Well here goes. After years of browsing through the many great layouts, ideas and information that RM Web has to offer, and having finally got to a stage where I could actually watch the trains go by on my layout, I thought it was time to start a thread on it..
Set anywhere in Britain, it gives me a chance to run anything I like on it, be it a class 24, a Western, a Deltic or even a class 66! Yes, it´s one of those not to be taken too seriously layouts. If it was to have any sort of geographical reference, it would be Shrewsbury and to some extent, with the curving junctions at each end, it was originally (very) loosely based on it, although I do realise that Shrewsbury has 2 curves going the other way. The name is taken from the road where my aunt lived in Shrewsbury, and where the railway passed the end of her garden. A week spent at Easter and another during the school summer holidays would see me on Midland Railrovers which always produced a rather more interesting variety of loco than I was accustomed to, down in Hertfordshire, where I was brought up. At least that is what it felt like at the time. (except for the Deltics).
Having been born in 1965, I don't have any recollection of the steam age and although the standard steam classes of the 1950's do have a certain appeal for me, it is the rail blue era that I remember most fondly. If I was to follow my heart, the layout would be plucked straight from the British Rail blue period of mid 1970's to early 1980's as that is when I was growing up and when I followed the railway scene with maximum interest. My favourite style of layout is a mix of Wibdenshaw and Dewsbury Midland from the northern scene with a bit of Vauxhall Road and Harford Street over the grimy arches from down south, thrown in for good measure. But the truth is, as I got back into the railway scene after a break of maybe 15 years, the modern era with its multi coloured liveries seems to have a certain magnetism that interests me more and more. Must be the bright colours I suppose.
My favourite livery is large logo blue with wrap round yellow ends but the black and orange of Load haul comes a close second even though IÂ´ve never actually seen it in the flesh. Nowadays, the lime green, white and black of London Midland is what rocks my boat on the modern day railway. I am sure a new Bachmann London Midland class 350 will make an appearance when it is available. I must admit, I don't know how IÂ´ve avoided purchasing a class 411 third rail EMU so far. Couldn´t stand the damned things when I was a kid and we ventured south of the river on a spotting trip. Couldn´t stand DMUs either but I´ve got a couple of them.
At the end of the eighties, I met my then to be wife, who is Spanish, whilst she was studying in Britain. One thing led to another and I did the chivalrous thing that any Brit in his right mind would do, and moved to Spain where I have lived and worked ever since. Maybe living near, and commuting by train to Barcelona for a couple of years in the early nineties and for the last few years working adjacent to the Murcia - Madrid line helped to keep the train bug in me alive, so you will see from time to time some Spanish locos passing through Portland Grove too.
In 2005 we finished building our house and although not in the original plans we added a garage that was built below a terrace that WAS in the plans from the outset. Size wise, the garage is a generous single but not quite double and contrary to the belief of many family members, my car did actually have the honour of residing in there for a few nights, just after completion, but not many.
I must admit that I had been mulling over where to build a model railway for some time but it wasn´t until the garage was finished that I saw the light. I slowly started to build a framework around the 3 walls with the main objective being to store my accumulated junk, tools, etc, and have a simple layout on top.
Initially I thought of building an end to end layout but I just couldn't see me shunting, uncoupling, more shunting with the odd passenger train arriving or departing and a fiddle yard at the end where I had to change the locos. I am much more of a continuous run sort of aficionado. The idea of sitting and watching the trains go by appeals to me. So then I started thinking of a "dog bone" layout, albeit on 3 walls. This was starting to be more feasible but after playing around with the idea on paper it just didn't have enough scope for longish freight trains and passenger trains at a reasonable speed.
First up, I´ll show you the original layout idea to give you a taste of what I was after and the space that was available. No stations, sidings etc. Pretty basic.
VERY BASIC PLAN SHOWING APPROXIMATE POSITIONING AROUND 3 WALLS OF GARAGE AND SIZES.
To be continued.......
Edited by McGomez, 15 April 2014 - 17:20 .