Round layout possibly named Midford

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Round layout possibly named Midford

Postby hakanhessel » Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:44 pm

Some 30 yeras ago there was an article about a round layout possiblby in RM or MR. I believe it was a test to stretch P4/S4 to the maximum with narrow curves? What number of the magazine was it? Can some just send the layout to me - I do not need the article just the layout. I have some ideas on something similar.

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Re: Round layout possibly named Midford

Postby mossdp » Mon Mar 15, 2021 2:05 pm

I am sure there have been a few round layouts. There may have been one based on the Woodhead route that I saw quite a few years ago now. I am certain I have seen accounts of others.

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Re: Round layout possibly named Midford

Postby Bigmet » Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:00 pm


Welcome, and for starting with a challenging question too!

I have seen just such a layout, but more like 50 years ago, built as a continuous circle and based on a GCR and GWR junction. No recollection of its name or whether it ever featured in a magazine.

Are you aware of the Scalefour Forum which specialises in those using P4 and S4? More likely to find an answer there would be my feeling, and it is a good site, well managed like this one. (Also has much good modelling information of general utility to all 4mm modellers.) ... 9db515445c

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Re: Round layout possibly named Midford

Postby pete12345 » Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:56 am

I've seen a few round layouts built on a continuous curve and the concept tends to work well. Once you get away from the more traditional "straights and curves" approach the radius can be increased and there is more space to work with. Particularly for a central operator the effect of the curve is lessened further as you are looking along the radius.

To work well, it does basically require you to build your pointwork from scratch so as to blend into the curve.
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