Unfortunately, I am getting a little carried away with ideas for the Diamond Jubilee Layout Challenge
When it was first announced, with a maximum scenic area of 600mm by 240mm, I thought 'what on earth would fit in a space like that?'. After playing around with one or two, my brain quickly got into the mood and far too many ideas quickly followed.
The Challenge is very much set as something for beginners to try as their first step into producing a layout. For the more experienced modeller though, I think it does offer a challenge rather different and refreshing. Every day seems to bring another thought to mind. I have rejected quite a few. It is amazing just how many good ideas are just that little bit too big - and can't easily be compressed. I have also come across a few where the pointwork is just off limits, so doomed to fail as not fitting the rules.
Here are just a few I have thought of so far. I don't claim any of them are good, but at least it sets my ideas down on 'paper' for comments and thought. I concentrated mainly on modelling small sections of real locations - more or less to scale. Abstract ideas are far more difficult to convey. Scene blockers (or wings, as Iain Rice calls them) help to cut out the bits off scenic limits - as do bridges and tunnel mouths. Most of these ideas could be extended later. Some would do fine just as they are.
Beginning with something simple, the old goods yard at Redruth could be compressed slightly to make an interesting shunting layout.
This appears to have a 4-way interlaced turnout which would be interesting to build.
Another idea I had was to model the telescopic bridge at Bridgwater. Bridges always make interesting models. Unfortunately, the bridge itself is near enough 600mm long on its own, so no room for a turnout as it stands.
By reducing its scale to 80% I found room for a turnout at one end, so the idea could qualify for the Challenge after all. This also has the benefit of narrowing the width for standard gauge trains only.
To make the cameo more interesting, I added a diamond crossing for another line. A few subtly placed buildings and an overbridge would make the scenic breaks.
The telescopic bridge could be made to work, as has already been done in a larger scale. Later, I could add a small branch terminus on the left, maybe.
As well as simple scenes, some surprisingly complex trackwork and scenery can be incorporated in 600x240mm, without much compromise.
Here is Aldgate on the Metropolitan Railway
This had an overall roof starting roughly where the orange line is on the right. By moving this to the left, a good visual break is added to the already existing tunnel mouths and deep retaining walls.
Next, we have the south end of Dudley station. This squeezes some very intense trackwork into a very small space. To get the area into 240mm wide, the down GW platform and trackwork has been omitted.
Some minor compression would be required to get an acceptable scene, but not by very much. I would be tempted to move the station buildings slightly to the right.
Here are views of the scene
The north end of Ludgate Hill station would work quite well too. The station had quite a high walls that once supported an overall roof, so the station itself has a good visual break. At the other end, a tall building on the north side of Ludgate would give a good scenic break.
The trackwork is rather complex, but was simplified in later times.
Here is a view of how the model might look
Next, we have the west end of Grimsby station. This would include a working level crossing.
Here is a 3D view of the area. The sgnal box and the overall roof of the station make good view blockers.
Finally, something quirky - the old cable tram terminus at Matlock. This would make a lovely scene, if slightly monotonous to operate!
That's all for now. I don't claim that any of them are particularly good - but its a start. By this time next week, I may well have another few hundred ideas
The problem will be what, if anything I should actually model. No rush, thankfully, as I have one or two other things to progress first. Hopefully, my first thoughts will set a few ideas going in other people's minds.
Edited by Echo, 30 July 2017 - 15:47 .