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by Emettman
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New bedroom 8x4 oo gauge layout
Replies: 66
Views: 4455

Re: New bedroom 8x4 oo gauge layout

****** note to self incorporate some wheels to move layout some how ************ I built one layout where the substructure was bedroom furniture on castors. Storage and appearance dealt with in one go. Where the layout would only need to move in one direction, to get behind it occasionally, washing...
by Emettman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New bedroom 8x4 oo gauge layout
Replies: 66
Views: 4455

Re: New bedroom 8x4 oo gauge layout

The goods area will be adapted with a turntable and possibly shrunk a little for some extra scenery. If the turntable is a must then the return loop can go, giving lots options for the green sidings. If the green half loop is shrunk back a couple of inches. (the whole point cluster slides, at the t...
by Emettman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Large Gauge Model Railway - including 1, O, and S
Topic: Garden Railway Woes
Replies: 25
Views: 2359

Re: Garden Railway Woes

An unusual but very interesting set up Chris, I like it. :D End-to-end with a "handover" passing loop half way. A "round and round" option for those other occasions, such as weeding. In 10 years the track plan developed twice more, and the last version was what I put in this gar...
by Emettman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Large Gauge Model Railway - including 1, O, and S
Topic: Garden Railway Woes
Replies: 25
Views: 2359

Re: Garden Railway Woes

This is why the garden clinched my house to me. The lower level is 3-4 ft higher than the path next to the house. Near perfect. In my former town house I just had a fairly small bare yard so I had brick raised beds put in, having designed them so that they would work *without* the trains for any new...
by Emettman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New bedroom 8x4 oo gauge layout
Replies: 66
Views: 4455

Re: New bedroom 8x4 oo gauge layout

I've got plans for a 9f so I think that will have an effect on the final design". Big engines are popular, but on this size of layout they can't be given the coaches or wagons they deserve. 0-6-0 tender locos could handle the goods, and a 4-4-0 or 2-6-0 the passenger service... I'll stop there...
by Emettman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New bedroom 8x4 oo gauge layout
Replies: 66
Views: 4455

Re: New bedroom 8x4 oo gauge layout

Yes I imagine 3rd and 4th radius does eat up every inch of board space haha. Plans looking great though. I do quite like how both main lines access the inner loop so you can feed engines wherever you need. Well done Thank you. Yes, the third loop is not intended as a running oval. The pink half loo...
by Emettman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Large Gauge Model Railway - including 1, O, and S
Topic: Garden Railway Woes
Replies: 25
Views: 2359

Re: Garden Railway Woes

This picture shows more clearly, bottom right, the section that I mangled up. :oops: Interesting: relative to the track the grass wants to be either higher or lower. If the edge dips down, cutting in from the edge for a turf "flap" that could be raised with infill soil/compost could be an...
by Emettman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Yet another newbie seeking advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1035

Re: Yet another newbie seeking advice

Hi guys, s there any downside to using insulfrog points as I hope to put droppers wherever I can. Thanks for looking. Hello Mickky, The place where electrofrog points are going to be the most useful is for goods and locos sidings where there will be slow running. Building in a switch for the point ...
by Emettman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New bedroom 8x4 oo gauge layout
Replies: 66
Views: 4455

Re: New bedroom 8x4 oo gauge layout

I like your goods area. Im guessing those are radius 1 curves on the inside? I drew this and no, R2 is the minimum (as are the points, of course. Using R4 and R3 as the double mainline oval limits severely what you can do with rest space, even more so if you want to step up from the setrack R2 poin...
by Emettman
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: What Track Do I need?
Replies: 13
Views: 866

Re: What Track Do I need?

I am in no rush and expect this project to take several months to complete. What I want is the pleasure of building a model railway but at the moment I am in danger of giving up. If you perhaps could suggest a goods yard layout I would be very grateful but I would fully understand if you where to c...
by Emettman
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Large Gauge Model Railway - including 1, O, and S
Topic: Garden Railway Woes
Replies: 25
Views: 2359

Re: Garden Railway Woes

Can I ask what your track is lying on now? I used two main sub-structures: for a straight embanked stretch, square section drain pipe (2 wide) propped at 2ft intervals and then the embankment pushed in to stabilise it. Elsewhere stamped earth, levelled with sand topped with twin-wall polycarb sheeti...
by Emettman
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: What Track Do I need?
Replies: 13
Views: 866

Re: What Track Do I need?

The reason I reduced the size of the board is because I have decided that I am going take my time building and getting my first layout as authentic as possible. So I have decided to leave the board in place so I can easily work on the layout and leave a small amount of room at the front of the benc...
by Emettman
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: What Track Do I need?
Replies: 13
Views: 866

Re: What Track Do I need?

I have I have decided to reduce first layout size to 4ft x 18 inches or possibly 4ft x 1ft. The plan that end2end sent me I like so perhaps you could reproduce that for me or something similar based the size I am going use. Thank you again for your kind offer. Got you, I think. Or perhaps I haven't...
by Emettman
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Flexible N gauge Track
Replies: 7
Views: 328

Re: Flexible N gauge Track

Still thinking about the track I will be needing for my first layout. Would I better off using lengths of flexible track or is that not a good idea for the beginner? Flexitrak is handy for those slight curves and odd lengths which can be important on small layouts as saving little bits of space, cu...
by Emettman
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: The Great Model Railway Challenge
Replies: 161
Views: 12681

Re: The Great Model Railway Challenge

I suspect the rules were not drafted well enough. I had a friend in London whose job was to draw up parliamentary bills. Not for policy, but the actual phrasing. He used to say "What I have to do is to make sure that the legislation cannot be misunderstood **no matter how hard people try.** &qu...

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