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  1. Well we appear to have settled into our new home, but sadly for me, I can't get my head round blogs, so will resort to a good old fashioned layout topic. For those of you who are relatively new to the forum, I'll give you a quick background to my intentions and you can take it from there. I'm now into my 60's and have retired. Kids are well off my hands and I am fortunate to have a loft conversion available which was above an integral double garage. A new garage has been build in the front of the house and the old one converted to a study and utility room downstairs and my railway room upstairs. This gives me a space of 18' square with central heating and daylight courtesy of three Velux windows. Only downside is that the slope of the roof reduces the usable space to around 14' on two sides once you go above a board height of 3' or so. I grew up in North london in the 50's and my earliest memories of railways came from my Aunt and Uncle who took me to Alexandra Palace when I was probably 2-3 years old. There was a terminus at the Palace and steam hauled trains consisting of N2's and sets of Quad Arts were my first memory. At the bottom of the hill was Wood Green, a suburban station on the ECML out of Kings Cross and once I had seen an A4 thundering through Wood Green with 11 coaches in tow at a fair lick, I was hooked. Those memories will never leave me, hence my love of ECML loco's and stock. The world was a different place then and even at 10 years old, I would go off for the whole day on my own to Kings Cross, St Pancras, Euston, Paddington, Liverpool Street and occasionally over the Thames to see the Malachite Green of the Southern at Victoria and Waterloo. Shed visits were KX, Camden, Old Oak, Willesden, Stratford, Hornsey, Stewarts Lane, Feltham, Nine Elms and even as a kid, you were rarely stopped or told to get out. Heaven! OK, back to the present. Each to their own, but my passion is full length trains and stations with reasonable facilities and I am now lucky enough to have sufficient space to create something to meet that need. In the early days I experimented with Tillig track and whilst it was fine, the restrictions that RTR gave me meant I was unable to create something with flowing curves. For years I have been jealous of those who could make their own track, but felt I would never be able to do it. It was encouragement from this forum that got me over that hurdle a couple of years ago and I was really surprised that I was able to create something that worked. It was though a whole new world opened for me. Once that happened, I had also read about Templot and decided that would be the way to go for me in terms of layout design. Sadly it was a mystery to me and despite several attempts to get started I could not get my head round it, until one day with some help from Martin Wynne, it all clicked into place and I have to say it is the best piece of layout planning software I have ever used and invaluable to anyone who is building their own track. The current layout is my third attempt at building this layout. Two earlier designs ended up in the skip as a combination of issues meant insurmountable problems were encountered. The biggest problem was failure to appreciate gradients and the brief to run steam locos with 7/8 coach trains. The first layout had a 1:50 climb and trains just ground to a halt, with the combination of loco adhesion, weight of the train, curves on the climb and too fierce a gradient. Everything has now been replanned with nothing less than a 1:100 gradient. The layout starts from a 16 track traverser which has been made from ply and heavy duty runners. It does work, although I will be making some changes to the track alignment. There then follows a double circuit climb of about 150' which allows an 18" clearance for access to the traverser and stock storage. The hidden lines have all been constructed on very narrow boards so that access to all hidden areas can be easily undertaken. The layout is dcc and is split into three power districts. Each district is protected by a circuit breaker first and then each individual board has it's own isolation switch for fault finding. Once the lines emerge, they continue around a folded figure of eight which will allow continuous running, should you just want to sit back and watch trains. The final level is a large terminus with engine facilities and a goods relief road which will serve industrial units. I was fortunate enough to purchase the buildings from Great Northern's Peterborough layout. These were built by Alan Downes and are really superb. This will be an urban setting and all scenery will be tunnels, bridges, retaining walls and low relief industrial buildings. It will be set in the transition period which will allow me to run both steam or diesel, although I do adopt a run whatever I like attitude and odd locos will certainly make an appearance from time to time. The first board has been made as that had to sit over the stairwell, so this has track laid, wired and ballasted and the first pass scenic work is in place. There is still much to do but the bulk of the work on this first board has been completed. The lower levels are virtually complete and work is now starting on the folded eight. I have printed off a full size plan of about 30% of the layout and you can see how this will take shape. This project is not a five minute job and I suspect it will take 18 months or so to get up to the terminus level. I work on my own and even though I have retired it's amazing where the time goes. I'll happily post updates if people are interested....
