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AndyMac7

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  1. @Zomboid wow that's a great piece of work, thank you. I like the way the unit sidings curve upwards leaving plenty of room for scenic sections below. I also like the freight sidings on the curves, it's a good use of the space. I'm definitely going to incorporate some of this into my plan. Thank you again. I think rule 1 would apply on whether a particular track plan is prototypically Scottish. @RobinofLoxley dual level is something I'd spent quite a bit of time looking into but I couldn't quite get anything I was really happy with.
  2. Thanks for all of the replies folks, some excellent suggestions and I'm about to go and study Ipswich on Google maps. @Zomboid thanks for the track plan and the suggestion I can see some valuable ideas in there that I'm going to try and bring in. Regarding the 40cm operating well I'm actually OK with it. I've spent a fair bit of time in there so far and it's been ok. Despite too much beer & wine during lockdown I'm lucky enough to be on the slight side and still relatively young so getting under the boards isn't an issue. How that might change over time remains to be seen, hope
  3. Hi Simon, Thanks for the feedback, I was indeed looking at the part-station dodge using the raised town scene to hide the trains in the right hand curves! A re-join of the main line at the station throat is a great idea and adds a little more operational interest, I'll see what I can mock up for that. I agree on the siding space as well but every time I try to add some more it starts to look really cluttered, definitely something to play around with though. Cheers, Andy
  4. Hi Zomboid, I'd say anything from 2000 onwards but for passenger service primarily Scotrail Saltire livery and onwards which is 2008. I have a ScotRail 3 car 170 DMU and an Inter7Cities HST which is two power cars and four Mark3 coaches, that HST will be the longest passenger service I intend to run, it won't quite fit into the longer platforms but the ends will vanish under the town scene so it should be ok. Freight wise yes absolutely. I've got 12 Accurascale PCA cement waggons and the same number of PFA's and I think that'll be the longest I'd run.
  5. Hi all, After taking some time to really consider what I wanted this is the my third attempt at designing a track plan. I'm modelling a fictitious modern image location in OO which will live in the garage. I'm using mostly code 75 rail with some code 100 set track for sharper curves with peco SL-113 pieces to transition between them both. Boards have already built and the space is 14ft x 5ft total with a top section which is 3ft deep and a bottom section 20cm deep with a 40cm operating well in the middle, the plan below will hopefully illustrate it better than I can des
  6. Thanks for all of the replies folks. After some serious consideration on my must have's and protracted negotiations with the wife I've gone down a totally different route with a 14ft x 5ft area which will allow me to get a continuous run in without any difficulty, I'm happy enough to trade off on what will probably inevitable be some "train set" curves in that space especially if I can hide them fully or partially in a tunnel. Unfortunately I was part way through board construction when the plans changes so my 5ft depth is made up of 3ft deep boards on the back side, a 40cm deep o
  7. I grew up in Bishopton in the 80s & 90s and was always fascinated by the railways in the factory so I love your photos, thanks for sharing. I always thought it would be a good site to model with the main Glasgow to Gourock/Wemyss Bay line serving as an entry point. Sadly Google maps now just shows the massive housing development being built on the site but there are plenty of arias shots still available of what was there previously.
  8. Awesome thanks for the reply. I was worried about how tight radius 2 and 3 curves would look but given how good they look on your layout it should be fine.
  9. Really nice layout! Out of curiosity what radius of curve are you using at each end of the scenic section? Thanks, Andy
  10. I’m in the same boat regarding the dowels but I would absolutely use them if the layout was to be portable. I’m curious though about laying track over the board joins in a permanent layout. Is the track still cut at the join like it would be on a portable layout? I guess cutting the track would mean that if one side did move it wouldn’t affect the other too much.
  11. I'd take this with a pinch of salt because I've not got this far yet but I'm intending on using carriage bolts and heavy duty toggle catches. I think that should give enough stability and alignment for a permanent layout which still allowing it come apart if it really really has to.
