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  1. I've used the National Library of Scotland's OS map facility to plan my interpretation of Buxton Midland (Derwent Spa) in Templot which allows you to put the trackwork on top of the map. The site also allows you to put on top the present day satellite view which lines up with what is now left - the LNWR station, Bridge Street bridge (near C.R.) and the roads in general. Where I have facing and trailing cross-overs on the main line was in fact a scissors crossover but my turnout building skills I did not think were up to it.
  2. My "great project" was to build a model of Brynamman, both stations, GWR and Midland. Back around 2005 I started, built the baseboards and gradually built the track. Progress was slow. I was still working and I seemed to have less and less spare time plus I discovered the delights of scratchbuilding locos. Then in August 2012, I was diagnosed with Kidney cancer. While I was recovering from having the wretched thing removed, and possibly under the influence of Tramadol, I started to review my life and this included the railway. I started to jot down on paper what I still had to build and how long it would take me. The realisation I had to build 2 stations plus two lots of stock made me realise that unless my life expectancy was 120 plus, I would never finish it. So my light on the road to Damascus came in the form of Penwyllt / Craigynos. It's N&B but had Midland trains. Tudor Watkins had all the photos, track plans, there were only 6 signals (plus ground signals) and only Midland stock (I could borrow some N&B stock from Tudor if I wished). So many hours on Templot later, the track plan was done (I got to version 28), the Brynamman baseboards were rebuilt and progress started. The track is down and wired, signals are built, thanks to Graham Tierney the signal box and station building are done, I've cracked how to do static grass and so about 20% now has scenery. I have 7 locos (4 of which are elsewhere being painted at great cost) and plans for lots more. The main thing is I'm having fun doing it.
  3. Like Nick I am starting to build a layout. Although I have been involved with club and exhibition layouts for many years in various scales and gauges but mainly Scale7, including Bob Essery's Dewsbury and Pete Kibble's Little Severn/ Severn Mill, I haven't had a layout of my own since the early eighties. That was an OO Midland MPD that featured in a 1981 issue of Model Trains but by then I'd already gone into 7mm, followed a few years later by being persuaded by the late John Horton and Crimson Rambler of this parish to embrace Scale7. Nearly 16 years ago now I did start the 'ultimate' layout, which was to be a 35ft x 20ft roundy roundy in a purpose-built shed and based loosely on Berkeley Road but by the time I'd made the baseboards we had decided to move house so it was all ripped up. The fact that the house move never took place didn't do a lot for my modelling mojo and I let other things take up my hobby time so my scratchbuilt locos sat for many years in a display cabinet gathering dust. Frequently I looked at them and thought that it was a shame they weren't being used for what they were meant to do - run - and finally when it struck me rather forcibly that I was abou to start my eighth decade on earth, I resolved to do something about it. For some time I'd thought that if I was to make another layout it would be unrealistic to try for the big roundy roundy again as I haven't realistically now got enough time left to build it as well as all the rolling stock required. But what to do? What did I really enjoy doing? Answer - making locomotives, one-off vehicles of various types, and buildings; so all-in-all another MPD. Sadly, things were put on hold because my Mum had a series of strokes and eventually died a couple of years ago then we had to sort out my 90 plus year old Dad so not much happened for some further time. Then things settled down somewhat and as a result I drew up plans last year for a 26ft x 3ft 6in MPD based loosely on Hellifield but with the turntable and some sidings moved so that it would fit onto the relatively narrow baseboards to make access to all parts easier. Commencement finally happened earlier this year and with the help of some other RMWebbers I got to grips with Templot, finalised a plan, bought a Midland Railway Centre turntable kit and ordered the wood. What my late friend David Jenkinson would have termed my 'last great project' was underway. Progress hasn't been swift by any stretch of the imagination as all the track is hand built, the pointwork using scale cast acrylic chairs made for me by my great friend the Rambler, and so far the layout consists of the baseboards on top of which are the turntable, three turnouts, the ramp up to where the coaling stage will be, and about five feet of plain track. I've got to produce another simple turnout and three of the three-throws much loved by the Midland for yards and sheds so if I can get all that done this year as well as the electrics (simple DC) I'll be happy (I've also got another book to write whilst this is going on, which will slow things down). So so there we have it, the start of what I hope will be a worthwhile project. I hope that the above ramblings aren't too boring but I wanted to set out my stall so to speak. One more small thing to report though; something like fifteen years ago I made a 2-4-0 No. 1505 for Bob Essery that has been running on the Warley club's Ellerton Road but last week I offered to buy it back and Bob has agreed so next week I'm going to collect it, which I'm looking forward to. Once I get one of those round tuits that everyone needs I'll try to post a track plan and the odd photograph. Until then, happy Midland modelling. Dave PS - the Crimson Rambler is also starting a S7 layout based on Sharnbrook so watch this space for news of that in th (hopefully near) future. PPS - I live in North Shropshire so if anyone would like to get involved with this project or even just have somewhere to run any S7 stuff once I've got the track sorted out, please feel free to PM me.
