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Yelrow

Signature: Use Windows 7, only, On french version of windows. Run RM, with Elite. DCC layout, Large DC, and 3 Rail layouts. Also, TT, and N Gauge

Bio: retired banker, now living in burgandy, specialising in 3 rail,. Also, run n gauge, tt, and large DC layout. Recently joined ranks of Dcc, in an impoverished form. with RM, and Elite too many locos to count (all gauges)

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yelrow

4138 posts

Big Big Train, Hi, i have run 3 rail layout, daily for last 35 years. The track is very forgiving, and can look awful, but runs perfectly. Because of the locking rail system, it does not need too much attention. I use  the reverse side of a piece of hardboard, plus one of my wifes, plastic rectanguler kitchen scourer. Never used a liquid cleaner. There is no better sound than the  loco  running on the metal track. Points/ Turntable, again, very forgiving. You may have to have locos RE Magnetised, but this service readily available, or you can treat yourself to a Ronald Dodd, magnetiser, from ebay. Tis usually the smaller locos, that may need doing, although, i have managed without. All brushes/ springs redily available, from the Dublo guy, on ebay.. If you re bruch, cut brushes in half, as new ones, fairly long.

Use Windows 7, only, On french version of windows. Run RM, with Elite. DCC layout, Large DC, and 3 Rail layouts. Also, TT, and N Gauge

yelrow

4138 posts

RDS,  no, DC, but it could be, as DCCReady. I have never attempted to fit a decoder to any loco. I know my limitations,

Use Windows 7, only, On french version of windows. Run RM, with Elite. DCC layout, Large DC, and 3 Rail layouts. Also, TT, and N Gauge

yelrow

4138 posts

hi, i have 3 locos. All run fine. Mine are diesels.

Use Windows 7, only, On french version of windows. Run RM, with Elite. DCC layout, Large DC, and 3 Rail layouts. Also, TT, and N Gauge

yelrow

4138 posts

Twas ever thus. Even in the days when you bought the car, already taxed, from memory, you still lost out, as  the current month was not refundable, only complete ones.. I really cant fathom out this new system. I presume they think as everyone, (except me) has e mobile 3G phone , that on purchase, you can then immediately tax it..

Use Windows 7, only, On french version of windows. Run RM, with Elite. DCC layout, Large DC, and 3 Rail layouts. Also, TT, and N Gauge

yelrow

4138 posts

Full marks to the french, for  not  having any form of road tax.. The english system, seems to have become a nightmare.  One of the good things when you had driven 50 miles to look at/ buy a car, was that you could then, if you so wished, drive it home. I have no mobile phone that would have allowed me to tax on line, and its a bit of an imposition to ask the seller, if you can pop in and use his computer, assuming, he had one.. This surely, is a  backward step..

Use Windows 7, only, On french version of windows. Run RM, with Elite. DCC layout, Large DC, and 3 Rail layouts. Also, TT, and N Gauge

yelrow

4138 posts

Only valuable if someone wants them.

Use Windows 7, only, On french version of windows. Run RM, with Elite. DCC layout, Large DC, and 3 Rail layouts. Also, TT, and N Gauge

yelrow

4138 posts

Darrenmb, hi. I also have a lot of old locos, and use H&M controllers.  I looked into this in great depth, when looking at DCC, and all the advice was, that unless these locos run perfectly, they will not make the transition to DCC. With this in mind, as they were of great sentimental value, i decided to run 2 layouts. The upper one, being DCC, with new locos, leaving my old friends, as DC, remaining with old controllers. That way, there running/ value is not affected. They would all have need extensive soldering, and the finished result, was not guaranteed. Contrary to popular belief, DCC, is not compulsary, and many , many peopls still happily run DC. I only started DCC, as following illness, was unable to go ypstairs for many months, and had DCC, downstairs. Happily, i was then able to resume, hence, upper layout.  DCC, is not cheap, the decoders, controller, point decoders, etc, all add up, and  you may find yourself  in a can of worms, if these dont/ wont convert. Sound decoders, in particular, are quite expensive, and well may not match your existing locos.   I would  be inclined  to keep your inherited locos, as are, and enjoy them, for now.  .If you want to dip your toe in DCC, you could pick up a starter set. I did. .

Use Windows 7, only, On french version of windows. Run RM, with Elite. DCC layout, Large DC, and 3 Rail layouts. Also, TT, and N Gauge

yelrow

4138 posts

And it takes 5 days for them to tell you. Gosh,  there won’t be many using this site.

Use Windows 7, only, On french version of windows. Run RM, with Elite. DCC layout, Large DC, and 3 Rail layouts. Also, TT, and N Gauge

yelrow

4138 posts

Yup, I pay for example,€40, per month. For electric, similar system with water, and telephone. At the end of the year, there is a contra. If I am in credit, I take it, or pay balance..

Use Windows 7, only, On french version of windows. Run RM, with Elite. DCC layout, Large DC, and 3 Rail layouts. Also, TT, and N Gauge

yelrow

4138 posts

Jacob, you do need to read these posts. Neither said they did not have valid tax, simply they had no idea how much  they were paying.  This is not unusual. If you stopped 100 people walking down Oxford Street in london, and asked the same question, 70% would have no idea. They would remember taxing their cars, but not, what they paid.. When i lived in uk, i never knew  either. Same applies to your  electric, telephone and other big bills. We all pay them, but there is no  legal requirement to remember, how much they were.

Use Windows 7, only, On french version of windows. Run RM, with Elite. DCC layout, Large DC, and 3 Rail layouts. Also, TT, and N Gauge

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