View single post by Paglesham
 Posted: Mon Dec 22nd, 2014 01:57 pm
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Maybe, I have lived in a cave for years, but when I was a kid, I had a really quite complicated train set or two and I had no track wiring at all. My dad fitted a couple of sidings with dead sections, operated by ex Post Office switch packs, but that was it. No point (turnout) wiring. I still wouldn't know how to wire a point, or see why I needed to.
Yet now we see spaghetti everywhere under the boards. And even the magical DCC which was supposed to stop track wiring (wasn't it?) seems to result in almost as much spaghetti.
For me, R/C is the obvious choice. Sound always sounds like a train set to me and smoke looks like Scotch mist, so both are grossly overblown. We have to accept that these are at best small models, at worst, toy trains. And so why burden ourselves with all the "must haves" just to do what others do?
Of course if you really understand all this stuff and actually DO genuinely like it, then you must go with it, but I reckon you are in a minority.

I would hate to think that some damned good potential modellers are not making models because they either aren't au fait with all the tricks or can't afford them.

I once helped a well known OO9 modeller operate his very large and well known layout and he had DCC on it. As he'd programmed it (I assume) it was just another knob to turn like any other and the DCC made almost no difference as there was never more than 2 locos on the layout anyway. It left me wondering ..."why?"


Manifestly it is better to use simple tools expertly than to possess a bewildering assortment of complicated gadgets and either neglect or use them incompetently. ( L.T.C.Rolt) Blog @
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