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The pic with all the FL locos removed from the stabling point is superb. Wonderful weathering and track work. 
 

looking forward to seeing more. 

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Welcome to RMweb, 

I've been subscribed to your YT channel for a while now, really like what you've done with the space available. 

The layout looks great.

 

Cheers 
Scott

 

 

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Wratting Road Layout Tour:

 

Heres some pictures showing a bit more of the layout and as you can see, it really is very much a WIP with lots of baseboard yet to cover! I’ll give a quick but detailed explanation describing the pictures. 
 

Tunnel Scenic Break 


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The same photo as in the first comment on the thread. This is one of the scenic breaks and entrances to the non-scenic fiddle yard (and i use that term very lightly)  it’s a simple two track mainline. This area is inspired by the south/countryside end of Ipswich Tunnel. One day I would like to scratchbuild a more accurate looking tunnel porter for my next layout but for now the Peco tunnel mouth with weathered brick sheets does the trick. The white backboards will have a backscene on eventually - something I will do soon (and probably should have done much earlier on in the layout build!)

 

Looking in the other direction from behind the scenic break backboards:

 

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This is one of my favourite places to stand and watch trains run by. From this view, you get a better view of the disused signal box on the right hand side, and of the sidings for the FL train crew depot. With the signal box, you’re probably thinking why I’ve put one there - I’ll get to that later. 
 

FL Depot Sidings 

 


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Here’s the stabling sidings for the Freightliner depot. These are made up of 4 sidings which are the 4 tracks in the centre and on the left. The track furthest to the right is the headshunt, what locos use to reverse and access the depots facilities - this area is yet to be built hence the pause in ballasting. This still needs some driver or staff figures, depot lighting and buffer stops to be added until I’m happy with the area. 

You can just about make out the relief siding on the left by the white buffer stop, which is outside of the depot boundary. The relief siding is/will be electrified so this is where the FL electrics  will be stabled to await further duties or to be shunted/propelled into the depot by a diesel. 
 

Mainline


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The relief siding I mentioned above is the line on the left (the overgrown one) and the two other tracks are the main running lines. You can see the two sets of points to access the FL depot - The idea of having two access lines came from the FL depot at Ipswich which does the same thing. All that unballasted track off centre too the left is the Depot’s facility area.
 

This is as far as scenery has come so far on the layout. I’ll post the more boring bits next on a different comment at some point!

 

 

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11 minutes ago, pitbull1845 said:

Welcome to RMweb, 

I've been subscribed to your YT channel for a while now, really like what you've done with the space available. 

The layout looks great.

 

Cheers 
Scott

 

 


Cheers Scott! 

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Wratting Road Layout Tour P2

 

Sorry for the large gap and inconsistent posting. Some more photos now but showing the least interesting places still yet to be made, but I’ll say the future plans for them all. 
 

FL Depot Facilities

 

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This will be the facility area for the Freightliner depot that will be accessed via the headshunt. The area will have an inspection pit, fuelling points, fuel wagon storage siding and a spare loco siding. A few changes need to be done to the track plan, and the buildings and facilities still need to be sourced. 
 

Mainline Continued

 

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The mainline continues with the depot’s reception line running alongside making the number of running lines 3. I want to have a road over rail bridge somewhere along the bend and in the corner of the layout on this side, have an ohle feeder station and relay room. 
 

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I plan to make another embankment next to the mainline and have a road scene with low relief buildings roughly where the bowls in the above are. This will lead to the bottom photo which is where the other scenic break will be - marked by where the ballasting stops. Another road over rail bridge will be here giving a nice sizeable length for a road. 

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Fiddle Yard/Non Scenic Section
 

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The fiddle yard isn’t big at all and certainly isn’t interesting to look at. There’s no points for the mainline so trains can run round and round with minimal issues and minimal chances of derailing. All operation interest goes into the depot so it keeps it nice and simple for me to operate. The photo I took the other night of the fiddle yard is the wrong orientation annoyingly so apologies for that. I hope nobody injures their necks!

 

Hope this gives an idea of my layout size and a bit of an insight to what WR will be. It won’t ever be anything amazing, I’ll always have a ‘my first layout’ approach to it, but I’m using it to build up my skills up and when I come round to build my next layout, it’ll hopefully be something special! 

 

feel free to ask any questions you may have

Cheers, Jack. 

 

 

 

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Nice to see you on here Jack!!!

great work as always my frend...:senile:

 

 

Thaks neil...

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5 hours ago, saxokid said:

Nice to see you on here Jack!!!

great work as always my frend...:senile:

 

 

Thaks neil...


Thanks Niel!

 

Thought I’d see what all the fuss is about ;)

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4 hours ago, Crisis Rail said:

Good stuff going on - can't beat a decent roundy.

