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  1. I am starting a post on my layout as friends back in the UK wanted to see its progress and i am finding without a club i need a sounding board for my ideas and problems and RMweb is a great place to do this. My layout is set on the GCR London extension and is mainly sratchbuilt for the buildings and the stock is mostly kit built. It could not be done without the help in the UK before it came out to the States of three great friends, Andy Bell, Clive Mortimore and The now sadly deceased John Cluro. This post is short just to get it up and running there will be photos to follow. I look for and welcome any constructive critisism. Richard
  2. Edit, 12/04/19: Given the turn that this thread has taken over the past year, I thought that I would amend its title to something more appropriate and to give Annie her due credit in the title! There's no need for me to add links in to where Annie's work starts as it starts from the post following this one! This is not to say that other postings will not be welcome, I just thought it was time for a change of title here. I will, however, take the opportunity to keep this post updated with the current list of Pre-Grouping TS2019 (Dovetail) Locomotive and Rolling stock addons. I won't include freeware ones as they have been massively outclassed since I started this. '*' indicates a forthcoming release which is due shortly. WARNING - This post is very long! Digital Traction MR Fowler 4F Class 0-6-0 (Part of a Twin Pack with an LMS 'Austin 7' 0-8-0 - http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/lms-twin-loco-pack-4f-and-7f/ ) MR Fowler (?) 3F Class 0-6-0 (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/3f-tender-loco-pack/ ) LSWR M7 Class 0-4-4T (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/dt-lswrsr-m7-0-4-4t-loco/ ) ex-GER S69 Class 4-6-0 (Reboilered condition - http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/dt-lner-b12-loco/) MR-Type Fowler Compound 4-4-0 (LMS-Build - http:///mainsite/products/lms-compound-pack/) GNR Gresley N2 Class 0-6-2T (Contains LNER Quad-Arts - http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/great-northern-n2-tank-loco/) GWR Churchward 4300 Class 2-6-0 (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/gwr-43xx-loco/) LSWR Adams 0415 Class 4-4-2T (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/lswr-adams-radial-loco/) SECR Wainwright H Class 0-4-4T (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/dt-secr-h-loco/) LSWR Non-Corridor Coach Pack (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/lswr-carriage-pack/) Caledonia Works GER Hill L77 Class 0-6-2T (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/ger-l77-loco/) LNWR Webb 'Coal Tank' 0-6-2T (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/lnwr-coal-tank-locomotive/) GNR Stirling A Class 4-2-2 (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/great-northern-railway-stirling-single-locomotive/) NER Worsdell O Class 0-4-4T (http:///mainsite/products/cw-ner-g5-tank-loco/) NER Bouch 1001 Class 0-6-0 (Includes Pre-1900 NER Wagons and Brake Van - http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/ner-1001-longboiler-loco/) LBSCR Billinton/Marsh E4 Class 0-6-2T (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/vl-lbsc-e4-loco/) CR Mcintosh 498 Class 0-6-0T (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/cw-cr-498-loco/ CR Mcintosh 782 Class 0-6-0T (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/caledonian-railway-782-class/) CR Drummond 264/611 Class 0-4-0ST (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/caledonian-railway-264-611-class-pug/) CR Drummond No.123 4-2-2 (Contains CR Corridor Coaches - http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/dt-caledonian-railway-123-loco-pack/) CR Drummond 294 Class 0-6-0 (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/cr-294-class-jumbo-loco-pack/) CR Pickersgill 944 Class 4-6-2T (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/caledonian-railway-944-class/) CR Mcintosh 600 Class 0-8-0 (Contains CR Bogie Coal Wagons and 6w Brake Van - http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/caledonian-railway-600-class/) CR Mcintosh 812 Class 0-6-0 (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/caledonian-railway-812-class/) CR Mcintosh 903 'Cardean' Class 4-6-0 (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/cr-903-class-cardean/) CR Mcintosh 721 'Dunalastair I' Class 4-4-0 (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/cr-721-class-dunalastair-i/) CR Wagon Pack 1 (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/dt-caledonian-wagon-pack-1/ GCR Robinson 8K Class 2-8-0* CR Mcintosh 439 Class 0-4-4T* NER Worsdell R Class 4-4-0* NER Worsdell P3 Class 0-6-0* SECR Wainwright C Class 0-6-0* L&YR Aspinall 5 Class 2-4-2T* Matrix Trains CR 6-Wheeled Coach Pack (http://digitaltraction.co.uk/mainsite/products/mt-cr-6-wheeler-coaches/) CR 'Grampian' 12-Wheeled Coach Pack (https://www.steamsoundssupreme.com/mt-grampian-carriage-set-1.html) CR 48ft Non-Corridor Coach Pack (https://store.steampowered.com/app/678182/TS_Marketplace_Caledonian_Railway_45ft_NonCorridor__Caledonian_Railway_AddOn) GNR/NER Non-Corridor Coach Pack (https://store.steampowered.com/app/643690/TS_Marketplace_NERGNR_NonCorridor_LNER_Pack/) GWR Churchward 57ft Toplight Coach Pack (https://store.steampowered.com/app/513119/TS_Marketplace_GWR_Churchward_Panelled_Toplights_Pack_01_AddOn/) GWR Churchward 70ft Toplight Coach Pack (https://store.steampowered.com/app/623250/TS_Marketplace_GWR_Churchward_Panelled_Toplights_Pack_02_AddOn/) SECR 60ft 'Birdcage' Coach Pack (https://store.steampowered.com/app/623264/TS_Marketplace_SECR_60FT_Birdcage_SECR_Crimson_Lake_AddOn/) GCR 'Barnum' Coach Pack (https://store.steampowered.com/app/513090/TS_Marketplace_Barnum_Coaches_Pack_01_AddOn/) GWR 'Concertina' Coach Pack* Victory Works GWR Churchward 4500 Class 2-6-2T (https://store.steampowered.com/app/277753/Train_Simulator_GWR_Small_Prairies_Loco_AddOn/) GWR Churchward 4200 Class 2-8-0 (https://www.steamsoundssupreme.com/gwr-42005205-2-8-0t.html) GWR Churchward 'Saint' Class 4-6-0 (https://store.steampowered.com/app/376963/Train_Simulator_GWR_Saint_Class__Travelling_Post_Office_Loco_AddOn) GWR Steam Railmotor (https://store.steampowered.com/app/258650/Train_Simulator_GWR_Steam_Railmotor_Loco_AddOn/) LBSCR Stroudley/Marsh A1/A1x Class 0-6-0T (https://www.steamsoundssupreme.com/stroudley-a1a1x-terrier-mainpack.html) NER Raven T2 Class 0-8-0 (https://store.steampowered.com/app/642806/Train_Simulator_LNER_Raven_Q6_Steam_Loco_AddOn/) NER Worsdell C Class 0-6-0* Rustic Engineman's Loco & Carriage Workshop GER Worsdell Y14 Class 0-6-0 (https://www.steamsoundssupreme.com/y14-j15-pack.html) LBSCR Billinton E2 Class 0-6-0T (https://www.steamsoundssupreme.com/page_lbscre2pack01.html) Entire stock of the Talyllyn Railway* Meshtools LNWR Beames Class G2 0-8-0 (https://store.steampowered.com/app/448186/Train_Simulator_LNWR_G2_Super_D_Steam_Loco_AddOn/) L&YR Aspinall Class A 0-6-0* Donkey Works SD&JR 6-Wheel Coach, SD&JR Van, LSWR 'Road Van' (https://www.steamsoundssupreme.com/page_wswp01.html) Just Trains GWR 3700 'City' Class 4-4-0 (Contains GWR Clerestory Coaches - http://www.justtrains.net/product/class-3700-with-city-of-truro-download) Steam Loco Collection LSWR Drummond/Urie T9 Class 4-4-0 (https://steamlococollection.co.uk/lswr-drummond-t9-add-on/) SECR Wainwright H Class 0-4-4T* And I think that rounds it all up!
  3. Hi All, My pre-grouping layout finally begins! Oak Hill is a fictional layout set on the eastern border of LBSCR territory with the SECR having running rights over the line. It is set in the earliest years of the 20th cenuary. The reason for this date period is that I have a few locos already in Improved Engine Green and this is my favortie brighton livery I am also quite fond of SECR Wainwright livery. The layout itself has / will have a small terminus station, a dairy loading area in a siding, a coal merchant, goods shed and a small loco yard. The reason i say the layout has these features is I have been given a former exhibition layout which is forming the basis of thie project. The layout is "Bedruthan Steps" made by the Falmouth MRC in the 90's as a GWR branch line terminus. It has a few badges on from exhibitions it attended. When it was retired by Falmouth it was brought by a member and since then it has spent 12 years in storage in a garage. It was recently passed on the the previous owners son who when he realised it was beyond his expertise to repair he decided to get rid of it which is how it came to be in my ownership. The layout is slightly to big for where it will be living so needs to be reduced slightly and will need "Brigtonising" as it looks a bit to "cornwall" at present. The plans of what I hope to do are below: At present the layout is 12ft by 2ft and is analogue, although the electrics are in rather a bad way so i doubt much works. The first job is to cut the layout to size and make new legs for it. Once this is done the electrics need stripping and replacing as it will be DCC. Once this is done I will start looking at what needs repairing and replacing scenically. I hope to get the layout cut to size and legs built over the next week. and to begin on my pre-grouping adventue. Thanks for looking, Gary
  4. Well chaps, finally Dr Gerbil-Fritters has prised himself out of his armchair, and embarked on an actual physical model railroad. This project is slightly delayed, by four months since the shed was erected on the wettest day in history culminating in the interior having to be stripped out and rebuilt, or by more than a decade, if you count the time from the axe falling on my previous railroad and the subsequent delay caused by fatherhood, career, building works, and so on. Our house was falling down and had to be rebuilt. Apparently that took precedent over building a model railroad.... So, welcome to my little slice of the American south-west in rainy olde Englande. Any similarities between the colour of the shed and a certain much lamented fallen-flag are entirely intentional. I drew the line at painting one end with scarlet speed whiskers though... Since the shed in question is to be somewhere I spend a lot of time (avoiding gardening, allotment etc etc) I've been spending the past few days getting the inside trim and ready for the benchwork and baseboards to go in. As the walls are to be the backscene, I've spent some time getting them smooth and well finished to provide a decent surface for a neutral sky background. There will be a workbench across the end opposite the door, and the layout will be mounted high for a standing while operating viewpoint. It's insulated, heated and well lit although I will add task lights where necessary. The current plan is this one, kindly titivated from my lacklustre efforts by Chris Gilbert of this Parish. So gentlemen, you can chortle along with me as I make mistake after cock up in my adventures in layout building. I aim to get the benchwork in over Easter. That's your first cheap laugh, right there.
