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Title: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 15, 2018, 02:51:57 pm
Thought I would open a thread for my new layout. Had many false starts but positive this one will reach completion. Not sure what the name of the layout will be, so called it where it will be situated. Boards are build, just need to work out track levels for each part of plan.

I hope to give the plan a Scottish feel. Was going to go with a three line plan but just doesn't feel Scottish enough with mainly single and double lines in Scotland. The station plan is taken from a Ian Futers plan of a what if terminus at Cromarty. Both parts give me something different, the bottom will have trains running continuously and the top part will give a little shunting and running. Plans are below. Will be DCC.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/825-150518145009.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65333)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/825-150518145057.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65334)

Hope to post regular with my progress. Electrics should be fairly straightforward as not many points to worry about.

Dave
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: weave on May 15, 2018, 03:58:37 pm
Hi barneyadi,

Sounds interesting. Welcome aboard and looking forward to your build.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: GreyWolf on May 15, 2018, 06:14:12 pm
I hope to give the plan a Scottish feel. Was going to go with a three line plan but just doesn't feel Scottish enough with mainly single and double lines in Scotland. ... Will be DCC.
Dave

Gets my vote ... I'm already looking forward to feeling haim sick!

Cheers  :beers:
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: barneyadi on May 16, 2018, 01:56:09 pm
So this is the first pic of the layout. Have loosely laid some of the track to see how it looks. Need to work out how I am going to do different heights for the tracks. Think I will raise the double track slightly and then the station track use supports to raise it up.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/825-160518135511.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65375)
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: Caz on May 16, 2018, 07:50:18 pm
So this is the first pic of the layout. Have loosely laid some of the track to see how it looks. Need to work out how I am going to do different heights for the tracks. Think I will raise the double track slightly and then the station track use supports to raise it up.


([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/825-160518135511.jpeg[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65375[/url])


From little acorns, great things grow, looking forward to seeing it develop.
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: barneyadi on May 16, 2018, 07:55:34 pm
Well there is a chance I might change things, but will use this same thread all the same. Just deciding how much to trust my limited modelling skills.
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: barneyadi on May 17, 2018, 01:38:56 pm
I just guessed I would change my mind again. I think a it is my first layout that keeping things simple is the way to go. I have a new plan I found which meets my needs and which I could do on a flat board but might go over a river to give a different perspective. I want a small town scene too so think it affords the space and might work better. Have picture of track loosely laid but will do an anyrail plan later.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/825-170518133846.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65409)
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: barneyadi on May 17, 2018, 01:58:03 pm
Here is a anyrail plan of what I am thinking of. If anyone has seen the layout 'Blue is the Colour', this plan should look similar.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/825-170518135754.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65410)
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: Caz on May 17, 2018, 07:26:57 pm
Think you might need a crossover between the up and down (fy) tracks otherwise the up (clockwise) trains can't access the sidings.    :idea:
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: barneyadi on May 17, 2018, 07:37:12 pm
Think you might need a crossover between the up and down (fy) tracks otherwise the up (clockwise) trains can't access the sidings.    :idea:

Thanks Caz

The reasoning behind not having a crossover is for the two outside lines are main line whereas the inner line is a sort of branch terminus with a goods or engine shed and only a rare goods train might reverse onto mainline and go anticlockwise.
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: Caz on May 17, 2018, 07:42:15 pm
Even up trains would need access to the yard to collect empties for return.  A trailing crossover would suffice.
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: barneyadi on May 17, 2018, 08:16:58 pm
Thanks Caz

I understand where you are coming from but might still do without the crossover. The original layout that had this plan seemed to get on ok without a crossover so will probably go without one as well.
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: barneyadi on May 18, 2018, 02:52:43 pm
I have very kindly been sent the original trackplan for 'Blue is the Colour' by it's owner Norman. I have transferred it to a anyrail plan, below. I have enquired of him as to the reasoning for no crossover from outer track to sidings and waiting to hear back. The side of the plan will be different as I have 4ft depth whereas the original was only 2ft 6.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/825-180518145230.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65457)
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: Carmont on May 18, 2018, 03:10:19 pm
Another vote here for a trailing crossover to allow departing trains to reach the "left-hand side of the road"........
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: barneyadi on May 18, 2018, 04:02:07 pm
Ok guys, very confused as to what is meant by a trailing crossover and where it should be put?

Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: barneyadi on May 18, 2018, 07:15:59 pm
So thanks to advice this is revised plan with crossover included. Is it in right place?


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/825-180518191544.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65474)
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: Caz on May 18, 2018, 07:29:04 pm
Yup, that's a trailing crossover, will give access to the yard from the up line so you're set to go.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: Carmont on May 18, 2018, 07:46:17 pm
Thatís the fella!
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: barneyadi on May 18, 2018, 08:00:45 pm
Is there any problem that it is in the middle of the station area?

Have been in contact with the layout plan's designer who said a crossover was not included to keep it fast moving, but on a private layout he would include it.
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: Caz on May 18, 2018, 08:08:07 pm
I think you've got it in the most logical position but it could be anywhere within station limits and give direct access to the yard.  Gives you so much more operational potential.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bedroom 2 layout
Post by: barneyadi on May 20, 2018, 12:02:24 pm
Here is a finalised plan for my layout.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/825-200518115356.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65535)

Have marked on the station building, signal box and goods or loco shed. Also marked for a level crossing. I have a list of wants for the layout.

