Having been a forum member for a couple of years, I'm almost ashamed to say this my first post!
I've been interested in railways and model-making for as long as I can remember. Any number of ideas and paper schemes have come and gone between juvenile part-built layouts and the here-and-now, but it was my young Number 2 Son's recent request for an N Gauge layout at my house has been the necessary catalyst to actually get some worthwhile modelling done.
But what, you may ask, has N Gauge got to do with the ALR in 009? Well, my fiancee lives in Derbyshire, not far from the ALR, and it struck a chord with me. I find narrow gauge fascinating, but, and with all due respect for those who follow the freelance path, I prefer schemes which spring off prototype lines in the way that many branch-line termini are fictional spurs off of main-line companies.
So here is my nascent scheme for the terminus of a fictional twig off of the Ashover Light Railway, as yet un-named:
The planning process, as with all my layout ideas, started with a pencil sketch. This time, I progressed to Peco point templates and rectangular outlines of the ALR's ex-WD bogie wagons. It won't be too hard to recognise it as basically an Inglenook puzzle. The addition of a kick-back siding and a small platform and shelter are there to add a bit of variety to movements. There isn't a loop, I'm assuming that instead there's a triangular junction just off-stage to the left like the one at the real Ashover Butts. The track work will all be Peco code 55 as I want it to look as light as possible, but will be heavily ballasted to disguise its origins. The 2D plan/mock-up is basically three sheets of A4 taped together. The baseboard is probably going to be 1m long x 0.3m (or 0.4m) wide to allow for some scenery at the end and along the front and back, and there will be a simple detachable fiddle yard at the left hand end.
Just for comparison purposes, the photo below shows a standard gauge 4mm scale Cambrian Railways two-plank drop-side wagon:
I suppose if nothing else, it proves that 009 isn't necessarily smaller than OO/EM/P4!!!
So that's it so far. Don't hold your breath, as progress will be erratic, but hopefully not too slow! And I've got two Dundas 009 WD bogie wagons to be getting on with.....
Cheers for now!
Edited by 2996 Victor, 29 April 2018 - 20:10 .