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Tresparrett Wharf at St Albans

Posted by Maurice Hopper , 19 January 2016 · 1,676 views

It was with some relief that I got on the train last Friday for a couple of hours of doing nothing, with the layout safely stored on the overhead rack.

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Once at the exhibition venue it did not take very long to put it together, which allowed a quick departure for the hotel, a meal and an early night.

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Perhaps the feature that created the most interest was the lighting rig that has (like the rest of the layout) been reduced in size since taking St Juliot to the same show a couple of years ago. There is no doubt the LEDs make life very easy compare with touting a couple of fluorescent tubes about, with the inherent risk of damage be done in transit.

With other S Scale members around there were some visiting locos, Patrick Smith's setting a record for the number of S Scale layouts on which it has operated.

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It has been decided to remove the platform at the front of the scene to make a rather more open feel to the siding.

Some more details will be added before its next outing on the 13th February to the Sodbury Vale Model Railway Club's exhibition at Yate.

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Phil Copleston
Jan 19 2016 20:40

Despite (or because of) its simplicity, I found operating 'Tresparrett Wharf' at St Albans a real delight. Trundle the train out of one hidden siding, through the scene with an occasional shunt or chain-shunt of the siding, and back into the other hidden siding. Turn the stock around (or change the train) and back along again. Boring for some, but I find this simple and repetitive operation very satisfying and realistic. Indeed, I love minimalistic layouts like this one in the vogue of Ian Futers

Looks really good Maurice and it is certainly compact.

Don

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Maurice Hopper
Jan 20 2016 05:40
Thank you, fellows. Yes, this minimal size has a very comfortable feel to it. The ease of packing and carrying makes a rather more attractive propersition than the considerable larger and heavier, let alone more difficult to put together, layout in a crate. There are plans for other projects using the same format, but in scales that allow a slightly more complicated track plan, which is not much of a challenge! Have box will travel!
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Phil Copleston
Jan 20 2016 13:45

Thank you, fellows. Yes, this minimal size has a very comfortable feel to it. The ease of packing and carrying makes a rather more attractive propersition than the considerable larger and heavier, let alone more difficult to put together, layout in a crate. There are plans for other projects using the same format, but in scales that allow a slightly more complicated track plan, which is not much of a challenge! Have box will travel!

 

Indeed Maurice, and an ingeniously compact and designed layout-in-a-box it is too! I can imagine a whole series of possible future small layouts based on this 22 litre 'Really Useful Box' format - in S scale, as well as in others. Combine the contents of TWO similar boxes (not much more cumbersome) with your existing display and lighting arrangements and all sorts of more expansive 'ultra-transportable' micro-layouts become possible.  

 

For instance, even utilising just one box, if one of the two scenic boards (or 'hod', as you call it) is split length-wise and divided into two trapezium shapes, then placed with the two widest ends together, it is possible to squeeze a greater width from the combined boards, albeit with a resulting loss of board width at the opposite end. The narrower end would then connect to the hidden 'fiddle' track. Thus a fan of sidings or even a small branch terminus with loop would be squeezed onto boards that still pack into the same narrow box.  

 

Combine this with an additional box containing, say, an extra scenic board, lighting strip and three or four of your short table-mount legs etc. and much greater scenic flexibility is achieved. A layout concept worth exploring further, perhaps?

Once again Maurice you've come up trumps with your ideas. Made me think about a Fremo-in-a-box group hmmmm
Simon Dunkley
Jan 20 2016 18:51
Phil, Have you taken too many of those dried frog pills again? Hehehe. Simon
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Phil Copleston
Jan 20 2016 18:53

Simon, It would seem so... he he  :crazy:  

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Maurice Hopper
Jan 21 2016 07:07
If "The Baron" (Brian Harrap) can produce Quay 87 (P87), perhaps I need to work on a layout called 22L as in 22 litres. Pity the box is not 22.45 litres, as in 22.45mm track gauge for S! Thanks for all your interesting and kind comments. A few minor changes are being prepared, along with some additional details. An additional flat 4litre box has been purchased so that there is now a box for rolling stock and a second box for the bits and pieces, the smaller layout components such as the lighting connector, the power supply and controller. This makes for a neater load in the rucksack, along with a couple of smaller boxes for the locos. I have also purchased some new curtain lining material to make a smarter tablecloth and a small 'skirt' to go along the front of the layout. This will have to be pinned in place as Velcro will up set the ability of the 'hods' to fit the box. Enough for now...
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Maurice Hopper
May 05 2016 16:44
The reason for the 'skirt' has become history as the layout is no longer supported by the travelling box. It has been replaced by a rectangular piece of ply with the centre cut out that acts as a central leg.

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