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Just planning right now

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Having been thinking about a return to model railways for a year or so, I had started to collect a few items (including a Hornby train pack, track and DCC accessories). With a purchase from a well known auction site last week, I needed to actually get a little DCC layout setup to test the purchase. After visiting Warley yesterday (returning with amongst other things a DCC controller), I setup a small amout of track to test everything out. Whilst setting up, I added a decoder to my Tornado too.

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D7067 Class 35 'Hymek' waits at a red signal for 60163 Tornado clearance to head towards the sidings (the left 3 all have buffer lights).

Although working fine, D853 Warship Thruster and 4wDM Tarmac Sentinel Shunter (also both results of attending Warley) are awaiting decoders before they can join in.

I've got enough wagons (another result of Warley) and track for a nice Inglenook Sidings like shunting puzzle. As I've realised I prefer operating to building, I may build this first layout in a similar layout to that shown to give me something to operate whilst I properly plan...

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Excellent stuff Stephen! Am I right in thinking that signal is one of those DCC plug'n'play ones where you programme it into the controller then just plug it into the tracks? Looks fantastic!

 

Going to be watching with interest! :)

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Yes Jack, it's a Train Tech DCC signal. Apart from setting a DCC address, it 'just works'. The buffer lights are Train Tech too (although technically the Gaugemaster buffer & buffer light bundle). I'm a big fan of Train Tech's simplicity within their products.

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Although working fine, D853 Warship Thruster and 4wDM Tarmac Sentinel Shunter (also both results of attending Warley) are awaiting decoders before they can join in.

Although I've got no further with track planning / laying (although I have purchased enough additional track to build a full layout), the 4wDM finally joined the DCC gang today after Santa kindly brought the correct Hornby 4 pin decoder for it.

The Warship will be next, and I'm grateful for this month's Hornby Magazine which guides you through the best way to access the DCC socket.

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Another year on, and whilst layout planning has progressed, actual layout building is no further forward.

On the other hand, the fleet continues to grow with a DCC fitted DMU joining the fleet. Also, I've built a couple of cardboard kits, and have spent some time this weekend taking a 20 odd year old Autocoach and have added lighting (Train Tech battery powered coach lighting with warm lighting), some basic passengers, and a driver.

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Hi Stephen,

 

I was wondering how I missed your thread, then I noticed the date on the posts!

Looking like you are getting all your stock sorted before the layout build,

but you can always test them on the club layout!

 

See you Monday, Jeff

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