My shelf layout

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My shelf layout

Postby d74 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:22 pm


This is my first post. I'm returning to the model railway hobby having been away from it since I was a kid. About a month ago I decided to build a model railway in my living room. I'm using some stuff left over from my younger days, but have ended up buying much more than I had originally intended (I'd wanted to do it on the cheap! No chance!)

Anyway, the layout is 2 metres 20 cm long by 30 cm wide and is based around the inglenook sidings shunting game layout, which is the basis of the middle part. It's kind of an exercise in cramming as much as possible into the smallest space available. I've made loads of mistakes and am basically learning everything as I go along, but I'm quite pleased with how its going.

The left-hand end is a dummy tunnel mouth and a station:
The tunnel is constructed of card and could be better. I might go back and re-do it later. The station building is an old Hornby wayside halt, re-painted in something close to GWR colours; I'm especially pleased with how that part turned out. The station will be finished off with fencing, seats, signs etc in the future. The hut is another old model rescued from my parents' loft and will be replaced with a better model in the future. There'll be a signal box to the right of the station.

Here's a close-up of the re-painted station building (taken before I replaced the platform):

The middle part is sidings, based on the inglenook shunting puzzle game described here:
Here's a pic of it with some salvaged rolling stock on it:
The coal staves in the picture have had some painted cork spread around them to blend them in and make them seem less like a model sitting on the board. The little hut in the background will also be replaced with a better one at some point.

My biggest purchase so far has been the engine shed at the right-hand end of the layout:
I thought it would be necessary to keep dust and direct sunlight off the two locos (both very old Hornby models - a knackered GWR pannier tank and the little 101 0-4-0 that was part of my first ever train set - it still runs beautifully). The left-hand track in this picture was intended to be for a second single engine shed, but I'm having second thoughts as to whether I need three locos so it might be used for coaches. The rolling stock on it (Bachmann conflat, Dapol conflat, Dapol iron mink and a Hornby brake van) are all new. The short empty siding is to store a coach.

So, that's it so far. The next project is to build and paint a Ratio signal box kit, while gradually adding to my new freight rolling stock before buying a Bachmann prairie tank to use instead my old pannier tank. There'll also be a loading stage for the goods sidings, water tower, signals, fencing etc and I'm on the lookout for a Corgi GWR-liveried Scammel Mechanical Horse to park behind the station but I think they're discontinued.

Problems: derailment of the mixed-manufacturer rolling stock that I hope I've solved by changing the Hornby and Dapol couplers to the narrower Bachmann-style type, and locos stalling on the points that I think might just be down to their age and the fact that they hadn't run for so long.

Opinions and advice are more than welcome - I've been learning by making mistakes so far!

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Postby live-frog » Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:31 pm

Simple and effective , tunnel looks fine to me !
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Postby Raider » Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:31 pm

Looks nice - not surprised that you have spent more than you wanted tho, this hobby has a habbit of making us do that.

The one thing that looks 'odd' on the layout is the power clip. I guess with it being on a shelf it is not possible to take wires under the baseboard and solder them to the tracks - would look better if you could, but if not maybe you could hide it with a bush or something.

Welcome to the forums - look forward to seeing more progress.


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Postby Class 60 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:31 pm

Thats a very nice little layout you got there d74 8) any plans to extend it or to build a new one ? :)

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Postby d74 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:39 pm

Class 60 wrote:Thats a very nice little layout you got there d74 8) any plans to extend it or to build a new one ? :)

That's the largest space I have, unfortunately :( Unless I move that's it.

I think the lack of space in it adds to the play value; anything I want to do will require lots of shunting and I'd rather have an end-to-end with a yard than a loop even if I had more space. One thing I would like if I had more room is a turntable.

Point taken on the power clip; the baseboard is sitting directly on top of a bookshelf, so the power can't be run underneath without doing something to raise the board up. A small building with one side removed placed over it might be the answer.

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Postby Derek » Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:58 pm

Nice layout d74 :)

Could you put the power clip up the end where the tunnel mouth entrance is? That might hide it.

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Postby westbrom » Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:11 am

Very nice little layout d74. I shall look forward to your progress,and welcome to the forum.


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Postby Dave777 » Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:32 am

Derek wrote:
Could you put the power clip up the end where the tunnel mouth entrance is? That might hide it.

Exactly what I was thinking - move the tunnel mouth out a few inches so that it looks like the line actually goes into it more. Then hide the power clip in there.

Stalling on points is almost certainly down to the use of short-wheelbase locos on insulfrog points.

Nice mods on the platform shelter though - overall a nice little setup, keep developing the scenic work and it could be a belter.
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Postby Lofty » Wed Oct 18, 2006 9:41 am

Very nice and neat, reminds me of a mini ‘Parkway junction’ scene (excellent layout by Grippets)

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Postby Westleigh » Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:46 am

Hey, that's looking really good!

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Postby heinz » Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:49 am

looking good!

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Postby thomase » Wed Oct 18, 2006 4:13 pm

Looks good. I'd move the track up the the tunnel...or the tunnel over the track a little bit, so there isn't a gap....and try to hide the power clip as everone else has said.

Other than that looks good!!

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Postby d74 » Wed Oct 18, 2006 7:08 pm

Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I'm honoured by the Parkway Junction comparisom, because that layout looks fantastic.

I've got a solution to the power clip problem. I've decided to move it closer to the points and put a signal tower over it, built up to look like it's sitting on a pedestal. I just have to be careful about clearance. The wire will then be concealed by foliage. That's a longer-term job.

WRT the track in the tunnel mouth - I'm going to replace the end section of track with a longer one, cut to length.

This weekend's job is going to be starting to put the signal box together; there'll be a photo once it's done and in place.

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Postby Danny » Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:55 pm

Great stuff, the ends of the platform look good with the slabs and that shed looks good too. All in all great work. Looking forward to seeing more.


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Postby Imberclub » Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:24 pm

Really like the little halt building. You've done an excellent job on reapainting it.

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