Layout for my son - Eastfleet

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Layout for my son - Eastfleet

Postby paulh » Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:04 pm

I'm building a layout for my 4 1/2 year old son for Christmas and I thought I'd share my experiences with you all and get you comments and suggestions seeing as I have managed to find some very useful information on this site and forums.

Here is my trackplan:

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It incorporates a double track loop on the lower level and also a branch line which runs from the mainline station on the lower level up to a country station/goods shed on the upper level. The lower level will be themed as a town and the upper level will be countryside.

Here's a few construction pics I have just taken: -

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You can see both the upper and lower sections and the incline constructed using ideas found on here. I have cut and laid cork floor tiles as a trackbed and painted them grey which will then be ballasted.

Any comments or suggestions much appreciated.


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Postby Pete » Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:20 pm

Paul

It looks really good, I like the idea of a separate branchline.

This is only an observation, not a 'you shuld have done...', I see you have no link between the mainline and the branchline, was this intentional, or just how it ended up?

Again I appreciate it's not intended as a real place etc, but did you have any thoughts on how you would operate it? Passenger trains on the mainline, small goods trains, or small passenger service to the branch?
(again I appreciate your son is not that old, the first layout my dad built for me spent most of it's time inhabited by a motley gang of commandoes, constantly under seige from Airfix OO German storm troopers, meanwhile an attempt was made to maintain a combined LNER/GWR goods service :D ).

It's certainly a nice use if the space you have, and you have a good meterage of track too.

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Postby paulh » Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:27 pm

The mainline and branch not being connected is intentional to hopefully simplify operation for my son.

The two mainlines will be for running express trains (ie. the Eurostar I have bought him!) controlled by Grafar intertia controllers and the branch will be operated by Thomas pulling Annie & Clarabel and Percy pulling some goods wagons using a Hornby remote controller.

Not exactly what you would call prototypical but should be fun for him!


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Postby Pete » Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:36 pm

Not exactly what you would call prototypical but should be fun for him!


The most important thing! 8)

Good luck
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Postby Ironduke » Tue Dec 13, 2005 8:17 pm

Ah another XTrkCad user, I see :^) Cool plan.
So it is OO scale then? How big is the layout? Is that u-turn on the branch really as tight as it looks?
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Postby joshing_man » Tue Dec 13, 2005 8:32 pm

Paul

Looking good but that turn looks very tight even for Percy! How easy to use was the design software. I have no experience with CAD but have got the hang of Hornby VR2 (pretty much!).

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Postby paulh » Tue Dec 13, 2005 9:56 pm

Hi,

Yes, it is OO scale. The baseboard is 7' x 4' and the top turn isn't quite as tight as it looks, Percy should be able to make it!!

XtrkCAD was fairly easy to use but I would'nt say I am a master! I just managed to get it to look roughly like what I had imagined!


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Postby Dave777 » Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:03 am

Excellent, some sound baseboard construction there.

Lots of scenery to build - this should be a good layout to follow progress on.

(is it me or have we had a sudden influx of new people building layouts on here?!)
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Postby Ironduke » Wed Dec 14, 2005 1:05 pm

is it me or have we had a sudden influx of new people building layouts on here?!

Maybe it's the fuel crisis :^)
I wonder if someone will make a hydrogen fuel cell loco soon?
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Postby paulh » Wed Dec 14, 2005 10:55 pm

Quick update on progress. I have finished laying the track for the mainline which has also allowed me to mount the upper level onto the main baseboard.

I am now laying track for the branchline and thankfully Percy can make the turn!! (with a small modification to my original plan!)

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Postby joshing_man » Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:40 pm

Going well Paul - good to see so much progress. Well done Percy!!

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Postby grippets » Thu Dec 15, 2005 8:37 pm

Nice progress mate, you don't hang about. It's looking good :D
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Postby Dave777 » Fri Dec 16, 2005 9:09 am

It's sooooo cool!!
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Postby dynamite25 » Tue Jan 03, 2006 12:07 am

Hows the layout paul any progress on the layout from your last post.

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Postby Dave777 » Fri May 19, 2006 12:53 pm

Topping an old one here but we never did see any further progress on this one and it looked so small and neat.

Any updates?
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