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Anthony566
post 13 Aug 2012, 12:03
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I like many decided one day that I was finally going to build that layout I had been telling my son I was going to build for many years.... we did have a very small "Train Set" on a board at the last house we lived in but space was very tight so the layout was quite small. We moved house 10 years ago and as this house had a double garage 18ft x 18ft we always intended to build something in there so 8 years later we FINALLY decided it was time to crack on but buy this time the garage had become a storage unit rather than a garage ..... like so many others biggrin.gif so we cleared a space in the centre of the garage...



A few months passed and a bit more clearing out and and some white paint on the walls we ended up with this...



A 16ft x 8ft layout based on one of the layouts in an old Hornby track plans book now while this was a fine layout the issue for me was having to crawl under the board to get to the centre of the layout ( I have pins in my spine and sometimes this is not always easy to do happy.gif ) but as time passed I also cleared out more and more of the " you never know when you might need that pile of C**P " and this then started me thing that I should make the most of the garage space I have and create a section that allows me to walk into the layout rather than crawl under it.... so this takes me to the end of my base board journey as I have now finally built the correct base board for me and this is around the outer edge of the garage wall and its 18ft x 17ft x 3ft











I have also made this higher than the old layout as this makes it much easer to work on... now I know there are some out there that will say 3ft deep is to deep for the base board but the track will not be 3 feet away from the edge this is 3ft deep to allow me to develop scenery on the wall edge of the layout and will be built up first... well thatís the plan in my head anyway biggrin.gif

Now for control...

I have been using the Bachmann Dynamis Pro system with 5 receivers for almost 2 years and I find this to be more than adequate for my needs I have mounted it on the ceiling of the garage in a star configuration and this works really well this puts me at around 5 feet away from a receiver at any one time.

I have been using the Bachmann Dynamis Pro system with 5 receivers for almost 2 years and I find this to be more than adequate for my needs I have mounted it on the ceiling of the garage in a star configuration and this works really well this puts me at around 5/6 feet away from a receiver at any one time and I have been using this system being much further away from the base unit/receivers this without any issues.



This all gives me 4 areas now to work on and to date these will be a TMD area 10ft x 3 ft a Station area 12ft x 3ft a container yard 9ft x 3ft and a forth area 8ft x 3ft that Iím not quite sure what to do with yet....

Sorry for the long post but its been a while the links below are the link to my first layout and a link to my test track.

https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...p;hl=anthony566

https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...p;hl=anthony566


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My Train set efforts....

Two Tunnels - A short section of track for loco testing and my first attempt at scenery
https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...p;hl=anthony566

My Layout Build
https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...showtopic=23502

My YouTube Page
http://m.youtube.com/user/anthony566

For Sale ...

I have a number of items for sale.

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Rhiwderin_Ray
post 13 Aug 2012, 12:12
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Hi Anthony

A very neat and robust job. Plenty of storage too!

Looking forward to regular updates !



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Jack P
post 13 Aug 2012, 12:45
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WOW! lots of space! Wish I had the room to just START something! biggrin.gif will be watching yours and pretending it's mine smile.gif

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David Todd
post 13 Aug 2012, 13:10
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Oi.......Am SOOOOOOO............ disappionted You said on the phone you had laid the track................
Ave waited all these weeks..just to see base boards, what you been doin man....!!! innocent.gif

No seriously....Looking good, bet your pleased with the time and effort you have taken to go with this, well done.........

Don't want to see any more, thanksssss............. dribble.gif dribble.gif dribble.gif


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Anthony566
post 13 Aug 2012, 13:33
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Thanks guys ....

DT ... What can I say ..... I do have track down on the TMD section and photo's will follow as soon as my Cobalts arrive as I have decided to go with DCC Concepts DCC point motors for all my points thewave.gif


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My Train set efforts....

Two Tunnels - A short section of track for loco testing and my first attempt at scenery
https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...p;hl=anthony566

My Layout Build
https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...showtopic=23502

My YouTube Page
http://m.youtube.com/user/anthony566

For Sale ...

I have a number of items for sale.

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David Todd
post 13 Aug 2012, 14:59
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QUOTE
DT ... What can I say ..

Oh...lost your northern humour.......sorry.........


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Link below,is to my layout, Dover Priory and Town Yard.Kent Uk
https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...showtopic=20477

]Click this link and watch my Naff Video Company,clips,of my layout
http://www.youtube.com/user/ferriesdover/videos
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Anthony566
post 13 Aug 2012, 15:02
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who me ??? never tongue.gif tongue.gif tongue.gif tongue.gif


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My Train set efforts....

