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  1. The statement leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Can someone who knows what is going on tell us why this has happened? That would cut off a lot of speculative nonsense.
  2. On the Moretonhampstead branch, and I suspect many others, the track rose from the mainline at more or less sea level to the town on the moor. So down was Up and up was Down.
  3. Adam, have you checked how long your platforms will be with those point formations at either end? Will a decent length passenger train stand fully alongside the platform without fouling the points at either end?
  4. It's superb! I would say that you have performed something of a miracle to fit this so neatly into the space but I know that it's really the result of a lot of hard work and fine tuning. I like the new angle at the bottom, which eases the corner curve and gives the goods yard more room. Only question is about the turnouts on the access bridge: If the bridge is a lifting flap the proximity to the edge might be a worry unless you have a cunning plan in mind. Have you thought about the landscape profile? It would be lovely to see some undulations, especially if
  5. On the original question: It looks like you’ve got room to widen some of the corner curves. You’ll have to re-lay the track across the lifting section so that it is still turning when it crosses the gaps. Luckily the flap seems to be wide enough to accommodate the curve. You will need to fix the tracks securely either side of the gaps so that they always line up. Most people do this by soldering the rails to something solidly fixed to the baseboards - either brass screws or copper clad PCB.
  6. I tried all sorts of combinations! I found the formation with slips was just too straight and the curves at the ends that were needed to get the same net angle made the overall radius much larger.
  7. I was looking for ways to combine things and the trailing crossover that was already in the station plan looked like a good opportunity to do that so that the main lines could turn sharper under the high level station building. I did have the "implausible junction" completely symmetrical at one stage but it throws the main lines in a very different direction, like this: I think that's the tightest it's possible to get that formation to turn without relying on the turning routes through slips in the main line, which I really didn't want to do! (It's a short crossin
  8. Do you see this control (circled)? It's not explicitly called "follow this topic" but rather it controls all things related to following and I think it's the one you want.
  9. Hi Chris, Here's what I've come up with so far. It's not fully worked out and some things might be a bit awkward but I think this is a good point to show it to you. One of my big ideas came to nothing so it's no less complicated than your clever plan, which it is heavily based on. The major concept of this plan is to combine the elements of your plan wherever possible so that there are fewer separate parts and more open running. The goods yard headshunt continues into the countryside scene. It won't look too "urban" out there because it's just
  10. Well, yes and no, but I was wrong to snipe at DK's Settrack if that's what he really wants to use. It was only meant to be a gentle hint. Maybe it came out wrong. Sorry.
  11. Making something beautiful and using up spare parts are not always comfortable bed-fellows but you might be lucky. Maybe some other reader will find it useful.
  12. Yes, the buzzing is the characteristic sound of a very unhappy DC motor being given a high-power AC signal (the DCC signal) because there is no DCC decoder between the motor and the track. It shouldn't have done any permanent damage if you didn't have it turned on for too long. While you're buying decoders (I agree with the others that Zimo are a good choice) buy some spare ones to replace any Lais chips you have...
  13. What about something like this? The FY is on the left, viewed from the bottom, platform and station building at the top. Uses two Streamline Large Y turnouts and a Streamline Small radius. Run round completed in the FY. (I would suggest cassettes.) The on-scene run round might just handle two Mk1s...? Continuous curve on the platform until it reaches the loco release siding (and you could curve that too if you really wanted!) Cattle dock off run round loop. Goods siding at front. Smooooth...
  14. Hmmm, not really... What form of fiddle yard are you planning? A fan of sidings? Cassettes? Sector plate? How big? I think for a layout this compact the fiddle yard needs to be an integral part of the plan.
  15. If you omitted the turnout that opens the run round loop and took both sides of the loop off-scene you'd have room for your Mk1s. (Use the FY to complete run round moves.) That might give you a bit of leeway to have the track(s) enter the scene more centrally, which would help with the realism. You could also give the platform a gentle curve to maximise the length and give the scene a more dynamic feel.
  16. It's a possibility but there would be a couple of problems to overcome: The scene would have to be wide enough for the bridge to sit convincingly in it when the bridge is "closed". For full circle or even semi-circular rotation a lot of clear space would be needed around it, which would make the bit behind the pivot more difficult to disguise.
  17. I think this was reported and fixed a while ago but for me, on a normal iPad running Safari, all the topic content is shown in a restricted width column, the same width as the content on the home page. It’s as if room is being left on the right hand side for the adverts, status updates, etc., which are not shown on topic pages, of course. I only see this when I’m logged in... Ah, and only when the Gold theme is applied...
  18. Does this offer any inspiration? https://www.warwickshirerailways.com/gwr/gwrw2627.htm You could knock out a whole train of 'em just like the photo! Edit: Nothing is ever simple... Turns out these are actually Hydras but the basic idea would still work with Loriots in a goods train - or you could start to produce Hydras!
  19. Thank you! I have posted a slightly revised version in my Album and the only significant change was that I moved the yard crane because I realised it wasn't in a very sensible place... David: I can send you a PDF version that you can zoom in and examine in detail if that's of interest. One thing I forgot to say was that I imagined a typical sequence of events for the history of this station: Independent company first builds the railway, later incorporated into the Cambrian, then the GWR and on into pre-Beeching BR ownership.
  20. Here's a suggestion using all Streamline turnouts, then: Very similar to many of the plans above. A highly compressed design and so you have to accept some compromises. R2 radius end curves with Streamline curved turnouts (20° and 8°!) forming the transitions to straight. R2 is tight but it means there's space for the terminus pointwork above and room for the passing loop below. 3 coach trains are just about possible if you're willing to have the loco stand foul of the points in the passing loop of the bottom station. The terminus headshunt is long
  21. According to "GWR Signalling Practice": The first tubular post signals were erected at a number of sites in 1927 for assessment and comparison with the old pattern masts. Thereafter they gradually extended across the system. (There! That makes up for my late arrival on the Diagram T autocoach train!)
  22. Hmmm, OK. They seem like very odd angles so I guess they are measured from actual parts which may have some tolerance and variability. I can't remember now where I got my info from so I'll have to do a bit more research.
  23. 8 degrees outer and 20 degrees inner.
  24. I'm sure it's possible to do the whole design in Streamline without needing to do anything too drastic - IF the main circuit is single track. The turnouts don't have to be in the tight end curves - in fact they can help the transitions between curves and straight like this: (The red circle is a guideline for an R2 curve. The green turnout is Streamline HO/OO curved left.) I'm drawing something up. Might have something to show later today.
  25. The proportions of your plan look a bit wrong to me. The very long very shallow angle on the right squeezes the shed to the left. Could you get that track to turn a bit more and open up the angles? Maybe have a look at the old mapping web sites. I think you really need two loco lines beside the shed because you can see in the photos that the coaling shelter was over the outer line with a coal wagon standing beneath it. If you moved the turnout for the "14 mileage" to the left and/or the TT to the right the TT would fit more naturally in the angles between the lines.
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