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whats your preference
what size do you prefer the layout to be
SMALL less than 8ft X 4FT 48.51%
MEDIUM less than 12FT 1225.53%
LARGE 12FT or more such as for exhibition sizes at a show 3165.96%
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How important are scenics to you
Hills/greenery 3211.39%
Rocks 217.47%
Walled areas and cuttings 3311.74%
Multiple levels 196.76%
Water features 155.34%
Bridges/ viaducts 2910.32%
Signals/ working or not light wise 3512.46%
Buildings related to the railways working 3813.52%
Roads/ overpasses 227.83%
Trees/foliage3713.17%
Trackwork
Insulafrog points 108.26%
Electrofrog points 2923.97%
Setrack 21.65%
Flexitrack 3125.62%
Hornby 32.48%
Peco 2823.14%
Kato10.83%
Tillig 54.13%
Flieschmann10.83%
Atlas 00.00%
Handlaid 119.09%
Gauge of track preferred
OO/HO 3981.25%
N714.58%
Z00.00%
T00.00%
O24.17%
100.00%
Overall look of a layout
Landscape/scenery mainly 2318.40%
Industrial/ (coal engineering etc ) 108.00%
Station with platforms 3024.00%
Loco servicing and shed/depot 2116.80%
Switching 64.80%
Oval / flowing tracks 129.60%
Container terminal 43.20%
Cliff/sea 64.80%
Canal/mills 32.40%
Streets with the railway running through 32.40%
Other75.60%
Backboards/lighting
Yes to backboards3629.27%
No to backboards54.07%
Prefer painted 1512.20%
Peco paper printed type background 54.07%
Lighting to street lights 2117.07%
Lighting to buildings 2318.70%
Railyards lit 1814.63%
Country of choice within a layout
U.K. 3869.09%
U.S.47.27%
Germany 712.73%
Japan 00.00%
Other 610.91%
 

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Hi All,

Thought it may be good idea to get the opinion of members on the forum as to what they like to see in a layout , be it large or small / your or others you see in the media or at shows ..... hopefully it will give a picture of our layout tastes and more popular features contained within them.
 

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I don't think it is so much a case of the size of layout that one would prefer, it is more a case of of the space one has got.
 

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QUOTE (MrBemo @ 17 Mar 2009, 12:53) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I don't think it is so much a case of the size of layout that one would prefer, it is more a case of of the space one has got.
Agreed, I would always seek to have the largest size layout possible within the space I have available.

For backdrops I prefer the photo type.
 

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For the avoidance of doubt, I've voted for many things I'd like eventually but haven't got now. Besides in the scenic area there wasn't a box for "huge pieces of plywood"...
 

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I don't think a layout has to be large to be good for exhibitions. Several of my favourite exhibition layouts have been the small 'diorama' type - they sometimes seem to get a 'completeness' of design and appearence which isn't always present on a large layout.

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I like a little bit of everything if it is done nicely. I admire people who stick to one particular company in one particular area & try & have everything as it was in a space in time though it's not something I would do myself. Medium to Large in size with a fair run & plenty of action.

My pet hate would be running a continental train in a British setting. & I'm not one for small shunting type layouts even though I admire the thought & work that goes into them.
 

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I think that using the maximum space availble is important, my layout is about 15' x 15' . If I had more room I would no doubt use it. If the are is enclosed by walls etc then the width has to allow leaning over to reach things, a mistake I made 20 years ago when starting my layout and now that I can't reach so well have difficulty reaching some parts. My criteria is for the running of the railway with aspects such as a terminus, through station, loco depot and turntable, passing loops and shunting. My railway does do all of that to the exclusion of a lot of scenery and roads etc. I have seen some excellent small layouts with superb scenery and some not so good. It depends on what you want and as stated on other threads the amount of detail depends on what you yourself require. The most important thing is to enjoy and relax doing the hobby. Some days I will make changes to things and others I will just run the trains. I started modelling almost 60 years ago and my interest has hardly waned so I must be doing something that suits me while admitting that my views and criteria are not always shared by everyone.
 

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Coming back to the hobby after a fairly long break gave me the imperative not to bite off to much to begin with. I've been at my little layout for five years now and still have some details to add to an otherwise complete visual sceane. I'd really like a big layout with everything on it, looking perfect etc. but the time to put detail would mean I need another lifetime to finish if I reserve some for playing as well.
 

