Re: Digital Z attn. Anders L.
On Sun, 3 Oct 1999 23:20:31 +0200, you wrote:
>This is the big problem I have concluded. If you don't know where your
>trains are you cannot run more than you can see with your eyes and handle
>with your brain. Digital control or not doesn't care.
My *eyes* are OK :-)
You know Anders, there's a big difference between us. You are a lucky
man! You have a nice layout with digital control - I have NOTHING!
Nothing but a layout on which my 8800 jumps around like i sick
kangaroo - and some daydream about digital control.
This little monster andt it's fellow tyrant - my 8864 -, crept into my
z-world disguised (spelling?) as - in my eyes - small wonders of
miniature-modelling, but they have by now taken total control of my
life. In the z-universe and beyond.
At times - when I'm really down in the dumps - I put my el-loco on the
tracks and enjoy the smooth elegance with which it pulls my new
pullman wagons around on my layout.
And then I return to misery and the 8800/-64.
BUT - I'm stubborn enough not to yield. Those little innocent looking
bastards will have to - and will - in due time be running just as god
as the el.locos. I do not intend to let a dead frog ruin the time
spent with my trains. (What a picture)
It is just a matter of putting on my surgeons optical headgear and
start all over again with my layout, this time with flex-tracks cut
and curved to fit, homemade (=built from kits :) ) turnouts, not using
MERKUR track-beds (if they do not go along with my homemade turnouts
and crossings) etc,etc.......
My small colection of small tools (until now consisting of nothing but
tweezers, knives and an el. jig saw used for scenery building)
incorporates as of this date als� a small electrical rotating tool for
cutting and grinding/polishing.
Boy - this hobby is expensive!
When my 4th rebuild is near it's completion, I will begin to take
digital control into consideration once more. But not before that!
And I will surely take a further look at the CTI system - from your
fine description and the manual I have downloaded.
But it's still my opinion that remote (digital) control should control
the trains - not the track!
Thank you for taking your time to explain the CTI system!
regards Ole Rosted, Denmark
> And then I return to misery and the 8800/-64.My 8805/8864 runs okey from the beginning, but my rails are very oily and
that seams to help actually (well, not in pulling power, but there is this
trimmer oil that isn't so slippery and sticky and doesn't reduce pulling
power that the N folks recomend.
But you can what it seams get the same electrical performance with standard
M�rklin oil though ;-)
Anyway, apart from the oil a Relco/Gaugemaster HF1 electronic track cleaner
helps all locos performance and especially the smaller ones.
> When my 4th rebuild is near it's completion, I will begin to takeThe CTI system can use a Relco/Gaugemaster HF1 on each Smart Cab what it
> digital control into consideration once more. But not before that!
> And I will surely take a further look at the CTI system - from your
> fine description and the manual I have downloaded.
seams. I got permission from CTI to test it with the Smart Cab and the tests
have worked ok so far!
> But it's still my opinion that remote (digital) control should controlWith DCC, you don't use a Relco/Gaugemaster HF1, it will toast your
> the trains - not the track!
God luck and may the Z be with you!
All those rain clouds must have clouded your memory. First Ole, now you.
> My 8805/8864 runs okey from the beginning, but my rails are very oily andI'm delighted you tried the 20 year old "fix" I mentioned....from N scale's
> that seams to help actually (well, not in pulling power, but there is this
> trimmer oil that isn't so slippery and sticky and doesn't reduce pulling
> power that the N folks recomend.
John Allen.....with the clipper oil. But one drop on your index finger,
applied at 3 foot intervals by a simple touch to the rails....is the absolute
maximum amount of oil you should be putting on the track. After running
trains for a few loops around the layout, you should not be able to see, feel
or smell it. There should be no accumlations on train wheels either. I've
not heard of any other oil being used. A little is great. A lot is bad.
It might be a minor point, but I don't want to be drummed off the list and
condemmed to a life on Rec.Model.Railroad.and.assorted.worthless.messages
because someone pours a cup of automotive motor oil on their track. Then
comes looking for me.
> I'm delighted you tried the 20 year old "fix" I mentioned....fromI haven't tried the clipper oil, I still haven't got any.
> N scale's
> John Allen.....with the clipper oil. But one drop on your index finger,
I use standard M�rklin oil. Well, not on purpose, it just came out of some
locos. It's on my test layout which also serves as maintainance and running
in oval and after service some locos dripped oil on the tracks and I've
never cleaned them so slippery it is, but electrical performance is good!