Plans for the new loft...

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Re: Plans for the new loft...

Postby Brooker » Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:15 pm

Emettman wrote:The scissors crossover sits very nicely there!


I thought that too Chris - it gives a nice transition into the right hand bend I think!

I've also now ditched the four extra points as you suggested, along with extending the head shunt (the initial length showing my lack of real railway knowledge!!).

I'm liking how this process is coming together.

It looks as though I may be able to break this into some good sections to build a bit at a time too.

The yard for one, the scissor crossing and Worthy Down Halt.

I'm planning on the boards being of an open structure, with a raised track bed too, which I am hoping will help with the modular construction.

Time to pause again for thought - but this is certainly to be continued.

Many thanks for your help.

Dave

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Re: Plans for the new loft...

Postby Brooker » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:33 pm

So....
Another couple of days thinking and planning, some more pictures and more questions.
Along with the track plan, I've also been researching potential locos and such like - having a location to base things on certainly focus' one's mind. :)
I've reworked the headshunt for bar end yard and now have this - which I think will work well - if needs be, I can remove one of the sidings to make more room for buildings and scenery.
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I've also located a track plan for the station at Chesil
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the siding top left is to a livestock loading area.
double track off to the left is towards Shawford, the Hockley viaduct and Bar End Yard (in real life, not in my model!)
Black box bottom centre is a signal box.
the single track off to the right runs pretty much straight into a tunnel - which again I will not be able to model.

So the question really is, how best to incorporate the station plan above, into the space I have in my current plan - as shown below:
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Green line is at 0, pink line is descending from left to right and will probably be hidden by either low relief buildings or a backscene.
All the white track is at high level. I've got a reasonable amount of space to play with below the platforms.

One of my major considerations is where the top white line crosses over the pink on the right - I need to be careful how far south the white lines come - or I'll loose clearance for the line climbing beneath it.

I don't have much space for head shunts or sidings on the left of this image.

I'll be having a play in SCARM, but would appreciate any input the hive mind of NRM can provide.

Best Wishes All,
Dave

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Re: Plans for the new loft...

Postby End2end » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:17 pm

By changing the siding in the signal box picture to the other side of the track you should be able to manipulate the 2 track diagrams together. It will take a little shifting around of track to get the cross over in but hopefully it should be possible.
Almost like flipping the signal box picture upside down but keeping the curves going diagonal upwards to the left.
I can't seem to grab the picture to draw on it to show you what I mean so I hope I made myself understood. :wink:
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Re: Plans for the new loft...

Postby Brooker » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:09 pm

Thanks for your comment E2E.

So, I have tried (unsuccessfully) to incorporate the cross over in the Chesil Station plan, so have compromised on this...

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The highlighted area is the change. I was in two minds as to whether to complete the run around on the left or leave at as a head shunt. I decided the run around would be more useful.

I also thought about loco release from the right hand end of the new siding - which would be easy enough to, going back to the platform line immediately above.

However, I'm going to need some station buildings and the cattle loading dock too, so at the moment am trying to keep the section below and to the right of the platforms as clear as possible.

My biggest concern with the plan for the station as it stands is needing access to the single running line at that level and location for engine changes and any shunting. BUT I can't for the moment come up with a solution.

I'm thinking now, probably best to pause at this stage until I have a more concrete idea of the space I'll have to play with. Especially as I have a shunting yard plan I am happy with, a viaduct I could start to build, and a "branch line" halt to work on as well.

Not with standing the layout in the current house which is still in bits following the water leak!!

To be continued....

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Re: Plans for the new loft...

Postby Brooker » Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:45 pm

As I alluded to in my previous post on my in construction thread, I have been playing with station and yard designs on the back of getting hold of new books about the DN&S railway.
It would appear that my plans for the yard are nothing like real life...
ACTUAL
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My FIRST PLAN
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So this may well need a re-think...

Additionally, here is another possibility for a station (Whitchurch)
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I've also had a bit of a play with what I may be able to do in the new loft - I have plans with the dimensions of the foot print of the loft and the roof angle - so I tried to work out how much space I may have.

I gave up, and decided I'd be better off waiting until I actually get to the new house after all...

So now it's going to be pause for thought - until late April (fingers x'ed)

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Re: Plans for the new loft...

Postby End2end » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:05 pm

Something I've run into in the last couple of days is that maybe it's worth changing the crossover from a Peco one to a Hornby one. (You can do this in scarm just for those pieces)
My new track plan is all peco except the 2 crossovers I need which will have to be Hornby ones.
Thought it was worth pointing out, as it was to me. ;)
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Re: Plans for the new loft...

Postby Brooker » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:24 pm

:D Thanks E2E, I read about your challenges earlier today. I think I'm getting around that by using flexi at the moment, but it is certainly something I'll bear in mind!!


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