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Ennitoun – Reminiscing – Origins

How and when did I get the railroad bug?

My earliest memory of toy trains is way back to Christmas 1955 when the family lived in the Townhead Glasgow.  Not just my mum and dad but the extend family of my Dad’s brother’s and sisters lived in Parson Street.    I was surrounded by cousins as well as a little sister – but they di not figure much in the tale of origins.  I got a clockwork train set that Christmas sadly it did not survive the day.  My dad and his brothers spend the time playing with it and my Uncle Peter wound it up too tight and bust the clockwork.  I never got a chance to play with it.  Dad, as dad’s do said we’ll get it fixed – it never was.   The following year I pointedly asked not to have a train set just cowboy outfit (all the rage in ’56).

That does not mean I was not interested in trains – we lived near St Rollox works and steam depot and a walk along the canal we could see the smoke raising from the engines and hear the rumble of coal falling down the coaling tower with a crash into the bunkers/tenders of the engines.  He would take me to see the trains at Buchanan Street, Queen Street, St Enoch’s and Glasgow Central.   Christmas time was my favourite as I got to see the train set/layout in Central Station. It was not until we moved to Harmony Row, Govan ’57 when I got my next train set.  In fact it was due to my reaction at Christmas ,56 I ended up with a trains set in ’57.  Now My mum and dad were just working folk, but they did without at Christmas to ensure my sister and I had a good Christmas with one very special toy each, plus sweets etc.  That Christmas my special gift was a complete airport.  I mean the lot, runway, tower, planes fuelling trucks.  I still recall the amazement when i saw it all.  But it got boring after a while.  Apparently (so I was often reminded) I gathered the boxes and set them up as an engine and played at “Casey Jones” (Bill Hale was on TV as “Casey Jones”).  Christmas ’57 I got my first ever electric train set a Triang TT gauge goods train on a circle of rails pinned to a board.  I recall that wee loco (a 0-6-0 ex LMS Jinty) with great fondness and therein lies the start of a journey which would end in Ennitoun.

Today I have the larger OO Gauge version of the embryonic model locomotive the set out in 1957 taking me on a journey  of life. Click on Image for Ennitoun Locomotive Library

Fowler Class 3f “Jinty” Ex LMS


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Ennitoun – Update 15th May 2020

WIth DCC Comes Ambitious Expansion Plans

With the upgrading to DCC (Digital Command Control) and the conversion of 15 locomotives to DCC

  • Hornby J36 673 Maude (Sound)
  • Hornby Princess Royal 6201 Princess Elizabeth (DCC)
  • Hornby Coronation 6242 City of Glasgow (Sound)
  • Hornby Royal Scot 46165 The Ranger (DCC)
  • Hornby Princess Royal 46203 Princess Margaret Rose (The Works)
  • Hornby Coronation 46235 City of Birmingham (Sound)
  • Hornby Coronation 46329 City of Chester (The Works)
  • Hornby Coronation 46242 City of Glasgow (The Works)
  • Hornby BR Standard Class 8 71000 Duke of Gloucester (DCC)
  • Hornby Stanier Mogul 42968 (DCC)
  • Bachmann 43154 Ivatt Class 4 (DCC)
  • Bachmann Jubilee 45565 Victoria (DCC)
  • Bachmann Jubilee 45562 Alberta (DCC)
  • Bachmann Jubilee 45611 Hong Kong (DCC)
  • Bachmann 46763 Jinty 3F (Sound)

The operation of the trains required further thought and careful consideration.  Planning consultation was put in place by the Thinnish Controller – and three plans were presented for consideration:

Current Layout Plan

Proposal Number 1

This proposal put in a 2 line loop (known as a “tail chaser layout” as the loco tries to catch up with its train.  This had the impact of removing 4 lines from the station and introduced the problem of returning a train to the station.

Proposal Number 2

This proposal suggested that the two bottom lines be merged into one line to make the loop.  This was considered very carefully as a station could be sited at bottom loop and permit an addition operation to  replace outgoing engine with incoming.  This was fast the favourite – but a flaw was pointed out <sigh>. Freight traffic was still a diorama instead of an integral working on the system.  Nothing for it but to go back to the drawing board.

Proposal Number 3

The third proposal came from an unpaid consultant

Richard Standing –  An alternative would be rather than taking the loop off the passenger sidings in the fiddle yard, take it off the goods yard instead. That way it could be assumed to go to a coal mine or other mineral extraction plant in one direction, and a harbour (or power station or gas works) in the other, or a forest in one direction and a saw mill in the other, with loaded wagons going one way, and empties coming back.

This was given great deal of thought and the proposal generated the 3rd revision of the planned amendment to the layout.

