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  1. Thanks for the support there. I was already a bit further on than the last posted trackplan, having fixed one terminus. I have now fixed the other one as well., and removed the redundant facing crossover too. I will have to work out something useful to do with the points. I take your point about the operability of the 'template Keith. However I will have a lot of options as I don't have the pinch points at the access to the terminus stations. The only thing that is still bothering me are the reversing loops. The current plan has two, but neither of them are particularly close to the stations so the locos going to and from the loops will 'block' other operations. But as Im going DCC probably running with Itrain I see this just as a challenge.
  2. Ah, track pins and pilot holes, not a good idea at all. Thanks for the information.
  3. So you mean 9mm OSB is denser than 9mm ply? Its all wood so its hard to see how that can be. But density normally confers superior mechanical properties. I am asking because I am about to rebuild and my table area will be 30M squared. OSB is about half the price of ply at the same thickness and the difference will be £150 or thereabouts
  4. Thanks Keith. Quite right about that cross-over, it would have found its way to the front at build time. I wasn't 100% sure which way I needed to go with that, but I have existing RH crossovers I can use. Generally about the well, fortunately I am quite slim!! I have some room to increase it at the lower end, but that is an area reserved for building a station frontage. I have updated the design there to be similar to my existing layout where the track runs are similar to Wolverhampton High Level, c 1960, my ploy to justify having BR Midland and GWR stock on the same layout (took my cue from Pete Waterman and Leamington spa). In the upper left of the well there is space to increase the cut-out area there, and the station is raised, which will make it easier to access. Its not ideal, but moving it lower down forces a very unnatural look to the station approach. Yes, I havn't got run-arounds. They only work for the paired central tracks anyway. As I will be going to DCC my plan is to disconnect the arriving loco, pull the train out with another one. I usually have 5 coach trains and in that left hand terminus that will be tight. On the existing layout, my main station is the Wolverhampton type, but lying transverse across the loft with the approach tracks outside the trusses, in effect on a big bridge. Too much to crawl under, long term. I did it to have seven coach trains. Big goods and loco storage behind it. No-one has commented yet about the overall scheme being a bit modern image looking for 1960. Its partly forced on me by the loft itself.
  5. As an add-on to this thread, no-one mentioned OSB board. Could it be used? In my case the main panels will be cut on a table saw so splintering shouldnt be an issue. As for the dimensional stability of plywood, I'm a bit surprised at some of the reported outcomes here, as any trip to timber merchants you can find whole pallets of plywood sheets already warped in the warehouse.
  6. Thanks Keith I found that out from another thread. Actually its a pity the site doesnt support Anyrail files in any way. As an update I have settled oon the dumbell design with ongoing mods that I will post in due course
  7. Do any guidelines exist anywhere, or would it be a case of coming here with a specific equipment list. I am some way off the installation of accessory decoders anyway.
  8. For someone contemplating going into DCC this is the nightmare. Wiring stuff up, having it not work, and having no idea why not.
  9. OK I now need to fess up to a bit of idiocy. I assumed that Insulfrog was a generic term for DC era points lacking the extra connectors required that are present specifically in Peco Electrofrog points. Most of my points are actually Hornby, which explains why I didnt have the reported problems. To be fair to me, this distinction is often not made, because I suppose people assume that everyone knows. Much happier this morning as one big task has crossed itself off
  10. Yes you are right. Typical modern house. I find the presence of the trusses a challenge, but you get used to them.
  11. Don't know whether to comments as Im a bit of a duffer here. But the SEEP Pm's I have require a pulse to activate either coil which corresponds to a position of the frog - provided the coil actually fires the frog. Can that pulse be used? I know its a random burst of energy.....
  12. Blimey. i read the info on the link attached and it mentioned a 10A transient peak load. Would blow everything in the house!
  13. Also note how the 22.5 degree points allow you to get 2 tracks parallel between adjacent trusses
  14. its 111 cm between inner trusses, which lean in. Then 55cm between truss sets. The outer ones lean out. Has implications for how close the track could be to the trusses. I needed every last mm in places and will again. There will be scenery. Setrack is what I had, in some cases going back to the kids layout that we built on the loft floor. I have more long (express) points than I have shown and they are preferable, (I assume you are thinking about Streamline) but its a lot of points to throw away.....
  15. I recognise that its an ambitious layout. The existing layout is the same size, if you go by point population. Everything is on display currently, which is how I like it. I have a few sidings with isolated sections so I could put more than one loco on a siding, but its much easier to store locos that way in DCC working. When I built the DC layout I put down too much track without fully testing, this time I plan to test everything as I install it with a variety of stock, so I will have to rig up to run DC somehow in order to check some of the more tricky locos (assuming I go DCC which is not a given). The tender drives run over everything but some of the Bachmanns are very temperamental. Or it could be my track laying. You are right about the diagonal reach, I can crawl around the back in an emergency. I installed track that way on the DC layout, I dont mind doing a bit of crawling for one-off installation tasks but not to do track cleaning for example.
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