 

Ian


Thanks Ian!

 

Very much in agreement. I love knowing I can walk back in the house for the loo or to make a cuppa and leave the trains running. Nice to sit back and watch them too every now and again! 
 

jack

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Great stuff Jack!

For me, you’ve captured the trackwork just right, both on the main line and in the yard.

 

Karl

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18 hours ago, Tangoman69 said:

Great stuff Jack!

For me, you’ve captured the trackwork just right, both on the main line and in the yard.

 

Karl


Thanks Karl!

 

I quite like the weathering on it, I do go by pictures to find an effect I like. The only things I wished I done was use concrete sleepered track and have the sleepers spaced out. Two things that’ll be different on the next layout. When I first started building this one, I didn’t know much about the real railway so to me, track was track. I’ve learned lots along the way so hopefully the track will be even better on the next layout! ^_^

 

Jack 

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34 minutes ago, WrattingRoad said:

The only things I wished I done was use concrete sleepered track and have the sleepers spaced out. Two things that’ll be different on the next layout. 

 

Jack,

 

I know exactly what you mean, I have used concrete sleepers on my layout, but wish I hadn’t rushed and spaced the sleepers out, something I now regret. 

There’s always the next layout!

 

Karl

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Wratting Road Traction - Freightliner Stock. The Diesels!
 

As a layout heavily centred around a FL depot and intermodal workings, it’s no surprise that Freightliner is the main TOC seen on Wratting Road. However, plenty of other TOCs will make appearances as time goes on and my collection grows. 

 

The diesel collection isn’t the biggest but I’ve still got plenty to have a nice scene and running session for now. The collection consists of a few 66s, a 57 and an 08. 
 

 

Bachmann 66614 ‘Poppy’ - Rails Exclusive. 
 

This is fitted with a Loksound V4 with Biffo sound. 

 

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Bachmann 66418 ‘Patriot’

 

At some point, I need to have correct up-to-date ‘Freightliner G&W company’ branding added. This is fitted with Digitrains Activdrive on a Zimo decoder. 
 

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Bachmann 66533 ‘Hanjin/Senator Express’ 

 

No sound in this yet, although I am debating it!

 

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Hattons 66593 ‘3MG Multimodal Gateway’


This was sound fitted from factory so it has Biffo’s bespoke 66 sound file on a Loksound V5

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Bachmann 57008 ‘Freightliner Explorer

 

No sound in this yet, but it’s an idea for the future. I’ll probably get biffo sound and then try and get the Bachmann DCCSound ‘Freightliner Bond’ 57 to go alongside!

 

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Bachmann 08691 ‘Terri’

 

The first Freightliner Loco I ever bought! A very good choice considering the real Terri shifted around locations quite a bit. Most pictures I find are at Southampton but it was stationed at Felixstowe a few years back making it suit my GE layout nicely. 
 

plans for this model are to have lights, stay-alive and details fitted and will get done once the depot is at a decent stage. 

 

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A nice shot of the diesels together. 
 

 

The Hattons 66 is currently away being weathered up suitably so will look great once it’s back home. I will obviously add to the freight liner fleet in the future but I’m trying to avoid freight liner at the moment to try and gather more stock and locos from other TOCs!


More to follow on the fleet and next up will be the FL Sparkys! :derisive:

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Wratting Road Traction - Freightliner Stock. The Electrics!

 

You can’t have a layout with ohle and not have electric locomotives! The current number of Freightliner Electric models are only 3 and they’re all Bachmann Class 90s. 
 

90042 - Powerhaul

 

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90047 - Triple Grey.

 

Modelled in 2014/2015 condition. 
 

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90048 - Triple Grey. 
 

Modelled in 2009/2010 Condition. 
 

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The next 90 will, without a doubt, be a Racing Green one. Quite fancy 90016! I’m debating backdating my layout back to the mid 2000s rather than the more recent years as 2004-2008 was my favourite era on the GEML. So 90047 may get reworked into a similar condition to 048. I’ll probably end up having FL’s whole 90 fleet eventually! :laugh_mini2: 

 

I’m also eagerly awaiting Heljan’s upcoming 86 and you can be sure I’ll be having a few of those too!

 

Thats all my FL stock covered and so far, it isn’t a vast collection! Next, I’ll show the other traction I have from other TOCs - believe it or not, I do have a fair amount!

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Hi there,

I'm very interested in this layout and your superb loco fleet. Looking forward to more posts and videos...

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18 hours ago, armleyroad said:

Hi there,

I'm very interested in this layout and your superb loco fleet. Looking forward to more posts and videos...


Thanks! Plenty more to see that I’ll post up soon :D

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