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  1. Hi Pete, The branch line is very close to the main line in lots of places - so will it "read" as a branch line or just as another part of the main line infrastructure? It will share tunnel portals with the main line, for instance. Operationally speaking, why is the engine shed at the end of the branch line? A tiny branch line wouldn't need a big engine shed. The through station might need one (if it were bigger) but the shed doesn't have a direct connection to the through station, even though it's adjacent to it. I assume the Goods shed (GS?) is just a place
  2. This is vaguely similar to the station I drew earlier, but rotated by 180° (or flipped). My one island platform was 70mm wide. The other platform was not an island so that it could accommodate a traditional station building with level road access. Tighter radii heading towards the lifting section on the left. Larger curvaceous radii heading into the scenic end on the right.
  3. Since the branch platform loop connects to the main line at the other end of the platform you could avoid the second connection at this end as well..???
  4. Yes. The Great Western Way (2nd edition) says that in this period cabs were "Mid Chrome Green" (Loco Green) inside, including the inside of the roof. The footplate was black except timber areas, which were left natural. Much earlier (pre-1906) it refers to a report of the cab interior being painted "Vermilion" (China Red) up to the top of the splashers, with black and orange lining at the junction with the green above! Much more fancy!
  5. I think they do indeed need to break out of the existing geometry to make any improvements now. That's exactly what I suggested here: The idea includes adaptors to connect the new geometry to the standard current Streamline geometry.
  6. A station does not have to be a passenger station - a stand alone goods yard is, of course, a station too. The point I was making should have been fairly obvious: If you have some reason for trains to stop on scene then operations are more varied. Even infrequent and simple stopping operations add different movement to the baseline trains passing through. You can choose/design the station to meet your desired level of on scene operations. I know this is getting slightly off topic. Maybe the OP would like to change the title of this thread to clarify that he was asking a
  7. That's the thing, though, you have to just like watching trains go by and nothing else. A station makes other things happen - that's why they are so popular. I'm not advocating against landscape only scenes, they can be great! Just pointing out the huge member of the Elaphantidae family with the trunk sitting in the corner over there.
  8. Here's a quick sketch suggestion for you. You can see it's very similar, just some slight re-arrangements and a bit of a curve. The curve allows the yard to open up more and for the lines to reach into the far corner. Putting the goods shed on the run round spur opens up the yard even more. The run round loop is just long enough to clear 3 coaches. The shed track traps the run round loop. Plain track before the first point allows locos to stay on scene while they run round and lets you see the Home signal better.
  9. Have you got any kind of interference suppression components fitted in the motor circuit? They can affect a decoder's back-EMF measurement. P.S. You need to test decoders from other manufacturers before singling out Zimos in particular. My guess is that they would all show the same symptoms.
  10. Please have a serious word with your S&T department about the interlocking between your points and signals!
  11. Ah yes. That makes sense. Duh! I hope you can get it to work without too much trouble. I think I'd better go and inspect some turnouts I bought recently!
  12. It's very unusual for a turnout to be duff out of the packet. You could try cleaning between the blade and the stock rail to ensure they are clean and making electrical contact (a fibre glass pen is ideal).
  13. Here's my suggestion: I think you've got much too much going on and you should be thinking like the directors of a private railway and trying to make everything as economical as possible. When you placed trains on the drawing above it looked like the run round was plenty big enough so you could: Abandon the bay platform. Slim down the platform now that it's single sided to give more room to the yard. Push the release crossover as far to the right as you dare, leaving just enough run round. Put the goods shed on the spur off the run round. Abandon the e
  14. Sorry. I was looking at your photo of the shed at Rhayader and imagining a sliding door like that. Of course hinged doors would neatly solve the problem!
  15. Yep, also: It's away from the goods yard so would be difficult for the staff to manage the two sides with two public access points. You have to keep moving empties and full vans from one side of the station to the other. Shunting vans into it will be really tedious because of the kickback and no track beyond it. Vans will have to fetched from the yard two at a time - and all those shunting moves will disappear off-scene in an unsatisfying way. It's off a passenger line so has to be trapped and signalled in a very expensive, non-Cardi-Bach way. (There's not enoug
  16. I've been reading about the Cardi-Bach recently and there was a reference to Newport in the Price book. He says that: The board of the Whitland and Taf Vale Railway considered changing it's name to the "Whitland, Cardigan & Newport Railway" in 1876. At the time they were pushing the bill for the Cardigan extension through Parliament and they were advised to change the company name simply to the "Whitland and Cardigan Railway", which they did. That bill passed easily. The Directors proposed putting a further bill forward to extend to Newport and Fishguard in the foll
  17. Apart from Cardigan those are all through stations that don't need room to run around. Some of them are passing places but that's a different kettle of fish. (I'll forgive you for leaving out the best station on the line, Llanglydwen.) You've got one platform but two platform faces and you only need one face to be like Cardigan. (I'm assuming that the lines either side of the platform are both accessible to the platform in your drawing and not fenced off like Moretonhampstead, for example). I guess a minimal setup would be: platform line against platform face, run round
  18. It's encouraging that Mike thinks that the Fairford variations with the kickback goods shed are workable. The addition of a coal siding would make sense but the danger is that the plan might start to look a bit overdeveloped. Without redesigning the plan from scratch, maybe the simplest and most open position would be alongside the goods shed track, something like this: That's just a quick hack: You can see that I haven't aligned the new turnout properly. (Also, the extra required trap is not yet inserted and the run round loop is still longer than strictly needed.)
  19. Hi GP, That sounds like a lot to try to fit into 8ft by 2ft. What scale are you going for?
  20. With other stations on the network called "Newport" the GWR would have given this one a different name to avoid confusion. "Newport Nevern" or even just "Nevern", maybe? You wouldn't have that problem with St David's of course...
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