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  1. Hi All Finally got round to getting a design sorted. Why does work get in the way so much.... Attached is the main layout idea and 8 lane fiddle yard. Area is 3m x 1m max. Layout will be DCC with NCE already purchased, and the rest will be DCC Concepts bits. Will upload the next design when I have managed to put the station, shed etc on the images. Thoughts and help much appreciated... Many thanks Chris 8 Lane Fiddle Example.pdf Main Layout.pdf
  2. Thank you for all the fantastic ideas and plenty to think about. I fly off tomorrow on a family holiday so will take a pen and make some doddles on ideas whilst away. When back, in just over a week, I will upload the ideas. Huge thank you Chris
  3. Wow, thank you for all the replies, really appreciate the time taken! More thoughts are to look at stations like Easingwold and Alne, just north of York, which allows the 2 main lines and a bit of shunting, playtime so to think. Yes I like making models, so a station is a must, but not mainline just branch line style/size. Like the idea of a farm near the bridge/viaduct - would like more of a fields and scenery style than a town and industrial buildings. Also going to try as much as possible and set in the 1920s to 1950s. Fiddle yard question - would you use code 55 points/track, looking at medium size or Y points to save a bit of space, or stick to large points and use code 80? Sorry for all the questions but want to get as much right before I start. Thank you! Chris
  4. Hi All Sorry for the very vague title, but I really do need some help! I am planning a layout to start building in September, free time during the day....long story but at least I will be able to start. I have approximately 1m x 3m space to work on and I am using code 55 N gauge with DCC control. I have already been to DCC Concepts and spoke to them, must say top bunch and well worth a visit! Already got lots of the required stuff NCE, track, locos, etc... My thinking in a 2 line route, with rear fiddle yard, with a bridge of some type at one end but on a curve. Other end, a station with 2 platforms (?) with station buildings possibly central. I would love to incorporate goods shed, turntable, cattle dock, etc and this is my major problem - how should it look? I love the idea of watching trains, especially LNER A4s roll by...(I live in York, so wonder round the NRM far too often!) I want it to be as close to real as possible without copying someone else's ideas but I have no idea how the bit off the main lines should be - I have played with lots of track designs on my Mac and just binned them as they looked terrible. I would really appreciate anyones help, or pointers to the right locations to look at. Thank you for reading this and I look forward to someone's help. Many thanks Chris
  5. Dear All I am wondering if anyone can help me? I have been given 2 A4 Sir Nigel Gresleys that have been taken apart and no longer work. I have had a look and a little bit of a play but I can't get them to work. The motors are working fine but there are some wires not connected and I believe the gear rods might be bent but I honestly don't know. Do you know anyone who fancies a challenge and see if they can get them both working for me? I am not interested in selling them, I want them for a new layout I am designing at present. I guess they would need to go to someone who has taken apart these items before and can see straight away if anything is damaged. Now here's the bad bit, I am currently unemployed so don't have much if any money and can't really afford to pay anyone loads to get them working. But I am graphic design so happy to do some work for you if you want, posters, brochures, business cards etc. Many thanks for anyone who is able to help, I really appreciated it. Chris Collins
  6. Dear All I am wondering if anyone can help me? I have been given 2 A4 Sir Nigel Gresleys that have been taken apart and no longer work. I have had a look and a little bit of a play but I can't get them to work. The motors are working fine but there are some wires not connected and I believe the gear rods might be bent but I honestly don't know. Do you know anyone who fancies a challenge and see if they can get them both working for me? I am not interested in selling them, I want them for a new layout I am designing at present. I guess they would need to go to someone who has taken apart these items before and can see straight away if anything is damaged. Now here's the bad bit, I am currently unemployed so don't have much if any money and can't really afford to pay anyone loads to get them working. But I am graphic design so happy to do some work for you if you want, posters, brochures, business cards etc. Many thanks for anyone who is able to help, I really appreciated it. Chris Collins
  7. Hi All Just listing for the first time, long story which I will tell all soon........ But first I need some help! I have been given a couple of old Graham Farish HST, Midland Mainline and GNER, and both have the boogie holder on the bottom broken. It just falls away when you pick it up. I got a couple of spares from Farish but after a play I can not get the coupling to stay on as well and the new plastic piece. What am I doing wrong? Many thanks for anyone who can help. All the best Sidney
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