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  2. railsquid

    Another Sheffie layout

    This is what I do, but the layout is only 90cm deep. I have no way of making it movable or accessible from behind, but it works pretty well for me. However I wouldn't want to go any deeper.
  3. gavino200

    Gavino200s next layout

    I got the $30 dollars shipping. Took me a while on the phone. Long story not worth telling. I'm excited about setting up a temporary layout. I've been missing my trains. It's a good thing that I've kept acquiring trains even though I have no Layout. I've got a few trains without DCC that I can run!
  4. cteno4

    Another Sheffie layout

    Sheffie, at 4’ you can’t reach the back w.o really almost climbing onto the layout or at least leaning on it heavily from a stool. In that position you can pick something up but you really can’t do any work. Your back will hate you and it’s really fun when the step stool flips ofr your foot slips (BTDT). The solution is to have the layout on wheels so you can roll it away from the wall(s) to get access to the rear areas to work on them. Makes a huge difference. Murphy’s third law of layouts: as soon as you put your layout in a spot you will need to move it... Corollary: if you build your layout into the wall you will have to move as soon as it starts looking good... i helped one of our club members years ago make a 10’x4’ layout table that resided on top of his pretty much never used dining room table. Since the main path to the bedrooms was past one long edge of the table he put the layout/table back into the corner of the dining room against the wall. I pointed out the reach thing but he was insistent so we just set it up that way. About a week later I got a call asking sheepishly if I could come over and help him move it about 18” from the wall so he could work on it. Later he wanted a 4’x6’ layout for his living room so we made it on rolling table legs so he could pull it out to work and play with it but roll it back over a chest for storage. He loved it as it was so flexible. Luckily the rolling legs he got were also height adjustable as later he wanted it all higher and it was done in like 10min! jeff
  5. I have added DCC to my Kato NW2 with the TCS decoder K3D3. Runs beautifully However I am not able to activate Railcom. According to the TCS manual there are four CVs to touch, namely CV178, CV180, CV181 and CV28 (all set to zero as default) as per attached pic I have tried different settings without success I wonder if anyone in the forum has same DCC setup in this loco and can shed any light Thanks in advance
  6. cteno4

    Gavino200s next layout

    Bummer on the shipping. They are handy tables and pretty sturdy. check your zip code for the shipping. We have a store about 8 miles from here so that’s why it may have been cheap. cant beat those ikea legs at $4 each Jeff
  7. Sheffie

    Another Sheffie layout

    It’s possible that the scenery will be separate pieces that can drop into place, and perhaps there will be some throwaway bushes to hide the gaps. It’s also possible that I’ll just have to go with a different shape. So far I simply cannot work out how to make an L shape layout look nice. We’ll see
  8. bill937ca

    Another Sheffie layout

    My table is 30 inches deep. I am 6 feet and it is a stretch to reach the back. That's why the back of my layout is sparsely sceniced.
  9. Sheffie

    Another Sheffie layout

    Well. After some discussion with Mrs Sheffie, we are no longer sure exactly what is going to go where, or how much space might be available. I’m also a bit concerned that a four foot deep table is actually too deep to work on anything near the back. So... I might need to come up with a plan for a different sized layout. Ah well, I’m getting my money’s worth from the SCARM license.
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  11. Nick, according to Jorudan (unfortunately my favorite online timetable Ekikara bit the dust a while back), a 6:07 departure from Tokyo Station will require 6 changes of trains, and will get you to Kobe at 15:40, for a journey time of 9 hours 33 minutes, or 8 hours 46 minutes counting just time on the train. Cost is 9460 yen.
  12. gavino200

    Gavino200s next layout

    Flexy lights? For what? Wow $30 for 10 tables that's very good. I think I'll bite. The desk tops and legs look good. But my wife already looked into those for a sewing table, and the shipping is very steep. Thanks for the advice!
  13. Yup. Hyperdia is your friend. Unclick the planes ,buses private railway and shinkansen boxes. And you should only have rapid and locals left.
  14. GDorsett

    Lima & Joef TGV in HO?