This plan met the immediate approval of the Thinnish Controller and was approved by the senior person in charge (Felix or was it Mr Loki?).  Alas owing to current restrictions and the lack of materials work cannot commence immediately. Only a third of the platform at the station would be lost> The additional fright loop would introduce more movement and traffic allowing for a variety of trains, freight.  Word has gone out that there is talk of modernisation plans and the introduction of Diesel Multiple Units (DMU).  Staff are now concerned that ith this change more dieselisation will be taking place.  AL have been informed that no intention to remove steam from this layout.

The upgrading of locomotives continues – with approval given to upgrade 16 out of the 21  non-DCC locos being converted to DCC.  the 23 DCC ready locos are awaiting their sound chips to arrive.

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Ennitoun – Update 5th May 2020

DCC with Extras

On 3rd May the DCC stock stood at 11 DCC fitted models on the layout, four have sound fitted:

  • Hornby J36 673 Maude (Sound)
  • Hornby Royal Scot 46165 The Ranger (DCC)
  • Hornby Princess Royal 6201 Princess Elizabeth (DCC)
  • Hornby BR Standard Class 8 71000 Duke of Gloucester (DCC)
  • Hornby Stanier Mogul 42968 (DCC)
  • Hornby Jubilee 45565 Victoria (DCC)
  • Hornby Coronation 6242 City of Glasgow (Sound)
  • Hornby Jubilee 45562 Alberta (DCC)
  • Hornby Coronation 46235 City of Birmingham (Sound)
  • Bachmann 43154 Ivatt Class 4 (DCC)
  • Bachmann 46763 Jinty 3F (Sound)

Yesterday 4th May “The Forth” was with me and a largish parcels containing three locomotives finally arrived.

two were locos that I had sent to be upgraded and they were

Hornby R2226 46203 Princess Margaret Rose (Princess Royal Class)

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R2312 46230  City of Chester (Duchess Coronation Class)

The third was a new purchase, Hornby R3195 46247 City of Liverpool  Renumbered and renamed as 46242 City of Glasgow. (now I’ll have to buy the “City of Liverpool and add to my collection (of course it will have the works done to it)

Duchess Coronation a renamed/renumbered R3159 46247 City of Liverpool to 46242 City of Glasgow which replaced my old Hornby-Dublo model.

Each of these models were upgraded with following features:

  • Digital Sound – ESU 58410. Loksound V5
  • Oil Lamps x2
  • Firebox flicker
  • Seuthe Smoke Unit and
  • Crew

by Olivia,s Trains , Sheffield.  Neil (proprietor) has been very helpful to this newbie entering DCC world with strange language of its own.  My first contact was the purchase of a DCC fitted LMS 6242 City of Glasgow (Hornby R2311)  with sound to go with my recently purchased Hornby R3509TTS 46235 City of Birmingham.  While sound was the driving factor Neil asked if I had considered adding smoke. I recalled that Hornby had released some models with smoke units (no sound though) and they did add a little more to the ambience of operating steam outlined locomotives.  My rational was its “The City of Glasgow” – your favourite engine – give it the works” so I did and Olivia’s Trains did. To my utter delight.  Thanks Neil, Erika and team I can fully recommend your five star service.

The City of Glasgow – with Sound, Smoke and screeching brakes.

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Ennitoun – Update 3rd May 2020

Situation as at 19th April 2020

With that simple test it was time to set up the DCC controller and test a DCC fitted loco. Looking at the diagram image to the left it is a simple procedure to link the two wire (the only wires you need) to the controller.  Ah there is always an Ah at this stagein the proceedings.  When it came to fit the plug from part 6 to the socket part 5 it was found that diameter of the plug was larger that the circumference of the socket. Swear  word time, rant at manufactures that cannot do a basic parts check etc etc. Regardless of language & rant the point was at this stage the project ground to a halt.  The PW Team leader advised the Fat Controller that they were screwed and the job was at a stop until the correct PSU with the correct diameter plug was obtained.  The loss of revenue was the Fat Controller’s fault for ordering incompatible gear.

With luck and Royal Mail being its’ usual service the replacement part will be here on Monday 20th April 2020 and the final test be completed.

Oh the joys of lock-down, model railway and mail order (with priorities being enforced) have added two weeks to a three day project.

Update 20th April 2020

Well the new PSU arrived and was fitted.  Tests was carried out and initially things were looking good, until I felt the hand set getting very warm. At this point I called it a day and once again contacted the supplier.  So much for the much recommended 524-042 Power Cab UK NCE Entry level DCC Starter Set.  I had carried out research and looked at reviews before going for the NCE, perhaps I was unlucky, but when an electrical item does not works straight from the box I tend to get a wee bit annoyed.  I get even more annoyed when the replacement item works but shows up a further fault. In now way do I blame the supplier who did everything they could and with good customer care.  They offered to replace the whole unit but I’m superstitious in the fact that if an item has two strikes I’m not going for the third.  I ended up paying the difference and got DCC06 Gaugemaster Prodigy Express WiFi Digital Control System which arrived on 24th April and I am pleased to state worked 1st time straight from box and still working.

