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Another newbie..

Postby 4MT » Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:03 am

Hi all,

Thanks for having me on your forum...I'm Richard, I'm a retired HGV trucker (on health grounds), and live in Sussex.

I'm a total newcomer to model railways, just in the planning stages of my first ever layout. I'll apologise in advance for the barrage of questions that will be coming...
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Richard

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Re: Another newbie..

Postby glencairn » Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:08 pm

Welcome on board 4MT. Fire away with your questions. Someone here will know the answers. :) I hope to see some road haulage wagons on your layout.

Here is a picture of two W.A. Glendinning of Shotley Bridge, Consett.
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Re: Another newbie..

Postby TimberSurf » Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:38 pm

Hi and welcome. Any/all questions welcome, that's what this site is about!
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Re: Another newbie..

Postby End2end » Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:48 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum Richard / 4MT. :)
This place is a goldmine of information.....ask and ye shall find.......out! :D
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Re: Another newbie..

Postby 4MT » Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:54 pm

Aww, thanks guys...it's doubtful that there will be many hgv's on the layout, I might find room for something small though. Depends...
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Re: Another newbie..

Postby Dave » Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:14 pm

Welcome aboard.

4MT wrote:I'm a total newcomer to model railways, just in the planning stages of my first ever layout. I'll apologise in advance for the barrage of questions that will be coming...

Everyone on this (and any other) forum started out exactly the same.

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Re: Another newbie..

Postby Emettman » Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:43 pm

Hello and welcome 4MT.

We don't mind questions at all, and are happy to do suggestions,
the latter on the clear understanding that it's going to be YOUR railway to do with as YOU see fit.

The nice thing about "absolute beginner" is that you have a whole range of different scales and styles of layout open to you.
(some scales being better for different styles than others...)


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Re: Another newbie..

Postby 4MT » Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:08 pm

Well, I have already settled on the size...I can't go too big, because the layout will have to be put away after each session, it's going to live on top of the wardrobe when not being worked on or in use. Baseboard is to be 72" long and 18" wide, and I have a Heljan railbus (don't ask why, I just like them) for general use, and a couple of wagons which will be parked up in a siding to fill up empty spaces. That's as far as I've got...

I'm about to order a baseboard, then it's a case of working out what track I'll need...I do have a track plan in mind, if I've done it right, there should be an image of it below.

Oh, and I forgot to mention it's to be in OO gauge.

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Re: Another newbie..

Postby TimberSurf » Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:12 pm

Cool bit of software you have made the design on, what is the tool?
I am not sure about the 'z' configuration at the top? Head shunt at top is too short to get much into the siding! Layout design is not my forte (others on here will have better comments), electrics are my bag.

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Try to think of a name for your layout (just makes it less impersonal)
Try to specify all components and systems to us, controller, track make/type, point control, board make/construction, then we can make suggestions on preferences and sources and give guidance (if nothing else, a rubber stamp, often instils confidence)
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Re: Another newbie..

Postby 4MT » Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:25 pm

No software...copied, pasted from a magazine and altered a bit.

I have a name for the layout...'Rickney Junction' (Rickney is a tiny village near where I was brought up, and was going to be part of the Cuckoo Line. I now live alongside where the Cuckoo Line used to run, my front door is yards from it)

Components: I haven't a clue yet, haven't got that far. I still haven't ordered the baseboard...
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Re: Another newbie..

Postby End2end » Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:37 pm

One thing that stuck out to me is that, as the Heljan railbus is passenger carrying should there not be a platform or am I seeing the picture incorrectly?
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Re: Another newbie..

Postby 4MT » Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:46 pm

Quite true...the layout will be altered here and there, and a small platform will be incorporated somewhere.
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Re: Another newbie..

Postby 4MT » Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:57 pm

I think that maybe I should explain this a bit more...the layout was copied from a magazine, just because I liked the look of it, and it looked reasonably simple for a complete beginner to put together.

I don't intend to have the cement works in mine, I thought about having maintenence shed in that position. I have a Airfix kit of a Railbus, which I thought I'd have in the shed as a restoration project for a local group of enthusiasts.

As 'Timber Surf' said, a small platform will be needed, and will be duly incorporated somewhere, somewhere for the Railbus to ply it's trade from.

I hope this clears up any confusion I may have caused.....
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Re: Another newbie..

Postby Emettman » Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:48 pm

4MT wrote:I hope this clears up any confusion I may have caused.....


The image did look a little sophisticated for a "complete beginner" and having half a loop "off stage" is also a fairly advanced idea,
though very practical for small layouts.

Have you decided what to do for the fiddle-yard?
Again, a range of options are possible, depending on maximum train length, and possibly also on coupling choice.

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Re: Another newbie..

Postby 4MT » Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:54 pm

Here we go...first silly question. What's a fiddle yard?
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