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Old 04-05-2018, 07:54 AM   #1
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I guess a fairly typical return to the hobby after many years of not having a railway. I built one with my dad when I was a teenager in the seventies but then never had the room, the funds or the time to build another. Now recently retired from Marine Engineering I have the room and the time but taking great care with the funds!

We have a spare room above a garage and have been wondering what to do with it for a few years. Then at the Doncaster Model Engineering show last year I got talking to the Hornby Live Steam lads and started to think. I am a modeller at heart so going around a plain circular track of a train set standard was never going to do it for me so I devised the arrangement of combining a live steam line with a DCC layout. The live steam line needs to be a loop so I decided to go round the room with a shelf along the staircase so you basically walk up the stairs into the centre of the layout. The seeds were sown, the track planned and the layout started nearly a year ago.

I'll start a build thread in the appropriate section.

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Hi Bunkerbarge, welcome to the forum. Look forward to hearing more of your plans, with photos if you can. R-
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Welcome to the forum Bunkerbarge. Friendly helpful bunch on here. Look forward to watching your project grow.
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hello Bunkerbarge, welcome to the site. There is a lot of help on here and I should know as I know nothing about railways, other than as a passenger .
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I was a bit puzzled why Hornby decided not to go for a high amp DCC set up for the live steam locos as it would be more convenient for all. Its a bit of a shame the live steam only worked on its own controller system. I dare say there are ways to convert them. I thought it was a missed opportunity as DCC had been out a number of years before Hornby produced these sets.
I bought one and they work well. You do need around eight to ten coaches on the things to make them more controllable, but once one has had two or three goes one soon gets the hang of it and learns how to conserve steam. I was able to have the thing run for nearly three times the length of time they said the loco will run for.
I later needed funds to pay bills so sadly I let mine go to a friend for a fraction of what I'd paid for it and I only used a little over half its water. I'm told the prices have gone silly these days.
If you buy one, get all the spares (E.g. nylon washers etc) you can as I do see potential that these will need changing, especially the seal for the filler cap.
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Hi Richard (Bunkerbarge).
Welcome to the forum.

I look forward to reading your posts in other forum areas.

AFAIK Hornby stopped production of Live Steam trains several years ago? So any sets or spares etc. need to be obtained ASAP and before they disappear for sale!
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Welcome to the forum. The space above the garage sounds great. Very jealous!
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Hi Richard (Bunkerbarge).
Welcome to the forum.

I look forward to reading your posts in other forum areas.

AFAIK Hornby stopped production of Live Steam trains several years ago? So any sets or spares etc. need to be obtained ASAP and before they disappear for sale!
There is a pretty active support group who are now so well organised as to be in a position to have spares made. The do the big shows such as Doncaster Model Engineering Show and have an annual open day at one of the senior members homes. At all thier events they service and check out locomotives and, of course, demonstrate the system.

One of the most significant items they have produced is an alternative hand held controller, which plugs into the existing box. This means the locomotive can be controlled via push buttons on a little hand held device which is infinately easier than the existing lever on the front of the control box and really makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable. I tried one at thier last open day last year and immediately bought one.
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I was a bit puzzled why Hornby decided not to go for a high amp DCC set up for the live steam locos as it would be more convenient for all. Its a bit of a shame the live steam only worked on its own controller system. I dare say there are ways to convert them. I thought it was a missed opportunity as DCC had been out a number of years before Hornby produced these sets.
I bought one and they work well. You do need around eight to ten coaches on the things to make them more controllable, but once one has had two or three goes one soon gets the hang of it and learns how to conserve steam. I was able to have the thing run for nearly three times the length of time they said the loco will run for.
I later needed funds to pay bills so sadly I let mine go to a friend for a fraction of what I'd paid for it and I only used a little over half its water. I'm told the prices have gone silly these days.
If you buy one, get all the spares (E.g. nylon washers etc) you can as I do see potential that these will need changing, especially the seal for the filler cap.
I agree prices can now be very silly and, if they have not been looked after correctly, you could be buying an expensive pile of trouble. I bought both mine from the OO Live Steam Club web site as I thought that club members would be a bit more careful with their locos. Both work well and will be well looked after from now on.
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Hopefully as spares dry up the club may be able to have alternatives made.
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