Planning: OO Gauge Heritage Line (The S.H.H.R)

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Re: Planning: OO Gauge Heritage Line (The S.H.H.R)

Postby redline41190 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:17 pm

carnehan wrote:That's the one Redline. Check out Western Centurion on YouTube. He has a number of videos on producing the system using magnets and metal strip from packing cases - works perfectly well at a fraction of the cost.


I just watched one of them and thats impressive, I thought they were using a proprietary metal or something for the under track but to know that works just as well... What a great idea.

Mountain wrote:I'm building a 7mm scale layout in 2ftx7ft... It will be an oval. Ok. 7mm scale but narrow gauge so it goes round the corners better.
I use cheap Hornby 0/4/0's and short wheelbase 0/6/0's to go round tight corners as donor locomotives for the Smallbrook Studio body kits. Can also scratch build a 7mm scale cab onto the donor loco and repaint... Cheaper!
If one sticks to short coaches like the Smallbrook or Peco coaches or scratchbuilt coaches to this size, they easily go round corners well.
So it may help on making a layout in a small space. Mine was to be 2ftx3½ft, but was too small for me, so I built a second board for my trains to enjoy!


I once built a O 16.5 railway, I had a few Peco 4 wheel coaches and a Bachmann On30 Porter that I kitbashed with a whitemetal TR #4 (only retaining the Bachmann 0-4-0, saddle tank, and smokebox area)



As much as the figure 8 would be cool to have the changes in elevation, I think I'm just going to stick with the oval. The layout will be in a corner space and to have a section of layout that is completely unreachable is kind of hard to have when something could go wrong. Though I think I will have the front side elevated 1" from the back side and have the line go down a slope into the backscene on the left and rise back up starting after the passing loop behind the scenes on the right.
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Re: Planning: OO Gauge Heritage Line (The S.H.H.R)

Postby Mountain » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:55 pm

Ooh. Nice. Mine are made with budget in mind, hence I often scratch build. Can make waggons for about a third of the price of a 00 gauge wagon. Use drawing pins and paperclips to make central buffer/couplings. Using centre buffers allows the trains to negotiate sharp curves.

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Re: Planning: OO Gauge Heritage Line (The S.H.H.R)

Postby redline41190 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:23 pm

Mountain wrote:Ooh. Nice. Mine are made with budget in mind, hence I often scratch build. Can make waggons for about a third of the price of a 00 gauge wagon. Use drawing pins and paperclips to make central buffer/couplings. Using centre buffers allows the trains to negotiate sharp curves.


I tried to scratch build using some old American HO stuff. It didn't come out well, so I stick to kits and whatnot :lol:
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Re: Planning: OO Gauge Heritage Line (The S.H.H.R)

Postby glencairn » Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:37 pm

redline41190 wrote:As much as the figure 8 would be cool to have the changes in elevation, I think I'm just going to stick with the oval. The layout will be in a corner space and to have a section of layout that is completely unreachable is kind of hard to have when something could go wrong.


Hi Redline41190. My wife, Lady G, is disabled and if anything falls on the floor she uses what we call a 'grabber'. Basically it is a long arm with a lever that once pressed picks up the item. My Grandchildren 'borrow' it when they are in my train room. It actually works. :) One may be a solution for you perhaps.

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Re: Planning: OO Gauge Heritage Line (The S.H.H.R)

Postby redline41190 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:00 am

glencairn wrote:
redline41190 wrote:As much as the figure 8 would be cool to have the changes in elevation, I think I'm just going to stick with the oval. The layout will be in a corner space and to have a section of layout that is completely unreachable is kind of hard to have when something could go wrong.


Hi Redline41190. My wife, Lady G, is disabled and if anything falls on the floor she uses what we call a 'grabber'. Basically it is a long arm with a lever that once pressed picks up the item. My Grandchildren 'borrow' it when they are in my train room. It actually works. :) One may be a solution for you perhaps.

Glencairn



Hadn't thought of that one... hmm something to think about.


May go ahead and purchase/browse through the BRM layout planner guide, it seemed to have some neat ideas.
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Re: Planning: OO Gauge Heritage Line (The S.H.H.R)

Postby redline41190 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:42 am

Well I went ahead and went through some more layout planner ideas...


I promise this is the last one :lol:


But using the same 4x8 space I came up with this

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I could sit in the middle of this and watch the trains go round :mrgreen:

Once again I lose the provision of the back-scene to switch out locos and whatnot without anyone seeing. BUT this makes great use of available space. One side is Ross-on-Wye station, the other side is scenic, I could try to factor in a bridge that crosses the river wye (on the line to Fawley) and a perhaps a tunnel (on the line to Grange Court) though that may be asking a bit much. There would be scenic breaks though so as to "divide" the two sections.

the baseboards are only 1ft wide, providing much more space than I thought it would actually be. Most likely would consist of four 4x1 sections two 2x1 sections and the triangle for the yard. Which leaves one 4x1 section left from a 4x8 sheet of plywood.
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Re: Planning: OO Gauge Heritage Line (The S.H.H.R)

Postby redline41190 » Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:57 am

20 days later I've gone through about 15 different revisions of what I want to do. I made end to ends, fiddle yard layouts, bigger, smaller etc. In the end I saw a layout on youtube that I really liked, I sort of played upon it (I think I added 1ft to the length) its a 4x7 baseboard, as to not interfere with my window in my room

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Engine shed area, single running main line, secondary half loop/entrance to shed area, exhibition area (on the station side). Plenty of room for a small bunch of buildings and a road over pass in the top right corner.

Not too big, not too small. Should be fine considering it will be my first REAL layout.
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Re: Planning: OO Gauge Heritage Line (The S.H.H.R)

Postby Emettman » Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:05 am

Redline, I couldn't see at first glance whether you are going to be using DCC...

If not it's going to be useful to have the ability to isolate the outer oval in three sections and the inner loop in two so as to be able to use parts of these to hold trains, or just locos, while shuffling sidings and changing over trains.

If operating with one controller, these only need to be on/off switches, but if two controllers are used (and the layout could use two) then dpdt centre off switches would increase the ability to handle trains considerable on the same trackplan.

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Re: Planning: OO Gauge Heritage Line (The S.H.H.R)

Postby redline41190 » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:29 pm

Emettman wrote:Redline, I couldn't see at first glance whether you are going to be using DCC...

If not it's going to be useful to have the ability to isolate the outer oval in three sections and the inner loop in two so as to be able to use parts of these to hold trains, or just locos, while shuffling sidings and changing over trains.

If operating with one controller, these only need to be on/off switches, but if two controllers are used (and the layout could use two) then dpdt centre off switches would increase the ability to handle trains considerable on the same trackplan.

Chris


I am planning on running DCC, but will probably have to run it in normal DC with two controllers in the beginning. Block sections would be: outer loop, inner passing loop, upper siding in the yard, engine shed road 1, road 2, lower sidings together.
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