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  1. malc-c

    Do you have any model railway projects on the go?

    Hope it all goes well, Or a video tour of the layouts at the show.... 1656170292 A friend who visited the show has just whatsApp'd me a picture or two - Moors View
  2. malc-c

    Food prices

    Yeah, we noticed that. Overall what is shocking us is not so much that prices are going up, that's expected, but more so by how much things have jumped. It's not the odd penny or two, its 10p, 20p or 30p a time.
  3. malc-c

    Food prices

    Just done the weeks shopping in ASDA... Sharwoods Sweet and sour cook in sauce, normally £1.25, this week £1.55. Grated cheese, ASDA's own brand, £2.00 last week, £2.50 this..... Mind you there were things on Roll back. Bisto Hot Pot ready meals, Normally £1.40, down to £1.00, so I guess its...
  4. malc-c

    Cloverdale MK3

    I was in the mood to start making the control panel. A basic box was constructed from 9mm ply, with an A4 panel in 3mm MDF. The track plan for the points was drawn up and printed as a template (the final one will be laminated or printed on glossy card.) and once drilled the first fit of the...
  5. malc-c

    Food prices

    Yeah, forgot that one, but then if you can afford M&S prices I don't think the cost of living rises would bother you that much :)
  6. malc-c

    Food prices

    Stevenage has two Sainsbury's, two Tesco's, a large ASDA, an Aldi, with a new Morrisons to be built later this year. It also has smaller supermarkets dotted around all the community areas, from co-ops to independents. B&M and a huge Costco are also available in the outskirts of the town on two...
  7. malc-c

    Food prices

    2ltr Milk in ASDA three weeks ago was 90p. Last week it was 95p, yesterday it was £1.05.... probably be £1.15 next week !
  8. malc-c

    Converting points : Electrofrog < > Insulfrog

    If you use insulfrog points for a passing loop then switching both points to the loop isolates the main straight and vice versa. Have one set to the loop and the other set to main and both tracks are powered, at least up to the opposing point.
  9. malc-c

    Converting points : Electrofrog < > Insulfrog

    If you are using insulfrog points the route selected is the one that get energised as the point does the switching of the power, thus, in the case of a set of sidings or bay platform, the point can be set to one route, the loco can enter the siding (or bay platform) and once fully passed the...
  10. malc-c

    Converting points : Electrofrog < > Insulfrog

    So you are saying that if you set the DMV to continuity and place the probes across rails A & B you get continuity between them on all points other than #3? 1654078597 As above, just set the meter to continuity (most beep when shorting the two probes) and place them across rails A and B as...
  11. malc-c

    Converting points : Electrofrog < > Insulfrog

    To my untrained eye, 1 is insulfrog, even though they use a metal triangle as the frog, there appears to be a gap with plastic between it and the two inner of the point. 2 is what we know as a standard insulfrog with the isolation be made by the plastic point to the frog, as does images 3 and...
  12. malc-c

    Decoder ID

    Thanks Peter, quite amazing to think that and a speaker was squeezed into a Farrish N gauge 31 !!
  13. malc-c

    Decoder ID

    Guys, A good friend of mine contacted me the other day to inform me that a decoder surplus to his requirements would soon be in the post (his layout is DC). He had picked up a non runner 31 which when opening was found to be a butchered chassis with the PCB missing, but this decoder and a...
  14. malc-c

    Converting points : Electrofrog < > Insulfrog

    You can visually see the difference between Electrofrog and Insulfrog points as the tip of the frog is plastic in an insulfrog point, so no need to use a meter. Yes, in a DC system Insulfrog points "switch" the power to the route selected, so if you have two sidings or passing loop for example...
  15. malc-c

    Steam trains/excursions passing through my local station

    Railway Herald lists all charters steam / diesel on a daily basis. here is a link
  16. malc-c

    Cloverdale MK3

    This is what's kept me busy this evening. Over the months I've been tweaking the design of my own servo controller a little here and there, and whilst watching a youtube video the other week on one of my subscribed channels their sponsor was NextPCB who were offering a free service to new...
  17. malc-c

    Cloverdale MK3

    Thanks. I'll post up more pictures as I go, but don't expect them too frequently, I'm still paying for all that bending over the baseboards and sighting along the tracks to see that they flow right :)
  18. malc-c

    Cloverdale MK3

    Thanks, and as they say, no pain no gain :) I've set the period around the mid - late 1960's when most locos were two tone green, and maroon MK1s, but I'm not really recreating a set location or exact period. I'm someone who don't care less if I was corrected for running the wrong colour...
  19. malc-c

    Renovating a 1970s N gauge layout !

    At the end of the day we can all give you our opinions on what we feel would be the best approach, but the final decision is down to you. We can only speculate on how good/bad the board is, the state the tracks in, and we have no idea of the personal aspects of time and money you can invest in...
  20. malc-c

    Cloverdale MK3

    Some may recall that I've done a few rebuilds of my layout over the past few years, the latter was on a 244cm x 60cm board made form 3" x 2" studwork framing with a 9mm MDF top. Well life threw me a few curve balls and the layout didn't progress beyond the track being laid and the platforms...

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