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Shortover Yard

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:48 pm
by Vitray
Hello everyone,
Has anyone ever built a layout like this one (just scroll down a little): "Shortover Yard — a Seriously Compact Layout!" ... ble-lines/ ... r-yard.jpg
The dimensions of my own version of this small (micro ?) layout could be: 60cm x 18cm
All your advices and comments are welcome. Thanks.

Re: Shortover Yard

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:28 am
by Vitray
:D Nice layout. Could you post more pics ? Is there a thread about this layout somewhere ? Thanks.

Re: Shortover Yard

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:08 am
by Dad-1
This is where the jagged edge between 'A Layout' and 'A Diorama' lays.
A layout needs to have enough movement to offer some running entertainment,
preferably with either a sector plate, or point to give more than just a simple
back & forth movement,
I'd be interested to see what you can squeeze into 2 feet x 7 inches, although this
is also dependent on scale, using 'T' you could truly get a layout !!
I love dioramas as they offer a place to develop scenic ideas and trying out new
to you materials. Test you lighting skills and take photographs. How small can you
go ? I have crazy idea of making a small scene in a larger Oxford Diecasts plastic
box, the one sitting here is about 5" x 3" (130mm x 75mm)

This has lighting and both the quayside and upper tracks can be live
But it's a Diorama ....... by my standards.


Geoff T.

Re: Shortover Yard

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:17 am
by Bufferstop
Although you can get plenty of action with just the traverser and the tracks, it always seems to me to be that bit more interesting if there's a turnout or crossover somewhere in the visible bit.

Re: Shortover Yard

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:39 pm
by Vitray
Dave wrote:I get that John, but for the space constrained Modeler pointwork takes up a lot of room.

I totally agree with that.

Re: Shortover Yard

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:40 pm
by Vitray
Thank you very much for all your very helpful answers and for your time.

Re: Shortover Yard

Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:54 am
by Vitray
I drawn a new track plan. The baseboard is a little bit longer (80cm) than the first project.

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