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  1. Hi, You can easily overcome this using a bridge circuit to connect any load to the train energy bus. Christian
  2. This is a really nice solution! (The remaining problem is a working solution for decoupling the wagons...) Respect! Christian
  3. Hi, just search for "pullback motor" on bricklink. As far as I've seen, they are all below 1$. Xris
  4. Yes, the O-gauge Kadee couplers use a spiral spring for self centering. Christian
  5. Hello, this is a very nice build! In conjunction with the rounded corner, the trapezoid roof and the increased platform shown in the five topmost photos give it an elegant look. Thanks for showing it! Christian
  6. Hi, now I finally got it. The pictures of the transmission mechanism made it clear to me. Thanks a lot!
  7. Hi, your lever frame looks really nice. It looks like you can lock arbitrary combinations of levers in their positions, but did you try to model conditional dependencies between the levers (i.e. A can be set if B is set and C is not set)? Regards Xris
  8. Hi, you can use flex track pieces wherever you may want to model the look of guard rails. Real world examples: Eamples1, examples2., example3. Regards Xris
  9. Hi, a reliably working power pickup would be highly welcome. I think your concept will be easier to implement than the other solutions favored by detail-oriented model builders. Xris
  10. Hello Marbleman, congratulations for this solution! The generated "vapour" is less smelly and you also avoid the oily emissions produced by usual smoke generators. Could you please report on the problems you ran into when trying to use conventional smoke generators? Was it just insufficient voltage or current? I would be happy to learn from you. Christian
  11. Hi Udo, "8 VA" is the product of voltage and current that may not bee exceeded at any time. So, it will deliver 8 A, but only at 1 V or less (at which your motors won't move your train yet). However, the label also indicates, that at currents exceeding 0.8 A, the transformer should be switched off by the internal fuses. You should be careful when switching old 12V transformers in parallel: When you remove all but even one plug from the outlet, the plugs of all others will be powered with 230 V by the remaining wired transformer. Touching the plug contacts is hazardous! The newer 9V power supplies are switched power devices and hence less dangerous. Regards Christian
  12. Hi Elroy, I doubt that localization and translation will gain enough additional readers to justify for the increase of work and process complexity. Stay with articles in English only. Most members of the target group should be capable of understanding English articles, especially if they come along with good photos, drawings or sketches to illustrate them. The magazine should try to unite fans, not to partition them into distinct groups. For the same reason, "value added" contents should not be considered in the first. There are established platforms, like Eurobricks, that allow for focused discussion within a special interest group like LEGO Trains (and even easily looking beyond one's own nose into other LEGO special interest groups), finding MOCS etc. A magazine should provide a platform for deep drilling articles and build a collection/an archive for central topics centered on its theme. While most people tend to prefer local variants of train motives, they will nonetheless appreciate "foreign" models as they can still extract building techniques and get inspired. Readers can also keep attuned by providing some kind of international mixture. So, even if an issue focuses on, say Chinese railways, there should also be some content regarding explicitly some other Asian, American and European railways - even a small collection with photos of according MOCs might already serve the expectations. I support Duq's thesis, that the magazine should become as much a "fully-fledged" LEGO model railroading magazine as possible, covering topics as rolling stock, railroad architecture and infrastructure, landscape, controlling (animation techniques, electrics & electronics, software), operation, layout design, customization of tracks, etc. It is easy to find pictures of great train related MOCs on the internet - but background information or explicit descriptions of challenges and their solutions are hardly found and make up the basis for a magazine. Christian
  13. Hi, That is a nice composition. When adding parts, just drop some of the "ready to ship" logs and add some living, built tree instead - and a chainsaw, so that the lumberjacks can do their work fell it to get an additional function. Regards Xris
  14. Hi Kjetil, That's great! You write that you want to have trains overtake and cross each other. For this, you need at least 1 station with at least 2 tracks. But you do not need 2 1/2 loops unless you want to run 2 trains independently without an operator. If you would reduce to 1 closed loop with a "main station" and a branch line with a dead-end station, you could save some space allowing for a private siding within your industrial area - and for more convincing, larger buildings throughout your layout. You could also design the raised part of the layout to mimic an elevated urban railway with a typical stop station or even small through station to allow for train crossings. Regards Xris
  15. Hi K., in order to give any meaningful advice, I would need to know what plans you have with your layout. What are the primary and secondary goals you want to reach? One thing I could figure out by now: The road crossing on the right does not make much sense, as it seems to lead nowhere... Another thing is, that the presented layout might be good for running trains in loops, but if you like shunting, you should try to place the according yards within your reach (i.e. within 0.7 m of the front of the table). Regards Christian