This is my dream layout as a kid.

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This is my dream layout as a kid.

Postby dazamccoy » Sat May 26, 2018 10:33 pm

I have an opportunity to build my dream layout from Hornby's 7th edition track plans. Back in the early 90's I totalled up the cost as £763.71p for the track, I wonder how much it will cost me now?

Does anyone else have a dream layout?

hornby track plans 7th inside 3.jpeg

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hornby track plans 7th edition small.jpeg

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Re: This is my dream layout as a kid.

Postby dazamccoy » Sat May 26, 2018 10:35 pm

hornby track plan 5.jpeg


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Re: This is my dream layout as a kid.

Postby Mountain » Sat May 26, 2018 11:02 pm

Very nice. I seem to just about remember looking at a picture of that layout somewhere? The catalogue? My favourite design I saw had a nice sense of realism and simplicity, and was seen in the 1978 Hornby catalogue.
Enjoying 7mm narrow gauge.

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Re: This is my dream layout as a kid.

Postby Emettman » Sun May 27, 2018 10:31 am

The layout is wonderful as a posed photograph, or with two trains (only) continuously running as a display,
but is seriously problematic if ever built as an operational layout.
The double-track diamond crossover for a start,
the platforms being too short for the shown passenger trains,
and lots of R1 curves, even an R1 reverse curve.

A much better layout could be designed in the same or similar space using buildings and trains of that era, unless an exact copy is what is wanted.

Chris
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Re: This is my dream layout as a kid.

Postby Mountain » Sun May 27, 2018 8:43 pm

Dont forget that during the early 1990's most things went round first radius curves. It would take a large room to build it though.
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Re: This is my dream layout as a kid.

Postby dazamccoy » Sun May 27, 2018 8:46 pm

I'd have to go 2nd radius minimum.

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Re: This is my dream layout as a kid.

Postby Mountain » Sun May 27, 2018 9:08 pm

If space wasn't an issue I have had two dreams (Real dreams when I was sleeping) which would make a fantastic layout design but it needs about 6'x12' (Preferably 7 or 8'x12' to do it in. I could make it smaller. Would need to be in 00 to get the effect I need. The funny thing is, at the time of my dream I saw a certain railcar which wasn't available at the time in RTR form, and a few years later the exact model was made! Also, the other loco I saw would work best with DCC sound which when I had my dream DCC would wasn't around, and the first loco I saw in 00 gauge in a ready to run form was this very loco in my dream. :D ).
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Re: This is my dream layout as a kid.

Postby Emettman » Sun May 27, 2018 9:29 pm

dazamccoy wrote:I'd have to go 2nd radius minimum.


Very likely, unless only running truly vintage trains.

Anything more than R2 minimum, and the eye turns to the Hornby R2 dead frog standard points.

I'm estimating the plan at 15ft by 5ft, and needing access at least to the two long sides. (15 x 9, say)
That would be a mouth-watering space, if available.

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Re: This is my dream layout as a kid.

Postby dazamccoy » Mon May 28, 2018 6:16 am

The original is 18'6" x 5'6".

Im planning to put this together on the back wall of my Grandfathers old hen house. It's 30 feet wide so I have room for improvements.

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Re: This is my dream layout as a kid.

Postby Mountain » Mon May 28, 2018 9:14 am

It may be better for access reasons not to put it against a wall. Also, to save money on the track, use flexible track for the straights and possibly the larger radius curves. You should be able to reduce the costs a good 25% by doing this.
The board itself is best made with solid support underneath as due to its size, you will find that you will need to be climbing onto the board to pin track down and lay scenery etc. Just a few thoughts.
If you are choosing to use DC, then get a Gaugemaster quadruple controller is a good plan.(Though if you have more then one operator, then two doubles may be better, each one being set in a different location so one isn't getting in the way of each other). DCC is preferable for this type of layout as it simplifies the wiring along with the running of the trains. I'd go for electric point solenoids with stud and probe type operation on a mimic panel to reduce costs.
Hope this advice may help. :) It looks a lovely little (Big :mrgreen: ) project. :)
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Re: This is my dream layout as a kid.

Postby Emettman » Mon May 28, 2018 4:56 pm

dazamccoy wrote:The original is 18'6" x 5'6".

Im planning to put this together on the back wall of my Grandfathers old hen house. It's 30 feet wide so I have room for improvements.


Just as a draft, and for a sense of size.
henhouse.jpg


24ft by 7ft, for a layout 20ft by 5ft,
shown with 2ft rear access,
7ft by 2ft grey area is a workbench with storage: cupboards below, shelves above.
Double track curves are R3 and R4. To take all 4 tracks round on the same level takes a bit more space (either on length or width)
Why the narrow section? It just brings a lot more of the layout within easier reach!

Chris
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