  5. Having been inspired by the layouts on here I’ve made a start on the base board for “Warren” this week, still lots to do though
  6. The time has come to make a start on the next project of mine. The timber has been bought today and is now acclimatising in the living room. I do this with all new timber these days after building Fort Myers 25 years ago where the boards were made of the same material, MDF on 2 x 1 inch softwood. Back then I built the boards in a friends workshop then set them up at home and laid the track. In the central heated room they all bowed due to the MDF shrinking more than the softwood. Luckily I only needed to replace the softwood along the long sides and to this day the boards are still fine. So in a few days time the boards will be assembled and set up on my existing legs. The layout will be 12 feet by 3 feet. It will be 4mm scale and a UK location. I have virtually all the rolling stock and the main building has been commenced but not a lot to show. it will be DCC with block detection, hopefully with some automation Its first show at present is November 2020. I will reveal more once the invite is reconfirmed. Now do I call the layout ' Blackmoor' or Blackmoor Gate' which I think more people will relate to despite the station actually being called ' Blackmoor' at the time of the model is being set , circa 1930.
  7. A left over piece of MDF produced the idea for “Yet Another Micro Layout”. My youngest daughter recently acquired a new bunk bed for her room, and wanted a place to do some painting without painting on the walls of her room. My wife purchase a large piece of MDF for that purpose, and had it cut to size at the hardware store, and a 1200 x 240mm piece of MDF and a few extra pieces about 70mm deep, were left over. My wife specifically said to me “can you use these for a model railway”. Of course I can, I thought! But how to use it? I perused the various eBooks by the late Carl Arendt until I settled on an expanded and customised track plan based on the “Tramways de Chamies-Les Thurs” track plan in the “Creating Micro Layouts” eBook. That track plan is only about 600mm x 300mm, whereas the track plan I will be using will cover 1200 x 240mm. The next thing to do was to decide on a prototype / theme. I had thought of a tram / streetcar layout like that suggested for the “Tramways de Chamies-Les Thurs” track plan in the eBook, with the possibility of a Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) Tram layout. But in the end I settled on a Brazilian themed layout. The reason for this is that I have a limited budget, and a Melbourne Tram model was over $250 (Australian) – a huge chunk out of my model railway budget. I had previously come across the Frateschi HO scale models, made in Brazil. So I did some research about them and from what I read they seem like reasonable models, and very reasonably priced. I went onto ebay, and found a model of a Brazilian G22 Bo-Bo diesel electric locomotive with an RFFSA (Rede Ferroviária Federal, Sociedade Anônima) paint scheme which is about 7 inches long, for $99. And so I purchased it. To make the most use of available space, I purchased 2 Peco short radius Y turnouts to minimise the space for the layout. The combination of the reasonably short locomotive and Y turnouts should give me some space to also have up to 2 freight cars attached to the locomotive to able to move through the switchbacks on the layout. Not only is this the first Brazilian themed layout I have built but it is also the first one where I employed multi-use foam board (called XPS insulation board) which is very similar to extruded foam board used in the USA. Because of the use of XPS foam board, it is also likely to be the first layout that I use no nails or screws on! Photos above, top left to bottom right: XPS foam board info, the MDF left over that is the reason for the layout, the layout base from the front, the layout base from the back. Rather than the layout being a passenger switch-back between multiple tram stops like the original “Tramways de Chamies-Les Thurs” track plan, this layout will be a freight switching layout, with a small 2 track yard, the switch back, and various industries on the different legs of the switch back. This gives a fair amount of operational interest in a micro layout space. Because the RFFSA only operated between 1957 and 1999, and the layout will be run with an EMD G22 diesel rather than steam motive power, the era is fairly well defined to between 1967 (when the G22 was introduced) and 1999. This era is about the same as the other model layouts I have, and is purposely broad to allow for the use of more types of rollingstock. As well as the locomotive, I also purchased some Frateschi rollingstock: a reefer, covered hopper and boxcar. After testing the G22 locomotive and rollingstock on one of my other layouts, I am quite impressed with the quality and running ability of the Frateschi models I purchased. I’m particularly impressed that the locomotive and 3 cars cost less than $200 (Australian), and that the cars have metal wheels and are reasonably close coupled when connected together.
