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Hello All.<br /><br />So i have lately been using Anyrail5 to design my 00 gauge layout called Victor lane. I came up with the name for my layout after my grandad (who sadly passed away) left me with the nameplate off a steam locomotive called Victor. Since then i have always wanted to design and build my own 00 gauge layout and it was my Grandma and Grandad who got me into the railway and 00 gauge. <br /><br />My layout is 8ft by 2ft and isn't based on a depot, railway line or any era. It is just a layout that i designed off the top of my head. I am going to run my track in DC and then nail the track in place and just run the track on the wood on its own for a month or 2 to check out my layout and see if i can improve my layout any where. Once i am ready i am going to convert it to DCC and once all the wiring is done, i will start with the ballast and the scenery for my layout. <br /><br />I have brought 2 4ft by 2ft mdf 18mm. I have also brought a pack of gate hook and eye (contains 2 in 1 bag) to secure my 2 4ft by 2ft mdf wood pieces together. It allows a little bit of movement between the 2 pieces of wood and so i can seperate them easier and put them away easy enough until the future when i am happy with my layout and will be able to secure them together permanently together. <br /><br />My layout will include Colas Rail, Direct Rail Services, DB Schenker, Freightliner, GB Railfreight, EWS and Stobart Rail diesel locomotives. I might even buy steam locomotives so i can change it from diesels to steam engines.My layout will mainly involve freight containers as the clear white section to the left will be a container area where they are loaded on and loaded off the diesel locomotives as they bring in freight containers. They will include petrol tankers and maybe some work vehicles like a tamper and track cleaner. The clear bit at the top will include buildings but those 2 lines will mainly hold track machines. I am going to be using the medium track in the very top right hand corner as a fuel depot.<br /><br />The building which will be placed in the bottom right hand of the layout is going to be a 4 lane (either engine shed or maintenance depot) which is 30 inches long, 10 1/4 inches wide with 4 openings. It is going to be grey and it is going to be called Victor Lane Depot which is being built by a friend and should be done in 2/3 weeks. <br /><br />At the moment i have only just attached the hooks and gates to the sides (one either side) so it can clip in and hold it together (doesn't hold it tight but allows a little bit of movement) but this will be so i can take it apart for easy storage. <br /><br />I have decided that i will ballast most of it but some of it i would like to make it look like concrete, especially the engine shed/maintenance depot as well as well as where the containers are going to go on the ground. I am trying to find a crane for containers but at the moment i am going to using forklifts for the containers.<br /><br />Can i please have your opinions and views on it please.<br /><br />Thanks <br /><br /><div id='attach_wrap' class='rounded clearfix'>

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