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  1. Philip

    Beaminster Road - Through Hardy's Wessex

    Hi Tim, That looks really good, very nice effect to it.
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    Functionality Restored

    Hi everyone, Our apologies over the last 2 weeks for the disruption Forum functionality is now restored after some complex challenges. Any other issues please feel free to reort them here.
  3. Apologies for the downtime last night & this morning, this was for a update to take place. 

    Running again now, some background processes are still running. 


    Enjoy the new look.

    1. Bob Hughes

      Bob Hughes

      It would be useful if the site would show some reason, and estimated time for recovery, when off line. As it was even the "contact us" option just looped round and round in circles.

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      It would of bee, but i couldn't even access it myself to put it up!

      It would of been, but i couldn't even access it myself!

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    Hornby Dublo DCC

    I think it depends on your layout too, if you are running a lot of shunting operations then DCC is a good choice, the ability to control individual locos is a big positive. DCC sound requires speakers to be added too, lights can be added etc. DCC also works a lot better on modern motors rather than pancakes. Unless you are adding sound, loads of lights and features then a simple 3 function decoded will do the trick. I doubt converting Hornby Dublo to DCC would be worth it, but with modern locos they are set up, designed and take advantage of DCC features. Saying that, you can still run analog locos on a DCC system, the motor does squeel at the high frequency AC from the tracks.
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    Facebook links

    Hi Tim, I think you are trying to log into the forum via Facebook, this Sync was removed by Facebook after their last hack. I have checked the connection to facebook and have disabled the feature on this forum if it is no longer available for our users and prevent confusion. Phil
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    Facebook links

    Hi Tim, Where are you trying to upload this link? Thanks, Phil
  7. Philip

    Matt’s 3D printing workbench...

    Sure will be!
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    Matt’s 3D printing workbench...

    Looks great matt, Would love to get one myself, so excited to see your results!
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    THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

    Amazing, thanks for sharing Jack!
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    Sounds really good Richard, Suppose use of modular connectors could be used to allow operation of any individual board if it will be difficult to get a chance to connect them all. 3x boards of 3m? Phil
  11. Hi Adam, Had a quick look into this, unfortunately this feature is restricted for security reasons as malicious code can be injected to the site. An alternative is trying [video]URL[/video] tags, this may work in some cases. Sites such as YouTube are automatically detected.
  12. You can try pressing Source, and paste in the embeded HTML.
  13. Sorry for the interruption in service this afternoon, back to normal now.

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    DCC Optoisolator to Arduino interface board .

    Sorry, been in Canada for a few weeks and only catching up. Is that a DC or AC Supply? Perf board looks OK to me, assuming its a +12V supply (not sure about why its 18V?) TIP120's are either for motor control or higher voltage (eg 12V)
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    Carl's Train Automation

    What are you using for short circuit detection? Monster amount of current there!
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    Jack's modern image fleet

    Looks like you had a good day!
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    DCC Optoisolator to Arduino interface board .

    Hi, Are the signals & servos DCC? You may be able to run some of these directly from the Arduin if they have a wire for each colour. A transistor could be used for supplying 12V. Philip
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    DCC Optoisolator to Arduino interface board .

    Hi, Is the problem around the pins you use for the optoisolator? You get 4 pin versions which are easier to understand. Did you get the same chip as on the drawing? Phil
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    Carl's Train Automation

    Hi Carl and welcome, What controller are you using. I have written a few topics on here and would like to hear a bit more about yours. Thanks, Phil
  20. A simple core functions Arduino code for making your own DCC controller. What works currently: Speed Headlights Direction Very basic, but lots of potential. Can be used with H-Bridge chips LMD18200 & L298N. Code is attached! DCC_Core_for_L298N.ino DCC_Core_for_LMD18200.ino
  21. Hi Jens, You should use the "A" side only for connecting to the rails if you are using the same pins as i did. Phil
  22. Philip

    TV show volunteers

    If anyone fancies a holiday to the area! Similar to the James May special a few years ago. Wonder who is sponsoring it! Model railway line planned for the Highlands -
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    Loch Garry

    Looks Brilliant
  24. Thanks for posting David
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    Bob's Entry

    I like the idea of taking a small slice from the station, top down view in a box would be great. Phil