A Bridge Too Far?

Lately work on the various railways has been rather slow…
We’ve been busy with various non-railway jobs (including replacing a fence in the garden), but also with the lockdown restrictions easing, we’ve been able to go out visiting places and seeing people again.

This has included two railway trips, to Didcot Railway Centre over the May Bank Holiday, and a lovely ‘afternoon tea’ trip on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway.

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Forewarned is 4 armed…

To allow safe operation of more than one train on the Phoenix Hill Railway, we are almost certainly going to have to install a proper signalling system.

Although planning for this hasn’t advanced very far yet, the first signal parts have arrived as a result of a fortuitous find on eBay!

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Now you DCC me…

Although both the BFR and the future OO and HO gauge railways will be capable of operating analogue stock, I want to run them on DCC whenever possible due to the increased flexibility and functionality.

Consequently, I’m slowly working through my analogue stock and fitting it with decoders.
Those that are DCC-ready are usually nice and easy and just involve fitting the decoder in a socket, however, I have a number of models, often older ones, which have no socket and require hard-wiring.
Over the last couple of days I’ve attempted a few of these conversions.

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