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by Emettman
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Industrial minimum space loop
Replies: 34
Views: 1729

Re: Industrial minimum space loop

I have made a tighter layout already, based on this example by Budget Model Railways. https://youtu.be/j0ML_YAdRDo Which I've got working and ballasted ok but... as you say its super limited what you can run. Predictably even 0-6-0s are hopeless (apart from hornby's unconvincing 08 shunter!) There ...
by Emettman
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Industrial minimum space loop
Replies: 34
Views: 1729

Re: Industrial minimum space loop

Excellent. The curved station at the "end" is an important trick for small layouts and especially for narrow ones. Minimum space loop? 12" radius (Playcraft/Jouef) and 10" radius (Fleischmann) curves can be found, but will cause problems (most often with the couplings) for anythi...
by Emettman
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Creative Modelling.
Replies: 40
Views: 1865

Re: Creative Modelling.

And then for all this creativity real railways can throw up examples that few would dare model.

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Chris
by Emettman
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Creative Modelling.
Replies: 40
Views: 1865

Re: Creative Modelling.

... ill-founded whimsy. Now there's a phrase I can tune into, even though I don't stand where Bigmet does on whimsy and fantasy in general. (Model railways being a broad church, unless one branch of it starts to declare itself as the one and only true religion.) I have seen, particularly originatin...
by Emettman
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Creative Modelling.
Replies: 40
Views: 1865

Re: Creative Modelling.

...I'm making decisions in my mind as to which way to go.. This is a big chunk of it, and where I worry slightly about newcomers to the hobby. If (a part of) creativity is seeing possible choices and selecting between them (for one's particular and personal reasons) do too many jump in to OO withou...
by Emettman
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Creative Modelling.
Replies: 40
Views: 1865

Re: Creative Modelling.

Sounds like a job for Emmetman . OK, I'll bite. Creativity. Let me propose, for argument. that there are two opposing goals of model railway making, both perfectly legitimate and laudable, where creativity might be considered low: There's the strict, accurate, historical railway modeller, whose cre...
by Emettman
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Pierluk's layout
Replies: 3
Views: 469

Re: Pierluk's layout

You did ask for ideas... Your cut-down plan maximises the space to let two trains run, but leaves little room for anything else to happen. Here I've given up on the double track while giving a priority to operation: letting different things happen. There should be room for at least three small train...
by Emettman
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The Ffarquhar Branch - 6x4ft Replica
Replies: 25
Views: 2824

Re: The Ffarquhar Branch - 6x4ft Replica

Wonderful layout. Is it the right track plan bellow ? Yes, that's the close copy of the original plan. Stimulated by this thread, I recently had a look at 6x4 for Thomas to see if I could get rid of the R1 curves in the original version, and perhaps also increase the storage capacity. What came out...
by Emettman
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: newby
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: newby

Hello and welcome to the forum, John.

Any ideas of what you do or don't want in your plan?
Multiple levels OK. or all on one for ease of construction and access?

Modern freight tends to be bulk loads in long trains which affects what can be done for shunting.
How about a permanent way depot?

Chris,
by Emettman
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: BARGAINS!
Replies: 371
Views: 138492

Re: BARGAINS!

I'll second that reference to Plaza Japan. I've never had any trouble with payments or with deliveries, and their prices are usually very competitive, barring the occasional surprise bargain elsewhere (all observed from eBay.) The Kato Bo-Bo power bogie is excellent, and is happy down to 4" rad...
by Emettman
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: BARGAINS!
Replies: 371
Views: 138492

Re: BARGAINS!

I am very tempted, if it were an 0-4-0, I could think of many uses, but as a Bo-Bo, it does not fit so easily. It would essentially have to be a diesel Bo-Bo narrow gauge. :? Can't think of anything other than a touristy 18" modern attraction. But that's just me and my layout. :) That's why I ...
by Emettman
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: BARGAINS!
Replies: 371
Views: 138492

Re: BARGAINS!

Would give an 18" industrial line in 4mm scale ??? Could you elaborate on this more please what’s 18” Industrial line? A large range of industries used narrow gauge lines for internal transport in a whole variety of gauges, from 12" up to 3' and larger. 18" gauge lines could be found...
by Emettman
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: BARGAINS!
Replies: 371
Views: 138492

Re: BARGAINS!

Narrow gauge feeder for N? Or narrower gauge in larger scales... Just seen this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SA0011-Z-Shorty-Power-Chassis-Normal-Type/132688466759?epid=2283462895&hash=item1ee4d95347:g:a9oAAOSwLfRbO7Yc Z Gauge 8 wheel motorized chassis ~£15.00 including postage. (More than one se...
by Emettman
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Pierluk's layout
Replies: 5
Views: 545

Re: Pierluk's layout

What is required to stay within complete pieces in the track geometry is to make the outer oval all R3 R609.


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Other things can be done to make the vertical connection work neatly, but they introduce the need for non standard straight lengths in the upper horizontals.

Chris
by Emettman
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New guy new layout helps plz
Replies: 37
Views: 1521

Re: New guy new layout helps plz

As Emmetman says "start at the bottom and work up", it's the only way you can do it using solid top boards. Make the loops your base level. You may want to leave a couple of holes in that level so that you can get a hand in from below. The section representing the sea can be really thin t...

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