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Market Street (formerly CandO)

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:26 pm
by CandO
So after the attic build and the baseboard construction were complete it was time to start laying some track. Now apart from the main central part of the layout which would be similar to CandO (itself based on Church and Oswaldtwistle (as was)) the rest would be a total freestyle and I had a couple of ideas in my head.
The right side was obvious really as it would only be a return loop...

return loop.jpg
Return Loop

....whilst the left side was a bit more of a conundrum. I obviously wanted a running loop all around the outside but wanted some sort of fiddle yard or sidings in the middle. After lots of messing about with various ideas I finally settled on a final design which I hope will be very accommodating for the layout. Please note the track in the following pics is just placed in its location so is not cut to actual lengths as yet...

The first laying of track incorporated a very large fiddle yard but after a bit of thinking i decided there were too many tracks and points thus access at the bottom end would be way too complicated within the space available.

1st Laying

The second plan stumbled upon was more to my liking but still seemed to lack something....

2nd plan

A few tweaks (and a scratchbuild!!) later and I arrived at something I was generally happy with and which would basically be my final laying.


I hope you can see what I am trying to achieve and any comments will be obviously be gratefully received :)

Re: Market Street (formerly CandO)

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:14 pm
by CandO
So there now follows a few pics showing the layout as I think it will probably end up. I'm hoping the points in the sidings will be adequate for all the engines to navigate but if not I may need to invest in the medium ones. Like before the gaps in the track in places need filling but more track needs to be purchased.




Re: Market Street (formerly CandO)

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:17 pm
by CandO


I'm hoping to at least get some trains running this month but time is very precious atm and with a new grand-daughter due in around two weeks it may be a little hectic over the summer :D :D

Hope you've all enjoyed my progress so far!

Re: Market Street (formerly CandO)

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:33 pm
by CandO
I just thought I'd post a little update of how the main goods sidings/fiddle yard section is looking on the layout. It is a clockwise continuous run on the outer track with a point just before the tunnel mouth at left into the one-way yard before re-joining the main track at bottom right. The track in this section has been fitted with droppers - although the bus isn't yet connected to a power source - and I have fitted all the point motors but not trimmed them down yet as I still need to stick the track in place so I want to do that and be totally happy before trimming down. The elevated part with the church is practically all finished , just a few little embellishments required (trees, people etc). The totem may not stay on that wall in the long run but it looks ok there atm and the small pic above it is actually an old view of the station building (which will be further round on the layout) titled with 'Market Street' which I thought was a nice touch :D
I'm quite happy with the result considering I'm on a steep learning curve :lol: