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  1. Apart from the simple pleasure of running a loco you built yourself, the biggest bonus is being able to run locos which aren't available RTR. For example in 7mm most NER loco's available are kits and NER/LNER is a fairly popular region so you can see the only option you have is kits. Some scales of course you are almost forced into kits, unless running limited amounts of old stock, or foreign vehicles. 3mm/ft or TT for example, but for modern image a lot of the kits try to be build and mount on existing chassis.
  2. Katier


    some people have definitely used 3-links in 3mm as some second hand wagons I bought had them.
  3. At least two of thé stations on thé old GWR line through tettenhall in wolverhampton, still survive, despite them closing over 80 years ago. Two station buildings are now cafes, and Tettenhall station itself has a full complement of buildings.
  4. Definitely look at Urban/Suburban, as mentioned previously Branch lines while very popular are actually a poor choice as they would typically see little variation in traffic. Once an hour you might get a passenger train, with a daily goods service - hardly rivetting viewing!! Urban take up less space and have the capability of much more varied traffic. I'm currently working on an n-gauge layout that is 6ft long including fiddle yard - so 12ft including fiddle in OO - and has the following features :- 3 platform station, double track approach, creamery, Parcels siding. Similarly minories could be adapted into the same space easily enough. In both cases you get future operating capacity without having to adapt the layout, so you could run push-pull services from branch lines, express loco hauled milk services, GWR railcars and other suburban sets. The fiddle yard is a traverser with normally 25" sidings (so 4ft in OO) although one has a small extension. This allows 4 coach loco hauled, or 5 car multiple units, which is long enough to represent urban services.
  5. Most kits do include Castings, especially those on the 3mm shop, I think the only ones that have none or are limited in what they do have are the Worsley Works and Bill Bedford ones, but both of those supply etchings in multiple scales and are very much a case of scratch-aid kits. All the Finney and Smith, 3mm Society and most, if not all, of the 3SMR kits include castings.
  6. Agree on the rods/tubes or similar method. You only need one though, I use a similar system on one of my layouts sector plate, and my traverse on my n-gauge layout will probably use the same. Simply wire one rail to be perminantly live via a fly lead and the second rail via the rod/tube. solves current transfer and alignment in one go.
  7. Katier

    oo gauge layout

    Straight answer is definitely. Heck you can put a O-gauge layout in those dimensions However it entirely depends what you want out of your layout. The 0-gauge one would probably be an industrial type layout or small MPD, the OO-gauge similar but bigger or an end-to-end fiddle to terminus. N-gauge you could get a decent roundy in.
  8. Railmodeller has a huge range of RTR trackwork including code 75, I use it on my Mac while using Templot on my PC.
  9. Another interesting one to look at is Hull Paragon. Due to it being a terminus approached from two directions it is fed by a triangle junction which form, in effect, a 4 track approach to the station. The other interesting fact is the loco servicing was done at the junction which is probably around half a mile from the station. The depot was accessible via extra tracks, however, so light loco movements could occur without impeding normal services on the mainline.
  10. Probably a good pair of examples of major stations are Marylebone in London and Snow Hill in birmingham. The two pictures below are the respective track plans and should give you an idea of the complexity going into major stations. Marylebone is obviously an outright major terminus station and is also four track approach giving an idea of just how complex such services would be. http://hutton-web-design.co.uk/images/Marleybone.jpg While Snow-hill is a through station, it often operated as a terminus and thus had full termini facilites with turn table and carriage sidings. Ironically most terminating trains would have headed south, and the facilities are to the north, but there is absolutely nothing to stop you running a trackplan based on that purely in the northern direction. http://www.warwickshirerailways.com/gwr/birmingham-snowhill/structures/gwrbsh1167.jpg In Steam era you would have had several different types of service. Tender Hauled Express Tender Hauled Inter City stopping services Probably Tender Hauled Parcels Tank engine hauled commuter or suburban services Tank hauled services from branch lines Railcars Railcars and some of the branch services could just arrive and depart, without turning as sometimes they would be push-pull services so the coach could lead (GWR 14xx and NER BTP are two examples of loco's equipped for such services. Suburban services would be larger trains (4 coaches minimum, while the branches topped out at around 2 typically) but by using tank engines their intensity could be maintained as they would run-round the train, couple up and depart without moving to the turntable etc. The Tender hauled services are your tricky one and would need to be turned. However I'd expect, more often than not, for the loco to self release and head for servicing, rather than be pilot released. The Pilot could then shunt the empties either further up the platform for the return service, or to a carriage siding if they needed to be stored of serviced away from the platform. I imagine ( based on modern practice) during the day, the intercity and express services would usually be given a interior tidy and restock at the station platform most of the time.
  11. Birmingham Moor Street in goods days would be perfect - can even include the tunnel through the Snow hill so you have the station in the middle with two fiddle yards.
  12. Slow but steady progress.. angled the single track bridge both for track clearance and appearance.
  13. Steady progress, the road towards camera will probably sit on the same arches as the retaining wall at the back, possibly with some embankment and a road down to the creamery (left of shot).
  14. Well finally done a little modelling, working on scalescenes arches and bridge to develop the corner with the creamery and fiddleyard. The tunnel mouth is the double width version of the bridge and will see a continuation of the road over the single track bridge which will have a slightly skewed track running through it. Clearances have been checked and, while tight, will work. A T-junction will feature on the road after it crosses the single line giving 90 degree roads running above the fiddle yard. In other words the fiddle yard will be partially covered and the final 'hiding' of it will be via terraces house frontages/roofs. This will provide the 'back scene' at this end of the layout. I'll probably use some form of metal L brackets to support it all while not impeding the traverser. In this shot you can also see the unusual fiddle yard. The fiddle yard is a traverser but in order to maximize storage as you can see where are two sidings on it too. The nearest two lines (nearest is out of shot) are conventional straight traverser tracks while the third road has the sidings. Thus having roads over the nearest lines won't matter as simply pulling the traverser away from the camera will expose them for any required fiddling.
  15. Anything NER hey.. man after my own heart!!! :-D NER is a wierd anomaly in that it's the biggest component of the LNER but short on RTR. However it your willing to build kits there is a decent selection . I'm an NER fangirl, love the locos and the history (and come from the edge of the NER region) and certainly worth looking at. On the positive side, because your looking LNER, not NER, a lot of the RTR would have run on some of the NER region at some point. For example (looking at the large end) the A3's and their kin would run regularly through the NER region on Scottish expresses.
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