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    Post-privatisation in N and Nederlandse Spoorwegen in HO.

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  1. I see that the Pacers aren't mentioned. I think I made my pre-order for one back in 2013!
  2. Using my local area as an example, Greater Anglia have been using an East Midlands 158 on the first Norwich - Lowestoft & return weekday service. In the past couple of years, I have also seen an Arriva Wales 150 in use and a London Midland 153 as well.
  3. Good evening all. I must admit it's been a while since I've wired up a layout and I may be a little rusty in parts, but I thought I knew how to wire up a fairly straight-forward layout (such as Minories). However, I didn't realise that Peco now produce their code 55 paintwork with the 'unifrog' (discussed here: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/121872-unifrog/). I've read the leaflet that comes with the points, as well as the unifrog thread (several times) and I'm still somewhat confused. Previously, I would've used insulated joiners to separate the two sides of a crossover, such as with this example from the entry throat to a Minories layout. But, I've read conflicting information on whether they're needed with the unifrog points. So, do I need insulated or metal joiners for a crossover like this? I would want to use a live frog with polarity changing to improve running quality and would use a point motor which allows for this. If I need insulated joiners, where else would they be required on pointwork? (I'm ignoring isolating sections as I know where I'm placing them!) Many thanks for your guidance in advance.
  4. First of all, it would be useful to know what the baseboard size(s) would be. But looking at the plan, I think you've tried to put too much track onto the boards. I think a 'less is more' approach would be better, especially in N-gauge. Secondly, the track gets very close to the edge of the board in places.
  5. Ordered 9 left-handed points. Meant to order 5 left and 4 right. Oops.

    1. Rowsley17D

      Rowsley17D

      Did the same thing when I wanted 3 curved points, manged to order 2 and ordinary one!

    2. holywell junction

      holywell junction

      I guess it wasn't a pointless exercise...sorry, done the same myself!

    3. Sturminster_Newton

      Sturminster_Newton

      More of a challenge to design a layout that uses all the same hand points. Bit like planning a road trip by making only left hand turns.

  6. Thanks to Nick for alerting me to the range of resin buildings made by Alsacast, I have now ordered their kit of the VAM 'overlaadstation' found at Harlingen. I've also thought about the name of the layout. Originally, it was to be based around the Zandvoort area, but I'm now thinking of keeping it around the Harlingen area. There is a road very close to the site of the former VAM facility called 'Westerzeedijk' and I wondered about using the name Westerdijk. I'd like to use a dutch sounding name, whilst avoiding using real places. I am unlikely to make much more progress on the layout until I have constructed the Alsacast kit, but I have printed out a full-size plan of the layout to get an idea of whether it's workable. This is the right - side of the layout. The pair of green VAM wagons are on the siding where I plan to locate the loader building (where it can also act as a viewblocker for the hole in the backscene). The 2400 and short train have entered the layout and are on the loop. This is the left end of the layout. I envisage the backscene containing some sort of goods building or rail-served warehouse which receives and send out freight using vans. The other two sidings are most likely to going to be spare spurs for holding various wagons and the like.
  7. Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'll be pleased with myself if my end result is half as good at Nick's. Nick, that website is a goldmine of useful information! It's not one I've come across, but certainly very useful for choosing suitable buildings.
  8. Good evening all. Well, a long time as past since my last post on here. A lot has happened in that time. I purchased my first home 3 years ago and have been busy renovating it. Naturally, this has severely impacted on modelling time. Whilst tidying up the other day, I came across a cardboard box containing my HO dutch stock and some hand-drawn track plans (which are also shown above in earlier posts). I've been pondering over them recently and decided that I'm not keen on any of them. Cue much searching, looking at prototype track plans, plans in books and on here of course! I came across an interesting plan by Iain Rice on Google (an extract of a book with a 3d plan). I wondered whether Nick (Doctor Quinn) used the same Rice plan for Industrivej? ​I have created two versions of the plan, one with a 'double track' exit and another with a single exit to a fiddle yard. With the single track plan, any 'running around' would take place using the loop on the board, whereas on the double track plan, running round stock could be done on the layout, or using the fiddle yard. The main traffic on the layout would be VAM compost wagons, with some van traffic as an extra interest - possibly loading and unloading at a warehouse of some sort (modelled in low or half relief). The spur on the lower right of both plans would have an overhead loading building for the compost wagons and also form a good scenic break. It's worth pointing out that the plans are for a 6' x 1' 6" scenic area.
  9. Trying to create a semi-original track plan for a shunting layout. Each idea ends up looking like someone else's!

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    2. The Stationmaster

      The Stationmaster

      Shunting layouts have a tendency to turn into layouts that can be shunted - it's all been done before.

    3. Stubby47

      Stubby47

      Use diamond crossings to put tracks next to 'existing' buildings

    4. DavidCBroad

      DavidCBroad

      Chances are if its totally unique it won't work. no reason not to try though.

  10. This is an interesting variation that I haven't come across before - it might be a design I have to consider for myself!
  11. It was Roco. I have one as the NS500/600 series. A beautiful runner.
  12. I would love to model this too, but it's about 12' long in n-gauge!
  13. Kraansik literally translates as crane goat.
  14. Some of these small shunters (nicknamed goats in English) were fitted with a crane and nicknamed kraansik. This, I think, makes the prototype a little more unusual looking.
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