I have loads to finish off on my other layouts, but having been inspired by Sandshifters boxfile layout in OO shown on the RMweb forum, I couldn't resist trying in N-gauge.
Below is a XtrkCad layout plan, not decided which of the 5 open ended tracks will be joining up to the cassette on the outside of the boxfile, any thoughts?
I have two boxfiles one of which I will cut the base off and glue it on top of the other boxfile, this will give me a total height of about 140mm.
The internal dimensions of the box file are 235mm wide and 357mm high.(Room size shown bigger, can't get it any smaller)
Huge amount of space!!!
It will be DCC for control as I can use my EZ-command, but not sure on the points yet, may try W.I.T. (wire in tube) just because I've never used it!
It will also give me some much needed practice on inset track work which I've also never done!!
The short headshunt is very small, this was going to be used to connect up to an external cassette.
I could remove the short straight between the two turnouts and make the short headshunt longer, the other tracks will also end up shorter though.
Will play about abit with the files first, it's very good just print out at 1:1 scale and then it's actual size, perfect for fitting into the boxfile!
Oh and which new Bachmann/Grafar shunter?
Have altered the layout and removed the short straight between the turnouts, also included the part numbers.
ST1 is 87mm long.
I will probably use flexitrack for all the straights so that it can be cut right up to the boxfile edges., so the straights will be slightly longer than the ST1 as shown on the pic.
the new , forthcoming 04...as reviewed in Model Rail mag?
Because I have nothing to run on this layout!!!
Just working out dimensions, It looks like I could actually get the GraFar 04 Shunter and 1 wagon on each of the sidings.
Need to move things alittle but it will fit.
Moving one wagon at a time is going to be unique!
Just going to see if I can put everything on the curve to see if it gives more room.
After much messing about came up with this as a layout plan:-
I think it works quite well.
The warehouses are going to be the Scalescenes warehouse, as I've already paid for them may as well keep printing them out and using them!
The ultra low profile is just the front wall glued to the backscene, hopefully I will be able to modify the door opening so that the engine will disappear through it.
I will also need to remove the top floor so that the box file lid will actually close, have glued a box file on top of the other but total height is only about 145mm, the dock edge is about 25mm so hence the top floor going!
The low profile warehouse is just one module wide and again is glued to the back scene.
Coming from the top left hand corner across the back wall then down to the warehouse I may use the low profile arches will have to see.
Just got to make the dock edges, again using the scalescenes kit, this will then give me the height I need for the baseboard.
Anybody got any suggestions on what to cover the tracks with as I need to make them inset.
I want to try the woodland scenics realistic water, so this will be used as the water, lets see what it turns out like.
Story so far...
The box files glued one on top of the other, top one has had the base removed, I 've lined the inside walls with thin plain white card.
You can see the pencil markings near the back where the warehouse and backscene will be, these may change yet, need to see how it looks, with things in position....when I've built them that is!
The dock edge is scalescenes, this actually comes with an A4 sheet of concrete and a A4 sheet of cobblestone so I will print these out and see how it looks.
Need to build the piles and glue them to the front dock edge, just trying to get everything level first.
Just a view from the front, that join will be much smaller and hidden behind a pile when I get to the assembley stage.
You can see the two front faces of the orignal box files lying down, just prised these away from the boxfile.
glued the top to the bottom then wrapped the join with black duck tape as it looks very similar to the original black webbing.
You won't see these from the front, but a close up of the steps, just got to put the wall tops on all the way round.
I think it looks quite effective.
Just need to finish off covering the road and tracks with the cobblestone paper that comes in the dock edge kit, I can then start on the buildings.
Just waiting for the Woodland Scenics realistic water to dry, the base coat was just blue/green paint mixed up and slapped on.
I didn't really measure the mix but when you look close it does have a slightly different shade here and there, I reckon it looks ok, for waves and ripples it may be best to use the Woodland Scenics 'Water Effects' instead.
The realistic water has dried a bit, needs more time but have been able to take a few pics with the layout in the boxfile.
Trying different backscenes at the minute, although there will be a couple of warehouses built and put towards the back of the layout so most of it will be hidden anyway!.
These ones look too small to me, may need to play about a little more to get them looking right, will have to see what I have and may change it completely.
If a good manufacturer came a long and did good backscenes in the correct scale to suit different height backs they would make a fortune!!
The water has lowered alot as it's dried, so I may put another layer on. This can be done once the first layer has completely dried(MIN 24HRS)
I did some test patches on scrap card first thing yesterday and that has now completely dried, smooth and non tacky.
It was a much thinner covering so this may take a while longer.
Oh and make sure it's covered over as it's dried.....had to dig a bloody moth out of this, it's very close to the dock edge so isn't that noticeable!
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