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Old 24-03-2015, 05:20 PM   #1
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We're getting away from Steve M's shelf layout - but mentioning 'O' gauge, have you seen the new Terrier 0-6-0 soon to be released by Dapol - I'm tempted.
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Old 24-03-2015, 05:29 PM   #2
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Yes BB im waiting for mine to arrive. I have several of there wagons waiting. Sorry Steve wandering off.
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Old 24-03-2015, 06:12 PM   #3
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I don't mind straying off the subject - that's what any good discussion/conversation does.
It makes a change for my posts not to be ignored.��
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Old 24-03-2015, 06:15 PM   #4
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Why not model a museum line like the NRM in the South Yard? Top and tail operation (loco at either end) and one or two passenger vehicles, the NRM has at some time used a DMU trailer car for this, but any neat looking carriage, would do. Add a simple platform at one end , with a queue of mums, dads and kids, and a shuttle module and a decent little back-scene should just about do the trick.

You might also have room for a short siding with static preserved locos on display.
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Old 24-03-2015, 06:46 PM   #5
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Good idea LC. Could use the Dapol prototype Deltic kit as one of the exhibits.
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Old 25-03-2015, 01:25 PM   #6
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Oh dear, all these excellent suggestions have got me thinking - and that's dangerous.
I'm off to the shops to measure up some track to see if I can get a double track with either a single point at each end or possibly a crossover.
Then it's off to B&Q to abuse their timber cutting service.
I had intended to pick up a simple DC controller at Ally Pally these weekend (probably will anyway) but I'm now thinking that, as the shelf will become basically a shunting board, I should consider DCC for this project.
Not many of you thought you'd hear me say that!

Now the question, there would never be many locos, maybe three, and points and signals would be hand operated, so I envisage that a simple DCC system would suffice. And by simple, I mean inexpensive.
I know I'll get lots of different opinions, but what should I look for and what would forum members recommend?

Thanks.
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Old 25-03-2015, 03:48 PM   #7
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Doodling on Scarm for the shelf project. 140'' x 7''
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Looks fine Steve - keep it simple. I'm sure you could set up a "back and forth" shuttle service.
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Old 25-03-2015, 08:45 PM   #9
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Looks fine Steve - keep it simple. I'm sure you could set up a "back and forth" shuttle service.
I'm not sure I know the meaning of 'simple'.
So I doodled some more.
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Old 28-03-2015, 01:09 PM   #10
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Just called in to Hornby for the factory shop sale and picked up a Select DCC controller thingy for the shelf project. Also picked up a couple of DCC ready locos but now need advice on chips ahead of Ally Pally tomorrow. Any recommendations on what to look out for?
Also I presume that if I choose electro frog points I'll still need to change polarity on the frogs? I'll almost certainly be using Seep PM1 motors by the way.
And as I am a DCC Virginia I'm sure more questions will follow.
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