  4. Another way along similar lines to Miss Prism's is to take a straight edged piece of card and mark on the edge the location of the loco's three axles, using your longest wheel base loco. Draw on Templot and print the minimum radius curve you wish to use. Place the card with the first and third axles on the inside curve, and mark the position of the middle axle. Remove the card. The distance from the middle axle mark to the adjacent curve is how much side play you will need in the middle axle. As already mentioned keep an eye out for buffer locking. Gordon A
  5. Hi, Try this: More about knuckle bends: http://templot.com/companion/knuckle_radius.php cheers, Martin.
  6. Yes I was - nothing seems to tight based on what I have laid out. So I have not quite understood minimum radius then? Here is a picture: When I drew up the original plan I had the image exactly under the track, but I am am just learning and must not have saved it. Layout is 740mm x 245mm so more a working diorama. I have been working/making sense of the industrial turnout data - comparing it to prototype and laying it out to check I was not too astray with my measurements. Obviously I need to do a little more work/struggling with getting some alignments correct. All the turnouts above are based on the non-prototype (and are not less than 550mm radius) - but then adjusted based on the industrial pointwork on the templot website/manufacture specs. The largest wagon there is a Accurascale HOU the rest 1/108 16t 9f wagons.
  7. Good day all, A couple of questions on minimum radius and wheelbase length. Modelling a small industrial layout in P4. Largest loco has a 11ft wheelbase (Austerity and YE Janus) and the real thing has a minimum radius of 120ft (from manufactures brochure). If I scale this down to 4mm/1ft this equates to 480mm/18.89" - is that correct? A 10ft and 9ft wheelbase wagon are less than this, thus should traverse such a radius OK? And should be a doddle for the shortest wheelbase loco, a mere 6ft, so a minimum real radius of 60ft and 240mm/9.5" at 4mm/ft scale. Turning now to track planning and templot settings - when setting/building my custom turnouts I should set my minimum turnout and curve warnings to the radius of my longest vehicle (420mm)? If that makes sense? Thankyou in advance James
  8. Hi, No, Templot does not have a 3rd dimension for track planning. All track design is referenced to the rail top. However, it can export DXF files which can be imported into 3D track planning software such as 3rd PlanIt: GWR tracks from Templot imported into 3rd PlanIt. 3rd PlanIt is high-end 3D model trackplanning software, see: https://www.trackplanning.com To integrate track designs from Templot into 3rd PlanIt's native track design, export the DXF file from Templot as track centre-lines only, and import it into the track objects layer in 3rd PlanIt. Here is an old web page from 2003 showing the process: http://templot.com/3pi/dxf_3d_hc_3pi.htm cheers, Martin.
  9. One other major advantage with anyrail is that it understands gradients and can show them in a 3d rendering which is a great help when designing layouts with more than one level. As far as I know Templot does not have a third dimension. ( although I'm sure Martin will correct me if I'm wrong ) Anyrail also has an export to TrainPlayer although that is not something I have used, JMRI and various 3d formats.
