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009 RTR setrack




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#1 Nile

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 14:05

With the advent of 009 RTR trains and setrack I've been thinking about a project to demonstrate that a compact, but still interesting, 009 layout can be built without too much actual modelling involved. The idea is to use Peco 009 setrack and suitably adapted ready made buildings, and RTR stock.

I already had some of the 009 setrack, combined with some N gauge setrack I tried out some ideas. This was an early attempt, the station building is a Hornby Skaledale cricket pavillion.

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Some time later I'd settled on this basic design.

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I've limited its size to 3 feet by 8 inches to make it a shelf sized layout. The headshunt at the right end is long enough for a loco + 1 wagon (Skarloey is about the same length as a Baldwin 4-6-0). The gaps in the station run-round loop will be filled by half length track pieces I will have to make. This is to make the loop long enough to fit a train of 3 wagons plus brake van without making it too long. the track in the upper left corner will be hidden, the 'fiddle track'.

 

Moving on a bit, I bought some extra track and some buildings I thought I could use. This is the final iteration before fixing the track down. I've made a basic board from some 3mm MDF and strip wood.

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 20:26

Here is a bird's eye view of the layout after the track was stuck down with Copydex. This saves me trying to draw a track plan.

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At the top left is a bit of N gauge track that will be hidden, this is the built in fiddle track that can also connect to an external fiddle yard or cassette type thing.

The curved bit of track leading to this had to be modified slightly as only half a curve was actually needed. I made cuts in the sleeper webbing at one end and straightened the rails.

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I needed a total of four half lengths of straight track, two in the loop and two on the ends at the right. To make these I cut two pieces of track in half (these are the shorter bits of setrack that PECO make).

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To enable the joiners to work at both ends the sleepers at the cut end need notches cut in them. The rails were slid out of the way to do this.

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Before sticking the track down I drilled holes under the point tie-bars to enable motorization of the points, there is room inside the base board for this. I put some masking tape over the hole and cut a slit in it to help hide it.

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 20:34

Looks like fun :clapping:

 

I sometimes think it would be nice to do something different - something nice and relaxing, away from all the usual pressures


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 22:55

With the track stuck down and tested I'm now going to deal with some of the buildings, first up is the goods shed.

I chose the Bachmann corrugated goods shed because it has a relatively small footprint, looks good and the internal platform is a separate part. This first photo shows it being used as it was meant to be, with a standard gauge van.

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Substitute that for a narrow gauge one and it looks a bit silly, the shed is far too tall.

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But if the track is raised to the top of the brick base things look a lot better.

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So it was out with the hacksaw to remove the brick base. Some time later this was the result.

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This was fine for the PECO L&B vans, but I have some other vans that are slightly too tall to fit. The solutions was to make a base for the shed from some wooden strips, raising it slightly.

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I added some brass rods to the underside of the shed, these locate into matching holes in the wooden base. There are also tiny magnets to help keep it in place.

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The brown van, from a Nine Lines kit, is the tallest one I have and just about fits now.

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I still have to deal with the internal platform, it will probably be easier to make a new one rather than modify the original.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:20

I really like it!

Couldn't you raise the shed a little bit more to give your bigger van some additional clearance and clad the wooden strip in embossed brick to hide it?
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:28

I've seen others use brass rods to locate removable buildings before, but not the addition of magnets. Great idea, I might try it on my G scale layout.

PS the brass rods can also be used to get power to lights in the building.
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#7 Nile

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 22:08

Hi Matto, I'm going to leave the shed as it is. The larger van will be a rare visitor, it will mostly be smaller vans in the shed and they would look a bit lost if it was any taller.

Onto the station building. I doubt I'm the first to use the Hornby skaledale cricket pavillion in this role, it has a bit of a light railway look to it. For its intended role it needed to raised up a few mm, the canopy roof was a bit low in relation to the PECO coaches I' going to use. I made a base with some bits of balsa wood, then added a platform extension and ramp. These were topped with Slaters planking.

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Here it is in place.

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Something had to be done about that sign on the roof. Trying to remove it would probably result in a right mess, so I made use of it. I printed a new sign with the railway's name on it (inspired by the model's origins).

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 22:05

Next building is the Bachmann low relief warehouse.

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Its main role is to hide the track at the back and its exit. I cut away parts of the side walls so that it could be set further back and better cover the track.

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It's set at a slight angle to match the goods shed. The train just fits under the roof.

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The train can either hide behind the building(s), or exit to a fiddle yard or track.

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