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Hi Guys just thought id make my 1st post and say Hi. Im Ken from Tyne & Wear. I am an absolute beginner To the Hobby and i was inspired by this forum after stumbling across it. (Great site by the way)

I have made my 1st purchase in buying 2 x Mod u Rail Stands.(Kernow Model Rail Centre) (1 x Corner & 1 x Straight) once it arrives i will be at the DIY store for some MDF to go on top of it then Secure it and then im ready to start. Where i Start is another matter
I will have a 3 ft width to and a length of 6 ft to start with.
I have a fancy of doing a Countryside theme with Village Centre leading into the Countryside but its early days yet as i have a lot of planning, learning & Thinking to do with been an Absolute Begginer. I guess they should produce a dummies guide book for the likes of me

Anyway its gonna take a while but i'll keep you's informed on how im getting on if you's wish.

Thanks for your time in taking to read this.

Ken
 

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Hi Ken and welcome,

Any ideas about scale and period?

Any questions just fire away - you'll probably get at least one answer that you want.

Enjoy the hobby.

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 31 Dec 2007, 16:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Any ideas about scale and period?

Any questions just fire away - you'll probably get at least one answer that you want.

Enjoy the hobby.

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Hi Mate Well im getting the Feeling of going for 00 gauge but if im heading in the wrong direction please don't hessitate to correct me and stop me before i buy. Period wise i fancy doing a wide period scale of 1950's & 1960's combined.
Any advice gratfully accepted.
The only thing that worries me is my lack of knowledge although i did go out today and spent £ 13 on all the current months mags of Model Rail etc. for ideas and shop finder guides
 

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The tricky thing with the magazines is that they tend to do series of "how to", so it takes a while for a reader to build up a picture of where it's all going. There have been several threads on the Forum about the strengths of the various magazines and our preferences. Perhaps someone could recommend a comprehensive book for starters?

For the space you have available, an alternative plan could be to have a locomotive depot, say steam or diesel? It's an excuse for plenty of locos!

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Long term plan is i can go in a L shape of 9ft x 7ft max. with a 3ft width all around. So it does give a bit of scope really.
 

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QUOTE with a 3ft width all around. So it does give a bit of scope really.

If you want to sit back and watch the trains go by, 3ft width isn't going to work in OO gauge; if you don't, you'll certainly be able to build a very satisfying layout in that kind of space.

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Thats what im hoping mate, TBH im slightly more into creating the scenery combination aswell as the Rail side of course but im slightly more into the surroundings and detailing that plays along side the Trains. If only i owned a Mansion
 

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If it's scenery you're after, I think you'll find mikelhh's blog inspiring. You get reach it via this link?

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Well Guys i don't know how many of you's buy the Mag Railway Modeller but i bought it this month (Jan08) but after having a good browse and a good think, i have decided to try and Replicate most of the Setup featured in the Magazine by Graham Watling "Whitsend Tramway". Apart from loving what Graham has achieved with his work the Size it is, it would be perfect for me to do as a 1st project as it is 9ft x 2ft and im on a 3ft width so no problem there.

Let me know what you think if you have the mag and tell me if im attempting to much for a Beginner.

http://009modelrailway.fotopic.net/c1144285.html

Cheers Ken
 

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Hi Guys thought i would you's a quick on progress so far. We'll as discussed earlier my original plan was scrapped through lack of space. So im now on 6ft x 4ft with an added section on the left of 3ft x 2ft. Given the back half of the board a 9 ft length. i have layed the Track via Trackmat layout and then removed the Mat so that i can add my own designs in between.
i still have loads to do but here's 2 Early pics of my starting point. let me know what you think but remember it's my 1st attempt and time at this.



The Far left hand 3x2 area will be a raised Country style Village theme with a road leading into the Rail station area.

The middle section is going to be a enclosed Pub Area with a section on the Right for Swings, Roundabout & Slide etc. Whilst Parents have a Drink outside in the Pub Garden. Across the road a couple of more houses will be added.

 
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