  8. I’ve been faffling around with P4 for several years now, & still don’t have much ‘finished’. This is mainly due to the lack of a layout to kick me into getting things over those final hurdles. I did at one stage have a bit of a test track going on, but I didn’t have anywhere to house it at 10ft long and having to put it up and down each time just meant I didn’t progress with it. My current thoughts were kickstarted by a topic on the Scalefour society forum where, last summer, the Bristol group had aims to encourage people to model a 4ft x 18 inch standalone layout (labelled the GOYA project) – and I wondered whether I could find something suitable to fit the bill… this is slightly larger. Ilkley shed would really need a minimum of 10 foot to do ‘properly’, but I think I can make a reasonable representation within 6ft x 18inches. I would do this across 2 3ft x 18inch boards, though I do have an alcove available in which it could ‘permanently’ live. 6 foot in my mind is too big for a single board, and having the join would also allow me to experiment with detailing and scenery across a board joint. (While Keighley or Manningham sheds would be more suitable for the stock I am building, Ilkley looks far more operationally interesting within the space I have available – and at the end of the day all were under the 55F umbrella after 1957). It also looks like Gordon A has already had 3ft x 18 inch laser cut boards produced locally, so I will pick his brains about this next Tuesday!: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/72708-laser-cut-baseboards/ Wikipedia tells me that the turntable at Ilkley was 50’, and LRM have a Cowans Sheldon 50’ offering. It was a Cowans Sheldon product that was installed at Garsdale/Hawes junction, so I am assuming the Ilkley one to have been from the same source, though I have not been able to clarify that as yet. There is a photo of it here: http://www.embsayboltonabbeyrailway.org.uk/historic/fws083.jpg Comparing photos of the Garsdale one to Ilkley they look to have the same family resemblance. Albeit looking at photos of the Garsdale one in its current location at Keighley as it is rather easier to look at without a wall of sleepers surrounding it! Also needed would be the locomotive shed itself… As this would be ‘in the style of’ rather than an exact replica of Ilkley, I would be happy to compromise on a similar building (if not exactly the same) if one was available. Having looked at the Hornby and Bachmann resin offerings, and townstreet casting, I cannot see anything close so would have to attack plastikard sheeting for this I think. http://www.embsayboltonabbeyrailway.org.uk/historic/fws073.jpg The full length of the shed would not be modelled – probably only about 1 foot, though I need to have a play and see quite how I can joggle things to fit while keeping the atmosphere/theme looking ok. I will have a play around in Templot (sometime soon hopefully :-S) to clarify whether what I am thinking will actually fit in the footprint. The only thing that I don’t think I can incorporate into this would be any test sample of flat bottom track. It partially depends on whether I can fit in half the mainline across the front/back, though even so Ilkley was not flat bottomed until well after the shed closed in 1959. This project would also really cry out for a Stanier 3P 2-6-2, of which the only kit I am aware is the Nucast one though according to Sherwood models website they are not currently available (Nucast was the small boiler, and I've seen photos of both types in the mid 50s in Ilkley so depending on the quality (overall dimensional accuracy mainly) the Nucast kit might be a reasonable starting point. I need to crack on and finish my lemon 0-4-4 first though!! I will go through my library and put up a bit of a bibliography so that if anyone is aware of any useful tome they will be able to see what I already have... I was going to wait before posting this as a new topic, but this seems long enough already for an initial post so I have decided to unleash it!
  9. I’m working on my “Freelance OO9 Layout” (another topic here) and as I was browsing the Internet, I saw a micro layout using Kato N Scale track that looked fun. I mapped it out using Anyrail software and developed the track plan. It should fit on a 34” by 15” board, that one can put on a table. For me, it allows running various rolling stock, to see if they can negotiate the tight curves, and just watch trains while my other layout is in construction. I have some of the track segments, so I did some preliminary tests. The smaller curve radius is 6”/150mm. My Bachmann Rheneas and Skarloey handle them. My Bachmann 10-12-D can also, but complains a bit. The latter also cannot make the curve of the turnout, so it goes straight. Some n scale trains can run on this too, small ones anyway. There appears to be a lot of OO9 product in development, so I hope to use this layout for test and demonstration purposes. You may notice a tiny gap on the outside curves. I’m not sure if it’s real or an artifact of the software. At any rate, it’s just a couple of millimeters, so ther should be enough flex in the track to compensate. Feel free to try this! Let me know what you think if you do.
