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Hi All, Even though there is no layout yet to show you, I have plenty of things on the go so I am taking the plunge and replacing my threads "Design Ideas Welcome" in the Layout and Track Design area and "My DCC journey" in the DCC help and questions area. For those who have not read the above threads, a quick review of my situation is in order:- Lower Thames Yard will be a round and round double track DCC Layout using Kaydee couplings, in a dedicated, existing, 12ft x 8ft room, which is insulated, lit and heated. The layout is based on the relief lines and High Wycombe Branch junction just to the west of Maidenhead Station on the WR main line. A reduced version of Maidenhead Yard will be included but is space limited. The layout will operate in three time frames 1960/2 (when I was train spotting), 1990/2 (when I travelled on NSE a lot), and 2014/16 (because I like the new GwR livery and the class 800s. Also this is the latest time before the dreaded overheads spoilt the scene!) My main interest is in operation and scenic development. I am not a base board builder (my wife will testify to my lack of woodworking skills even with flatpacks!!). Neither have my past efforts at track layer, or stock painting been successful, so those activities will be undertaken by others. So sitting at my operating position, with the track at eye level, I can see down trains appear from my left from behind station buildings, sweep round a flat curve towards me, then either continue along the relief line to disappear behind a row of houses on an elevated ridge, or divert into the down relief loop, or turn right past me onto the High Wycombe branch, pass in front of the above mentioned houses then disappear through a road over bridge. The track plan is almost complete and construction will start next month. Once the constructing company's track plan is finally agreed by me, the design will be mine and I can share it on the thread. Next time I aim to update you on where I am on Loco chipping, signaling and some pics of stock constructed. Enjoy your modelling! Cheers Paul
So finally, after a long time of doing nothing but thinking, I have decided to start my first proper layout. I have a small 1ftx4ft baseboard which I plan to use. I'm thinking about doing a small station, on possibly a light railway, with a small siding. It will probably be slow progress as living in NZ and school don't help much. I've included the track plan below and would love some advice on it. Stock will be 7 plank wagons and small 1-2 coach trains. No back story as of yet...
I would like to find out what the Western Region used around 1960 as a substitute for the 3 car AEC Railcar set comprising two single ended cars and an intermediate corridor coach. One of the two of these was stationed at Reading and while it mainly worked in the Reading-Newbury area it did do a morning run empty from Reading to Slough, and in service, from Slough through to Newbury. This is my interest in the unit. Clearly it had to be serviced, and possibly sometimes broke down? If, so what was used to substitute it? Doubtless as time went on there were class 117 3 car DMUs at Reading in sufficient numbers to cover the duty? But c 1960, towards the end of the steam hauled trains between Newbury and the Thames Valley Line what was used? I think it unlikely that anyone will make a ready to run 00 version of this set, so short of cannibalising, or finding someone to cannibalise, some Lima single car units, I need to find a substitute for this unit! Any ideas? Many thanks Paul