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Hi all,
This is a brief overview of my HO layout in the loft.
I started collecting Fleischmann track, locos and rolling stock back in the seventies but only had the space, and time to create a couple of temporary layouts.
In 1989, after starting my own electrical contracting business, I decided I needed some permanent office space, so I moved up into the converted loft space. Well, I didn't need all the space for an office, did I
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I spent the next 5 years or so, on and off, designing and building my layout. It is not meant to be prototypical in any way and is purely the product of my imagination. I wanted only steam locos, but there are
probably some items of scenery and signals that belong to a more modern era. By the mid nineties, I had a working railway that I could run 8 locos on and about two thirds of the scenery completed.
The layout includes 3 round and round tracks and a shuttle line from the main station, that works its way up over 3 levels to another station on the top level. Each of the 4 tracks has a passing zone hidden
behind the scenes.
This was of course, a DC layout, and I used block signalling to run 2 locos on each of the 4 track circuits.
By this time I had noticed the onset of DCC and was amazed at what it could do (and the prices
) This left me a bit disillusioned with my layout and I left it untouched for several years running it occasionally.
This time last year, my grandson was 2 years old, he is a typical boy who loves cars and trains. That was all the excuse I needed to re-start the layout build. Being of the age where I find myself with a bit more
disposable income, I decided to go DCC, and over the past year or so I have stripped out all the spaghetti of the DC control wiring, installed a DCC bus system, soldered up hundreds of droppers. completed a lot
more scenery, including the main railway station, and invested in several DCC sound locos (all Fleischmann) and had some of my old DC locos converted to DCC sound.
The layout also incorporates an original Faller Road System. When it ran with the DC layout, it was synced with the level crossing gates and lights to stop the cars when a train approached and the barriers closed.
That went when I stripped the old control wiring out, but I will eventually re-do it with DCC control. I have new Viessmann electronic barriers in place , as the original Faller ones were controlled with lengths of
cotton that eventually tangled and snapped, the Faller level crossing house is still standing though.
The next job is to rewire all the points back and connect them to DCC control.
At the moment I am using a Fleischmann MultiMAUS system to run the locos. I have purchased a Z21 system and eventually want to run the majority of the locos with Train Controller Gold.
Below is a track layout plan. The thin red line represents the loft wall or scenery line, all track above and to the right of it cannot be seen.



Below is a brief video overview of the layout to date, please excuse the dodgy video.

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/xvQjgm8CjXo?rel=0

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Alan Good Afternoon Thank you for Sharing, Your Layout Plans and Little Video, VERY VERY Nice Indeed, I am glad i am not the only one who wants and Uses Fleischmann Track, I know it has it's Faults and is Quite Pricey But I really Like it. I promise when I start Laying my Track I will Give Picture Updates as I go along. Babs
 

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Hello Alan,
A lovely video of a lovely layout!
Thank you for sharing and it's really good to see another Fleischmann fan and also a fan of Prussian railways!
Pröst!
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[quote name='Adrian Ross' date='4 Jul 2016, 10:48' post='476945']
Hello,

thanks for the video. It wasn't that dodgy.

unlike this:

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the original Faller ones were controlled with lengths of cotton

Thanks Adrian
LOL, that was the technology back in the day. Faller B-174





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QUOTE (Babz @ 4 Jul 2016, 12:20) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Alan Good Afternoon Thank you for Sharing, Your Layout Plans and Little Video, VERY VERY Nice Indeed, I am glad i am not the only one who wants and Uses Fleischmann Track, I know it has it's Faults and is Quite Pricey But I really Like it. I promise when I start Laying my Track I will Give Picture Updates as I go along. Babs

Hi Babs,
Glad you liked it, as said, I've always chosen Fleischmann. Back in the early seventies I think it was the best quality you could get in the UK, and the brass track was a revelation. No Profi Track in those days

I know things have changed now, but I still like Fleischmann/Roco
Look forward to seeing your layout progress
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QUOTE (Ian555 @ 4 Jul 2016, 13:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Alan,

Another HO Layout...looking good.

I hope you have a stair for access to the loft...


Ian.

