8' 4' for N Gauge

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8' 4' for N Gauge

Postby dpr59 » Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:45 am

Thats the baseboard in.
18mm roft flooring, supporting lats on the wall and secured to an old computer desk for rigidity.

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Now to fill the joints, a few holes for power cables, PVA seal the surface...........



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Re: 8' 4' for N Gauge

Postby bigbob » Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:51 am

Hope you have long arms to reach the back wall!! Wiring could be interesting aswell as you may have to drill holes through the desk! :shock:
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Re: 8' 4' for N Gauge

Postby locoworks » Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:27 pm

what are your plans for point control?? anything electric surface mounted in N tends to be undisguiseable unless combined with wire in tube and mountains? or you use track with the motor built in like kato. other wise you will be hand of god which makes coming up with switches for frog feeds a pain ( assuming live frog? ), or some bigger holes that require clearance under the board for a motor.

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Re: 8' 4' for N Gauge

Postby dpr59 » Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:39 pm

I'm going to use manual points, this is my first set and I'm going to keep it simple, if on the larger size.

The desk is forward of the back wall.
I can get under the board all the way round for power lines depending on how individual loops will need connecting, or add extra power to the far side of an individual loop.
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Re: 8' 4' for N Gauge

Postby locoworks » Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:58 pm

do you intend to use live frog points?? dead frogs and small loco's is not ideal in N. by small i mean 060 wheel arrangements, but even a 262 only has pickup on the 6 part so it isn't that much better but the wheel base is possibly a little longer. are you going to stick with DC or use DCC?

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Re: 8' 4' for N Gauge

Postby dpr59 » Sat Jul 17, 2010 4:48 pm

It's going to be DC.
Modern Diesel. So far a 150 DMU, GNER HST125 and a Virgin C220 Voyager.

So far I've bought Insulfrog, although I think the electo look better.

I intend to have a shunting yard, and small Diesel unit with goods carriages. So taking your comments I'll consider elecrofrog for the front more visible part of the display, were the sidings will be.

I plan long loops around the back for the larger units, with some topography for tunnels and viaducts.

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Re: 8' 4' for N Gauge

Postby dpr59 » Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:15 pm

Apparently I can't use Sues' Lilliput lane houses on the board.......
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Re: 8' 4' for N Gauge

Postby dpr59 » Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:12 pm

bigbob wrote:Wiring could be interesting aswell as you may have to drill holes through the desk! :shock:


Started laying track, and holes drilled for power supply.
Platforms will cover cables.

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Re: 8' 4' for N Gauge

Postby locoworks » Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:51 pm

i see you are mixing streamline points and set track, do you realise they have different track centres? if you want to keep set track centres you will need short bits of track cutting for between the streamline points to do a crossover, also the frog angles are different in code 80 between the medium and large points so nose to nose they may not give parallel tracks??

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Re: 8' 4' for N Gauge

Postby dpr59 » Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:43 am

locoworks wrote:i see you are mixing streamline points and set track, do you realise they have different track centres?


I found out this week :roll:
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