Shedford - OO Gauge Shed Layout

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IanM558
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Shedford - OO Gauge Shed Layout

Postby IanM558 » Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:01 pm

I've got a Track Layout thread going here viewtopic.php?f=15&t=50161 but thought as I'm actually starting to 'nail' things down I'll do an Under Construction thread to keep the other just for planning :)

A while back my old model rail stuff from when I was younger was retrieved from my parents loft and brought home much to the disgust of my other half who declared that she didn't really fancy me building a layout on the dining room table and the spare room was apparently for guests so the box of bits were banished to the shed.

About that time I'd acquired an IKEA wardrobe from a friend which I was planning to use for storage in my shed however I didn't realise it was 8ft tall and definitely wouldn't fit.

It wasn't long before I figured out what to do with the wardrobe sections! :)

Originally I planned to make an 'L' shaped layout running along the back and left hand walls of the shed (12ft x 8ft ish) forming a fiddle yard and terminus station. After watching videos on YouTube with trains running at speed past each other I decided that a round and round layout was what I wanted even though that meant creating a section that could be removed / lifted to gain access.

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2016-06-04 14.38.20 by Ian, on Flickr

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2016-06-12 18.01.12 by Ian, on Flickr

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2016-06-12 18.01.09 by Ian, on Flickr

As you can see, I couldn't resist laying a bit of track down and running something :)

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2016-06-14 20.58.27 by Ian, on Flickr

The piece over the door was the last bit of baseboard to be completed.

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2016-09-27 16.56.22 by Ian, on Flickr

After doing some test running it was obvious my existing 30 year plus old track was past its best so a trip last weekend to a local model railway specialist saw me returning with shiny things

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New track. by Ian, on Flickr

A mixture of Peco flexible track for the straight(ish) bits and Hornby 3rd and 4th radius curves for the bends :)

Finally last night I was able to complete the fold-up section over the door so hopefully I can start getting track semi-fixed down this evening so I can at least run some trains around until I figure out the plan for the layout.

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2016-10-25 18.39.53 by Ian, on Flickr
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Re: OO Gauge Shed Layout

Postby IanM558 » Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:29 am

Spent an hour or so yesterday evening making a start on laying the track. It's not fixed down permenently at this stage due to the fact I may wish to change things as I go along.

I started with the lifting section over the door which involved laying the track then using a dremel and cutting disk to slice through the rails at the board joints. This went as well as I'd hoped so layed a few more flexible sections of track then called it a night.

Just need to get the electrics over the joints sorted now.

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Re: OO Gauge Shed Layout

Postby theustrainman » Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:33 pm

Way to go pal, looks like you are winning!

I wonder how you are fixing the track down? Nails can damage sleepers and look unsightly. Tip, use PVA glue. weight it until it sets. Then you can melt it with water if you want to move the track!
Could always use copper clad to secure the rails over those lifting section joints, but you have to be confident with the solder.
I would not rely on the rail joiners (fishplates) to feed the power all the way round. as the track gets older they tend to lose conductivity due to oxidisation. I would advise, if you can, to feed every rail section. Wires can be soldered to the bottom of the rails and passed through to the underside of the baseboard to a "bus" wire pair. Doing it now will save ripping up the track later.

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Re: OO Gauge Shed Layout

Postby IanM558 » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:29 am

It's progressing around about two thirds of the loop but unfortunately I have run out of track so will have wait until the weekend when I can get out to buy some more.

At the moment the track is being pinned in place with enough of the pin showing that I can remove it when I need to. At the moment it is very much a case of laying the track down and seeing if I like it. When I get to the plan I like I will draw the outline, pull it all up and then make sure it is laid properly.

I do intend to feed every section of track when it finally gets laid. I did attempt to solder a wire to a piece of track last weekend but that didn't go well at all! :)
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Soldering

Postby theustrainman » Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:18 pm

Hi Ian Its Practice Practice Practice I am afraid. Many people when soldering either underestimate the heat and the solder does not flow properly. or they use solder with no flux.
To solder wire to track, I flux the underside of the rail(small paintbrush to paint on the flux), then flow a bit of solder on to form a bead with the iron. tip: Add the solder to the joint between the work and the iron, not the iron first! Then I dip my stripped wire into the flux, lay it on the bead and apply my iron. about 2 seconds its done. Use scrap rail bits to practice on.
I am sure there are many other ways, and I will probably get it for telling you a wrong way, but that's how I do it!