Hi Ian,
Glad you liked it, no stairs up to the loft. Access by loft ladder. It keeps the other half out of the man cave

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QUOTE (Allegheny1600 @ 4 Jul 2016, 13:51) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hello Alan,
A lovely video of a lovely layout!
Thank you for sharing and it's really good to see another Fleischmann fan and also a fan of Prussian railways!
Pröst!
John.

Hi John,
Thanks for your nice comments.
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QUOTE (Victor Chong @ 4 Jul 2016, 15:02) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Alan looking at your video on the layout makes me feel ashamed on my uncompleted layout since i started "building" it 20 years ago.

Hi Victor,
Thanks for your comments, I know how you feel, mine was left untouched for many years, it was only getting a grandson spurred me into carrying on.
I'm so glad I did though, I'm really enjoying it, going to DCC was like starting again. Probably by the time I've finished there will be newer and better technology
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Hi all,
Further to my recent layout post, I thought I would show you the sloping control panel surface that once housed the multitude of switches, relays, timers and other controls, not to mention the transformers
that were needed to run the layout in its DC days, every hole you see drilled through it had several cables coming through. I have now added programming track along the bottom edge.
My plan is to extend out 10 - 12 inches along the top edge level with the base board to put a row of houses / shops on the other side of the road to the station.
The Viessmann 5574 push switch is just temporarily connected so I could test a couple of items.





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Hi all,
I have decided to invest in a Train Safe storage system

http://shop.train-safe.de/en/home/

I think its a great idea, a dust proof storage / display system for locos and rolling stock when not in use.
It is pretty expensive, but good quality stuff, and when you consider the amount of money we have invested in our locos and rolling stock, it puts it more into perspective


The first job was to plan where on the layout I could use the system , in my case, there was only one feasible place to load and offload traffic, and that was from the roadway that runs along the front of the layout.



This is the area that needed some adaption to take the track adaptor. It meant I would need a new right hand curved point and point motor, easier said than done when you're working with old Fleischmann brass
Model track

I removed some fencing, measured up, and cut away the grass sheet to take the new track work.



After finding one on ebay, from Holland ! , I cut a section of track and fitted the new point, track and adaptor.



Then re-routed and reinstated the fencing, adding a working gate.



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I decided on their " Vision" system, as you can actually drive trains in and out of the storage units, and the basic aluminium racking system, as it reasonably cheap, holds more storage units and is expandable.
I have purchased some racking, one 50cm tube, and one 120cm tube to get me started, and I will get more tubes as finances permit

For this racking system, they make single brackets, as shown below.



Or double brackets, a great idea if your short on space.



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Here is a video of the system in use, I can get to this location from anywhere on the layout, with some forward and reverse shunting, which makes it fun to use too

Sorry if its a bit long winded. The storage units do slot in place a lot easier when I'm not trying to get around the camera and tripod


http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed//xCl5HSkXras?rel=0

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Hi all,
I've started on a little agricultural area in one corner of the layout, where I will have a wheat field and probably a potato crop.
I am using Busch 1204 wheat strips, quite time consuming but looks good (imo).



I have got past this awkward corner ,so can now construct the full 10cm X 10cm box contents and hopefully lay them quicker.



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Continuing with the front extension, I made up some brackets to suite the angle and installed some Conti Board shelving to give me about 8inches additional width to fit a small street/town scene on the other side
of the road to the main station.





I then bridged the gap and made up the slightly different levels with varying thicknesses (between 0.5 and 2mm) plasticard, to give me a nice smooth clean suface.



and I've added a Noch "country road" (as it was grey) to come off the faller roadway and wind its way around the left hand end of the layout.





You may notice that I've removed some of the Faller road surface near the level crossing, this is another ongoing project to fit stop magnets and sensors under the road surface for use with the Faller Traffic
Control System which will operate the crossing barriers and allow up the 3 vehicles to stop behind each other on either side of the level crossing. That is still in the early stages and I will keep you posted on that.
I have purchase several kit buildings including a church and some farm buildings that will keep me busy constructing over the Christmas break.
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Over the last few months, I have added to the Train Safe storage system and the display wall is now looking quite impressive IMHO





Kind regards
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all

Alan
 
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