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The design of model railways for operation. The tracks on a full sized railway are not just laid at random.

the design of model railways for operation

Every piece of main line, siding and loop that is laid has been put there for a reason. There are a number of reasons for the tracks to be placed where they are. The ideal is to have stations located in the places most suited to the passenger and freight traffic which will be using it and to link stations together with dead straight track which keeps running times to a minimum. The main reason that this doesn't occur is because of restrictions caused by the terrain through which the railway line passes. The terrain will often require many long tunnels, cuttings, embankments, bridges, and viaducts if a straight line is to be followed.

Model Signal Engineering Home Page. Welcome to the home page of Model Signal Engineering, the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of British outline semaphore signalling parts for model railways.

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Electrofrog-points. Electrofrog-points. Basic simple electrics for model railways. Model Railway Electrics Make Easy.

Basic simple electrics for model railways

Don't be put off by the main title. It's not the circuits that are short, it's the articles. Hints & Tips. © Copyright Brian Lambert Below you will be able to find some helpful advice that should ensure your modelling goes that little bit smoother!

Hints & Tips

Baseboards Always ensure the baseboard, no matter what chosen material is used for the surface, is always well supported underneath. I would recommend that a grid of supporting timber be spaced at no more than 400mm (15 inch) centres and better still on a grid at 300mm (12inch) centres. This will over time give a ridged and sag free surface to support your railway. A simple timber frame of 21 x 44mm (2" x 1") or deeper if wished PSE timber can be end square cut and simply butt jointed together. Welcome to Rail Room Electronics. Simple Lever Frame. Frame construction.

Simple Lever Frame

Interlocking Lever Frame for Glenmutchkin - Permanent Way, Signalling & Infrastructure - RMweb. L&B MODEL SIGNALLING. Lynton and Barnstaple model signalling by Bob Barnard ed note: Bob is a professional signalling engineer and his work in this field is seminal.


It also shows what happens when you bring your work home! 1. Prototype L&B Signalling: The definitive description of the signalling arrangements on the original L&B line is given at: Scalefour Society. We accept debit/credit cards directly We also provide Paypal checkout A selection of the Scalefour Stores range of items available for anyone, as part of the Society's aim to further finescale modelling in general.

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P&P is calculated at checkout. Except where noted, £2.50 is charged for UK, European and BFPO delivery, and £5.25 is charged elsewhere. Our volunteer stores staff generally dispatch your order within a few working days. We offer a no-questions refund or replacement service, in addition to your statutary rights. Contact the stores with questions, or to arrange refunds and cancellations via email: We use Romancart to process your basket and they link to a secure server where you can pay by credit or debit card directly or transfer the checkout to Paypal. Scalefour Society Christmas Cards Scalefour Society Christmas Cards (Proceeds to the Railway Children) Each pack contains 4 cards and 4 envelopes. Photographed and Edited by Allan Goodwillie. St Merryn. Leverframe. Frame Kits : The MODRATEC Shop, Send the right signals! Simple Lever Frame. Talyllyn Railway Operations. Railway Operation Simulator - Homepage. Train Operations Page. Introduction This page contains some articles about the planning, crewing, movement and control of trains.

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It is not concerned with the type of trains except as how this might affect operation. It is based on modern practice around the world, showing some examples where suitable. SEEP COBALT TRAINTRONICS HORNBY POINT MOTORS 2013 - QUANTITY DISCOUNTS - WIRING INSTALLATION DIAGRAMS REMOTE SWITCH CONTROL CDU CRAVENMODELS MODELTRAINSUK for HORNBY, PECO, DAPOL TRACK, Model Railways, - POWER SUPPLY UNITS SIGNAL OPERATION, CRAVEN MODELS. If you do not mount your point motor correctly in central position with the centre position of the point, you run the risk of point motor burnout.


The smaller the gauge becomes, it is more important as the point movement becomes less and less. The PM-1 and PM-4 Point Motors have an added switch within the point motor itself and this internal switch will not operate correctly unless the point motor is installed correctly. Run-roundLoop. When a loco-hauled train arrives at a terminus, the engine has to be detached, moved to the other end of the train via a loop line, and coupled onto what is now the front end so that the train can depart back to where it came from.


Even though railcars and “push-pull” sets have made it a rare sight on the main line, everyone who has ever been on a museum steam railway will be familiar with this operation of “running round”. If you want to model a rural branch line in Rail3D, you will need to have some means of reproducing this sequence. Fortunately, it is very straightforward to set this up. 1 Basic layout To keep things simple, we will confine ourselves to a station with only a single platform and a run-round loop.