Keep up the good work

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Re: OO Gauge Shed Layout

Postby IanM558 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:56 am

A few months after I last posted I had a "oh what the hell do I do" meltdown regarding the layout plan as I just couldn't get what I wanted to fit in the space to actually fit in the space! Figuring I was actually making things far too complicated I decided to go back to basics and just lay a twin track oval and take things from there.

Progress has been slow but at the weekend I managed to run trains on both tracks.

I apologise for the screechy Western in the first video, it'll be getting a service shortly! I've also sorted out the slight jump in the tracks as the outside line crossed the lifting section caused by an incorrectly fitted fishplate. The electrics were just rigged up temporarily and the next step will be to wire it up properly.

https://youtu.be/Ljh_xeo6RxI

https://youtu.be/qYoTvUX9mWk

Shed still isn't any tidier though!
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Re: OO Gauge Shed Layout

Postby IanM558 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:38 pm

Well I decided to give the Western a little service this lunchtime and it now runs silent again :)

Edited to add: a very short video from this evening https://youtu.be/ZCTC_kPt9AM
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Re: OO Gauge Shed Layout

Postby hockeyshooter » Sat Mar 11, 2017 4:47 pm

Its funny to watch a video and see a wagon identical to one you've just bought!

I too am in a shed - but removing the clutter was actually the "excuse" I used to build it! I stripped and replaced all of the insulation and even bought a brand new piece of carpet for it. Its not big enough for two continuous circuits but with some juggling and a dual DCC controller, I should be able to run two trains at once. Computer control and automation are my eventual aims.

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Re: OO Gauge Shed Layout

Postby IanM558 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:46 pm

I am learning quickly that although planning the track plan did my head in and I found it much easier to just lay track and see how it looked some planning is required as I'm now banging my head against the wall trying to figure out how to add a canal to the layout.
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Re: OO Gauge Shed Layout

Postby Bufferstop » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:52 pm

Canals have a lot of advantages if you are trying to bring water to your layout
-they can be higher than the surrounding ground
-they often have straight sides
-the water can be as flat as the proverbial mill pond
-the ends can be conveniently hidden by very low narrow bridges and or lock gates.
-several layers of acetate sheet, or clear plastic rescued from packaging over a murky green and brown bed looks convincing.
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Much easier than rivers or seascape. Just to be awkward mine's in a cutting, but they don't have to be.
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Re: OO Gauge Shed Layout

Postby IanM558 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:55 pm

Yes, my original "oh bugger" thought was that my track was flat on the baseboard but as you say, they can be higher than the surrounding land so I'll just stick the canal on a hill above the railway with maybe an aqueduct or something :)

Canals are the main passion of mine so it seems daft to not stick one in there somewhere :)
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Re: OO Gauge Shed Layout

Postby TimberSurf » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:10 pm

Sounds like a every other project!
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Re: OO Gauge Shed Layout

Postby End2end » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:30 pm

IanM558 wrote:I am learning quickly that although planning the track plan did my head in and I found it much easier to just lay track and see how it looked some planning is required as I'm now banging my head against the wall trying to figure out how to add a canal to the layout.

DON'T be tempted to use Hornby's rubbish virtual railway planning software... IT'S OUT OF SCALE! :evil:
I found SCARM to be the best for planning.. TWICE! :D
http://www.scarm.info/index.php
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Re: OO Gauge Shed Layout

Postby IanM558 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:13 am

I can't seem to get to grips with SCARM, it doesn't seem very easy to use at all.

I have tried AnyRail with a element of success but any real planning normally leaves me downhearted as I realise I can't fit what I want to into the space available :)
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Re: OO Gauge Shed Layout

Postby IanM558 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:29 pm

Not a lot has happened in the past couple of weeks due to life getting in the way however I have decided what to call the main station...

"Shedford"

It's in a shed and my surname ends in 'ford'.

There, that's another milestone overcome, back in a few weeks :P
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