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I had a look for my Dublo catalogs and found 2 neither of which shows a complete layout at all one has a lot of stock and maybe the last before they started 2 rail but they are a bit worn and may have a page or two missing, thought I had a book as well, tons of stuff on Triang Hornby and even others, anyway I might yet come up with something.
 

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I should mention, as it's not at first obvious from the plans, that the raised section on the smaller of the two is simply an oval of track which is at a constant height and unconnected to the lower track...
Which we might add has the appearance of not having been fully thought through. Surely more (girder) bridges required to take it across the low level tracks into the station, and over the loco siding buffer stops and the like? (Perhaps that's why it never got constructed, six digit man wasn't given all the necessary pieces. ;))
 

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Discussion Starter · #23 ·
This example is from 1963 and, although it is two rail and the raised sections are constructed using Hornby-acHo parts from Meccano's French factory*, it does have an elevated section with a girder bridge:

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* The French produced raised section parts were, I believe, marketed also in the UK, but not for very long. I recall reading (in Michael Foster's book I think) that the TPO and the crane had difficulty in certain circumstances negotiating the curved pieces.
 

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For the benefit of those who are still trying to figure out what that was all about, count the fingers "Dad" has in this piece of Dublo advertising literature:

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Which we might add has the appearance of not having been fully thought through. Surely more (girder) bridges required to take it across the low level tracks into the station, and over the loco siding buffer stops and the like? (Perhaps that's why it never got constructed.............
Six finger man may not have done it, but Meccano employee Bob Moy (who designed most, if not all of the Dublo plans) did:

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Just got my hands on this. Once I've worked out the best way to convert it to three rail, it will end up being a bit different from the way you see it here.

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Yes very effective and looks very well, my father had lights on some of his layout and it looked well, my wiring is a bit of a spagetti mess so I have limited my ambitions to electrify everything. Anyway well done and please post more pics.
 

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Well, when I started this layout, I decided I would keep it simple, say, two feeds, a few supplementary feeds and some isolating sections and that would be it. Then I decided that I would use electric signals and, for parts of the layout not easily reached, electric points and uncouplers. I also wired a couple of ammeters into the circuit to keep an eye on the current consumption of the locos (after all, most of them are around 60 to 70 years old). Then came the decision to install lighting.

The wiring was meant to be simple, as I had never wired up anything more complex than fiddle yard to terminus layouts before, but I ended up with this:

Wood Beam Ceiling Tints and shades Hardwood


The two loose wires hanging down at the end are not something I forgot, by the way, they are wires for the lights in the station car park - something I hadn't thought about adding until I started putting in the lights so, of course, I didn't have anything to connect them to.....

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