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I've already posted this under Barchester, but I would appreciate as many comments as possible. Its OO gauge end to end layout. The layout is based on a real branch terminus (Dalkeith), early 60's. I have had to remove a siding, and have changed the two platform sidings into a single bay. The town was a short branch off the Waverley route. Although there were not industries off it, too make it more interesting I have included two. I fancy a paper mill to the south (could do with some sample pictures of a small one, cant find anything of use on web). Not sure what the north industry should be, but it should be something that existed in the District, ie wood mill, carpet factory or mine, but not much space for something large scale, open to suggestions. The branch line off the branch line, if you follow, is too a depot, which is a work of fiction. Hardengreen was a junctions, a series of transfer sidings, and a goods yard in reality, on the Waverley route itself, but it did have a single loco, stationed there to help long trains up a steep incline to fala, and that's all the excuse I need. I have shown a line running off the base boards to the south to give the impression it serves a wider area than just this line. In reality the line was a mile long, but obviously I've had to shrink it to fit. I hope I have managed to break it up to give the feeling that its longer than it is. I've just noticed I've missed a set of points for the loco to turn around at the platform. Also can someone give me info on where to locate the semaphor signals and the right type, I really have no idea what would be correct. Thanks in advance.K
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I don't know the area you are looking at at all. Is this two single-line branches converging on one station or the twin up/down lines? If the latter arrangement I'd be inclined to put a third line just below the two 'main' lines linking with the line into the engine depot, the industrial building and the sidings by the station. This would act as an 'independent' line to enable locos to come on and off shed without having to go immediately onto the 'main line' and also act as a headshunt for the goods yard and industry so shunting can go on while pasenger trains come and go.
Best wishes,
John Webb
As you say this is two single lines joining together, I'd reverse the cross-over by the right-hand signal box. As originally drawn there is no way a goods train coming up the righthand line from the fiddle yard can run into the goods yard or for a goods train to run out onto that line without some shunting about. I've downloaded your diagram - I'll try and modify it.
I note your signalling will be semaphore - I'll have a go at adding signals as well.
John Webb
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