Michael's N Gauge Layout - Work in Progress Nov 2008

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Postby Michael » Wed Oct 18, 2006 7:51 pm

A town/village backed by hills is going to go there. Don't really know how that towns going to look in my head yet.

I had a thought whilst I was making a cuppa of putting footpaths/bridges just in front of the tunnels, with signs pointing to my two imaginary stations/towns. :P

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Postby Danny » Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:48 pm

Michael wrote:
I had a thought whilst I was making a cuppa of putting footpaths/bridges just in front of the tunnels, with signs pointing to my two imaginary stations/towns. :P


That's a good idea that is. I've never thought of that before.

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Postby f1_mw » Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:09 pm

I like the last plan Michael! One thing I'm unsure of, though, why is your turntable going to be in the fiddle yard!? You can just pick em up and turn em round in there ;) How about you put the TT outside of the station with a couple of small sidings?
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Postby Michael » Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:35 pm

I put the TT in the fiddle yard so that I wouldn't have to touch the trains AT ALL unless absolutely necassery (derailment, motor problem etc). I figured that with N being so small and delicate, it's best to treat locomotives in such a way.

I can put a TT into the main scenic area though...

I've decided that it's going to be set in the country, with a small, one platform station, situated in between two (or more down the line, you know) busier stations. That way, I can have a country setting, yet still be able to run long trains, that are simply passing through.

The only other feature in regards to trackwork is a loco depot in the left bottom corner, perhaps part of a bigger depot, so that'll let me run single locos to and fro.

With such facilities, would a turntable be prototypical?

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Postby Michael » Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:02 pm

How about this then?

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I'll need to learn how to motorise TTs then with DCC. :o

I'll have to incorporate some kind of automatic uncoupling system too. :?

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Postby f1_mw » Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:59 am

Now *that* I like! 8) In fact that's similar to my plan for my 00 layout...:)
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Postby Michael » Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:25 pm

Still working on the layout.

The things I ordered from Gaugemaster arrived today.

First thing, the wagon is very very good. I've read awful things about the quality of N gauge rolling stock, and shoddiness of the paint work, the missing features, etc, but it seems that standards have gone up dramatically since Bachmann took over Farish and moved production to China, as I can safely say that my first impressions are quite to the contrary. I'd say this wagon is on par or above a 00 wagon I bought last year in terms of quality.

The MEA writing/info box is clear and distinguishable, and I can read the text quite easily when held close. The Mainline logo is of the same quality.

When I first saw it, I was quite shocked by how small it was, but I'm beginning to like it with every look. N gauge is really ideal for me, but I guess time will be the true test of that.

Unfortunately, my ballast was leaking, so that went into a plastic dish straight away, and also, I'm going to have to wait a week until I can start my little diorama. Going to Wales tomorrow. And yes, I've been searching for local model shops where we're staying, in Pwllheli, to no avail. :(

I'll be taking plenty of reading material, and hopefully I'll be able to pick up a copy of Railway Modeller.

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Postby dr5euss » Fri Oct 20, 2006 4:42 pm

Glad you like the size of N, but as you say, when you get cracking with the layout you'll see if you still like it :)

Have a nice time in Wales :wink:

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Postby Dave777 » Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:18 pm

Michael wrote:First thing, the wagon is very very good. I've read awful things about the quality of N gauge rolling stock, and shoddiness of the paint work, the missing features, etc, but it seems that standards have gone up dramatically since Bachmann took over Farish and moved production to China, as I can safely say that my first impressions are quite to the contrary. I'd say this wagon is on par or above a 00 wagon I bought last year in terms of quality.


Couldn't agree more, standards are rising fast in UK N gauge. Here's some pics of my latest purchase:

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Bearing in mind these are only 3.5cm long the printing is amazing.
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Postby Michael » Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:19 pm

Indeed. I've got my eye on Peco's Collett Ex-GWR BR black Class 2251.

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It's expensive, but it comes fitted with a Lenz decoder, as well as being amazingly detailed.

We just have to hope that prices don't soar to European levels.

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Postby m.levin » Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:29 pm

That is one nice looking loco

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Postby Michael » Fri Oct 20, 2006 11:39 pm

Uh-oh. I'm having second thoughts about N Gauge.

