Andrew Fryer deepfat
Hi just got the 12 axle rolling road from Hattons . For now I Have put it on top of old Hornby track with their track connector.  That sort of works (and with that number of axles I was running in three tank engines :-). However I noticed some metal bits and leads in the kit so are they to connect power to the track and if so how?
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Daniel
I have the same question, I can't see how they come together.  There are no diagrams, instructions!!!
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m.bryan
The extra parts are for 3-rail use.
This should explain how it all goes together.
3 rail RR.jpg 
Mick
DCCConcepts Tech/Customer support
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Andrew Fryer deepfat
Thanks Mick. 
So I'll make my own test bed and solder droppers on the rails like normal.  However I do find the rolling road fiddly to setup on a pacific steam loco with a tender attached and I have to handle the loco more than I'd like to do this.  Also I'd like to flip a switch from programming to test - and yes I can make one but I'm more into trains than electronics so do you make a switch that would do that?  
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m.bryan
When I'm setting up a rolling road, I'll put the loco next to the test track and roughly line up the rollers with the axles. Then place the loco on the rollers. Because the roller mounts can move slightly along the track, as the loco is lowered, it will often "self-align".
Remember that you don't have to support every axle. I will often miss a pony or bogie axle out and usually use two rollers on a tender (I have a King on the test track at the moment and it only has 4 rollers - 2 under the drivers, 2 under the tender, because my co-workers have re-purposed my others!)

As for a programming switch - it only requires a DPDT switch (we do not do them separately).
It is fairly simple wiring - connect the middle two terminals to the program/test track, one pair of outer terminals to your normal DCC bus and the other outer pair to your program track output from your DCC system.
Your DCC instructions should show how to wire it up.

Unless you have a NCE Powercab - in which case, your best option to avoid wiring is an Autoswitch.  https://www.dccconcepts.com/product/nce-program-track-autoswitch/
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Mick
DCCConcepts Tech/Customer support
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TinyTrains
This may seem to some a really stupid question but what is the purpose of a rolling road? I'm just starting out after taking retirement and the expense of buying all my bits is jaw dropping and I would hate to spend on something that I don't need at this stage.
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m.bryan
A rolling road can be very useful if you haven't got any continuous loop of track - for example, running in a new loco.
Also for looking at chassis to see if there are any tight spots.
It's far easier to watch the wheels rotate on rollers rather than following it along a track.
They are also very convenient when setting chuff rates on a steam loco. 
Mick
DCCConcepts Tech/Customer support
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Bunkerbarge
They are also very useful for weathering or even just spray painting, to avoid paint shadows behind the running gear.
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geoffwba
I use mine for cleaning loco wheels with a cotton bud dipped in isopropyl alcohol. It will also come in useful for running in new locos in the future.
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TinyTrains
Thanks for the replies guys. I'm going to put it on Santas list for next year....  Oh, and geoffwba, you waste alcohol on wheels, shame on you... 😃
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Julian
Tiny Trains, you must really go to a better Off-Licence!!  It's one thing to have a few Spirits to numb some nerve endings - but Surgical Spirit \ Anaesthesia fluid is hardly the sort of bottle the rest of us might be chasing for recreation \ relaxation but it is cheap enough for splashing a few drops to clean the rails \ wheels.  🍸🍹🍺🍻
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TinyTrains
Julian wrote:
Tiny Trains, you must really go to a better Off-Licence!!  It's one thing to have a few Spirits to numb some nerve endings - but Surgical Spirit \ Anaesthesia fluid is hardly the sort of bottle the rest of us might be chasing for recreation \ relaxation but it is cheap enough for splashing a few drops to clean the rails \ wheels.  🍸🍹🍺🍻


Being a noob, I recently bought off ebay a used track cleaning wagon, the felt underneath type. I also in my ignorance thought white spirit would be suitable so liberally doused the felt strip under the wagon. Damnation, I wont make that mistake again, my engines are not happy. Im having to rubber every inch of track to get things going again.... Ah, well, such is life... 🙂
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Julian
TinyTrains wrote:


Being a noob, I recently bought off ebay a used track cleaning wagon, the felt underneath type. I also in my ignorance thought white spirit would be suitable so liberally doused the felt strip under the wagon. Damnation, I wont make that mistake again, my engines are not happy. Im having to rubber every inch of track to get things going again.... Ah, well, such is life... 🙂


It's so easy to make assumption which seems reasonable, only to find the instructions tell you why you got it wrong.  Dapol motorised cleaners will pretty much only take their cleaner liquid, it certainly won't take Isopropanol {or Track Magic - despite them claiming it is "safe on plastic, foam......." 
Safe on Plastic Sleepers?}  ...........
DSC01653.jpg  ....................   Yea, right.   🙄

  You might be forgiven for thinking that a Track Cleaner might use Track Cleaner fluids, but right at the bottom of the Dapol instructions it says "Do NOT use any Inflammable, Spirit or Petroleum based fluid with this model."  Luckily, I didn't use much, as it was just on the Shunting Puzzle, but the plastic tank still got the inside dissolved and bunged up the drip-feed.    I can use it for the other functions, so it wasn't a total write off. 
Kind regards
Julian
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