At last....!!!!I hope
1.The layout is RECTANGULAR, 5,510mm by 2,050mm (let you do the maths,I don't like "new money").
2. It has a centre well..............4280mm by 835mm.
3. so, layout boards will 610mm in width (2ft).
4. the b/boards are 4ftx2ft,inset on a support system similar to Willies layout....
At the top of the diagram is Dover Priory station as in the real thing.Photo later. Bottom of diagram is Dover Town Yard,not the real thing.Photo later.
Ok, The track will be Peco concrete for the main running lines and wood for the yard, code; 100. Pointwork Peco wood code ;100.except for the scissors crossing
which is shinarho code;100.wood. NO SETTRACK will be laid. Will have to decide on the options of the length of points for visual and practicality.
On the upper right of the dia.is a double slip,Ive taken modeller's licence here, as there was a large junction here,called Hawkesbury st.jtn.
It ran off to the night ferry terminal and Dover (Marine)Western Docks Stn. you will see that from a 1937 o/s.plan I will post here.(copyright was paid for).
You will all get the jist of it as "WE" cobble it together, think of it as a "Club Layout"...but.. you don't have to pay sub's, you can visit, comment,nor not, as your whim, if you are local, in the area, or kicking your heel's before waiting for a ferry to France,(take the train), send me a pm in advance and have a brew,time is my own.
Those of you doing a day trip from Aus,n.z.or usa. will be a bit pushed for time as I live closer to France than I do to London....
So back to the .....plot.....Whole layout to be Dcc. It is based at home in my internal garage and boasts central heating(2.rads). No cars allowed.
Am on a budget of £100 per month out of my medical pension,so no deep pockets,...
Ive 2.x 50020. Ecos/esu command stations,
1.will do Priory station and double roundies. 1.will do Town Yard. (over kill?).
also 1.4amp booster (Esu). which will supply points (Richards cobalt's)46. and signals.stn and yard ltg.
Eventually, nasty block detection
as Kal (trainsandtrees) has advised,"you can only slave 1 ecos off another. Not run in tandem".(yet).
Yes I have that awful solid 2.5mm house wiring stuff awaiting deployment for the main buss and 7/0.32 for the droppers,2 pairs for every metre length of track..over kill....points, I have a mix of long med.short streamline ones insul.and electro.have yet to fit droppers to all of these.( will practice on old settrack ones.
The layout will.. be run by myself (or grandchildren when older) or anyone who has a mind to turn up,semi/fully computer.operational enventually,yard will stay manual.
OH.!!bye the way,the tight curves,bottom right of dia.are 2nd radius 18in. and are the Dover 10chain curve.you'll see it from the o/s dia and real photos when posted. I do hope there are real drivers out there,who drive this line daily and can throw in.......
Dover Priory is also a "Reversal Station",am sure someone would love to tell us what that is....
In the dim past, Dover had 2 stations and 2 railway companies,now forms a loop, effectively to London, 1 on the"east" of the county (bye-passing those
who live on the Ise of Thanet) Canterbury,Medway Towns,London Waterloo. 1.west of the county,Ashford,Tunbridge Wells,London,Charring Cross.
ok..am off for tea and take/post some photos of what "we" are dealing with, ALL COWARDS are obliged to take 1 step forward, others can cover their eyes.