Two Tunnels - A short section of track for loco testing and my first attempt at scenery
https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...p;hl=anthony566

My Layout Build
https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...showtopic=23502

My YouTube Page
http://m.youtube.com/user/anthony566

For Sale ...

I have a number of items for sale.

https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index.php?showforum=80
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post 13 Aug 2012, 18:06
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Great to see how this layout has developed from the previous one , looking forward to seeing it develop further .
Thanks

Graham wink.gif
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DanceMaster
post 13 Aug 2012, 19:17
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Keep up the good work Anthony and keep the pictures rolling in ! thumbsup2.gif
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post 14 Aug 2012, 10:24
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from a fellow garage dweller, looking mighty fine there Anthony, makes me want to move house so I can have a double garage

thanks for the update, really looking to see how this developes



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Anthony566
post 30 Aug 2012, 19:25
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How time fly's ......

Sorry for the lack of updates but I have been working on my layout as and when work stops interfering with it ...

I have almost completed laying the track in the Container yard and have started on the raised area at the back and right hand corner of this section.

I have fixed backboards to the wall in this area ready to take the back scene and yesterday completed installing a lift up section to complete the base board so now there is nothing but time stopping me completing complete lines round the layout.

Also today I received my first batch of DCC Concepts Digital Cobalt point motors and switches as I will be setting these up to be able to be controlled via DCC command and by push switches ...... Well that's the plan anyway smile.gif

I know photo's are a must so I will take some and upload them over the weekend.


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My Train set efforts....

Two Tunnels - A short section of track for loco testing and my first attempt at scenery
https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...p;hl=anthony566

My Layout Build
https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...showtopic=23502

My YouTube Page
http://m.youtube.com/user/anthony566

For Sale ...

I have a number of items for sale.

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David Todd
post 30 Aug 2012, 19:47
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QUOTE
time fly's....... time stopping
Am/was just about to book the train,for the trip up home, al,hang on till the clocks are fixed...man..!! rolleyes.gif
Stop watchin Dr. Who..... biggrin.gif

Good to hear of an update A.....also about the Cobalts'


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Link below,is to my layout, Dover Priory and Town Yard.Kent Uk
https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...showtopic=20477

]Click this link and watch my Naff Video Company,clips,of my layout
http://www.youtube.com/user/ferriesdover/videos
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Anthony566
post 2 Sep 2012, 11:29
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For this final version of my layout I decided to use DCC Concept digital point motors ( other motors are available ) my reason for doing this was based on a few things
1, all in one dcc decoder and motor
2, setup of the travel is very easy
3, I can control these point motors via DCC and push switches via a local control panel

I have NEVER used motors on points before so this is really my first ever attempt at doing this and there was an air of doubt that I could get these set in the right place etc etc.

I created a small test bench to first work out how to set these up and installing and getting one working took 10 minutes ( I was surprised at this ) This was made from 2 6" bits of 3"by 2" as legs and a 12" length of mdf with 2 points on it.

The first thing I worked out is the reason you can buy adhesive pads for these motors as this allows you to hang the motor in the correct place and have both hands free so I used double sided sticky tape to do this as this left me with 2 free hands to screw the point motor in place this will be needed when working under my base board.

Putting the point motor in place is the hardest thing you will do when installing these DCC Concepts point motors as everything else from this point forward is ssssoooooo easy I kept thinking there must be more to it than this as once you connect a red and black wire from your DCC bus and moved the white switch to the setup position then assign an address via your DCC control system ( I used a Dynamis Pro ) put the white switch back to the running position that's it your good to go.

So as a first time DCC Concepts customer well done DCC Concepts.... Only 52 point motors to go smile.gif



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My Train set efforts....

Two Tunnels - A short section of track for loco testing and my first attempt at scenery
https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...p;hl=anthony566

My Layout Build
https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...showtopic=23502

My YouTube Page
http://m.youtube.com/user/anthony566

For Sale ...

I have a number of items for sale.

https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index.php?showforum=80
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post 2 Sep 2012, 16:57
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Hi have just read this from the start you have loads of room to play with and the layout boards look good and strong,Its nice to have that width should make a very good layout in time.


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David Todd
post 2 Sep 2012, 17:34
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installing these DCC Concepts point motors as everything else from this point forward is ssssoooooo easy I kept thinking there must be more, dribble.gif dribble.gif

pages on dt's computer,...too copy, but he has them locked off............. mad.gif mad.gif

tongue.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
Well Done..A


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Link below,is to my layout, Dover Priory and Town Yard.Kent Uk
https://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...showtopic=20477

]Click this link and watch my Naff Video Company,clips,of my layout
http://www.youtube.com/user/ferriesdover/videos
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