    So far, I have two power cars, two end cars (from a Golden Series set), three intermediate cars (all separately boxed cars, not an add-on set), and a bar/café car (unknown origin), making a six car, eight unit train. The Jouef train is two power cars, two ends, and two intermediates, but has a damaged clip that I'm not sure how to go about replacing, so I'll just get rid of the second set. I must have one of the older sets because the fitment on tje front ends is poor and the rest of the train is lacking in details and paint quality. I just need two more intermediate cars, so I will continue to scrounge EBay and my favourite shows to see what pops up for reasonable prices.
  15. Nick Check out Hyperdia Japanese train timetable. It has all the details you need.
  16. Japan Railway Journal 78
  17. Socimi

    Lima & Joef TGV in HO?

    The problem with the Lima TGV is that they made a crapload of 4-car sets to be put in start-sets and "golden series" train packs, but made relatively few add-on cars. Jouef models usually have a lower finish and are less detailed than Lima ones (especially comparing models from the late '70s - early '80s, but by the 1980s onward, jouef finish got progressively better), why is this so, i'm not really sure about, but probably because at the time, jouef was far less wealthy than Lima. PSE TGVs ran in 2 motor units + 8 trailers, meaning that for a full set you'll need a base 4-car sets and 2 3-car add-on sets.
  18. Socimi

    Just a smudge of graffiti on dutch trains

    An actual more viable solution (wich also has a legal basis, atleast here in Italy) would be to have these vandals sentenced to 3/6 months of "community service" - and by meaning "community service" it means "clean up your crap" (washing products to be bought by the vandals themselves). Problem is, nowdays almost no railway companies have not enough balls to go and get these criminals. And sometimes they make up ridiculous excuses: a couple years ago, ATAC (Rome's municipal transportation bureau, wich is laughed at for being the worst transportation company not only in Italy, but probably in all of europe) affirmed that "it does not seek to prosecute "graffiti artists" because it would tarnish the company's reputation" (because running trains like this apparently is acceptable) Problem is also people coming up to defend these "street/rebel/alternative/whatever artists". While objectively some graffitis are acceptable, i honestly think that the definition of graffiti as "art" is only up to the owner of the wall (or train) on wich they're painted on.
  19. Sad. I have been on E7s several times. I wonder if I was on one of these sets. I will have to check my photos sometime.
  20. shadowtiger25

    Running Session

    This is a video from my local club with my D51
  21. Hello, How many train changes/individual train sections would one have to do if one were to travel between Tokyo and Kobe using the zairaisen Tokaido Line? The first would be Tokyo to Odawara or Atami on a Tokaido Rapid train, but from there onwards I cant figure it out. Cheers NB
  22. Even though I'm not a great fan of modern trains, it make me sad seeing these cars being prepped for scrapping. Mark.
  23. Sotetsu has released a video of the return leg (down direction) of the route, Shinjuku to Nishiya.
  24. Shinkansens are being prepared for their last trip.
  25. Martijn Meerts

    Just a smudge of graffiti on dutch trains

    Train looks more interesting like that then the regular version o.O
  26. cteno4

    Gavino200s next layout

    And some of the little 3w led flexi lights! for 10 of the lack tables they quoted $30 to ship, not bad. you would be hard pressed to beat the price. If you want higher you can use the ikea desk tops and legs ($35 for 24x48 $46 for 30x60). The legs have a 1” adjusting feet for any unevenness in the floor. Legs screw off so tables can be stored flat. Pretty sturdy, wouldn’t stand on them, but for a table for trains you are not putting half your weight on pressing sideways to reach way back it’s fine. We used these legs on one of the club members large layout sections that were like 4x8’. the plastic folding tables like 6’x30” are ok but heavy and not super flat. jeff
  27. chadbag

    Gavino200s next layout

    Road trip for Lack tables and some meat balls!
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