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The rebuilding continues.
Ignore the 'unfinished' appearance, this is definitely a 'work in progress' moment. The ground colour is Chocolate Torte from B&Q, it isn't too chocolate and actually resembles the local colour scheme in West Dorset of mud and grass. The SM's house and garden are just placed to give some idea of colour and proportions, it looks pretty sparse because that is the intention.
I personally don't feel the need for DCC I like you want to personally control my layout and a DCC loco is not worth double what a DCC ready loco is.
I also feel no need or interest in sound either It doesn't match the real thing for a start and is very annoying, during my working life I learned exactly what they sound like.
and I don't need that annoying noise from my hobby.
The sound on a Big Hauler I have lasted 15 minutes before I took the battery out of the tender never to be replaced.
If however some one comes up with a good way that is easy to understand and make or install to replicate Electric staff operations I might be interested.
Thank you for all your replies.
I am old school philosophy and I believe the layout operator should be the train driver, the signalman, and shunter, so I will be keeping the layout mimic switch panel. I certainly would not go down the road of a fully controlled DCC layout including point signals and automated train control, so I would not spend excessive amounts on top of the market DCC components.
I may pursue the DC sound option, but if DCC did improve the HD loco performance as well it may be worth pursuing.
I might try it on one of the HD locos on a test track using a Hornby TTS and budget Hornby DCC controller before I commit to wholesale expenditure on the layout.
DCC Concepts sold the distribution rights to Gaugemaster and the SR barley twist lamps sold out very, very quickly.
In the meantime, I have been creating some new contours on the once-abandoned Beaminster Road. Most of the work has been the creation of the station platforms, they do not look as if they were just plonked down, instead subtle contours have been created so that they 'blend' into the landscape. A Stationmaster's House and garden are being built and will located on the hillside some 15mm above the adjacent trackbed, the scenery shape is 5mm layered foamboard blended into the surrounding scenery with Advanced Polyfilla that has been smoothed with a wet 25mm brush. The work is easy but very time consuming whilst the stuff cures and dries for at least 24hrs.
Parts of the old layout (the brown bits) have been retained as I was too idle to remove them, it also saved about a week of nugatory work.
Scenery upgrades on Beaminster Road