I mentioned on Dave Siddallâ€™s excellent thread â€œO Gauge - First Tentative Stepsâ€ that we at Hessle MRG were about to embark on our first venture in the â€œSenior Scaleâ€. Rather than keep hijacking Daveâ€™s thread with reports on our progress I said I would start a separate thread once we had got something worthwhile to show â€“ so here goes.
At the moment we are still at initial track planning stage and following discussions at the club we have decided to do something based on a Scottish coastal terminus set in the 1970â€™s - inspired by Kyle of Lochalsh without necessarily being based on it. No name yet but one suggestion is Kyle of Loch Ness-Bit with Rab C as stationmaster â€“ weâ€™ll have to see!
Space available is approximately 6m (max) length by up to 0.9m wide (so we can still reach the stock for uncoupling etc). Trackwork following on from our previous OO layout Battersby North End will be handbuilt using C&L and Exactoscale rail and chairs on home produced ply sleepers laid on C&L templates. As with Battersby we will standardise on B6 turnouts.
So far we have purchased the C&L templates (boy do they look big compared to the OO counterparts â€“ the sheer size of things is going to take some getting used to). Quarter scale copies of these were then made (including a quarter scale loco, 2 coaches and a van) so that we could initially play around with them within a reasonable space (i.e. a table top), mainly to determine whether we could fit what we wanted into the available space but also it gave us an idea of where to position turnouts to avoid board joints.
After some shuffling about, lots of coffee etc we came up with this;
This at least showed we had the space to achieve our aims, the next step is to lay out the board tops and place the full size templates on them to double check all is OK. Iâ€™ll update on this presently but please note this layout, being a club layout will only get worked on at club meetings, i.e. 1 night a week for 3 hours (less chatting and coffee drinking time) so progress will be slow â€“ it took us 18 months to build and lay the track on Battersby!
Edited by mike knowles, 31 October 2016 - 18:37 .