A trackside optical detector will detect rolling stock at a point on your
rolling stock passing a point on your layout. It will not (reliably) detect a
in block, which is the prototypical method.
DCC is fine for driving trains the way one does motor cars, but it requires an
additional layer of technology on top of the additional layer of technology to
operate a railway of British or European type.
I quite agree - I just don't think it will be a positive step for the hobby.
Would you want your locomotives fitted with decoders from last year, 5 years
ago, 45 years ago?
There's constant improvement in decoders, and those from a couple of years ago
no longer cut the
mustard. The average age of my fairly large collection is 10-15 years and I
would have to
upgrade decoders perhaps every 5 years - analogue is here to stay!
I bet you if someone like Bachmann decided to start bringing out H0
scale British outline, that proportion would drop overnight.
And who are the 99% of the British modellers. I bet more than 1% of
British modellers model in other scales and couldn't give a hoot about
the 4mm scale narrow gauge brigade, so your 99% is probably wildly
"Jim Guthrie" wrote
I doubt it, but on the other hand Bachmann are not that stupid either!
They'll have seen the futile efforts in the past by the likes of Lima,
Fleischmann and Riavrossi to realise that flogging a dead horse is an
Well, giving you the benefit of the doubt, let's rephrase my statement
slightly and say
The less than 1% of modellers who currently work in British outline HO-scale
are unlikely to convince the OO-scale adherents to chuck away all of the
recent quality models which the like of Bachmann, Hornby and Heljan have
been producing and selling in large quantity to make a fresh start in HO.
Is that more to your pedantic liking? ;-)
The Lima products were toys.
Fleischmann offer one loco and 3 coaches.
Rivarossi were 1:80th scale - closer to OO than HO.
If small percentages of British modellers can support N scale, O scale, TT 3
scale ... then there is room for HO scale as well. There's already track
available as well as scenic accessories and there are vast numbers of European
and US modellers who might buy a train for their collection.
Does anyone do a HO Class 66/Series 66/JT42CWR? They have the real
thing in the UK, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, etc, and they are
getting more popular as open access spreads. There are assorted colour
schemes, and they could happily pull continental HO scale wagons.
Flicking through a Dutch railway magazine recently I saw a "Class 66"
a Class 08-a-like and an ex-pat Class 58.
(Does Series 66 get to Luxembourg and Switzerland, has one made it to
A layer of computer control is needed. You couple two optical sensors
together so the speed of each bit of stock is calculated and it projects
where the stock will be. Go one flashier and add barcodes to the underside
of the stock and optical readers in a few places on the track for even
Fleischmann and Rivarossi were never big players in the UK market as
far as UK outline prototypes were concerned so they were starting off
from a fairly weak position. Lima have never really been held in
high regard. But Hornby and Bachmann now have good reputations in
the UK RTR market and if either or both of them decided to switch
scales, then you might find that the base of stoical 4mm followers
got depleted quite quickly.
I think the model railway scene has changed quite a bit over the past
few years and you find players like Hornby bringing out live steam
models which, on the face of it, might be deemed a peculiar
marketing decision. But if the live steam model is a commercial
success and that is due to a significant uptake in the US market, who
knows what Hornby's next decision might be, especially if they see
the financial success being sales in a non-UK market place.
Not being pedantic - just reminding you that's there's more to railway
modelling than 4mm scale :-)
The prototype just sticks a relay between the rails, powered through a resistor
- any rolling stock anywhere in the isolated block and the relay drops out!
Your way still relies on the occupying rolling stock moving past the sensor, or
parking on top of it.
That's not good enough, however much it costs! ;-)
"Jim Guthrie" wrote
I don't need reminding of that. I currently model in OOn9, OO, HO (USA
outline) and O-scale (7mm to 1 foot - another bastard scale, but one which
pedants seem willing to leave well alone).
Heljan spoke of doing an HO 66 alongside a planned OO model, but that seems
to have gone quiet recently. Does anyone know of Heljan's plans post-Hymek?
The Class 08-a-like probably was an ex-BR 08 - a number of them were
exported, as was an earlier Class 11-a-like built during WW2. When you think
about it, a lot of British locomotives have ended up in foreign countries.
=>Cost is minimal though.
In fact, the cost of producing and tracking two versions of a locomotive are
greater than the cost of the socket. And as decoders drop in price, it will
be cheaper to offer a DC/DCC locomotive than two versions of the locomotive.
(Broadway Ltd and Atlas already offer DC/DCC locos that automatically switch
to the correct power.)
If you didn't want to go to Chicago, why did you get on this train?