  2. IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST VISIT TO THIS LAYOUT THREAD, WELCOME, AND THANKS FOR LOOKING. MY ADVICE WOULD BE TO FAST FORWARD TO THE LAST PAGE AND THEN BROWSE BACKWARDS, AS THE LAYOUT HAS SEEN A NUMBER OF IMPROVEMENTS SINCE THIS FIRST POST, ESPECIALLY IN REGARD TO THE APPEARANCE OF THE TRAINS THEMSELVES. STOKE COURTENAY FEATURED IN THE APRIL 2019 ISSUE OF BRM. After 4 years I've just (almost) finished my layout, a loft-based affair in 4mm scale using 00-SF standards. So time to take a breather and post a few pics. . Stoke Courtenay represents a small GW junction station in the 1930s, the track layout being based on Brent, south Devon, with a few variations. If there's any interest, once I return from holiday in a couple of weeks I'll post a bit more info and some more pics. Unlike many retired returnee modellers I have no lifetime's collection of stock, just a rag bag of new and second-hand items, and unbuilt kits, gathered together over the last four years. I've been exercising a self-denying ordinance on these pending completion of a layout to run them on, so at present they're all more or less as I bought them. So I look forward to spending the next four years detailing, weathering, kit-building, repainting and general tarting up. I can see I'll also have to investigate some better lighting for layout photography. A lot to learn there, and indeed in all other areas, having been out of this game for 40+ years until 2012. John C.
  3. Greetings and welcome to my new layout thread! As many of you will remember this project started in the dim and distance past of the last version of RMWeb; March 2009 to be precise! After a number of false starts, I finally have some proper progress to report. Background Information Horrabridge is a small village on the outskirts of Tavistock in West Devon. The station was one of many on the 31 mile route from Plymouth to Launceston. The railway reached Horrabridge in June 1859 and closed 103 years later on 31st December 1962. At the time of closure the village had a population of around 1500. The station was a busy place with reasonable levels of freight received and dispatched from the station right up till closure, with two daily goods workings and 14 passenger workings. Horrabridge was passing station, with two platforms, although neither were particularly long; the up and down platforms being 230 and 345 foot respectively. Before entering the station, the line crossed the A386 over a particularly unusual bow-string bridge on a high embankment. Horrabridge was a crossing station with an up loop of 397 feet and down loop of 442 feet. There were also a set of level crossing gates towards the Plymouth end of the station, although these were closed in 1952. However on my version the gates will still be present. When shunting precautions had to be taken as the station was on a 1 in 6-0 gradient; wagons had to be place in the refuge sidings prior to shunting work being undertaken. The track layout at Horrabridge included up and down refuge sidings, with a capacity of 35 and 44 wagons respectively. The up siding formed a headshunt for the goods shed siding with a similar situation for the down siding – this siding usually held wagons destined for the Princetown branch, as Yelvertonton, the junction for the branch, lacked goods facilities. With regard to buildings on the station site, a small wooden building formed the Station Master’s office, booking office and waiting room was located on the up platform, with a small dressed stone shelter on the down platform. A small signal box, built by Saxby and Farmer was located next to the main station building. The site also had two water cranes and a water tower (located near the down siding), a legacy of when the station performed the role of a junction prior to the construction of Yelverton Station. A small goods shed and granary were located along the up siding and refuge line – both of these were constructed from local stone. Model I really enjoy designing track plans, although could not get Horrabridge to work! So in 2012 I commissioned Iain Rice to design a layout plan, below is his work and I have to say it was well worth the wait. Iain really has worked his magic. The layout is designed to fit in a 20ft by 12ft space, although the footprint is 19ft by 11ft to allow a bit of wiggle room! My model will try to recreate Horrabridge as it was during the mid-1950s (1955-6), enabling some locomotives to operate in BR lined green and coaching stock in maroon, although the vast majority will be seen in BR black with passenger stock in the very smart plain crimson and crimson and cream livery. (I plan to write a separate post for the stock requirements.) The model will be built to P4 standards, with the locomotives being operated with the well-known Gaugemaster system. Points and signals will be operated via slow action motors with a lever frame. Couplings will be a mixture of Alex Jacksons and 3-links. Track work will be constructed from Exactoscale products, although I will be using hi-nickel silver rail, rather than steel. The track bed will be C&L rubberised cork. The baseboards have been built by Maurice Hopper and have provided a very firm foundation to the layout! Maurice very kindly offered after last year’s Scalefour AGM and I was very quick to accept his offer! At this stage I would like to say a big thank you to Maurice, the boards really are a work of engineering beauty! Anyway, on to the first bit of work. Below are the first two boards, this forms about 2/5 of the overall length of the layout. The first board shows the embankment with the small access road leading up from the main road. The MK1 BG is sitting just before the level crossing. Rubberised cork is currently being laid, with the help of my stock of Italian pasta sauces! Right more later. Regards, Nick.
