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Hi all, I'm thinking of taking the plunge and building a model railway circuit, but before I do anything I would like to read up about the best way to proceed. Can anyone recommend any good magazines, articles, websites or books for beginners?
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Welcome to the forum - what sized layout/how much space do you have/what gauge ?

We are (usually) a friendly lot here & you will be able to get virtually any kind of advice needed - we just need a few "pointers" to what sort of layout you are building.
 

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Hi Brian
I was thinking of 00 gauge, I have reclaimed a 12'x6' bedroom from my son who has now left home which has a nice 12' run by 2'8 deep. Possibly harbour scene for light cargo and passenger.

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Hi and welcome to the Forum. There is plenty of advice available here, too much probably!

Do you prefer plenty of action - i.e. trains running round and round in circles (I do) or are you happy to handle trains in and out of their destinations, that short distance from one end wall to the other?

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>Action to start with
So at least one continuous loop would seem to be in order. Does the door into the room take a big "bite" out of the space?

Neil's suggestion is a good one. Get hold of a few track plan books. If you are going to use "set track" then get the track plan book for that set. They will tend to have tighter curves than some of the Peco ones.

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Many thanks for the replies and advice; I will defiantly look out for some layout books.

The door to the room I will be using is in the corner so this leaves quite a usable space but I have been informed that I must leave room to get to the window etc.


I would like to draw out the layout I would like and then modify to what I can budget for and then add to (extend) over a few years.

Andy
 

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Another thing - Any idea of area or period, all helps with giving out the advice, oh and welcome to the fun and games!

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>early 60's Steam and possible diesel for freight
I may be wrong here, but the impression I get from photo captions of the late fifties is that a lot of top link steam locomotives got handed the freight roster while diesels did the passenger duties.

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QUOTE (dwb @ 6 Dec 2006, 19:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I may be wrong here,

No, in general you are quite correct, on the Western Region the Warships and Westerns replaced the Kings and Castles, on the Eastern 22 Deltics replaced the pacifics, the Midland replaced it Duchesses with class 40's and of course the beloved Merchant Navies were replaced by multiple units.

But in all seriusness it's a great period to model with so much variety to operate - go for it


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