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Re: First layout and limited space

Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 10:43 pm
by Ferris
So I've been thinking and if I can make a foldable table that can sit at the other side of the room I might (provided its neat enough my better half doesn't hate it) be able to create more space but I'm stuck between two options.

First is a small redesign, changing for the current plan to leave via one track and have a loop which would mean loco's leave and returns on the same track therefore being table to enter the yard or station easily. This would also simply the connecting the table as only a single track would need joining up.

The second is to keep both lines and instead just have straight track that splits to build a removable fiddle yard with several sidings, the down side is loco's leaving may need manually turning around and freight trains can only use the lower line as they would need to faff about in the station to use the top.

Currently I'm leaning toward the actual loop (or possibly a run around if a loop isn't accepted by the powers that be) since I only have a shunter and class 60 for the layout right now ........ but collections grow and soon the extra space may be required. Its also possible some combination of the options would work.

I've attached an idea for a single track in and out attached to show my two current options.

Re: First layout and limited space

Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:32 pm
by Mountain
If you dont have the green point and the sidings from it, you can concentrate on the station with its two tracks and you can jiggle it all over and have longer trains at the station. You can make the station look as if it is much larger by having the start of a roof which will hide its real size. Mind you. You may not have the space to use at the other end of the layout for longer trains....

Re: First layout and limited space

Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:02 am
by Ferris
The left of the layout is against a wall so I can push right upto the wall to make the platforms longer. I'm going for a mainly diesel fleet using DMU's for passengers but I think two car DMU's will be the largest that will reasonably fit so I can delete the station building I had planned and move it to the back extending all platforms to be large enough to take the DMU's. I have most of this track down as I've been collecting bits and bobs second hand and just need two more sets of points to have enough for the single track in and then just the straights and curves to get which are generally fairly cheep.

I am a bit limited to train size at the moment but if I do manage to get them across the room to turn around a lot of this problem will disappear. I am planning to get the base board sorted soon after the new year is done and start laying track but I need to think about the ballast before anything goes down on the board.

Re: First layout and limited space

Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:52 pm
by Ferris
So I went away and redesigned the station area to simplify and go with the idea to make it look larger than it is, this has also had the benefit of using only points I already have. I've also found some old flexi track which if its in decent condition after an inspection, may be good for doing the station so I won't need to get a lot of additional track to be able to move to the building phase.

The only negative is the lose of a siding and platform, but I'm not likely to require them and if I do need them ....... well I think the layout would have been so busy almost nothing could move.

Re: First layout and limited space

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:52 pm
by Ferris
Hi everyone,

I'm back again to annoy :p ..... anyway I finally got enough free time to sort out an actual base board yay .... the negative is due to things being juggled in the room its ended up a little different size wise to how it was originally, 2000mm x 800mm which is shorter than planned originally but the good news is its wider, enough to fit 1st radius curves so I've redesigned as a oval layout and will have to accept my longer rolling stock won't go around it (although I may try to alter them a little in future).

So this is my new layout, any suggestions? Also I'm wondering about trying to build a metcalfe station, can the width of these be altered as I'd like to put it where I placed a hornby one on the layout with one through platform and one terminus platform.

Re: First layout and limited space

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:39 pm
by End2end
I wonder how much bigger using 2nd radius would be? Anyone know?
It could still be a folding layout using 2nd radius just along the longer edge thus....
E2eFolded.jpg (30.32 KiB) Viewed 729 times

I'm just thinking that it would open up a whole lot more of available rolling stock.

Re: First layout and limited space

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:11 pm
by Ferris
I have kept a cut off from the baseboard which would add about 400mm of depth but the main problem with this is negotiation with my better half as she isn't keen on the only door to the garden being blocked by what has now become called the Transservatory express.