Welcome to the story of the creation of Peafore Yard. The story starts below in March 2014 but below are some shots of the finished layout:
A small step but work started on my new layout today, a day I have been looking forward too for some time but had deliberately delayed due to needing to finish an extension to our house. The layout has its first show booked for Cheltenham in April 2015 so despite there being some work still to do on the house, there is starting to be some urgency to make progress on the layout, I hasten to add the Cheltenham date has been in my diary since 2011!
My current layout Pallet Lane has been on the exhibition circuit since 2007 and I have had a lot of fun over the years. Over that time my modelling skills have improved a lot and now want to try something new. On the list for this layout are:
- Hand built points with manual rather than electric control
- Front rather than rear operated
- Cassette fiddle yard
- Two levels of track
- The opportunity to utilise some of my mainline passenger and NPCCS stock which wasn't suitable for Pallet Lane
The inspiration for the layout came from browsing the Bristol Rail website and in particular this page on Avon Street:
There were a number of things from the set of photos that attracted my attention; the part of Temple Meads in the background giving the opportunity of 2 levels of track, the Level crossing with the man with the flag (not sure if I can squeeze this in sadly) and the 03/Presflos, which I have to hand from Pallet Lane.
I will be sticking with 1977 so I can reuse the stock from Pallet Lane. After a mildly heated debate with an (ex)club member one night as to whether it was right to go to the hassle of building your own points in 00 when you could go P4 I have elected to stick with 00 simply because all my stock is 00 and the cost/time of conversion circa 100 items of stock is too daunting. The conversation did get me thinking though and the name came to being for 2 reasons:
- All of my layout names start with "P"
- Somebody maybe convinced it's P4 not 00!
Anyway enough preamble, here are some photos of the basic track plan for the lower level. The base board (4' x 2') is second hand bought from the club, the track is SMP and a freebie from an RMWeb member (thanks Gordon!):
The photo above show the basic track plan. The siding on the left of the photo will be part of the cement terminal which will occupy the area from the point to the edge of the board. The siding on the far right will be a coal siding (I think). The area where the glass/spare length of track will be the high level mainlines.
Looking the other way, I have deliberately curved the tracks to help lengthen the sidings and I prefer the look of curved track
I am building a Leyland Cement lorry to go with my existing Scammell, the yard on this cement terminal will be much larger and more realistic than Pallet Lane. Behind the tanker will be a culvert cut into the board
The stock is to test the length of the run round loop, the 37 will be the longest loco likely to be used in the yard, all of my type 4's will be used on the mainline
Edited by 37114, 26 October 2017 - 16:41 .