Well, I don't think there is anything wrong with N gauge. It's a good scale to work with. I just think... it needs a few more years of available kit.

I'm also having doubts about the size of my plans.

I also think, that with the support that OO has, and the available stock, it'll be easier overall for a beginner like me.

The scale, and the time it'll take to build.

A 00 gauge layout using the same space won't cost as much and I won't have to make a lot of the stuff myself, and I won't be waiting years for locomotives to be released.

I think I might put this layout on the shelf for when I'm a bit older, and N gauge has matured a bit.

It'll have to be a shunt yard, or some similar design for 5½ft x 3½ft.

I just think my current plan is a bit too ambitious for my skills yet, like I'm wearing shoes too big for my feet.

I think I'll wait till N gauge is catered for properly, till all locomotives are detailed like the new Chinese models, till DCC ready is standard.

:?

I'm still going to do my N gauge diorama, and I'm glad I didn't buy anything else. Oh well, better to be sure than unsteady.

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Postby Michael » Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:05 pm

Must be those teenage hormones, because I've changed my mind again and gone back to the original plan.

If I wanted to make my railway in OO, I'd have to wait a long time for the loft to be boarded up, and then there is the practical obstructions of access, and also the possibility of us moving house, which would mean either leaving it up there, or or destroying it, as I doubt I'd be able to get it down through the hatch again.

So, it's back with the N. The Nine. 999. 8)

I've decided to make my baseboard 6ft x 3½ft and I'm going with an open frame layout. I think I'll be making the baseboard this Wednesday with my step-grandad (Eugh, divorce, ugly mess).

Here's a quick picture I made in Photoshop of the kind I'm thinking. Don't laugh.

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Not to scale or any type of detail, obviously. :lol:

Anyway, after I've worked out my trackplan for this size and the exact details, then I'll attach thin blocks of wood at the correct height to hold up the track bed (Will be cut out of MDF or similar as an outline of the track, allowing enough room for ballast etc and railway buildings at the same height etc) which will be nailed to those blocks.

Scenery will be made from cardboard outline/support, filled with newspaper balls covered in Modroc/ Plaster cloth.

Don't think there's anything else that needs posting at the moment.

Thoughts? Ideas? Tips?

Thanks! :)

EDIT: A perspex box will cover the layout for protection when not in use, it'll be two part I think, with a piano hinge as previously suggested. Haven't worked out the exact details yet, though.

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Re: Michael's N Gauge Layout

Postby Michael » Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:25 pm

Blimey, this is a bit old!

Never really managed to get this together. Lack of money and time being the main reason. However, as of November 2007, I managed to get a job at B&Q, and I've been working there ever since. So, with a healthy...ish wallet, I think it's time to dig out the untouched Grafar Western and Pullmans and put something together again.

What I'm thinking is something small.

Something I can plonk on my desk and work with easily. So, the baseboard is going to be about 1ft x 6ft. And the trackplan, I've nicked from the Peco Setrack planbook just to get me started.

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I've added a small fiddle yard for storage of my locos and rolling stock, and a carriage shed for more operational fun. However, this is still a work in project so I may switch the carriage shed to the other side of the board to allow for more storage.

It's basically going to be a branch line terminus set in the 60s, so late steam and plenty of BR diesels, such as the Western.

So, when I get paid (spent this months wages on my first car! Bloody insurance!), I'll be getting the baseboard and track and various electronics (I want all points in the scenic area to be controlled from a panel) and I was thinking of getting the mountable gaugemaster control unit and putting it into the side of the baseboard. Signals are another thing I have to look into as well.

For now, here's all the N/model railway stuff that I own:

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Re: Michael's N Gauge Layout

Postby Michael » Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:15 pm

I've decided to go for something a little grander.

If I rejig my room, I can fit this in:

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Which should last me longer and provide more entertainment than my previous plans. Modern and steam preserved ftw!

Still got till payday to tweak it! Thoughts? Gonna be all DCC and point motored too. Or I may go wire in a tube for the points, I'm not sure. :wink:
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