Between 20th April and the 2nd May 202, testing of the system has been extensive (any excuse to run trains.  With thanks to  Bryan Corossan (Clydeside Model Railway Club) I had very little problem with the track.  Thanks to Bryan’s advice I experienced no problems with the track when I eventually got a DCC locomotive running.  At this moment in time there are 11 DCC fitted models on the layout, four have sound fitted:

  • Hornby J36 673 Maude (Sound)
  • Hornby Royal Scot 46165 The Ranger (DCC)
  • Hornby Princess Royal 6201 Princess Elizabeth (DCC)
  • Hornby BR Standard Class 8 71000 Duke of Gloucester (DCC)
  • Hornby Stanier Mogul 42968 (DCC)
  • Hornby Jubilee 45565 Victoria (DCC)
  • Hornby Coronation 6242 City of Glasgow (Sound)
  • Hornby Jubilee 45562 Alberta (DCC)
  • Hornby Coronation 46235 City of Birmingham (Sound)
  • Bachmann 43154 Ivatt Class 4 (DCC)
  • Bachmann 46763 Jinty 3F (Sound)

All locos passed on track and ran fine – I do love the fact that with the sound the locos come alive.  I am currently awaiting three locomotives which will have the following features,  Sound, Flickering fire box, smoke, working oil lamps and crew.   Two other models will undergo a similar upgraded this coming week.

 

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NBR J36 Maude 673

 


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Ennitoun – Update 19th April 2020

Ennitoun has been hit by savage cutbacks and withdrawal of all Locomotives and coaching stock.  These cuts are more severe than those of  Dr Beeching’s savage cuts in the 1960 of  British Railways.  At least his cuts left some lines and motive power.   A decision had been made to upgrade to Digital Command Control (DCC ).  To allow the smooth transfer from DC (Direct Control) to DCC (Digital Command Control) the wiring of the layout tracks had to be altered.  In DC mode 1 Locomotive.Train can be controlled at one time by one controller. This means that in a dual track system two or more controllers are needed and care mast be taken to prevent short circuits. DCC has one controller/cab and all parts of the layout and all lines are live.  Control of each loco is by means of  DCC chip fitted to each locomotive, this chip is a programmable device and will only allow power to the motor when it gets the correct coded signal from the CAB/Controller.  Once a system has been converted to DCC operation DC powered locos can no longer be run on the layout.

Once the decision was made to upgrade to DCC suitable motive power was sourced (i.e. those fitted with decoders or DCC ready).  Some of the older locos were assessed to see if they could have decoders fitted and be upgraded.   Stock survey on 9th April 2020 revealed that out of 70 locomotives:

  • DCC Fitted 9 – able to be run on new system
  • DCC Ready 19 – awaiting fitting of DCC Chip
  • Non-DCC – 33 with possibility of 14 being converted to DCC by fitting chip
  • Possible DCC stock = 42 out of 61 as at 9th April 2020.

The older Triang/Airfix/Palititoy/Bachmann models will be withdrawn and placed in display cabinets.  Perhaps at some future date they may be converted.  Reaming 33 non DCC stock will be upgraded by the fitting of a chip within the next few months (once the present restrictions on movement are rescinded).

With 9 locos ready to run under DCC and the decision to go ahead all rrolling stock was removed to allow the necessary rewiring to be undertaken.   The DCC controller/CAB selected was NCE Power CAB starter set.   To ensure that power went to all parts of the layout the self-isolating points/turnouts had to be made non-isolating.  This was achieved by the use of Hornby DCC point clips .  Once all 42 turnouts were fitted with the clips it was time to test the track using one DC locomotive.  Placing it on a site that would normally be isolated from the controller a test power application was made – For the first time in my life I was pleased to see that the isolation of the shed was breached the engine was tested all over the track to ensure even if all points were set against it power was still getting to the loco.

With that simple test it was time to set up the DCC controller and test a DCC fitted loco. Looking at the diagram image to the left it is a simple procedure to link the two wire (the only wires you need) to the controller.  Ah there is always an Ah at this stage

in the proceedings.  When it came to fit the plug from part 6 to the socket part 5 it was found that diameter of the plug was larger that the circumference of the socket. Swearie  word time, rant at manufactures that cannot do a basic parts check etc etc. Regardless of language, rant the point was at this stage the project ground to a halt.  The PW Team leader advised the Fat Controller that they were screwed and the job was at a stop until the correct PSU with the correct diameter plug was obtained.  The loss of revenue was the Fat Controller’s fault for ordering incompatible gear.

With luck and Royal Mail being its’ usual service the replacement part will be here on Monday 20th April 2020 and the final test be completed.

Oh the joys of lock-down, model railway and mail order (with priorities being enforced) have added two weeks to a three day project.

 

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