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Hello there. It appears an interest in model railways has resurfaced after nearly 20 years (good grief I'm getting old
). I think I was 8 or 9 when I played a fair bit with my dad's old set. It was an oval with a siding nailed to a realtively small board, and I had a steam engine, a yellow diesel, a couple of wagons and a royal mail carriage that could pick up a "mail bag" from a stand by the track. Also, a friend of mine had a fairly impressive loop in his loft, built by someone else I believe, but then his parents were loaded and had a huge house etc.
Somewhere I've got two issues of Railway Modeller from 1987 which got me into trying to design a basic layout, where I had an idea I was going to work in N gauge. At the time it seemed like the planning was more interesting as I never got as far as building anything, perhaps because I was put off by the cost, or the fact that it was perhaps a longer term project. It's difficult if neither of your parents are into modelling or crafts.

I've rarely thought of model railways since and it was pretty much watching Thomas the Tank Engine repeatedly with my little son (not quite 2) that brought it to my mind. Additionally, I seem to spend far too much time doing things on the computer these days and fancy doing something with real materials again. I'm also finding DCC control systems rather interesting.

Overall, the hobby seems to have a lot to offer with the variety of things involved - woodwork, track laying, electrics, learning about the steam age and so on. At this stage I'm trying to get my head round a plan to aim for which explains me turning up here. I shall probably be presenting a rough sketch of something soon for some ideas...
 

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Welcome aboard Nathan,

I feel sure you'll find everything you need to know on here.

What sort of period/location/scale were you considering for the project?

Regards

John
 

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 7 Mar 2007, 13:53) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>What sort of period/location/scale were you considering for the project?

Well John, I find the steam age most appealing for the period, probably the big four era. OO scale seems a good idea for starting, probably less fiddly than N gauge and I should be able to find plenty of space in the loft. It seems continental HO models are a bit more expensive - starter sets from Maerklin or Fleischmann are a bit dear I think.

I don't really have a specific location in mind, but I think the branch line terminus gives me some inspiration. Ultimately I'm after something that's interesting to operate in priority to looking realistic, as I am uncertain how well I'll get on with scenery. Still, before I get on to a planned layout I will probably get a DCC set from Bachmann or Hornby and play with the sectional track to get a feel for putting it together in various ways.
 

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Hi Nathan, you say the branch line terminus give you inspiration, perhaps the following pictures may be of interest. Cotton Lane measures 4'2"x1' with the fiddleyard bringing the length up to 7'.


As can be seen from the trackplan it is a fairly simple layout with just four sets of points. The fiddleyard is just a straight piece of track but a Peco loco lift is used to speed up transfer of stock for the next train.

The layout will be on show at Stockport Guild Hall for the Wellspring exhibition on March 17th and 18th.
 

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That's a pretty little layout Bob, probably the kind of thing I could mock up with a starter set and a couple of extra points. Have you got some larger pictures?
 

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QUOTE (Nathan @ 8 Mar 2007, 11:15) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Have you got some larger pictures?

These links are for larger images.

http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/9690/railcarec3.jpg
http://img49.imageshack.us/img49/3683/trackplangk3.jpg
http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/2212/ra...mwagon19ah9.jpg
http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/6973/ra...l0703819bo1.jpg
Warning - These are the original photos, not resized, they are extremely large files and take ages to load.

I have a Bubbleshare album containing medium sized pictures of the layout.
http://www.bubbleshare.com/album/75353/overview
 
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