Luketon 1930's Network southeast in 6x4

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Luketon 1930's Network southeast in 6x4

Postby THE CHIEF » Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:03 pm

Hello peeps :) I'm currently building a 6x4 layout in 00. I shall be moving house soonish so when I do my nephew Luke will take ownership. Hence Luketon :)
I will kick this off properly at the weekend, when the 1930's NSE bit will make sense :)
In the meantime here's a quick glimpse of where I'm at :wink:
http://youtu.be/VcVovBChP0E

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Re: Luketon 1930's Network southeast in 6x4

Postby jimread » Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:51 am

Hello TC,

That's a good video I like the slow running, that loco moves very well indeed. I like the 1930'd era shows my age I guess.

It's odd though that the 'flash' is off it would be nice to be able to embed the video in a post.

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Re: Luketon 1930's Network southeast in 6x4

Postby THE CHIEF » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:02 pm

Thanks :) The basic plan is a small station in a town called Luketon somewhere in the south. The layout has a diagonal split running the length separating it into two half's.
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Each half is the same station set in two time periods. One operated by the southern railway in the 1930's and the other operated by NSE around 1990. Each side acts as the others fiddle yard. So if running the NSE side each of the southern sidings will hold a two car EMU with a longer train in the station loops.
The layout is wired for both analogue and DCC control via a central control panel at one end. This is swapped over via a DPDT switch. All sidings are insulated so there's no need to remove stock when switching control over. This also allows locos to run in on regular DC power before being chipped :)
The aim is to show how the area around the station changed over the course of 50 odd years. Photos of the actual layout will follow tomorrow or possibly this evening.

So that's my take on the classic 6x4. Something a little different and hopefully a proper layout in a small space ;)

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Re: Luketon 1930's Network southeast in 6x4

Postby carnehan » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:20 pm

Brilliant idea and a very creative use of the space. Can't wait for more pics. :wink:

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Re: Luketon 1930's Network southeast in 6x4

Postby End2end » Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:36 pm

What a great orignal and simple idea! :idea: 2 layouts for the price of one!
I've seen 2 sided layouts before but never as each others fiddle yard for different periods.
Very clever The Chief. :)
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Re: Luketon 1930's Network southeast in 6x4

Postby Emettman » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:51 pm

Excellent idea. I have seen it suggested as two termini, but never seen a version built.

Two different seasons for the two halves?

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Re: Luketon 1930's Network southeast in 6x4

Postby THE CHIEF » Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:36 pm

Photobucket is being a bit of arse so here a few pictures but not many words. Any questions please ask.
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This is the track tone each side pre weathering

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Re: Luketon 1930's Network southeast in 6x4

Postby THE CHIEF » Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:12 am

Here's a video to bring people up to date :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxZo8uCohIQ

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Re: Luketon 1930's Network southeast in 6x4

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:12 am

Hi CHIEF, only just found this thread. What an interesting idea :idea: gotta be the most intriguing use of a 6x4 board I've seen :D. The dual era will make a fascinating comparison - a bit of déjà vu when constructing the buildings, but one side will be a bit more 'sad' than the other I fear! Love the hidden programming track too. And we'll need a 'lighting up time' vid when thats all working :D. I will now watch developments with interest.

However, will you be able to give it up to your nephew when the time comes? He may run trains a bit faster than you do :lol:. And then you can get back to your N gauge layout which I don't think I've seen any updates on recently . . ?

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Re: Luketon 1930's Network southeast in 6x4

Postby THE CHIEF » Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:26 am

Thanks pnp :) I thought about that funny enough. All clearances have been tested with an A4 at top speed in both directions :)


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