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Building a OO gauge model railway in my loft. First attempt at building a model railway, excited, but apprehensive at the sametime! 

 

The layout will be based loosely in the south east (Brighton area) in the late 80s-mid 90s (that's when I was a kid and remember trains), so lots of network south east stuff, maybe some connex south east later.

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Old Priory - 5 - Update (April 2021)

My track from Peco finally turned up! Its only taken 10 months, but I have my first box of code 75 concrete sleeper track, yay! This is of course in jest, I know Peco have been very unlucky over the past year, so thank you to them!   I have been playing with the track plan as I just wasn't happy with it. The helpful ideas suggested to me in previous posts were playing on my mind and although I wanted 4 running lines, It would have been expensive and difficult to get right. I have to re

Old Priory - 4 - Update (November 2020)

So work has stalled... Lockdown and the virus has stopped Peco as we all know, so my birthday present (June) of several boxes of flexitrack still hasn't turned up and Hattons can only tell me thats its still on order. Kinda annoying, but hey what can you do in these strange times...   Wiring up the loft is on hold because my tame electrician isn't working at the moment, so that's on hold as I don't trust myself to do it....   I finally got a DCC controller from ebay, the smal

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Old Priory - 3 - Track Plan Improved

After taking on-board (pun intended!) all the advice from the previous blog, I have come up with the new track plan. I am useless at doing curves that are parallel to the tracks next to them, so don't take it as gospel.   I have brought the pointwork closer into the station to assist the signallers arms, I have angled it as well to try and smooth out the 90 degree corners on the left side. I was hoping for straight platforms (as i don't think I have the skills to do curves platforms at

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Old Priory - 2 - Track Plan

With my plan of using a 40cm wide "shelf" to run most of the layout, I was um'ing and ar'ing over to run a double track or a quad track. I like the sound of a double track, more space for scenery on the "shelf" areas of the layout, but I also like the idea of four tracks running together. Brighton to Victoria is both, but I do like the four track sections between Haywards Heath and Gatwick. I have made a plan for four tracks after checking 40cm would be wide enough for 4 tracks. The picture stil

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Old Priory - 1 - Prepping the loft

After spending the winter clearing the loft, boarding the floor and celotexing and hardboarding the eves, I now have a workable space. The loft still needs power and lighting and the centre area needs celotex and hardboarding, but progress is being made at last!   The plan is to run the layout around the outside of the loft on a 40cm "shelf" that allows me to still access the storage in the eves, have my computers in their current location (the loft is my man cave), but have a large ba

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