  12. Thanks for all of the replies folks. I'm going to go with a leg in each corner and go from there, if anything looks unstable I can always add more fairy easily. Cheers, Andy
  13. That's what happens when I've not had my morning coffee! You're totally correct it's 5"/12.7cm, I'll amend the original post and thanks for picking that up.
  14. Thanks for all of the replies folks. @brossard those look great and your thoughts are along the same lines as mine. I've already got a bunch of self levelling feet to cater for the garage floor being uneven in places. @Andrew1974 the frame is 5 inches/12.7cm. The whole thing is going to sit in the garage which is subject to the extremes of the Scottish weather so rigidity and strength were top of the priority list over weight. Having said that they aren't too bad to lift but I wouldn't want to do it repeatedly. @Jeff Smith thanks Jeff, I'm going to use open
  15. Thanks for all of the replies folks. @brossard those look great and your thoughts are along the same lines as mine. I've already got a bunch of self levelling feet to cater for the garage floor being uneven in places. @Andrew1974 the frame is 4 inches/12.5cm. The whole thing is going to sit in the garage which is subject to the extremes of the Scottish weather so rigidity and strength were top of the priority list over weight. Having said that they aren't too bad to lift but I wouldn't want to do it repeatedly. @Jeff Smith thanks Jeff, I'm going to use open
  16. Hi all, I‘m in the middle of building a number of 4ft x 3ft baseboards for my layout. Each board is made entirely of 18mm plywood so it makes up the frame and the top. This is a permanent layout so it won’t be moving any time soon. I’m getting to the point of placing legs on each board. Inspired by Richard from Everard Junction I was planning on making L shape legs from two pieces of 3 1/2 inch wide 18mm ply which are glued and screwed together with adjustable feet at the end. My main issue is that I’m not sure how many legs I need for each board? My
  17. That's amazing @Harlequin thanks so much for knocking that up! Think I'm more or less decided that a continuous run although possible is not going to give me the realistic modelling I'm keen to try and achieve. On-wards now to deciding what I would to include on the layout and then onto a track plan! Many thanks again, Andy
  18. @Harlequin that sounds really interesting. I don't suppose you would have a back of a postage stamp sketch at all? i realise that's a lot to ask but I can't quite visualise the branch line in my head. Really appreciate the suggestion. @peach james runners are something else I'd not thought of but I'll definitely look into it, thanks.
  19. i think that's the beauty of the hobby for me, you can do pretty much anything and as long as you get enjoyment from it that's really all that counts.
  20. Wow thanks for all of the feedback folks, it's very much appreciated. My personal challenge here is trying to wrestle the part of my brain that wants everything in a finite amount of room! I guess one of the big takeaways is that a continuous run is possible (many thanks to @DavidCBroad for the great track plan) but it'll involve trade-offs and won't look realistic which taking a step back and re-evaluating is really a big goal. @Harlequin that's pretty much spot on, the layout will be in a garage which is roughly 19ft x 20ft. The majority is filled with usual garage stuff like ch
  21. Thanks Philip, There would be enough room (if I breath in) to get around the back of the layout. I'll have a look at the nudge thread, thanks. Cheers, Andy
  22. Sorry Keith can't believe I didn't include that it was OO.
  23. Yes OO, can't believe i forgot to put that, sorry! It would be a single track in the continuous run loop rather than a double but at 37in it sounds like it's maybe not going to be doable at all. I'm not adverse to hinges but I'm more than happy with an end to end layout rather if continuous run is going to provide too many complication or compromised. Great points on the boards as well, thank you I appreciate the advice. Thanks, Andy
  24. Hello all, hope everyone is doing as well as we all can be at the moment. About this time last year I started to design my first ever layout and I posted a thread here and received some excellent feedback. I've made some good progress and learned a ton of lessons about track laying and wiring but at the time the layout was designed to be put up and taken down each time it was being worked on. I've now managed to negotiate a more permanent installation with the wife. The layout will be an L shape with the main length being 18ft x 3ft and the L portion 8ft x 2ft (possib
  25. I looked up a few examples of Minories and I can see how that would be very helpful.
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