Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby alan_r » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:21 pm

Here is a long view showing the extent of the model. The signal has been fitted and wired up to IRDOTs, and is showing red in this picture...


A closer view, and with a ballast train running! :) The trees/road bridge seem to be effective in hiding the hole in the backboard where the track exits the scene.
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At last - a train!
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Square-on view, with the farmer's Landrover waiting at the gate in the field.
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A long view to the right, with the river bridges and the tunnel. As you can see, there is plenty of viewing space to watch nice long trains go by, in this case a Coal Sector Class58 and its 16 HAA wagons...
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Class58 and coal wagons emerging from the tunnel
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In this picture, is a view of all of the road, with heavy traffic!
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Whole view of the road
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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby alan_r » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:32 pm

OK, last couple of pictures for now.
Firstly a picture showing the whole of the scenic part of the layout (eyesight permitting!). If you look to the bottom of the picture, you can see some of the other trains in the storage sidings underneath the scenery...
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Complete view of scenic layout
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As the flash of the camera is bleaching the pictures, I've tried one with the flash off. Needs a steady hand though as the shutter stays open for a while. I think I need to invest in a tripod, as the picture looks far more realistic...
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A trainspotter's eye view of a passing train
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Does anyone know how I paste pictures without the scroll bars? They are no bigger than 800x600 pixels and I've seen plenty of you out there posting full images.
I shall do my best to take a variety of pictures with various trains in more interesting poses, and with these better camera settings too.

I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I've enjoyed making the model. Can't believe it is actually finished! Now time to sit back, and watch the trains go by for a while ... before removing the sections and trying something else (hence the reason for the thread). Maybe something more complicated, with points, a station, and some town/industrial scenery.

Bye for now, and please let me know what you think :D

EDIT: repasted pictures following photobucket shutting down...
I bought myself a cheap tripod, which has made taking some decent pictures possible - it looks like my camera is ok afterall: I just didn't know how to use it properly :oops:
So, as promised, here are some full sized pictures of various trains in the landscape, roughly in chronological order by era...
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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby pmlondon » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:50 pm

Its such a shame to dismantle what you have done so quickly, why not start a business as I'm pretty sure a lot of people would love to use it.

Coming up about the scrolling bar on the pictures I understand that its something related with the pictures hosted here in NRM and I dont want to become the Devil's advocate but if you upload an already cropped picture at a maximum width of 800 pixels in the old version of Photobucket they are displaying absolutely fine even when they are really high.

In the news section I posted this "montage" which shows what could be done:

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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby alan_r » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:45 pm

EDIT: Looks like Photobucket no longer works, but pasting directly seems to no longer have the scroll bars, so I'll redo the images. Here goes...
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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby alan_r » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:47 pm

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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby alan_r » Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:30 am

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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby londonboi1985 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:04 am

one word for this layout................................ WWWWOOOOOOWWWWWWW

if you ever plan to sell this layout them PM me i would love to own this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby GarrettTheThief » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:59 am

This is amazing work, and I'm loving your HST fleet especially!
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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby londonboi1985 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:05 pm

can i just ask the following

1. whats the total end to end length of the layout
2. how wide is the total scenic length
3.how wide is your "hidden section"
4.how tall is the wood from the bottom base board to the top of the rise babseboard is ......................""""""""""""""""""""""""" size between them so to speak
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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby fergy1 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:00 pm

This is really good and a brilliant idea for a 'quick' change of view.
There are some great ideas that I may have to borrow when I start on a larger layout! :)

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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby whynot » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:01 pm

Fantastic set of snaps! Thank you.
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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby alan_r » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:52 pm

Thanks for the comments - all appreciated. It just goes to show that even a novice like me can come up with something surprising. :D Not bad for a second ever layout!

What I found made the biggest difference was the details (fences, trees, bushes, road signs/barriers) which suddenly brought the whole thing alive. Up to that point it looked a little empty. The automatic switching of the coloured signal when a train passes (IRDOT) also brings a smile to my face every time - I will definitely have more of these in future layouts. I used a sensor with the 18" wire extension which i would recommend. They were easy to fit, simply pushing through the polystyrene of the loop. In-keeping with the reusability of the layout, they are fully recoverable, so the cost isn't lost - only the actual signal stuck on the trackside.
It is perhaps unfortunate that some of my detailing efforts like the steps to and retaining wall around the signal are hidden by the embankment and so out of view from the front. This would have been better on the other side of the tracks, however it wouldn't have worked in terms of seeing the signal itself, so I can't have it all ways. The pipe inlet under the railway is also hidden from view, but looks good, so I will use this idea in another layout.

To answer your questions Londonboi:
1) The total end-to-end length of the layout (including the loops) is 4.0m
2) The scenic section in the middle is 2.3m long (and 700mm wide)
3) The hidden section underneath the scenic covers (the train storage yard) is 300mm wide - enough for the 8 'tracks'
4) I think I understand your question, but will answer with everything, so you should get what you were after here...
The surface of the lower/front wood is 60mm below the higher base of the main scenic base wood section at the back.
The track on the rear section is built on 50mm polystyrene, and the track in the storage yard sits on 25mm polystyrene, so the difference in track level is 85mm.

This gives a circuit length of about 8.6m, so the scenic section is about 25% of the track length. Even with two trains running, this results in the scene being empty for about half of the time. On the plus side, this means I can focus on each train as it goes by, with a pause before the next one, but it is a consideration for anyone else who wants to try to build something similar. Thus if I was to change anything of this design, then maybe a four-track mainline, or perhaps a two-track with a single parallel track alongside might be a way of having more action in the scenic area.
Another thing to note is the gradient of the end loops. Dapol Class58s are heavy and can pull 16 Farish HAAs with ease, but some locos struggle with wheel-slip when pulling bigger trains (The full-consist Farish HST for instance). This seems to be the drawback of having the storage yard at the front and at a low enough level to allow rivers to pass over the top.

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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby alan_r » Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:27 pm

I've been enjoying watching the trains go by for a while now. :D

I noticed how rubbish the Farish PGA hopper loads are on the old ARC wagons, so I decided to try and make some better ones.
After a bit of prodding, I managed to get the loads off without any damage, then made some push-on ones from cardboard, polystyrene and ballast chippings that simply push onto the original pin.
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Modified load, original loads and separate load
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Ha! :lol: - it makes you realise how naff the standard ones really are! So now I've had to make more and modify a whole trainload. I think the randomness works well, with each one being different as you would expect in reality...
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While I am updating the pictures, I thought I'd add one looking along the track, to show the signal a bit better...
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You can see the signal access steps and my attempt at lineside cable covers (matchsticks!), but also the gap in the baseboard from this angle :roll:
It is a pity the steps and cable covers can't be seen from the front of the layout, so I shall have to bear that in mind when designing the next model.
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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby alan_r » Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:00 pm

I have to admit that the BR blue livery isn't my favourite, yet I do find the recent Farish GUV coaches are superb quality. Strange how such a plain wagon can look so good with the right detailing. So when a well know retailer was offering the Graham Farish newspaper set 370-065 with loco 24077 for just £84, it was just too tempting! Thanks to ebay, I was able to get a number of the coaches too, so I thought I'd post a couple of pictures of the new addition :)

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Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Postby skyblue » Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:11 pm

Its great to see that this layout still exists and that you didn't dismantle it as you said you were going to. This is a great example of 'trains in the scenery' and it works really well. Have you thought of exhibiting it (or is it not practical)?


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