  10. I have been fascinated by railways, real and model, for most of my life. Like many of us of a certain age, railway modelling started with Hornby 0 gauge clockwork – the 101 tank set in my case, although I think that I remember a Mettoy set too. Model railways as such began when my younger brother and I deployed the said Hornby in our sand pit. Needless to say we were in trouble for that, but it was a start on a railway in the landscape. Over the years I have made a number of further starts on the modelling, but have never got to a point where something could be seen as complete. Nevertheless my enthusiasm has never waned, and indeed railways became a major part of my life. I have had a wonderful career that for the most part has been with both rail-based freight and in urban public transport. However the real railway and family tended to get in the way of modelling. I am now ready to recommence work on my model railway. The most progress occurred when I was recuperating from open heart surgery over a decade ago. That is when Fal Vale was built – baseboards were constructed, track was laid, the electrics were completed and structures and scenery built. But it never really got to the operational stage and spent most of its life idle, and later crated up for removal. I spent some 25 years in Sydney after a career move, but when I retired some three years ago I sold my house there and moved back to my home town of Adelaide, South Australia. I should have had time to make a new start. It was not to be, as my earlier bovine heart valve reached the end of its useful life, just like Sir Mick Jagger’s - at least I am in good company! This blog is intended to document progress as a means of inspiration (for me) to get on with it. These photos of the un-crating might be of interest. There is method in my madness of buying a house with a double garage when I only have one car.
  11. progress on ww2 military train layout ho
  12. Not sure if this is the place or not but here goes! For a number of years I've have temporary track layouts, setting them up, running locos and rolling stock then breaking it apart and starting again the next day. This was mainly due to a lack of space. I've been fortunate that some space has become available after some spring cleaning for a small shunting layout; 4' x 1'. I've seen quite a number of designs and taken inspiration from them. The layout includes an entrance from a detachable fiddle yard line, a passing loop, three single straight sidings along the near side (sufficient for the wagons and trucks I use), a siding at the very back to store coaches, and a recoaling siding at the left end of the platform.I won't be using on track buffers, I am making some that will sit just at the end to give clearance to the couplings. To clarify, I use the smaller 4 wheel coaches, and the Dapol trucks! I'm open to any feedback on the layout design, I have done some running on it and it seems to be working fine. However, I'm more so interested in the extras to add in to the layout. I'm looking to model it as a branchline terminus for a town. I have seen some youtube clips with bits in it, but tbh I wouldn't know where to start or where the best place is to get them. I'm thinking the likes of signals, and railway buildings. I have a home build station which I'm happy enough with. Just made out of timber and some toothpicks for a fence. Even ballasting I wouldn't know what the best size to get is!! Because its a small layout, I wouldn't mind getting some more advanced type things. I've been looking into point motors, which may come later as given its size is unnecessary rn, but I think there are other accessories that are wired? Also for uncoupling whats the best way? I've seen people use the uncoupling track and magnets. I used to jsut lift them but it'd be nice to not have to be lifting rolling stock. I'm so sorry for all the questions! I really do appreciate any feedback or advice. EliteT
  13. This thread will hopefully chart the development of a layout based on an alternative history of the Kent Coalfield. An index will appear here once there is enough content to be worth indexing! The first few posts are transplanted over from my Workbench thread. Please feel free to contribute ideas and suggestions, I'm open to changing things, and my knowledge of prototype practice is not the greatest so I may need the occasional correction! Read on and (hopefully) enjoy!
  14. Hello. I've created a layout for my loft and would be grateful if people could have a glance and offer some feedback? I don't intend to motorise track points right now as that's somewhat beyond my immediate level of expertise, so I'm simply going to run the locomotives clockwise and anti-clockwise [green and blue], and tootle up and down the orange as and when. Obviously there are a number of gaps shown that I intend to fill with the small, Hornby 38mm track lengths. I guess this might seem somewhat unorthodox [four/five tracks side by side] but I'm not looking to replicate any level of accuracy. The thinking shown suits me, as does the mix of diesels [eight], shunters [two] and steam [three], plus assorted, decorative locomotives. I'm also aware of significantly restricted access to the far side but I'm reluctant to add an access hole. My intent is simply set them all off and control them as and when they go around. Sincere thanks, Will Buggleskelly Station Notes: 1. Hornby 00 2. DCC
  15. I have just moved into a new house following retirement and plan on building my (if not anyone else's) dream layout in 00 notionally based on BR London Midland Region inspired by the Settle and Carlisle and the Midland route to Manchester via the Pennines (yes, I know, they are very different). Era is intended to be 1960 or thereabouts. I have built a layout in 00 (mainly Hornby-Dublo) many years ago and have had a few ventures on N and 009, but this is the ultimate dream, so it would be quite good if I could get it right this time. The house had a detached garage which I thought promising until investigation established that it was badly built and not in great condition, so I had that demolished and bought a Lidget Compton concrete garage to replace it. I installed (that is me with the help of my son, not a contractor - who might have made a better job) ceilings with insulation above and lined the walls with insulation backed Gyproc (product is called Thermaline). The floor is concrete (obviously - but a newly laid slab with damp course lining) with a foam type insulation layer supporting a laminate floor. (Warning in passing - don't drop heavy things on laminate floors, because that breaks the floor, and I can't see how that can be repaired). That gives me what I hope is a reasonably comfortable space for the layout - 19' 4" by 8' 10". Although it is garage shaped and sized, the door is an outward opening personnel door, rather than the normal garage door. I looked at the station diagrams on the S&C and the Pennine route - none had a hope in hell of fitting my space, so have I ended up with the attached proposal, on which comment would be welcome. Track will be Peco Code 75 (FB, not the new bullhead) and control will be DCC. Couplers will be Kadee. 200708 plan.pdf Points to note - it is on graph paper, which is metric, so bears no real relation to the dimensions. It is also worked down from bigger larger scale plans, so things that look like they may not fit - the trailing curved crossover on the down side, for example, will - or there is enough space to make it do so. I used a 3 way point to create the up side trailing crossover plus the line to the loop platform - I am not sure whether this is a good idea. There is a noticeable gap between the platform loop track and the adjacent loop - this could be resolved by use of a single slip. I don't want to do that, as the Peco slips are 2' radius, and my minimum is 3'. I will have to think of some scenic explanation for the gap. On radii, I absolutely dislike the yawning gaps between vehicles and hope that generous radii may help ease that problem by enabling closer coupling. I thought that the plan was such that trap point should not be needed - if anybody thinks otherwise, please say. I have not yet dealt with signalling, al;though it does not look that difficult. The goods yard area is yet to be planned, as is the fiddle yard and branch terminus. Comments welcome.
