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Keith Addenbrooke

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    US Model Railroading, GW Branch Lines, Layout Design, BRM Subscriber, Narrow Gauge Railways in North Wales

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  1. My baseboards are usually 1/4” out to start with.
  2. Thank you: that’s what I was wondering. The rail fan videos I’ve seen are often filmed at grade crossings (obvious reasons) so tend to show a couple of cars / pick-ups as well, or when switching is taking place and an employee or two may be visible at a an industry (at a safe distance from the trains). Dave’s photos give us a good representation of everyday reality.
  3. Thanks Chris - nearly all the rolling stock I’ll need is either on it’s way, sourced but not yet shipped or here already. When it’s all in one place I’ll do an audit, probably in the post-Christmas break. Benchwork is the hurdle I need to overcome first though.
  4. Hi Dave, thank you for sharing these photos - really interesting and informative. I’m not sure what time of day they were taken, but I notice there aren’t any people around? I agree it would be helpful to everyone for me to clarify the contradictions in my thinking (perfectly fair question): 1. I like rural and urban settings: Andy Sperandeo’s Washita and Santa Fe MR project layout (Oklahoma rural) and John Pryke’s Union Freight RR (Urban street running) are both layouts I find inspiring. [1a. I also like large passenger stations, hence my separate dioram
  5. Thank you for sharing the video - photos / videos alway brings a plan to life: you’ve made a lot of Metcalfe kits! (I enjoy making them, but don’t work as quickly as you seem to have been able to). This is the second video I’ve seen in recent days with a coffee cup prominently displayed on a layout: I joked when I saw the first one that I should start including cup holders in any layout plans - maybe we should!
  6. Hi Chris, I’m following this with great interest - your project is ahead of mine, but I’ll have the same questions in due course: thanks for keeping us posted, Keith.
  7. Good point. My explanation was a bit brief, but that is how I hit upon this (I was using Anyrail, as you indicate): I’d drawn a straight main line with a point for a siding, which I wanted to be parallel to the main line. I then added the parallel track at 2” spacing as you describe. Using the Curve Flex function in Anyrail I knew I then needed a 12 degree curve to connect the point to the parallel track, and found that setting it at 48” radius just seemed to work. It is an approximate swap for a long point - that’s not a surprise: @Harlequin explained the anomaly in
  8. Further to the earlier responses (which I agree with), I use one of two approaches when creating parallel sidings at standard 2” Streamline spacing. One is to put in a point (as if creating a crossover) and then swap it for a Streamline curve - this gives the slightly different radius, as @Pacific231G explained above. The other method I use is to insert a 12 degree section of Flextrack curved at 48” radius - this appears to give the second 1” offset I need. I can’t remember enough geometry to check the maths, but it seems to work: It doesn’t matter whethe
  9. Thanks Nick, might the initial wooden station building would be a combined passenger / freight depot, or would the freight house generally be a separate building on the House Track? ( @Prof Klyzlr also advised on this standard arrangement, but I forgot to ask then). Just wondered - I’ve seen some nice examples on combined wooden stations: Los Lunas , NM (now moved and in use as a Veteran’s Museum / Memorial) is one example. My long-term aim is for a garage-sized layout for which this would be ideal - inspired by Andy Sperandeo’s Washita and Santa Fe MR Project layout based on Paul’s
  10. Further to my post this morning, my next placeholder: With exquisite timing a copy of Kalmbach’s “Modeling Cities & Towns” came today. With the other suggestions made earlier to look at as well, I’ve the next chunk of research to do. The next building kit and the rolling stock I need is now arriving, so I’ve plenty to sort out before my next update. For me, I think the biggest challenge however remains sorting out a benchwork solution so I can squeeze just that little bit more railroad into a space that is - always - just that little bit too small. If I can avoid ge
  11. Just to follow this up, I sent the owner an email using the address on his website and got a very nice reply: apparently the layout was also featured in Model Railroad Planning 2011 and Great Model Railroads 2012 (two annual Model Railroader special publications), if anyone wants to find out more. The website may not have been updated recently, but is still live.
  12. Absolutely perfect! Thank you. The ingenuity in simply seeing the potential layout space is brilliant - let alone the quality in the execution of the idea.
  13. Thank you - 3 really useful suggestions. Today is a work day for me, and a family day, but I’ll have a good look at all 3 (cassettes, reworking the switching area, or depot by the staging) when I next get some time. When lockdown ends I also need to sort out my sub-frame (benchwork and supports): it has to be freestanding, narrow, lightweight, portable, and fit my budget. Thanks once again for the help - much appreciated, Keith.
  14. 2nd Iteration Track Layout - Saturday is my usual day off so I had another look at my 'starter' layout idea. Replacing the switchback with a single long spur was straightforward - but what it showed was how little space there is alongside the tracks. There were just a couple of inches either side, making it difficult to fit in anything meaningful to convey the space out West. I found a piece by Iain Rice in his Kalmbach "Shelf Layouts" book where he discusses appropriate baseboard width for different scenic settings on narrow layouts, and this was really helpful. Rice envisages
  15. Good point about disguising the short length of crossing loops (passing sidings or run-round tracks). I’ll pinch that one if I may . From the videos / photos I’ve been looking at, it would appear that short trains might also be more likely in older eras too (ie: just a few 40’ or maybe 50’ boxcars and a Caboose, or Combine for a Mixed Train). To run just a few of the very impressive modern freight cars, a switching layout might again be the place to look?
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