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 Posted: Wed Dec 19th, 2018 12:46 am
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I'm afraid I'm still using good old fashioned DCC Bob
and whilst I've been following the development of RC/dead rail,
it's all a bit of a magical mystery tour to me just now.

Maybe next year I'll dig deeper into it as an alternative
and Deltang does seem to be the way to go at the moment.





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Hi Doug,

All of you are all such fine modellers.

I see you're London area based.

As you know, one great thing about BPRC is that you can run it seamlessly alongside your DCC equipment. 

I took two locomotives down to my local hobby store two weeks ago and ran them around the store's layout.
Despite the fact that they ran flawlessly (whew), reactions were mixed amongst the model railroad shoppers
(BPRC always seems to elicit reactions ranging from praise to disapproval).

Fortunately, converting a locomotive is pretty easy stuff. 
(spoken by the person who's most positive experience with a soldering iron was burning himself)

Very nice video, btw.

Cheers

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Howdy Rick, I have written about this before but will spiel a bit again...
almost 20 years ago, my late buddy and I took our r/c On30 lokies for a "tour"of the local hobby shops.
At one, we ran the locos across the glass on top of a display case, the manager remarked-"that's unnatural",
at another we did the same thing and got torches & pitchforks for such "devil-ry",
and at a local HO "club", they didn't want us to run on their layout because
(1) the locos weren't HO but On30..and
(2) our r/c stuff might goof up their DCC stuff and they forbade us from operating the locos.

Lots have changed now, opinions are still pretty negative, but these days the torches have been replaced with tar & feathers!

As Marie Antionette remarked-"Let them clean track!"
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Hi Woodie,

Hah Ha,  Adventures of a BPRC pioneer

Woodie, ..... With the way things are going in France at the moment, we have to be careful about those Marie Antoinette jokes.  :)   :)

Back to laying track.

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" With the way things are going in France at the moment, we have to be careful about those Marie Antoinette jokes "


You think he might be heading for the salami cutter like back in the old days ?

I guess you cant get the cops to baton charge a whole country

Folk get what they deserve as they say in Long Beach

Or not


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@ Bob D,

I have added these to some Deltang receivers to boost the current output:

https://www.pololu.com/product/2135.

By wiring the 2 channels in parallel the current is doubled, to about 2.4 A continuous.

I think Deltang's "ADD2" is similar.





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I'll have to look into those.



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Wooooo...sorry for the words...how about this-"feed em' fish!"

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Happy new Year tomorrow to all.

Spent time this weekend trying to lay track but struggling with the curved approach to a small bridge 

Then I ran into a lot of problems installing those self-stick shingles,
on the roof of a structure I've been poking away on when I get the time to work at it.  
I had purchased several packages of those shingles from an estate sale,
and I think they're probably so old they won't stick on their own anymore when moistened.
Oh well, time for plan B.

Then I worked on finishing a curved, wooden girder structure to support track, for the same bridge mentioned above.
I don't have room to cross the bridge on straight track. Track must be remain curved.
Bridge is stone made from styrofoam and it's all coming along slowly.... but ok. 
I am waiting for that elusive week-end that finally comes along when I can say that I actually finished something.

All to say though that I'm glad there is no wiring  :)  to do.




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