  16. Are these layout planning and design books any good? They're $15 NZD each (around 8 pound/quid) and they look alright. I'm buying from a online retailer in New Zealand N Gauge Track Plans by C. J. Freezer 60 Plans for Small Locations by C. J. Freezer Track Plans For Various Locations by C. J. Freezer Layout Planning and Design by Railway Modeller, part of the 'Show You How' Series A Compendium of Track Plans To Suit All Locations by Peco Modeller's Library Setrack N Gauge Planbook by Peco The Hornby Book of Model Railways by Chris Ellis. Cheers.
  17. I have lived near Weymouth for about 13 years now and have been interested in the harbour tramway only in the last 3. After recently completing my first test layout, the Kingbarrow Railway Centre, I think its the right chance to build the layout that's always been in my head. PLEASE READ: This thread is about the layout of the real place, but can I please stress that there are already Weymouth Tramway modelling threads and talks out there. I do not want this thread to be used to discuss about the tramway, arguing about a resurrection, or the usual "I remember seeing this when I was a kid'. I want to keep this thread clean to what i'm modelling, so information on the part of the line i'm recreating is fine as long as its actually about what I'm doing. With that out of the way, here's a little bit of backstory to gather an idea about the Weymouth Tramway. The tramway was opened in 1865 along with the Weymouth & Portland Railway next to it. The harbour line served the harbour which was located a mile from the main station at Weymouth. Passenger services started in 1889 and despite a short cease in services throughout the wars, freight services ceased in 1972 and regular passenger services in 1987. Special railtours carried on up until the 2nd May 1999, and the branchline remains in a 'Permanent Out of Use status', despite reports in 2016 saying they have closed it. The section I will be modelling will be Cousins corner. Here, a large warehouse and various businesses were situated on the harbour corner wedged in-between Commercial Road and the town lifting bridge. The tramway first started out on a straight section and took a really sharp turn on approach towards the town bridge, but in 1938 a large curve was built to accommodate larger rolling stock, and finished in 1939. My layout will be built how it would have looked like just after the war, so the site looks well used and doesn't look too 'bright and clean'. These pictures are featured from John Lucking's book on the tramway, and various pictures from the internet. Here's the original track plan of what I will be modelling, also a comparison with the track layout before the large curve was put in. a 1956 railtour. I will have cars and goods placed in the middle of the curve and inner track to fill up space. The section heading towards the town bridge. The curve before the new one was built, but is a great picture for modelling the buildings The small coal transfer area which will be an interesting asset. The curve right after construction. The curve after paving, this is how I will have mine modelled. I will try to include a crane even if its just out of the period! The Model Version: I will try and keep the same feel of a long sweeping curve in model form, however due to the space available it might have to be slightly lighter than it would be if it was properly scaled down. It wouldn't be to the point that its 3rd radius curves, but enough to fit in my room nicely! Here's the plan,using the illustration because i'm lazy, using the brown lines being the baseboard and blue the backscene. The rolling stock will be easy o come across and I already have one of Heljan's locomotives in the form of 1369, which is the sole survivor of Weymouth Tramway locomotives, even though it worked on the tramway the shortest at just 2 years! I will like to break some annoying news however, this layout isn't being built anytime soon. I have just finished my heritage layout so I don't want to jump to another project yet. I would like to display it at next years exhibition which is at the end of next October, so the baseboards will most likely be finished at the start of 2019! I can make some of the buildings and collect stock in the meantime so this page will be active. I just wanted to create this thread in advance so I can keep the idea strong and get people interested in it. In the mean time I will be testing the poly filler effect on my O gauge ironing board layout, linked below! If you have any questions, ideas, improvements, or anything else then please feel free to comment below, but I just want to keep the content related to my build please. I can't wait to hear what people have to say about this project.
  18. https://boratool.com/work-stands Looks interesting. Mike.
