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Hello all with a recent tidy up and reorganisation of the garage and modeling room I’ve found space for a small layout but what. 

Ive a collection of second generation DMUs in regional livery and early privatisation liveries which were mainly used on previous layouts and aren’t getting much running nowadays. 

I have got this idea in my head of a station in a built up area of office type buildings and that the station has had a major rebuild in the mid 90s and has a shopping centre, an arena for shows concerts and the like built on top. 

The downside is most of the buildings will be in low relief I’ve a stash of Outland Models buildings I intend to bash about. 

The size of the layout will be approx 56 inches long including fiddle Yard by 8 inches wide in N gauge. As you can see it’s a longish thin small layout mainly for units. 

I do have a track plan in my head but as always I push points around on my actual board to see what I can do. 

Thats all for now as I’ve got to make the boards hopefully there will be something to show soon. 

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The board is built and has had a coat of paint the white is the fiddle Yard area ( I like my fiddle yard painted white don’t know why it just looks neater). The layout area black. The top is a peice of laminate flooring a very good quality MDF. I’ve used it before for small layouts and know how good it is. 

The fiddle Yard is hinged half way down as this is for storage and transportation of the layout. 

Going to give it a couple of days to dry them can get planning. Like I say I’ve a trackplan in my head that I’ve worked out will fit but want to try and put the tracks on a slight curve to get rid of straightness 

thanks for looking steve. 

 

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Here’s a first take on a possible trackplan would like to curve it a bit more but it’s looking like the board width won’t allow it but we’ll see. 

The platforms would go on the right side of the two tracks together and an island platform in between the two on the left. They’re long enough to hold a 4 car DMU or obviously two 2 car units. The whole station won’t be built over only the end 6 inches or so leaving the platforms sticking out. 

The line going off the bottom left side is to a layover loop/ runround. 

Thanks Steve. 

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A little bit of time today and I was back  pushing points around and came up with this plan which would give me the desired curve. Basically the single and the island platform will swap places and the layover loop/ run round moves to the other side 

 

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I’ve kept looking at the plan as above and placed where I think the platforms would roughly go. Ideas are developing for the scenic side of the layout all in all good fun. 

I am going to use PECO set track points in the fiddle Yard and these were ordered yesterday. 

Thanks Steve. 

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Liking the track plan mate. I assume that the left hand platform will be used as a stabling road/incoming rush hour platform/ parcels? road........

 

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Thanks. 

Trains will arrive and depart from the left hand platform it’s assumed the crossover is the other side of the overbridge that’s the scenic break

any locos and parcels will arrive on the right hand platform and will reverse into the layover loop for running round and then reverse back into the platform. 

Units can stable in the platforms. 

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Nice idea.

I have something in my head like stansted or Manchester airport stations....as newish set ups with just a couple of platforms 

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The track has been laid on the scenic section. Since it’s only in the main 3 peices of code 55  flexitrack I’ve glued it down with contact adhesive and put weights on it for a while. Looking at the fiddle yard it’s looking like 4 or 5 roads which will have isolating sections (control will be analogue) so a two car and a single unit can be accommodated or two 142 units. In each road. 

It’s looking like about 8 or 9 units will be in use depending on what combinations of unit I use eg:  a 156 and a 153 running together as 3 coach train. The 3 platforms will have isolating sections in them as well 

Thanks Steve. 

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I’ve made the backscene boards today and fitted them although they are at this stage removable for wiring purposes. They’re made from 6mm MDF which I wouldn’t normally use but it was hanging around in the garage. The back board is spaced about 40mm off the back of the actual board so I can give the buildings some depth and below rail level and have them not flat on the backscene. 

Thanks Steve. 

 

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A train ran for the first time yesterday as I’ve put the track feeds in and it was tested. The isolating sections were also cut in where required in the platform roads. 

The control box has had a start made on it and have ordered some toggle switches for point operation And isolating sections. I’ve also ordered the SEEP point motors. 

The backscene boards have been painted white ready for the printed backscene that I’ve got. 

Thanks Steve. 

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