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Not marked? That's very brave of you!
Yep all marked and every terminal and cable etc painstakingly logged on a SQL database :giggle:
 

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Don’t the brass rail clamps take power to all areas ? Preserving electrical continuity?
Hmmmm, nearly is my answer. They get just as dirty as fishplates, and totally reliable on a super tight screw. Problem is, if you screw them too hard, the screw head can come off. After putting power in at the locations above, the standing current has fallen yet again to 0.24, not much, but it's done some good.
 

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Yes, and no..
They are subject to the vagaries of weather (damp, hence corrosion) and movement (thermal expansion) so can deteriorate over time.

Extra feeds, are belt and braces..
Gives you a longer period before track continuity problems force you to perform maintenance.

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Yes, It's always noticeable how the amps in the circuit go up when the track is damp.
 

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Hmmmm, nearly is my answer. They get just as dirty as fishplates, and totally reliable on a super tight screw. Problem is, if you screw them too hard, the screw head can come off. After putting power in at the locations above, the standing current has fallen yet again to 0.24, not much, but it's done some good.
Have to say I used both Hillman and Massoth clamps on my line with never any loss of power except the odd occasion, on investigation without exception they were clamps not tightened up at all. They had worked on just push fit for a few years. My only reason for changing to dead rail was cleaning the surface for shunting and slow running which became a choir. But all the clamps are still present though my wire to certain parts of the line has been removed so cant test out now. But on re-fitting clamps after my move in 2012 I cleaned the bottom part of the rails where they were excessively tarnished, but much was ok as it had LGB Graphite used when laid on my previous line in Hemel around 2001. I gave a new application of the paste when laying the new line.
 

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Theresalways going to a chance of a dodgy connection, matter how you make the joint. There's always going to be avery small gap that water, crud, etc will work its way into, especially as the track moves over time. Sometimes 24V isn't enough to jump the gap, as it were.
 

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Quick test today. Best reading ever for amps through the track with no trains on the circuit. And I thought 0.24 was good last week!
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Yes, and no..
They are subject to the vagaries of weather (damp, hence corrosion) and movement (thermal expansion) so can deteriorate over time.

Extra feeds, are belt and braces..
Gives you a longer period before track continuity problems force you to perform maintenance.

PhilP

That’s not my experience Phil. All my joints are rail clamps. No jumper wires anywhere and 450 feet of track. The line has been down for 5 years….
 

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After stopping off at Hornsea Garden Centre yesterday, a few Lemax purchases just to make a little Christmas Scene on one of the Railway Stations.PXL_20231214_145612833.jpg
 

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After stopping off at Hornsea Garden Centre yesterday, a few Lemax purchases just to make a little Christmas Scene on one of the Railway Stations.
Very festive Paul!

I've bought these figures in the SALES after Chrimbles. I've found that they are much cheaper as the Garden Sheds want to get rid of them quickly!

Funny thing is, that they buy new stock for the following year and the same thing happens again!

Note that they are not suitable for leaving outside long term....
 
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Very festive Paul!

I've bought these figures in the SALES after Chrimbles. I've found that they are much cheaper as the Garden Sheds want to get rid of them quickly!

Funny thing is, that they buy new stock for the following year and the same thing happens again!

Note that they are not suitable for leaving outside long term....
Indeed. The people will come back in, but may see how the trees cope, even if a spray of green paint is needed.
 

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Indeed. The people will come back in, but may see how the trees cope, even if a spray of green paint is needed.
Those sort of trees can be vary variable, some last for ages and others go off colour after just 1 summer. Funny same happens with dyed sawdust that can be used outside in limited amounts with a good coating of waterproof pva.
 
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Maintenance day. Track cleaned. Ballasting. Pointwork cleaned and tested. Still awaiting Locomotives I ordered seemingly ages ago. The Piko NOHAB and the LGB P42. PXL_20231216_123656908.jpgPXL_20231216_113155615~2.jpgPXL_20231216_113118888.jpgPXL_20231216_113051382.jpgPXL_20231216_113037336.jpgPXL_20231216_113018866.jpgPXL_20231216_113006333.jpgScreenshot_20231216-125021.pngScreenshot_20231216-125125.png
 

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The cat looks a bit miffed in the second photo.
 
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He's good at looking miffed....
 

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And of course, the Railway Station Christmas Tree Delivery Service (RSCTDS). Catchy.PXL_20231217_112629620.jpgPXL_20231217_112753774.jpg
 

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Maintenance day. Track cleaned. Ballasting. Pointwork cleaned and tested. Still awaiting Locomotives I ordered seemingly ages ago. The Piko NOHAB and the LGB P42. View attachment 321913View attachment 321914View attachment 321915View attachment 321916View attachment 321917View attachment 321918View attachment 321919View attachment 321920View attachment 321921
If I might ask, what is the purpose of the gray bracket containing the four green rollers? I note that there is a similar bracket on the gate. Just curious.
 

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If I might ask, what is the purpose of the gray bracket containing the four green rollers? I note that there is a similar bracket on the gate. Just curious.
It's for a hose pipe I believe....
 
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If I might ask, what is the purpose of the gray bracket containing the four green rollers? I note that there is a similar bracket on the gate. Just curious.
Yes, it's just for my hosepipe to be dragged through. It stops the pipe dragging on the corners of the house, and also keeps it above the railway ballast. It became a pain with it messing the ballast up.
 

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Yes, it's just for my hosepipe to be dragged through. It stops the pipe dragging on the corners of the house, and also keeps it above the railway ballast. It became a pain with it messing the ballast up.
Of course, these days one is only allowed to use a hose pipe during wet weather