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Getting your Ballast Colour Right
By  Mel Perry
If you are modelling a particular section of prototype railway, one of the big indicators to the region is the colour of the ballast. You can easily check this feature using Google Maps from a close range although you may have to go lighter to account the relative darkness of your layout room to the great outdoors.


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Treatment for Telegraph Poles  Pt 1
By  Several Modellers
In HO (or OO), I take a fine toothed saw (Zona for example) and rub it up and down the pole to give it a bit of grain texture.  That might overdo it in N but perhaps if followed by a very light rub down with very fine grit emery cloth it could capture the same effect. (Dave Nelson)
For the modern era, I would leave them smooth and paint the poles an appropriate reddish brown.  If you want to get rid of the shine of the poles before you start you could scrub them with very fine sand paper. In the modern era, the poles are not climbed but accessed by a cherry picking crane. (Noel Jamieson)


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Treatment for Telegraph Poles  Pt 2
By  Several Modellers
I use a Metallic Green paint to simulate the older green coloured insulators (Wayne Toth)
I found a green, rather irredescant nail polish that really looks good for the older, green glass insulators.  You could use a clear polish for the clear glass ones.(Richard Cowman)


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Making a Mown Lawn
By Michael Liddicoat
To create a mown lawn effect with static grass, I create two rectangles of light and dark green grass.  These can be set into glue on baking paper. When dry, cut into strips, peel off the baking paper and glue them down alternately to create classic stripes.


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Filling in Frogs on Home Made Points
By Reg Britten
I found myself unable to get points that would suit my range of rolling stock which I had accumulated over a 50 year period. Peco were fine to a point but the older stock would ride high through the frogs or derail.
I made a number of points to fit my layout but with clear frogs so the old Hornby stock could travel through. As I gradually replaced the wheelsets with less coarse examples (but not necessarily fine scale) I was also needing to stop “wheel drop” so I made a series of styrene shims to fit into the frog space.  As my wheels could have been made an even finer, there was plenty of room to add more shims (glued in of course) and keep control of the depth.


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Checking Old Controllers
By Several Modellers
A number of modellers have obtained old power packs/transformers/ controllers (whatever your terminology extends to) but not necessarily able to check them.  There are a few things that you can do.
    Check the condition of the cord. If there is mechanical damage or deterioration of the insulation, do not use until it is replaced
    Use a cheap multimeter to check that there is no connection between the active or neutral pins and the earth pin.
    Check that there is at least a small amount of resistance between the active and neutral pins.  Because the transformer is an inductive device, there is more resistance when it is live because of the voltage load.
    If the above are all OK, connect a 12 volt automotive globe of around 15 watts to the output. Turn the power on momentarily and see if the globe lights.
    If it does light, turn on the power and vary your controller.  This is called a dynamic test and will be the best test of your controller.  
If the controller looks in good external condition, you could  skip steps 2 and 3 if you are uncertain about using a multimeter. The worst that could happen is you blow a house circuit breaker when you turn it on.
Bear in mind that older controllers will not be able to handle the lower power draw motors we are fortunate enough to have today but these controllers can always be used for lighting and other auxiliary supplies.


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