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  1. An interesting feature of gradients, and thus helices, is reported here: Knowledgeable members suggest this is related to modern worm drives, not DCC. Something else to factor in to a helix design...
  2. Hi David, I looked at a few small Welsh borders BLTs and they all seem to be quite well organised - or to put it another way a bit dull! (For instance, Kerry.) So I have added a dash of Hemyock into the mix and I think I have an interesting plan coming together. Hopefully, it will be realistic in terms of the basic features and operation even though it is quite compressed. I can use a few tricks to make it look more spacious than it really is. I need a name for the station. Can you suggest something suitable?
  3. You've got enough space to keep a reasonably generous minimum radius if you want and that would help not only with smooth running but would allow you to close-couple some of your stock. A sensible minimum radius might be 610mm - the radius of a Peco Small turnout. I think that your closely packed storage roads might be causing both the problem with tight radii and forcing the crossovers up into the scenic area. If you could space them a bit more (and you seem to have the space to do that) then the curves could be part of the storage capacity and you could move so
  4. Hi @Grafarman David, Before I go further with a design can I ask you a few questions? I'd like to try to make something relevant for you. (No pressure on you to use the end result, it's just a bit of fun.) What era and region are you aiming for? What sort of feeling did you have in mind for the station? Idyllic country station, something busier and nearer to a town or city commuter terminus? Would you use hand built track and turnouts, or should I rely on standard Peco parts or a mixture of both? Thanks,
  5. Absolutely agree. Keep it Simple.
  6. You're all right - a 1200mm bridge does work better, if you can make it work scenically: It copes with 2-coach trains and separates the FY from the scenic layout better. Longer would start to make things difficult. I would love to develop this into a full plan but I don't want to tread on your toes, @Grafarman, so I'll leave it there for now.
  7. Thanks again! I just picked a size to show the concept. 900mm was just my best estimate for the small trains I mentioned above but it can be longer - up to a point. I must admit that I like the conceit of a model swing bridge representing a real practical swing bridge but I hear what you're saying about longer bridges. Whatever works best for the OP!
  8. Sure, drawings are what I do... Rough layout: Detail: The embankment in front implies to the viewer that there is also one behind but you don't model the one behind so that the trackbed can swing around. The sector plate is 900mm long with the pivot point at 300mm in this drawing. I hope it's clearer now. Two pictures are worth 2000 words...
  9. My suggestions would be: Use Streamline throughout (you can still use the SetTrack radii end curves.) Go for the single return loop Simplify down to a single track circuit - this will give you more room for scenery and for the top station to extend above the circuit as per many of the designs above. Expand out the bottom station to have a passing loop and maybe a bay platform. Create a long single line across the top connecting the top station to the circuit and connect all of the sidings to that lead line so you can shunt the station without affecting the circu
  10. The motor is quite difficult to get at - it's enclosed in the centre of two big weights that fill the boiler and firebox. I think there are instructions further back in this thread.
  11. Yes, but why would a simple blanking plate burn out? Methinks the motor may have gone...
  12. Thanks! There are lots of possible tweaks and optimisations to make it work better. I imagine that actually, you'd include some of the track behind the bridge on the sector plate so the bridge wouldn't look so big. That should work because the embankment (or whatever) in front of the sector plate wouldn't move and the embankment behind is obscured from view. So when the bridge is in the normal scenic position the embankment behind the pivot point would look entirely normal and solid. Some greenery would help disguise any small gaps. Restricting the maximum length of a t
  13. Why does the double-track spacing vary so much? Why does only one track pass through the tunnel? And how will you arrange the scenery to make sense? What will the backdrop look like with the track so close to it? Are you happy that to shunt the station you'll have to stop running on the outer circuit? Have you noticed the horrible kink in the outer circuit? Are you OK with trains running on the wrong road for a significant distance before they can take the reversing loop? These are some of the questions that people were trying to address in their suggestion
  14. Hi @Grafarman I have a cunning plan... (But I haven't got time to draw it right now.) Imagine that the scene curves gently from top right to bottom left of your garage plan, with the line leaving the station heading over the bridge right into the bottom left corner of your drawing. You might wonder where it's going... The bridge is modelled as a swing bridge but in fact it's a sector plate just long enough to hold a train. When you open it, hey presto!, it connects to the fiddle yard along the bottom wall. OK, so some suspension of disbelief is
  15. The Scotsman is saying "Industry sources confirmed [a] death" and they have some reporting of the sequence of events: https://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/stonehaven-one-dead-after-scotrail-train-derailment-aberdeenshire-2939946 It looks very bad.
  16. I've just had a brainwave that might solve some problems and be simpler to build! I'll try to draw it up but I can try to describe it, if you prefer. What's your minimum acceptable scenic radius and minimum acceptable non-scenic radius?
  17. That looks really good as it is, Bob! Like slightly damp paving. Edit: Apart from the scratch marks, which are probably too visible, unfortunately. How about dry brushing now (?) and while you're doing that, concentrate on a few random slabs to break up the texture just a tiny bit more. Remember random means sometimes the slabs you pick might be next to each other, not equally distributed. (It's very difficult for the human brain to create a truly random distribution - it either wants to create patterns or it sees them when they aren't really there!) If you could f
  18. Could you widen the corner curves and include them in the scenic area? The lines running through the scenic area could even be curved all the way! Have you got a track plan we can see?
  19. It's a dangerous road to go down for a railway modeller because there comes a point when it's more about painting than modelling. In the extreme case - why bother modelling it at all? Just paint it. Everyone has a different idea where the acceptable threshold is between modelling and painting and of course it changes depending on the use of the image. Personally, I want an image to show the model as I would see it with my own eyes.
  20. Hi Newbie2020, Would SWMBO be open to negotiating a new peace plan? Could you get access to the end of the garage if you moved her tool cupboard and explained to her that the space would be used much more efficiently? Maybe offer some new shelving as well? Remember that as you've currently shown it, you will have to stand outside the layout and walk around it to operate it, possibly getting in people's way. If you had the end of the garage then, assuming there are no doors in the way, you could abandon the 8ft by 4ft lump and have 10ft by 5ft (ap
  21. Hi Chris, This is very clever! If you could ease the curves on the top level roundy-round circuits you'd get more visible running. Maybe then hide some or all of the implausible junction instead. Or at least obscure it from normal viewpoints. If you move the position where the green descending line on the left crosses the low level line until a bit further around then you'd have a few more inches of width available for the top level circuits.
  22. Fair question. He did say he wanted realism 7/10. I was just putting forward an alternative idea but clearly this is not wanted right now. So I will back off for a while.
  23. I've been looking at some real junction station plans and twiddling around. It really helps if the branch line is on the inside of the main circuits: All the trackwork is then simpler and smoother. Allows the station building to be on the outside platform with road connection to a possible town scene in the corner. Refuge siding running parallel to the main line tracks for a distance outside the station (not shown yet) for some fun overtaking movements and somewhere to park a train on scene. Around the back of the platform the through/passenger branch lin
  24. I’m a simple man and I don’t understand all this highbrow artistic talk but I know a good photo of a rare chimney pot when I see one! (There also seems to be a railway behind it, which might interest some people.)
  25. That's an interesting thought - it certainly feels like an American phrase, doesn't it? You can imagine it being pronounced "Deepoh"...
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