  19. 2112 square centimetres, it sounds a lot, but it's actually tiny - and that is the area of the shelf under neath East Works but above my workbench... I've pondered what to do with this area for some time, and have mulled over small plans for OO and 009 layouts to fill the space. In the end, seeing my friends Tom Dauben and Steve Fulljames make starts on similar small projects bumped this one into reality and I settled on what had become favourite... a scene based upon photographs and video of NCB steam in South Wales in the late 1960s early 1970s. So here we have Pont-y-dulais (or Dulais bridge). Yes, it is almost 'Pontarddulais' but not quite, with also some elements of Mountain Ash thrown in, really it's just an excuse to try out a pair of Peco bull-head points, fill a space on the workshop and have a small OO gauge layout that is out all the time for running. It nearly fills the area above my workbench, and hopefully it's compact size will make it a good fun little project whilst ticking the boxes for somewhere to 'play' with my growing collection of coal related industrials. The period is deeply evocative and I find photos and videos of the run-down and worn out systems to be massively inspiring - and I want to see if I can capture some of that atmosphere with this project. Work started by marking out a piece of ply, printing some templates from Peco for the bull-head points and combined with a few yards of bull-head track testing out what might be possible in such a small space. I had the idea that it would be pretty limited operation, but putting the engine shed on a kick back giving a little more running length, and two sidings to swap wagons between, appearing to go further up the line under a road bridge. The plan was then curved a little, so that it was more visually interesting, I often find that doing this makes a big difference to how a layout feels. Some basic structures were mocked up in cardboard, this process allows you to visualise a scene a little better and although I had a good idea from the sketches, they proved the concept was worth pursuing further... ...especially seeing this view, the DJ Models Austerity and some Accurascale hoppers under the bridge. The girder is a Peco example re-used for the third time from a childhood layout - this featured on the first layout my Dad built for me when we lived in London, and then survived a move to Chester, where it was re-used on a bridge on a much larger layout. I kept it for posterity and it's nice to re-use things, I'll chop it down to fit. The ply base (9mm) was cut to shape, and two ends 18cm tall made up. The back was added in 6mm MDF, and then a front fascia with small wings and the land form for the bridge included was glued on. Nothing rocket science, in face nothing clever at all - this is largely a working diorama so won't need any fancy wiring or point control. I'm relying on the integral back and ends to provide the box structure strength you'd normally aim to get from the under the board box structure in a conventional cameo layout, but since we're severely lacking in headroom this will suffice. Finally, shown here in place above my bench, but below East Works. The next stage is to add a small top and see if LED lighting overpowers at such a low height, if so, I'll need to look at dimming them or adding a diffuser, I want to make the lid integral for added strength. Anyhow, the points are on order and should be due in the next few days, I'll push on between commission work with this, alongside Mollington Road, which is also progressing - this weekend I've added the missing structures, so I'll post about this separately. Until then, more soon...
  20. Hello Everybody, As a complete novice and first time poster please be gentle! I have always had a love model railways and trains in general and was lucky enough to have a big loft layout that my father built me when i was a child. Now as an adult with 2 young children I have the urge to start building a model railway for myself. Having recently moved house, i have found some left over hardboard and timber and have built a base measuring 8ft 4in x 2ft pictures attached. I intend to keep the layout in the garage. My first thoughts would be to have a station layout or a yard of some sort (end to end). I have being buying locos and rolling stock for quite some time and have a rather large collection of BR blue diesels and passenger carriages(OO Gauge) plus other bits and pieces/track. I have one Hornby controller (DC) and would like to keep costs low if possible. My knowledge of electrics are poor and this is my biggest worry. Laying of track i feel quite comfortable with and adding buildings etc will be done once the track is up and running. I welcome any ideas or designs you may have and please accept my thanks for any advice given. Regards, Mark from Manchester
  21. Think this is the correct place, I have recently just set up new baseboards for a new 00 gauge layout. However I haven’t been able to find a track plan I have been happy with. I have not yet decided on which period I would like to model yet as a plan to purchase the locomotives and rolling stock once I have decided. Most of my current rolling stock are mk2 br blue coaches which are quite old but are still capable to run on both code 100 and code 75 track and may look ok if weathered. Some Locomotives I currently own are older triang br blue locomotives with a few newer Bachman locomotives in br green and coal sector. I plan to do the layout in dcc so I am not sure if the older locomotives can be changed over to dcc or if it’s worth changing them. (The Bachmann locomotives I own are already dcc fitted) I have attached an image bellow of the dimensions of the layout my initial plan was to have a 4ft radius curve and a station of some sort on the strait section however I haven’t been able to find any sort of track plan that I have been happy with. some things I want to be included is at least half of the 4ft radius curve station that can hold or looks as if it holds 5-7 coaches most of the points being large or medium radius ideas that could be included locomotive shed sidings (in use or disused) tramway Any other ideas are appreciated Not sure if anybody could help and make a track plan or suggest any ideas. As you may see a more effective way to use the space than me. Also any help on signing would be very helpful. One last thing as I have both code 75 and code 100 track is the any ways to utilise both? I have quite a few small peco code 100 points that may be useful for a fiddle yard. Image with layout dimensions below Thanks Joe
  22. Liddy

    Fingers crossed

    I'm at it again. Lots of thought has been given to operating a small layout, I am determined to have a loop for shunting wagons. My latest plan is shown on the left and was created with Anyrail software.(Clicking any of the images will enlarge them). The photo below shows progress to-date. Essentially there is a single running line with a loop and 3 sidings for; coal (or special wagons), arrivals to the store and a departures/storage siding. Part of the thinking is to operate as a standalone board with small locos plus 3 or 4 wagons and also to use 'scenic' fiddlesticks (ground textures and backscene) to allow the use of longer locos when space permits. Currently my effort is concentrating on the loop and points, they've been assembled with rail joiners and lightly soldered. I'm trying to decide if re-spacing sleepers on the plain track is worthwhile. This layout is aimed at shunting BR goods wagons from the 60's and early 70's including the odd gunpowdervan and palvan. Couplings will most likely be modified tension locks to the Brian Kirby method. All comments welcomed I'm delighted to be making progress. Both children have left home and redecorating/re-furnishing the largest spare room as a proper guest room then released the smallest bedroom as a 'Train' room. I've installed a pasting table (modified with longer leg braces to get it flat) and making genuine progress. This link shows testing with a Black Beetle motor bogie and a 9V battery to check rail joints/track alignment/electrical continuity.