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thankyou for starting this thread. we havent had a decent poll in ages.

I like a layout to look nice. that is far more important to me that weather the stock is correct to the time, period or even country.
Grafiti would be a huge no-no.

I like elegant features. weather its a sweeping curve, a nice, well proportioned bridge or a dramatic cutting.

I find nice trackwork a real draw,

I hate layouts where you can go along and say "oah there is the hornby signalbox and the peco station fronting and the faller bridge....."

There has got to be movement. i dont care if its the same train going round several times but its important that there is something going round.

I have said this many times before but i like to see the "showmans gene". i like to see people who are enjoying themselves and are proud to show off their layouts. they are enjoying entertaining the public.
that to mee is 1000% more important than weather x train ran at y in the year z.

Peter
 

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QUOTE There has got to be movement

Me too.

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QUOTE (pedromorgan @ 18 Mar 2009, 06:45) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>thankyou for starting this thread. we havent had a decent poll in ages.

I like a layout to look nice. that is far more important to me that weather the stock is correct to the time, period or even country.
Grafiti would be a huge no-no.

I like elegant features. weather its a sweeping curve, a nice, well proportioned bridge or a dramatic cutting.

I find nice trackwork a real draw,

I hate layouts where you can go along and say "oah there is the hornby signalbox and the peco station fronting and the faller bridge....."

There has got to be movement. i dont care if its the same train going round several times but its important that there is something going round.

I have said this many times before but i like to see the "showmans gene". i like to see people who are enjoying themselves and are proud to show off their layouts. they are enjoying entertaining the public.
that to mee is 1000% more important than weather x train ran at y in the year z.

Peter

Yes, I would agree with most of the above. It has to look natural rather than some out of the box buildings crammed in the tiny spaces left where more track couldn't be crammed in. To look real it has to look like the train is running through real countryside.

The use of the same mass produced buildings on layouts has led to a sameyness about many layouts. I went on a layout tour a couple of years back and it really hit home how samey all these layouts looked. When I returned home I removed all of my Hornby buildings. Unfortunately I do have an entire city street of Faller and Vollmer buildings but as I need a city's worth it is to much to scratch build in the time I have available.

Track isn't a big issue for me, mainly because my priority is modelling HO, OO comes second. I also don't tend to look at the track that much.

I do try to run appropriate locos for the era in general but I'm not going to refuse to run anything because it's doesn't fit. As said above having a train running is far more important than most other factors.
 

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my personal view is that towns are added as an afterthought and not planned, which gives then the sameness.

Also a lot of people build a kit exactly as per the instructions without any changes or painting.

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*** I simply like a layout to be "believable". Nether size nor prototype really matter, as long as the trains and their environment are in harmony.

ie: No glaring anachronisms... consistent in overall quality and reliable in running. No unpainted plastic and colours that are in harmony. Track, if not accurate, at least well laid and weathered... with no set-track radius curves or short points. I'm not talking about being overly pedandic about perfect detail in everything, just "nothing obviously out of place".. clear clashes with reality... such as a faller building in a non european scene, a modern diesel on a steam era scene, an EU loco in a UK station or an LMS loco hauling Mk2 coaches...

Having said that... I still like some layouts with less than total focus:

For example where a layout such as Neils exists I see it not as one hybrid EU/UK layout but as/like "several separate but connected dioramas".... because while Neil combines several themes in one large space, he doesn't mix up the prototypes but models different parts of the layout as different locales - a nice way of keeping harmony while accomodating a wide interest.

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***Forgot to say: creating any wide poll is hard so well done for having a go - but I think as a poll on a global forum, the small/medium/large is a bit conservative.... A very UK N scale point of view!!


I'd rate any layout with a longest dimension of 12' as small, and up to 24' as medium

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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 18 Mar 2009, 14:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Having said that... I still like some layouts with less than total focus:

For example where a layout such as Neils exists I see it not as one hybrid EU/UK layout but as/like "several separate but connected dioramas".... because while Neil combines several themes in one large space, he doesn't mix up the prototypes but models different parts of the layout as different locales - a nice way of keeping harmony while accomodating a wide interest.

regards

Richard
I got this idea from an article in Model Railroader a couple of years ago which suggested a means of modelling several different dioramas when you have limited space. You have to be careful about how you separate them but it does enable you to model multiple interests when space is at a premium.

cheers Neil
 
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