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I’ve recently been faced with a challenge that my younger brother wanted a small shunting layout and on looking for “entry level “ ideas thought that maybe with the influx of great industrial locos at the moment why not make an industrial layout , much like we see the
 “ train set layouts “ in the magazines etc. 

Would anybody be interested in this if I were to post progress pictures up on the site ?

its about 10ft by 15” built using some old ikea hollow cupboard sides . Code 100 set track and a felix track , dcc and set in the 60s-70s .

 

thanks 

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I am just a little concerned it won’t be up to standard for here that’s all .

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We all have to start somewhere, and if there's criticism it'll be constructive rather than rotten tomatoes. Post away 

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I am in the same boat

An old Hornby Thomas breakdown set

A four foot by one shelf

Struggling for ideas as to how to proceed

Will never have space for a large roundy roundy so industrial looks like the best way to go

with a couple of used points maybe an inglenook 

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We all have to start somewhere, and people here are always very encouraging. One of the best things about this forum is how much support it gives to newcomers and less experienced modellers.

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On 30/05/2020 at 16:11, gjhimages said:

I am in the same boat

An old Hornby Thomas breakdown set

A four foot by one shelf

Struggling for ideas as to how to proceed

Will never have space for a large roundy roundy so industrial looks like the best way to go

with a couple of used points maybe an inglenook 

Have a look/search for my 'Enigma Engineering' layout.  This is 4' x 15" (12" would work) with 4 points and a deceptively 'challenging' operating system.  Take no notice of the fact that it is P4 rather than 00 as I think using small radius Setrack points should achieve a similar result.  It can be self contained as a fiddle 'yard' isn't absolutely necessary.

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On ‎30‎/‎05‎/‎2020 at 16:11, gjhimages said:

I am in the same boat

An old Hornby Thomas breakdown set

A four foot by one shelf

Struggling for ideas as to how to proceed

Will never have space for a large roundy roundy so industrial looks like the best way to go

with a couple of used points maybe an inglenook 

 

IIRC, didn't the Thomas breakdown set include a fairly anonymous brown-liveried crane? If you built something set in, say, a shipyard or a scrapyard, you could easily make use of that.

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On ‎30‎/‎05‎/‎2020 at 17:11, gjhimages said:

I am in the same boat

An old Hornby Thomas breakdown set

A four foot by one shelf

Struggling for ideas as to how to proceed

Will never have space for a large roundy roundy so industrial looks like the best way to go

with a couple of used points maybe an inglenook 

 

How about modelling a small factory yard or something similar.

A run-around-loop with one or two sidings to store some wagons. At one end could be a turntable only for wagons that leads to loading / unloading facilities. They hold up to two or three wagons and could only be reached via the turntable. Chain shunting would be required to shunt the facilities.

That might be a bit more interesting than the Inglenook trackplan on the long term. Just as an idea.

 

In terms of the rail crane: in the "Industrial Locomotive Sheds. A third selection" by Adrian Booth, published by the IRS is on page 73 is a photo of a rail crane used on the "Tees Foundries Ltd" network. Maybe you can get some inspiration from there for the use of your crane.

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