I've been a member of RMweb for a while now and have gained a lot of useful information. So I thought it appropriate that I contribute something and as I am building a new layout, that will be it. I hope others will find this useful.
The layout is in 0 gauge and will be DCC controlled. The track layout is based very closely on West Kirby on the Wirral: West Kirby itself is electrified - third rail - and has been so since the late 1930s. The station track layout has changed (well, been simplified!) over the years, but my model will be based on the late 1970s/early 80s. As I have yet to find any models of, or kits for, Class 502s, the services will be diesel operated and there will be no 3rd rail.
Why West Kirby? I was born and bred in Liverpool and we had relatives in the Hoylake/West Kirby area, so we would go "over the water" on the train to see them. [Strictly speaking, we went under the water but "over the water" was the expression used!] The track layout has always fascinated me and as the time had come for a new layout, I thought I would go for it.
Previously, I had an 0 gauge layout named "Woodside Park", (also DCC controlled) based roughly in the Birkenhead area, but the track plan had echoes of Bath Green Park. This is a photo of it:
The layout was in a 10' long shed, and ran outside, before doing a right angle turn and down towards the house to a fiddle yard. Although the outside tracks were under covers, it was very unpleasant to operate in the rain and cold and not easy in the dark. This is a photo of the shed and part of the outside track:
The shed and outside layout, having been erected up to 20 years ago, were beginning to suffer from the weather, so a decision was made to restart. I had a large collection of 0 gauge LNWR stock, as well as blue diesels, and after a lot of soul searching, decided to sell the LNWR collection to finance a new shed and a new layout. The new shed is now erected - photo:
It is 23' long x 6'6" wide outside: the track will exit at the right hand end and go down alongside the fence to a new fiddle yard. The baseboard (22' 6" x 2'9") has been erected and I've started setting out the track - checking the concept, if you like! Here are a couple of pictures to show progress so far: this is the track layout leading into the platforms (the grey card shows where the platform will be (all 8' of it!!):
The next is looking in the opposite direction (I've not cut the hole in the shed wall yet!):
Finally, when the hole is cut, this is where the outside board will go, ending at the fiddle yard:
Those who know the station and the 70s layout will notice there are 2 more sidings to the left of the platforms. The third left is to help with reversing and storage of parcels trains destined for a depot further up the line which has no access in the down direction. The 4th siding is a private siding and a preserved railway site will come back off this (away from the station). That site, though is for a later date!
Progress today has involved gluing down some of the cork underlay - I aim to do the rest tomorrow.
I'll update this thread at regular intervals, but progess will be slow by virtue of the layout's size. 22'6" x 2'9"" is a large plank!!!!
Hope this is of interest. More soon.
Edited by Dmudriver, 04 May 2018 - 20:46 .