep up the good work.”
Here’s a mix of old and new spotted on Ian Williamson’s N scale “Midway” layout. The scene is no location in particular, just a smallish city with a CBD. As can be seen this city is well serviced by public transport including trams that run frequently. Most of the buildings are by Tomy and Tomix, the trams come from the same manufacturers. The movements are controlled by an automatic train reverser with diodes in a block system.
Troy asks readers:
“I’m changing my N scale layout to DCC and have heard good things about MRC control systems. I’m not sure exactly what I should be looking for in a system, and wondered if there is anything better? How easy is it to set up and operate? Will it give me enough different functions in the future? Haven’t thought much about what switches or signals I’ll need yet, so perhaps I should do that first?”