The Club builds and operates layouts in a variety of scales.

DCC installation – 4mm scale Heljan Class 15

I have been DCC fitting one of the Heljan class 15s that arrived to-day and that I had ordered for our late 1960s period Orchard Wharf, locomotive D8242, as depicted in real life here and here. Photographs of the finished article can be seen above and here:   I have made some modifications to the …read more.

Mar 28, 2021

Controlling Electromagnetic Uncouplers

Electromagnet uncouplers are a proven method for uncoupling Sprat and Winkle and other couplings that require a magnetic “pull down”, but due to the heat generated by electromagnets when they are energised, there is the potential of heat damage to the baseboard or in the worst-case scenario fire, due to overheating caused by misuse or …read more.

Feb 20, 2021

Stayin’ Alive

A closer look at improving running reliability in DCC using capacitors A long-standing irritation in railway modelling is the tendency of powered model rail vehicles to stall owing to a momentary loss of electrical contact between wheel and rail. This is annoying in any circumstances, but is particularly problematic for sound fitted locomotives, exhibition layouts …read more.

Sep 5, 2020

DCC testing track and rolling road

After buying a Lokprogrammer to allow me to program DCC decoders, it struck me that I needed a test station that would let me program decoders from all manufacturers, as well as test them and the locomotive on a rolling road. The version 1.0 plank that is illustrated consists a modified Hornby Rolling Road with …read more.

Apr 24, 2020

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