  4. Over the last couple of years, Carshalton & Sutton MRC has been developing a new Modern Image layout for use with DCC Sound. At first it represented the end of a single line freight branch consisting of a ‘bagged aggregates loading shed’, a run round, a small scrap siding and a two road diesel depot(in front of a single road cassette fiddleyard). The configuration was somewhat controlled by the fact that the aggregates shed (8’ long) was ‘borrowed’ from a DC layout belonging to the Club. The layout was meant to be a quick fix to give us a working DCC layout to go with some members’ new found interest in DCC Sound. It was soon realised that it needed to consist of more than the end of a single line branch, so the line was extended onwards into a small freight yard(8' long). This was quickly followed by a new longer fiddleyard (to accommodate the longer trains now fitting in the freight yard) and, of course, a larger depot. The whole is now 24’ long! At this point, a name for all this needed to be found and ‘Falcon Road TMD & Oil Drum Lane’ was settled on. This first part being a nod to South London and the second being added to give an industrial ‘feel’ to the layout. NCE equipment is used for locos only. The rest of the control being standard model railway style. In fact, as the aggregate shed and freight yard can be added to the Club’s DC layout, these are wired and sectioned for DC control but with wiring suitable for DCC. Track has been built to 00SF (16.2mm) standards using code75 BH rail, ply sleepers and Exactoscale chairs. Turnouts are worked by Tortoise motors. Anyway, enough of this. The layout basically consists of three ‘areas’: the ‘fiddleyard/diesel depot’, the ‘aggregates shed’ and the ‘freight yard’. Over the next few days/weeks I’ll post a series of photos taken during construction and re-building, taking each ‘area’ separately. So, here goes with the first set on the diesel depot. Dave Please note that this is the original name given to the layout but was changed as we discovered a layout existed called 'Oil Drum Lane' Here is the second larger Depot trackwork being laid out. The fiddleyard entry is at the rear and uses Cassettes. Preparing the track and base for the re-fuelling point. Entry to the fiddleyard at the rear, line to the depot near front and the depot shunting spur ending on the right. Ballasting is with C&L fine grade fixed with quick drying (water soluble) matt varnish. This doesn't discolour the ballast or dry quite so hard as PVA. The re-fuelling point track now completed and set in plaster. 00SF's 16.2mm gauge allows 1mm flangeways to be used with modern R-T-R stock This is the back end of the two road shed when semi-completed and before any background added. Nearest the camera is the shunting neck for the re-fuelling point that also acts as the unloading point for the fuel oil. Hence the inspection pits. The first shed fitted on its concrete base. Later to be knocked off the layout by yours truly only to smash into several pieces on the floor. Much more development has now taken place in this area. More of this later.
  5. Hi Apologies for stealing someone else's thread - I saw the scissors crossing photo and assumed I could get some help on it I have so far got a facing and trailing crossover on top of each other, but it all got very messy when I tried to put the diamond in - how do you delete rails in templot and how to you curve both roads of a diamond so it sits on top of the existing rails Thanks Chris
  6. Hello All, So there's a pair of empty boards hidden away and I'm feeling the need, like every modeller, to build something on them. The problem is that I'm stuck as to what. I'm therefore looking for some sound (or otherwise) advice on what looks feasible, similar ideas or developments thereof and anything else that comes to mind. So first the basics: I've got two 120cm x 40cm boards. That gives me either 240 x 40 or 120 x 80 and these boards don't have to include the fiddle yard(s) (I've got enough room for that to be separate, if small). They have to be able to be taken apart and stored. I'm probably going to go for 00-SF, especially after following Stoke Courtenay. In terms of what I would like to gain from the layout there are a couple of key points: - learning to build hand-built track - developing my kit building skills (and learning loco kit construction) - attempting to reach a new level of realism - something achievable - operationally interesting - short trains - affordable (I'm a student!) - exhibitionable (and therefore presentable) I thought I would go through a couple of ideas that I've been looking at and see how they would match up. Coleshill (later Maxstoke) Station on the Stonebridge Railway: https://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lms/coleshill.htm A very small station with even smaller trains. I like the idea of modelling a prototype location and the midland railway itself. The trains are exceptionally short and offer a degree of shunting in the adjacent siding. It's also achievable, with only one main building and uncomplex track work. However I would need to drum up some more traffic if I model the time around 1916 ish. Hampton Midland Goods Yard: https://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lms/hamptoninardenjunction.htm At one end of the Stonebridge railway was a goods yard serving Hampton in Arden. The old engine shed for the Stonebridge railway was taken over by a timber merchant, giving interesting traffic. It's more complex when compared to Coleshill and therefore offers more shunting opportunities. Even so, in my limited space I'm not sure that I'd get enough in to make it operationally interesting. Something similar to the MS&LR's Ducie Street (Manchester) Goods Station. Although clearly too big for the space I have available, either a smaller similar prototype or a fictional, smaller version would provide plenty of shunting and a variety of rolling stock. I could set the warehouse facade against the backscene and then maximise the space available. 1970s/1980s Parcels depot: A small previous passenger terminus converted into a parcels depot. Would allow me to use my Heljan 128. Other than shuffling GUV's around, what else would it entail? What other traffic would/could go through a parcels depot? Engineering works: Some kind of (possibly private owner industrial) railway serving various engineering facilities. Would allow a wide range of unusual wagon loads. Tall factory buildings and small locos would also create a good atmosphere. Minimilist option: Simply a single track line through the scene. Small cassette fiddle yards either side. Scenic section with undulating landscape, bridges, etc. Either based on a prototype or freelance. Maybe end of steam would give exceptionally short trains. Would love to hear your thoughts! Xander
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