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  1. Really appreciated Harlequin. It will take me a little while to digest the plan. Lots to ponder. I like your thinking. While I have you the baseboard will be 17mm thick plywood, glued with phenol formaldehyde resin. I do not believe there be a need for under structure. The wood is usually used for concrete form work and is marine grade. It is left over from another project of mine. Specs here is anyone is interested https://www.bunnings.com.au/carter-holt-harvey-1200-x-595mm-17mm-f14-formrite-formply_p0390167 Also - everything on the left is wrapping around the mechanism for my garage door - hence the extra jutting out part. The challenge here is it will be restively inaccessible due to large steel arms and springs immediately in front. I do like the idea of a low relief engine sheds. Perhaps the one on the far back can be a little longer. I do have a larger Y point in good condition (ST-247) and a double slip in average condition (SL-90). I even have a spare engine lift. Going through my spare track box, I found 4 Piko points. They are large (55220 & 55221) and 2x are 3 ways (55225). These were given to me a while back and have no idea what they are like to use - and mix with Peco 100. They seem to require Piko point motors. Any thoughts on these? All are in good condition.
  2. Hi Harlequin. Thank you again for the input. To answer a couple of your open questions - the bulge around the turntable was trying to replicate - given space limitations - some of the entry track to the historic Holyhead depot. I have included the Depot's track plan that I have been working off to further converstaion. I do rather like how the crossover near the real turntable looks. The lines to the right of the turntable go no where the one below the turntable should be to the main line. Interesting point regarding the reverse curve. I was thinking I need to get the 2 tracks parallel around the coaling tower (Ratio 547 Coaling Tower looks the go to for this). But you are 100% correct - perhaps better placement of the track on the turntable should be able to eliminate this aspect. Also your points regarding the size of the points is well made - I agree. But I have a budget constraint. I'll see what other spares I have around. I think I have a medium Y around around that may be serviceable to try in that location or another SL-91. More iteration. And thanks once again for the feedback. It is excellent to get new perspective - to mull things over.
  3. I am sorry to read that - damage like that can be so annoying. You have my sympathy. Perhaps a few emails to businesses like Paters Spares, Hattons, Rails etc may be useful as they may have one of the silver a4 tenders as parts. Otherwise it is all about being patient on ebay (or equivalent) - looking for another one that has either been parted out or is similarly in need of repair in a different area.
  4. Again - thanking everyone in advance for their feedback. I have tried a number of iterations and permutations - with the layout below having some appeal. Given the advice received, I have based this one on Holyhead. If I go this way, it may have to be a 'what if' some benefactor bought the site and set up a preserved steam depot running historic and new build engines as a 'true' model looks rather difficult to achieve given my baseboard constraints. As it is - I will need a 'bulge' around the turntable. I am yet to fully test if this will be a big issue or if it can be accommodated. So - I'd appreciate any feedback about the practicality of the following (and I do no thinks are not joined up - I will be using flex track for all but the points)
  5. I have now found via a web search (source and date unknown) the following picture that provides a useful broad view of the site - shows coaling stage and water column. Seems to be an older shed on the site to the typical LMS concrete roof version in the more recent pictures I have foundl. Closeup photos would be really helpful, but seem to be in short supply sadly - or I need to search deeper.
  6. That would be most helpful and appreciated.
  7. I am considering modelling a motive power depot modelled on Holyhead depot 1920-1950s. My challenges are I'd like to model a LMS depot to match my loco stock and my location requires the depot to be long and narrow. Engaging with another kind member on this forum raised the idea of Holyhead as a suitable candidate. The depot also has the advantage that it was home to 'big engines' such Black 5s, Scots and Patriots as well as some Jinties - so would well with my locos. The track plan does look broadly suitable with some modification. While I have a number of books on LMS engine sheds, looking through them I have found I have very little on Holyhead itself. Hopefully some books currently in the mail may show more Hence my request for photos and other details. I have some distant shots of the engine shed and some of the surrounding buildings, but have nothing on the coaling plant, turntable, water column, water tank all of which are a mystery to me. Google images has been only slightly helpful. Thanking all in advance
  8. While I contemplate and absorb all the advice I have been provided. I felt the need to do some other - non-layout modelling. Accordingly, I started work on detailing the Peco turntable. I wanted a brick floor in the well, so printed some segments with a brick pattern using a 3d printer. Given I have not used my 3d printer for much model rail printing, I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. The segments are only 0.5mm thick - so quite thin. The brick wall is simply printed paper using a laser printer. These have all been attached using simple PVA glue so I can easily remove them if I tire or want to modify the design. Since the photos I have detailed the track within the well. I am thinking I may try designing and printing an inspection pit for the engine shed as a next mini project.
  9. Loving the pictures Free At Last. Please keep them coming
  10. Thanks Brian. Duly noted & the reference appreciated.
  11. Again - most useful observations and some correct guesses Harlequin. Good points re the turntable and track needing to be perpendicular. I shall adjust The coaling road. Yes you are correct. If I am to keep it, it would be best to not connect to the turntable. Maybe an isolated line. I'll think about this one. As for the curved points near the shed. a) yes it is using points I have and b) I wat trying to get away from all parallel track. Useful to ponder.
  12. Thank you David. I have been studying your track layout intensely. Some useful grist for the mill. I like the flow. May I ask how the track worked for the coaler - was it an isolated section of track or did it connect somehow to the rest?
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