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About RobinofLoxley

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    The Northamptonshire Uplands
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    Plant breeding and Model Railways, in that order

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  1. This looks a pretty good start to me. Do I understand correctly that this loft is an open space and you have access everywhere until you block it by building baseboards. I suppose we have 2 drawings to keep to the 50 piece trial version limit. So to the upper one first. It lacks a headshunt, which you need between the shed roads and the platform nearest them. In fact the headshunt can lead naturally to the turntable and you can add a couple of storage roads from the turntable itself. After that its not clear what your iintentions are as you have one track going to link to the secon
  2. I didnt want to be the one that mentioned this! I hoped that the design might evolve away from them. I started a thread on it recently in 'Permanent way' seeking advice. I've gone a bit further with it now, and for the benfit of the OP I would say that steam stock has the worst problems on curved points, 4-wheel bogies are easier. In the latest iteration though, there are 2 sets of these curved point combos and I cant quite see why the right hand one is needed. What is needed though is the new crossover that Mr Chimer has drawn in.
  3. Without scaling you cant tell if the pointwork is possible or not. Its a massive project and if you (OP) dont get it drawn out properly in more detail you will flounder. You already have 2 reversing loops on your drawing BTW. I doubt you would want an approach to a helix with still more curves, but there are people who have built them that might advise you. If this is your first layout I would build something simple to start with, but leave the acess open to get the helix in. Much much more complex from a constructional standpoint to build 2 layers, many things to think about - how
  4. this layout is still way too complex in a number of areas - surprised to see you adding track on what is supposed to be a lift-out section? The trackwork has got to be simpilfied before you move from plan to track laying, especially the terminus station. Operationally you still have many challenges. I made the point about trains being unable to return to the terminus, it still holds because trains emerging from any terminus platform will be on the inside track and therefore can't reach any of the small station platforms. Its important in general to visualise what operations the tr
  5. I love the way there is always a spirit level posing somewhere in your photos Andy
  6. So although you mention droppers, they are not wired to anything, so the power is coming only through the rails and fishplates? Is the board the track is laid on flat, I assume all the track is glued or pinned down at this point. If the baseboard is bowed at all there can be a bad contact at the fishplates. Doesnt sound quite right as a piece of flexi produced the same result. You will get comments about testing modern stock with a Duette I predict
  7. After mulling it over, and getting a working trackplan revision sorted out, I came to the conclusion that rather than try and fix the points I should probably ditch them. Just three more points to buy and I dont have to decide yet, but I think regardless of whether one loco or another cant get round, we are looking at a 33 degree inside track curve on these points, and i require a layout with a high degree of reliability as I want to be able to automate a bit in future, so I cant afford these weak 'points'. I may find the same thing with some the ordinary setrack points but not so far; when i
  8. I will be interested to see how it all goes as this is the route I am hoping to do down, but I am still in the early stages of layout building. I get why with programming skills you would go the way you have. I will go for iTrain and consider it a small part of the overall cost. The forum will probably save me the cost in due course. But please keep posting, a great milestone for you
  9. Can I just check with you on this, isn't their Setrack range identical to Hornby, just the Streamline etc that is their own.
  10. Having a bit of time, with the weather being a bit cold to be in either garage or loft, I had a look at Peco curved points. Of course you didnt say curved, but I have a space restriction that seems to force curved points on me. I need to fit a 90-degree turn of track angle together with a 4 platform terminus station of required platform length and a small goods yard, into a specific length fixed by the house builder. The big difference is the angles - Hornby are 25/33 and Peco are 6/12 - massive difference. No setrack exists for 6 degree angles of course so either sawing curves in half, or usi
  11. This is a multi faceted problem really. On the one hand track, the other locos. I have a modifed hall (of 3) where the pony truck mechanism goes anywhere, it is completely unstable. So I cant really use it to test track integrity. I thought there might be a component missing but it looks correct according to the service sheet; if I can't fix it in the end it will be scrap. The first attempt I did, photo above, reduces the clearance too much, causing tank engines to stick. So something about half the thickness of my first try is needed, then that maybe wont stop things striking the vee.
  12. I cant see that on the points I have. I wonder if you had R612/3 older generation points.
  13. Dont need to do that. After I posted i realised I was nuts - if there was no connection, the point wouldnt function, for example as a siding with no other feed, it would be electrically dead
  14. One of the things about this type of layout - it happens when the layout area is approximately square -it invites a continuous loop run. Very often in this situation, the layout builder just installs a through station on the circuit and whatever peripherals they want. When you have a terminus station, the terminus can only feed trains onto the layout in one direction and they have have no direct route back. A train has to cross the tracks somewhere and reverse in. Would never happen on a real railway and not even in my very sceptical operating parameters. However, there is scope to make the bo
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