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New Member - I restarted railway modelling about 6 years ago in my early 50s on discovering DCC. I distinctly remember loosing my childhood interest in my early teens when trying my hardest to get the locomotives to start and stop like the real thing … but failing. They probably had 3 pole motors and a very simple controller, but such things were beyond me at the time and I remember thinking ‘What they need is flywheels’.

I then became interested in the real thing and gained some experience of track laying, locomotive restoration and as trainee fireman on the local heritage railway.

Then then started to collect model cars. I stuck to 1:43 scale, and later tried to collect other modes of transport, but many were difficult to find at that scale. I then discovered O gauge was 1:43 scale … excellent! I next found myself at the biggest O scale meeting over here in the UK, Telford, and was over whelmed by 1:43 scale heaven. Eventually I discovered DCC.

The accuracy of movement attainable with DCC, plus the ability to refine it, plus sound, brought back my interest in the hobby. My teenage belief in flywheels still exists though …. and as BIG as possible. I have now converted to BPRC (Battery Powered Radio Control) and the steady power and freedom is absolutely wonderfull. The lack of need to electrify track has encourged me do draw up plans for a layout. The perfect solution would be BPRC DCC, which I know exists over the pond but unfortunately their frequencies are illegal over here so I am using DT (Deltang) and have been a keen follower of the new UK company Protocab for a few years now who I believe has potential for great things, and their proposed products for 2017 confirm that belief.

Some of my quirks: I am attempting to …..

… make 1:43 scale American

… use the smaller scales (even T gauge) to represent the smaller gauges

… make everything move, not just the locomotives

… replace the Hand of God with the Hand of Man i.e. only do what the Hand of scaled Man can do.

… build my layout prototypically i.e. like the scaled folk would build it.

Rich


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Howdy Rich, yes, you have discovered the place for your tastes. We have narrow gaugers, standard gaugers, monorailers, and just about every scale known (or unknown). And since you like freedom from wired rails, we have that also. Matter of fact, we have more r/c than anywhere else
on the net. Check things out, tell us what you're up to and just know that we love photos also.
Welcome and don't be a stranger...

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Thanks Woodie. Oh that's great that there's a lot of RC about here. Yes, photos say a whole lot more than words. I will endeavour to post photos.

Rich

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Hi Richard :wave:


Good to see you on Freerails ! :bg:


Would be great to see some photos of your R.C. stuff.


It's very useful to see how different locos & scales are R.C.ed into action.


Not a 'standard' subject at all, very different situations with every different install.


Every little helps. ;)


All the best.


Hope you enjoy Freerails !


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W C Greene wrote: We have narrow gaugers, standard gaugers, monorailers, and just about every scale known (or unknown).And we have a cast of characters, too. :bg:
Hello and Welcome!

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Hello Richard and welcome.

You said that you did some work on a heritage railway. May I ask wich one?

Alwin

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Thanks folks

Si - I will hunt out some photos of my two RC installations, plus an unusual one I will be attempting at some point.

A cast of characters eh? Excellent.

Alwin - it was the Llangollen Railway in North Wales. They had the task of having to relay ALL the track which had been taken up in the 1960s. It meant dealing with a track bed and buildings that had been left to nature for about a decade. Great fun, but I have not done anything with it for about two decades now although I am still a member. It is a thriving railway of 10 miles now.

Rich


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