  10. If you read his whole post he does say he’s using handbuilt points, but that he does an Anyrail plan and then uses that as a background for the Templot pointwork. I can see the merit in that method frankly. Templot is incredible, and I doth my cap to you for its continuing development, but the likes of Anyrail or SCARM do make planning a large layout significantly quicker. Although I can throw a turnout plan together in minutes, a full sized layout is certainly quite time consuming, giving 95% is plain track.
  11. It certainly is, if you intend to build the pointwork yourself. You can't create something like this in XTrackCAD or AnyRail: On the other hand, if you are using commercial pointwork such as Peco, you don't want Templot under any circumstances. That's just not what it's for -- it will drive you mad if you try to use it for Peco. cheers, Martin.
  12. It depends what you wan to do. If you want to build your own points then TEMPLOT ( http://www.templot.com) is about the only program to use! You just have to get used to the fact that design wise it's about 30 years old ( it was originally released for the Commadore amiga in the mid 80's ) . But it is still amazing. If you want to design a whole layout then TEMPLOT is NOT what you want to use. I have used ANYRAIL (https://www.anyrail.com/en) which is very easy to use. Since I am using handbuilt points. I ended up using both products by doing the the layout design's running lines in anyrail Which I then saved as a jpg file. and then I imported into Templot as the background. I designed TEMPLOT points in the positions I wanted on the background. It is a bit fiddly but possible. There is a free trial version of anyrail. But since the product ( including version upgrades costs) about the same as a cheap 'OO' gauge coach, do the decent thing, and buy a license. The support for both TEMPLOT and ANYrail is amazing. I get very quick responses from Martin (templot) and David (anyrail) to any questions. Now if you could please join my campaign to persuade them to make a real export/import feature between the two products...
  13. Templot templates are easier to use if printed on thicker paper than ordinary office paper. I suggest 160gsm paper which is almost a thin card. It can be trimmed to the red lines and butted together very precisely like tiles. The extra thickness makes it less likely to cockle with water-based adhesive such as pva. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002YCH5OG/ Martin.
  14. Howard, When building 2FS track I have always used ordinary pva to glue it down. This applies to track constructed only in pcb and also my current preferred method of ply sleepers and Easitrac chairs which only requires four pcb sleepers. These are two under the crossing vee, one to provide an electrical connection between closures and stock rails and one at the switch ends. I have never experinced any problems with using pva. In recent years my Templot prints have been printed onto A4 self-adhesive labels which are stuck to the baseboard. Anyone who doubts their adhesive qualities has never tried to get them off again! A small wallpaper roller is used to really make sure that they are down for good. I have constructed pcb track off the baseboard usually in sections rather than discrete units of separate points and plain track. The labels in this case are stuck to offcuts of mdf and the sections built onto the prints. Once the track is completed and cleaned up the pieces of mdf are put into the bath with a few inches of water and left to soak for a while. As long as you haven't used waterproof pva (!) when the mdf is retrieved later the track can be eased off the templates. Even then it can be an amusing procedure to try to remove the template prints from the mdf. Not easy. As the full layout print will have been stuck to the baseboard and will be identical to that used in construction, the assembled sections can then be stuck in place on the layout. Hope this helps. David
  15. Re soldered turnouts on Templot - What glue do folks use to stick the PCB sleepers to the Templot print-out? What glue do folks use to stick the Templot turnout to the baseboard? I assume the construction takes place on the baseboard. Howard.
