11x4ft 00 Gauge Model Railway

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11x4ft 00 Gauge Model Railway

Postby Jkelly » Tue May 26, 2020 5:21 pm

Hi all,
So for the last month or so I have been chipping away at my new model railway! After a year of faffing the baseboards are finally down and the track is nearly all laid down.
I work under Rule 1 of railway modelling, that it is my railway! Rolling stock is relatively eclectic, I do love the LMS but have rolling stock from the Big Four and BR. It is set around the 30s to 60s. Vague, I know. It is a small single track branch line with a curved station, small fiddle yard and a single industry.
I will let the pictures do the talking!

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Re: 11x4ft 00 Gauge Model Railway

Postby Mountain » Wed May 27, 2020 10:57 am

That looks like the start to one lovely model railway!

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Re: 11x4ft 00 Gauge Model Railway

Postby Bigmet » Wed May 27, 2020 3:41 pm

Just one thought, access to the plumbed in installation at the end of the room. Make sure you don't impede access, against the day that significant maintenance has to be performed..,

That apart, enjoy!

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Re: 11x4ft 00 Gauge Model Railway

Postby Jkelly » Wed May 27, 2020 9:29 pm

Yes, the plumbing was something of a concern, a 6x6 inch hole had to be cut out of the board so that it would sit flush with the wall. The whole thing is moveable so if there ever is a problem (always is), access will be relatively easy to obtain.
I am debating whether to keep the village or to have a farm, but the village does add character. I am going to buy a three way point to allow extra length to the two roads in the fiddle yard. In the station, I am adding some more plywood in the operating well to allow a third road, which I will use for an engine shed. I have also decided against point motors as it seems like a slightly extravagant waste of money, as I can reach all the points from the operating well. Once my exams end this week, I will have more time to dedicate to the project. Next up for completion is the Wills viaduct, then ballasting etc.
I will try and keep up the odd update.

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Re: 11x4ft 00 Gauge Model Railway

Postby Jules » Wed May 27, 2020 11:07 pm

Exciting work afoot there! Looking forward to seeing your progress! Especially like your helper :).

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Re: 11x4ft 00 Gauge Model Railway

Postby dan8400 » Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:13 pm

This is a great start. I like that you’re thinking of building placement at an early stage. I built the railway and then had to think about where the town was going to go...

Keep up the good work

My Layout Thread: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=30117

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Re: 11x4ft 00 Gauge Model Railway

Postby Jkelly » Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:46 pm

Yes, I like to know where all my buildings will go. My favourite part of modelling is the scenery, so it is important to me to get it right. I was debating whether I should scrap the village and replace it with a farm but I think that I will keep it.
Another lesson learnt recently, DON'T USE HORNBY TRACK PINS! They are very bulky and look terrible. I had to use them out of necessity but recently I have bought some proper track pins that are much sleeker. The difference is amazing. If I was to start again I wouldn't skimp on track pins and I would get a pin vice.
Also, I have drilled in some more wood into the station area, which allows me to have a third road. I am still unsure whether I should have it as an engine shed or a third goods siding. I think that to have three goods siding adds opens up more possibilities with shunting, while an engine shed isn't entirely necessary, and I could always add an engine shed to the other side of the layout. We'll see anyway.

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