I used to have a small layout when I were a lad (about 8' x 4'), and have
decided to set another one up after having some track and engines (etc)
given to me for my boy.
The track is a mixture of types. Some looks nickel/silver and the rest is
corroded steel (I guess). What's the best method to ressurect this track, or
is it best to just buy some new stuff? The track must be about 20 years old.
Lots of PECO and Hornby points too.
The locos are a mixture of Hornby and Jouef, and the couplings are different
between the two. Is it possible to buy Hornby style couplings and fit to the
Jouef stuff? The Hornby couplings that I have seem to be wider than I can
see on various web sites. Have they changed style?
Then on to controllers. The ones I have are simple analog DC controllers. I
think it'd be nice to modify to use this new DCC stuff. All locos seem to
have plenty of space to fit a decoder, and the wiring should be straight
forward. What are the Hornby DCC controllers/decoders like; reliable? They
seem to be the least expensive of the various manufacturers available (or
have I missed some?). I've read on a Hornby forum that there have been
problems with a DCC set (two locos and some stock), but maybe this is just a
small percentage of units sold.
No doubt I'll be back for more answers as the layout progresses.
Thanks for your time.
- posted 15 years ago