  16. Martin I broadly agree with you, but for different reasons, pre cut or moulded when accurate can be a super time saver and in the instance of the Exactoscale moulded plastic bases which can be used both for P4 and EM gauges make a very strong and stable turnout and crossing, this is the third issue with a Timber Track base The first issue was the centre guide for the common crossing was off centre, very minor and easily overcome The second was a P4/EM slip, it is common knowledge that they should be different sizes, when offered up to a Templot template of the same size it was wrong for both EM & P4 gauges This one somehow has lost the width at the toe end it is the correct length but loosing 5 mm by the time it gets to the toe. This B8 Y kit as I said is one of the early ones (as it has both Timber Tracks and C&L logos on the fret) so more modern ones may have been corrected For the time poor they save an hour or so and do make the turnout/crossing a bit more stable when transferring them from the workbench to layout,
  17. I have an old C&L-Timber Tracks B8 Y turnout which came with a load of parts from an eBay lot. Someone had started the build buy gave up, it all looked wrong as around the common crossing the stock rails were too close to the end of the timbers. I printed off a Templot template and the reason the person had problems building it was that it is 3 timbers too short at the heal and 3 timbers too long at the toe ends. I had some spare Timber Tracks 12" timber strip so I decided to build it and find a buyer than just leave it in its unbuilt state The common crossing looks to be made from a commercial Vee but the wing rails looks to be hand assembled with a 1 mm flangeway, so it will be built to 00-SF standards through the common crossing The common crossing is now in the correct position, looks a bit odd at the moment, but once its off the fret and the timbers stained it will be fine, far better than it was looking with the timbers being too short. As the fret has both C&L and Timbertracks etched into it, the kit must be when Brian Lewis owned both businesses. I have no idea what plan was used to design the fret but it looks like somehow the timber sizes got miscalculated rather than the fret has been cut down.
  18. Hi all. Thanks for all the replies. The easiest solution seems to be to install Templot on my computer and calibrate my printer - assuming my old laptop can accommodate Templot without throwing a hissy fit that is! Sounds daft, but I’m guessing I’ll need to know the radius of my curve to do this?
  19. Stephen I was thinking on the basis that he did not have Templot, but yes if he has the program would send it in a box file
  20. John if you do a template best to send as a boxfile, that way he can print it out from Templot after using the calibrate printer feature therein. otherwise he might get a template that isn't accurate.
  21. Tortuga Don't cut up a template, you will get a plan with 5 doglegs. Templot is so easy to use for a single template (plan) and you will get an accurate plan to the curvature you require. If you are having issues I will make a plan and send it as a PDF, just PM me
  22. Hi, Apologies for the long gap in posting, things are moving slowly forward. I have been working (slowly) on the first phase of track for most of the last year. Firstly I produced a Templot plan of the main London/Brighton Junction. This has a double junction with a point and single slip squashed up by it leading into the bay triangle : I thought if we started with the hardest bit we would know if we can actually build it The first attempt used plain Easitrack sleepers to start on the interlaced sleepering: I wasn't totally happy with this approach as it made electrical connections an issue, so I've gone for a composite method using copperclad sleepers for the pointwork and Easitrack for plain track. So the next stage was to lay out the sleepering using 9' sleepers, a few longer crossing timbers and Easitrack tie bar kits (2mm part 1-430). Gradually rails have been added and tested: Both of the curved lines (towards London) will have a continuous check rail due to the tight curvature on the prototype - so I'm alternating plastic and copperclad sleepers there. Most recently the rest of the turnout sleepering has been added: So I'm getting there - despite "encouraging" words from the rest of the team about completion dates Cheers, Dave
  23. The straight side. p.s. 1. you can easily print templates ready-curved using Templot (free): http://templot.com Here's some notes and a video showing a curved turnout template being printed: http://templot.com/companion/your_first_printed_template.php https://flashbackconnect.com/Movie.aspx?id=hdIcVN9vvksNd4kwp6LaSw2 p.s. 2. before using the 00 gauges supplied in the kit, make sure you have read all the stuff on RMweb about using 00-SF gauges instead. cheers, Martin.
  24. Martin, thanks, that sounds good. I now have a templot printout 4.5m x 0.5m. I need to stick it to the baseboard. Not keen on any water based glue, I am sure that would be a disaster. Spray mount? Or is there something else to stick large sheets of thin paper accurately to the baseboard?
  25. You can print more than one copy of the template from Templot! Stick the full track plan to the baseboard. Print another copy of the template to build, on a board, in comfort, in good light, able to turn it round to get at both sides, able to eye along the rails, on your workbench. The two templates are identical, so it is guaranteed to line up correctly when placed in situ on the baseboard. cheers, Martin.
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