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  1. Hi John, Try this for size: The St Ives style goods yard and loading dock works nicely with the goods shed opening into the yard. The catch points in the two goods sidings could be done in various ways, the simplest being to just imagine them...! The one in the long siding needs to be curved so we can't just use the Peco catch point as supplied - it throws the siding out of whack too far. The entry point is 494mm from the front edge with 109mm of straight before the curve starts. I've redone the Bay curve so that it's smoother and the platform is wider. The engine shed has been moved and angled a bit. The carriage siding is slightly shorter and realigned so that point motors are well away from baseboard supports. I've suggested some scenery based on your backscene just to get a feel for it but obviously it's entirely up to you. Need to think about how the yard surface disappears into the backscene but I think it's doable with things like hedges, fences and hoardings. Cattle pens? Hmmm...
  2. Yes I came to the same conclusion. The double slip was a problem when trying to lay out anything like St Ives but it was basically there to avoid the catch points. Replacing the trapping spur and thus the DS with catch points makes the sidings work much better. I'm going to try to arrange the goods shed to have its loading doors opening into the yard (like St Ives) so that outside the track is purely non-railway scenery.
  3. Thanks John. I'm really sorry to hear about Fern. It sounds like she was a great companion. Fernhead it is.
  4. So, John @JST I will try to re-align the two goods sidings and find a way to give one of them a loading bank and/or end-loading dock. (And try to get rid of the double slip.) That will leave the corner more open for scenery. Should I make any other changes to the station design due to the discussions above? Have I made the bay too long? I was thinking about Minehead and Kingswear when I drew it. It seems reasonable to imagine that the station was only a few miles away from the mainline junction where there was a shed with a turntable - not least because that's exactly what you've got in your layout! Thus, there's no need for a turntable at this station and tender locos travel up and down the branch light engine, tender first as necessary. OK? What do you want to do about the local engine shed? If the large shed at the junction is near enough for the light engine moves described above then the original engine shed (there almost certainly was one) would probably have been taken out of use in the 20's. So do you want to retain the local shed under Rule 1, justify it some other way or say that it has indeed been taken out of use but the building remains and the tracks are still used as stabling spurs in the busy summer months? Perhaps even get rid of it completely? Even if there was no local engine shed (in use) there would have been a water tank and one or more water columns and I think it's possible there might still have been a coaling stage - but I'm not sure. Final question: Do you have a name for this station?
  5. Put signal 3 nearest the track and ground disc 4 outside it so the ground disc "reads to the left" as you approach the points.
  6. Are you committed to buying two 8*8 sheds? A single 16*8 replacement for the original shed would be a much more flexible and more usable space. Timber sheds can be made reliably water-tight and so that they don't need treatment...
  7. Hi John, Here's my first stab at it: The first thing you'll notice is that I'm suggesting a bigger fillet because it allows a more continuous curve instead of a dogleg station. Is that possible? The platforms are long enough for 6-coach trains, with run round on the Main side plus a 4-6-0 standing proudly at the head! The platform looks a bit skinny but it is wider than the regulation 12ft along most of its length, and it gets wider towards the station building to try to give it a bit of "heft". Carriage siding can hold 6 coaches. I've plonked a station building on just because that's the obvious place for it - not saying you should change your plans. Engine shed, carriage siding and goods yard are all naturally trapped to protect the passenger lines - no need for catch points (if I've done it right). Engine shed connects to run round loop, which would normally be kept free so no problem with loco getting in and out The goods yard could be laid out in a number of different ways. It might just be possible to fit a turntable in the engine shed area. Smallest radius of 610mm is in the 1 Double slip in the goods yard. Other parts: 1 Large right, 3 Medium left, 1 Medium right, 2 curved right, 1 curved left.
  8. Or one of these: https://www.dremeleurope.com/gb/en/rightangleattachment-224-ocs-p/
  9. The thickness of slitting discs varies. You can buy very thin ones, diamond coated as LaCath suggests, which make a very fine cut. Everything works if you use one of the fatter ones - you just get a louder click-clack as the wheels cross the gap... The other thing I would add is that after cutting you might feel the need to chamfer the rails: Be gentle otherwise the wheel have even further to drop and the click-clack gets even louder and more worrying.
  10. My first layout was a circuit on a board in my bedroom but sadly I can’t really remember it. I do remember being put to bed in Mum and Dad’s bed so that Dad could work on the Layout in secret in my bedroom and then later being carried half asleep into my own bed. It was revealed as a birthday present and I remember the green papier-mâché tunnel that covered part of the track. Later we had a bigger layout in the attic. Dark, cold, dusty. Chipboard strung between rafters and roof braces. Rusty Hornby steel track. I desperately wanted a Battle Space Turbo car but Dad said it was unrealistic and silly. When we moved to Cornwall we had a small BLT to fiddle yard layout in the cellar for a while before we got much more ambitious and took over a static caravan, as commemorated here:
  11. Did it have more issues than any other model by any other manufacturer? There are issues with any model and owners who have problems are always very vocal. Nothing wrong with that but it can obscure the true state of a model's quality. For the record, my two railcars (1st and 2nd iteration) are two of my favourites. Great slow running, great detail, fancy lighting as standard and no troubles at all (aside from the sound installation, which is a third party issue).
  12. Why do you need a terminus? If you used the long side of the room for a big-ish double-track through station you could still terminate some trains there. You can have terminal sidings or bays as well specifically for that purpose. Then you wouldn't need the separate small through station at all, or the multi-level design (which will be very difficult in the space you've got) or the reversing loop which inconveniently crosses the operating well... Fiddle yard along the opposite side, probably partly crossing the doorway in some form. Your operating well needs to be bigger than shown. P.S. I expect Crewlisle will be along shortly...
  13. I just dropped a tender handrail and heard it go "ping, ping, ping" on the tiled floor. It's nowhere to be found. What seemed like a great idea last night is now tainted with a sense of loss and disappointment...

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    2. Ian Hargrave

      Ian Hargrave

      Use an led torch and go slowly over the tiles.Enjoy !

    3. sigtech

      sigtech

      I tend to'find' what i've just lost most times if I go down on hands and knees and carefully feel for the object- slowly and methodically around the area where it was lost, if no luck then widen search area and repeat... you've got more chance of finding it on a tiled floor than if it were on carpet; it's a matter of dogged persistence, methodical searching - and luck!

    4. Harlequin

      Harlequin

      I found it! :D

       

      So now I feel better about the original idea, which is why I was taking a tender apart in the first place. Will post more if it works out...

       

  14. I assumed the inner curve was R2 but it might still work if you could bring the R1 around to 22.5 degs then insert the point. Some fettling of the outer curve would then be needed to allow the crossovers to connect. I wonder if there's room for R2 and R3 instead because some stock won't like R1...
  15. @daryll Why do you want to do this? Do you have severe space limitations?
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