  23. Hi All, I am brand new to the forum and also new to the hobby, although the fires have been burning since I was about 9, over 30 years ago now :) I am building a new OO Gauge DCC Model Railway (my first) in my garage. The size of the board is 12 by 8 and it covers pretty much the entire garage. There is an operating well in the centre of the layout approx 2 by 6, although this can be modified in size/shape. Here's where it gets interesting, the entire board is on a hand cranked winch system I built and can be raised and lowered from the roof, meaning the garage is still usable for anything else. The north and sound edges of the board (12 foot sections) almost touch the walls and so are not accessible at all from the sides. The East end of the board is where the garage door is and so is accessible when the door to the garage is open. The West end of the board is fully accessible. (I'm thinking a plan or photos of this might be a good idea, I'll get that sorted...) So I built and rebuilt the board 2 years ago and I have spend hours and hours trawling over track ideas and playing on Scarm and still have nothing on the board. My problem is I want too much on the board and just can't seem to get a layout I am happy with. Ok so what am I trying to get: I don't mind about correct Era or realistic operation, I just want to see trains going around, mostly steam but some diesel too, none of those new fangled electric ones though! What I would like: Double main line (continuous loop) Single or Double line for goods trains (continuous loop) these I would like to be fairly long trains. Possible 4th/5th line for small steam trains (goods only) again ideally continuous loop. I would like a station, this will have to be a through station because of the above, but I have toyed with a fake terminus in one corner for this. Passenger trains will be loco and 3 or 4 coaches (I have 6 for my longest but it won't fit on a layout like this) I would ideally like there to be 4 lines in the station as it means I can have a waiting train on each of the 2 lines and easily switch out. Potentially a couple of siding for engine sheds etc, no turntable though. No fiddle yard required. (let's face it no space for one) I would like some industry for the goods lines to have a purpose so with the station as well this means a fairly urban layout which is fine, although a bit of greenery somewhere would be nice, maybe a tunnel or bridge. I have played around with the passenger lines being raised up, only 80mm or so, then the goods lines down at baseboard height, so they can cross each other for interest. Ok I have waffled on for far too long, hopefully I have posted this in the correct place. I would really love some help in getting my layout moving and would love some input from others. I'll get some pictures on as soon as possible. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give. Mike
  24. Hi Everyone. This is my new micro layout based on Paul A Lunns micro layout that appeared in the latest model rail. The track plan is virtually the same and I'm going to reeuse things I have lying about and I'm going to spend as little as possible on new things for the layout. So far I have painted the baseboard which is a 4ft x 1ft pine shelf I have had for ages and track is laid which I had from a previous dismantled layout. Only thing I have bought is a superquick platform. Here are a couple of photos: The layout has progressed slightly since I took these, a platform has been added. More soon. Jerry.
  25. A few 'up to date' stills of the layout. Yard ballasting taking place, very slowly at current due to working longs shifts and sacrificing a few weekends for the company xD. Built up the cutting with a few coats of burnt umber down and on some much awaited time off planning to blitz behind the sidings. The layout does have its own platform on youtube (pun intended). As its my first post i'll do all the layout technical info: Track: Peco Code 100 Era of setting: August 2018 Location of setting: Wimborne/West Moors area of Poole, Dorset - following the lifted Castleman's Corkscrew Ballast used and grade: (Woodland Scenics fine grade throughout) Yard - Grey blend Main lines - Composition of Brown, Grey bland and Buff. Start build date: Baseboards completed December 2017 and a layout redesign to current plan started in July 2018. And here we are 13 months on... Cheers, Jordan
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