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Years ago, a friend of mine added shallow exterior boxes to his shed to accommodate storage loops - they even had hinged lids to allow track-cleaning.

 

It worked very well as a way of “sending trains to Bath” (it was an S&D inspired layout) during an operating session.

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3 minutes ago, Nearholmer said:

It worked very well as a way of “sending trains to Bath” (it was an S&D inspired layout) during an operating session.

I do hope you don't mean that when the weather was wet the trains got wet! :jester:

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5 hours ago, Dr Gerbil-Fritters said:

Not much more than 18" I would say... I'd like to use a similar idea, but need to use a minimum 24" radius which needs a 5' x 5' blob at least... ideally I would use a minimum 30" radius which would require another shed entirely!

I've just realised that I've missed the totally obvious. The track is Peco Streamline so all I need to do is to work out two points 90 degrees apart, count the sleepers to get the length and the radius will be L x 2/pi  simples!

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On 20/05/2020 at 19:47, Pacific231G said:

Are you thinking of Peter North's OO Aerodrome  Park? 

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Thanks for posting these pictures, what a cracking layout and it really is an ingenious fiddle yard!  Does anyone have any more info on this layout? 

 

I've googled it and seem some more pictures, would like to know what sort of radius was used for the loop? Looks around 18"?

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6 minutes ago, Nearholmer said:

It was up for sale when exhibited at Stevenage, so maybe you could buy it from him.

Thanks for the info, I've no interest in buying it though, if I did I'd have to change it to suit my sphere of interest, it'd ruin it completely

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17 hours ago, Nearholmer said:

It was up for sale when exhibited at Stevenage, so maybe you could buy it from him.

It was sold a week or so after the Stevenage CMRS show in January and the new owner's photos of it are a lot better than mine

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157712800173318

 

The layout is 7ft long 40 inches wide at the wide end and 18 inches at the narrow. The hidden curve to the fiddle yard headshunt is R1 Settrack which he describes as "interesting" with scale couplings. 

 

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23 hours ago, Dr Gerbil-Fritters said:

I have been building a 'Majories' for a while... it's like a Minories, only bigger.

 

A slightly better shot showing all the turnouts. A classic urban small terminus.  Based on New Brighton and currently host to an unlikely assemblage of mismatched rolling stock.  

 

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26 minutes ago, Dr Gerbil-Fritters said:

Based on New Brighton

Looks nothing like New Brighton to me... :rolleyes: :jester:

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Coat, hat, etc..... ;)

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7 hours ago, Pacific231G said:

It was sold a week or so after the Stevenage CMRS show in January and the new owner's photos of it are a lot better than mine

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157712800173318

 

The layout is 7ft long 40 inches wide at the wide end and 18 inches at the narrow. The hidden curve to the fiddle yard headshunt is R1 Settrack which he describes as "interesting" with scale couplings. 

 

Many thanks for the info & posting the link!

 

I spent some of today doodling up plans for a more modern version using 1st/2nd Gen DMU's with a parcels depot and freight terminal in 10ft 6in, using 2nd radius set-track curves.  More planning me thinks

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On 26/05/2020 at 22:49, F-UnitMad said:

Looks nothing like New Brighton to me... :rolleyes: :jester:

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Coat, hat, etc..... ;)

 

Not a red brick in sight....

 

Joining you in the scamper exit left.....

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I also saw it at Stevenage, nearly got to play with it (I was stewarding,

and it would have been for the operators lunchbreak).

But, unfortunately, he's put the 3rd rail in the wrong place!

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12 hours ago, EL-3A said:

Just for info the return loop to the hidden sidings on Aerodrome Park is alternate R1/R2 setrack curves.  Peter N

Thanks Peter

It was the new owner who thought it was all R1 so I'm grateful for the clarification. There was a trackplan in the Stevenage show guide but my copy is hiding. Beautifully realised layout and a great exploration of art deco architecture (My local Tesco is the Hoover Building)

Best wishes

 

David

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11 hours ago, Pacific231G said:

Thanks Peter

It was the new owner who thought it was all R1 so I'm grateful for the clarification. There was a trackplan in the Stevenage show guide but my copy is hiding. Beautifully realised layout and a great exploration of art deco architecture (My local Tesco is the Hoover Building)

Best wishes

 

David

Im still working on a re-imagining of the trackplan, to incorporate a parcels depot, goods facility and engineers siding, without adding any extra track.

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