In an ideal world I would have a purpose built room, unlimited funds and above all time to build the layout of my dreams. The reality is that I have one side of the garage (approx 9 feet x 1), limited funds due to a growing family and very limited time due to work commitments. In 2008 I decided that in order to try and cut costs, and having done a bit of research and read various articles I would try building my own point work using SMP track rather than buying ready made track. The plan I had in mind needed just three points and for a much lower cost I could buy the bits I needed to make all three. I built all the track for this layout for under Â£30. OK it wasn't state of the art but it suited me.
Just over a year later I scrapped that layout and began again. This time I needed two three way points plus two further units and I had decided to keep the layout small, to base it on the outer platform of a major junction station all in under four feet by one. Structures were to be based on Scalescenes materials. The size was dictated by what I thought I could finish in a reasonable time, a fiddle yard was added at each end to enable through running, although expresses would enter from the right and terminate. Through coaches can continue after a change of loco. Only the front two coaches will ever be visible and locos run round and disappear for servicing re-entering through the back of the engine shed. Coaches can be shunted out of site to carriage sidings, in reality the fiddle yard. A jam factory is placed along the back and the layout set during the fruit picking season to justify a regular supply of shunting on the layout. Goods trains enter from either direction shunt and pass through. all sorts of locos can be used for pilot duties although tender engines mean two locos must be involved in shunting the factory, most usually the pilot is either a Hornby or Bachmann 08.
Pott Row really exists, it is south East of Kings Lynn. I just liked the name! The scenario is that both GE and M&GN trains work into this outer platform of the larger station before heading off into rural Cambridgeshire or Norfolk. One day I might just work out a proper scenario but this suits me fine at the moment. For inspiration I've looked at places such as Cambridge, Ely, Bourne and Spalding.
Until last week I used a Lenz compact and electric pencil to power pointwork (non digital) but the compact went up in smoke after I simply plugged it in so I will need to buy something new.
All buildings are lit and the signals and platform lights work as well. As much as I would like J15s, 17s, 69s and Clauds I don't have the time or budget at the moment to build kits. Therefore I have the following:
Bachmann V3 and J39 professionally chipped by Model Yard, J39 tender runs on Mainly Trains chassis after the original showed signs of wear.
Two Bachmann 4mts numbered as two that worked on the M & GN
An ancient K's J70 running on a Tenshodo spud
Bachmann class 24
Just bought a Bachmann Derby Lightweight.
Rolling stock is mainly kit built wagons, Bachmann coaches. The Thompson coaches are flush glazed and close coupled.
I use Spratt and Winkle coupling and weather all stock although I have got a bit behind so there is more unweathered stock on the layout than I would like at the moment.
Track plan is as follows: track plan 2010.pdf 165.72KB 718 downloads
An album of photos to date is here including the Peco turntable I started to build as part of the extension at the left hand end:
Around Christmas time I decided that the three way points needed rebuilding, today I started relaying the new build points. Only the point closest to the platform is fixed I've yet to drill the holes for the point motors and polarity switching in the other.
The layout is difficult to photograph because the garage it lives in is north facing, has no windows and although the layout has it's own lighting it can still be quite dark, something else I will need to look at. Once I've finished renovating this part of the layout I plan to build the MPD extension. The turntable is already in and weathered, just waiting for me to install the motor. One of the points has also been built.
Edited by mullie, 04 March 2017 - 09:33 .