1. Station buildings based on the Port Road structures of south west Scotland. Have plans for them so some scratchbuilding will be fun.
2. A level crossing. Would be great to have a working one, so if anyone can suggest one that would be great, or if not just lights flashing would be fine.
3. Upto date signalling, and working. Again any suggestions most welcome.
4. Town scene will be card, have some Scalescenes and Smart Models building to make. Especially want a church, school and a pub. Then some shops and houses. If anyone knows of another card building supplier or maybe something else I should look at, would be much appreciated.
5. Some sort of terrain both sides to run track off to fiddle yard. Possibly on the left an embankment and then tunnels or bridges on the right.
6. Will be DCC so trying to keep electrics as simple as possible. Need a few more SL-E395f points for fiddle yard, but found out they are been replaced with universal ones, what is up with that?

Although will be a flat layout I hope to add some height interest with tunnels etc. As my first proper layout I thought best to keep it simple. If I have missed anything you think I should think about please let me know.

Dave
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 21, 2018, 11:53:45 am
Have decided to rename layout to something that matches what I am trying to do. So 'A touch of Scotch' it is.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: Snowwolflair on May 21, 2018, 12:00:47 pm
Have decided to rename layout to something that matches what I am trying to do. So 'A touch of Scotch' it is.

single malt I trust. :)
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: NeMo on May 21, 2018, 12:18:22 pm
Is there any way to move the platforms a bit further forwards, so the trailing crossover is situated before the platforms themselves?

One practical reason is that long wheelbase locos and wagons may collide with the platform edge as they reverse out of the Up line into the siding. The other reason is a question of realism. While I'm sure what you've got here happens, I don't think it's terribly common.

Curved platforms also do tend to look a bit more interesting as well, I think.

You could ditch the level crossing straight and move the platforms forwards without having to do much else. Either have a curved level crossing (easy enough to build with a bit of filler and plastic card) or replace it with a bridge if you needed road access there. Otherwise shift the level crossing closer to the trailing crossover and signal box.

Cheers, NeMo
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: Bealman on May 21, 2018, 12:23:07 pm
Agree with above.

I like the idea of the working level crossing, and you could even do working gates with servos and sensors.

Just caught onto this while sitting at a street bar in Kyoto, but would like you to know I'm paying attention and looking forward to developments!  :beers:
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 21, 2018, 02:17:46 pm
Is there any way to move the platforms a bit further forwards, so the trailing crossover is situated before the platforms themselves?

One practical reason is that long wheelbase locos and wagons may collide with the platform edge as they reverse out of the Up line into the siding. The other reason is a question of realism. While I'm sure what you've got here happens, I don't think it's terribly common.

Curved platforms also do tend to look a bit more interesting as well, I think.

You could ditch the level crossing straight and move the platforms forwards without having to do much else. Either have a curved level crossing (easy enough to build with a bit of filler and plastic card) or replace it with a bridge if you needed road access there. Otherwise shift the level crossing closer to the trailing crossover and signal box.

Cheers, NeMo

I did think of moving the points nearer to the right but was concerned the branch line train would come round bend and then straight on to a point, not sure if that would work or not. I definitely want a level crossing and to put it to the right of the station just doesn't work for me. And I have never seen a curved one, although sure there will be one or two around. A curved platform had crossed my mind but would prefer to keep this one straight.

Agree with above.

I like the idea of the working level crossing, and you could even do working gates with servos and sensors.

Just caught onto this while sitting at a street bar in Kyoto, but would like you to know I'm paying attention and looking forward to developments!  :beers:

Have looked into working level crossing, got a couple of leads I am following up.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 21, 2018, 02:19:14 pm
Here is a quick plan of the trailing crossover moved more to the right. And then my query on point straight after bend.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/825-210518141823.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65567)
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: Newportnobby on May 21, 2018, 03:12:58 pm
Make the point a RH one as part of the bend, as in.................

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/264-210518151107-655472392.jpeg)
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 21, 2018, 03:44:37 pm
So something like this?

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/825-210518154422.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65569)
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: Newportnobby on May 21, 2018, 04:50:05 pm
Yep. However it fits best but you'll get better running that way than a point after the curve.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: 25901JFM on May 23, 2018, 08:19:30 am
Yep. However it fits best but you'll get better running that way than a point after the curve.


Hi Mick, how about a right hand curved point rather than a normal right hand point?  That may look more natural.

John
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: Newportnobby on May 23, 2018, 09:33:26 am
Yep. However it fits best but you'll get better running that way than a point after the curve.



Hi Mick, how about a right hand curved point rather than a normal right hand point?  That may look more natural.

John


@25901JFM (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4449)
By "however it fits best" I meant the choice of point is really dictated by the radius of the overall curve so not to put a small point in a large curve. I agree a large curved point would look better and may give better running but that may throw out the geometry of the crossing.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: 25901JFM on May 23, 2018, 11:28:19 am
Yep. However it fits best but you'll get better running that way than a point after the curve.



Hi Mick, how about a right hand curved point rather than a normal right hand point?  That may look more natural.

John


@25901JFM ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4449[/url])
By "however it fits best" I meant the choice of point is really dictated by the radius of the overall curve so not to put a small point in a large curve. I agree a large curved point would look better and may give better running but that may throw out the geometry of the crossing.



Good point Mick [pun not intended, honest!].  Obviously that will be a decision best made by @barneyadi (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=825) and I guess it will depend on what track is being used for the layout.
John
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 23, 2018, 11:57:00 am
Yep. However it fits best but you'll get better running that way than a point after the curve.



Hi Mick, how about a right hand curved point rather than a normal right hand point?  That may look more natural.

John


@25901JFM ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4449[/url])
By "however it fits best" I meant the choice of point is really dictated by the radius of the overall curve so not to put a small point in a large curve. I agree a large curved point would look better and may give better running but that may throw out the geometry of the crossing.



Good point Mick [pun not intended, honest!].  Obviously that will be a decision best made by @barneyadi ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=825[/url]) and I guess it will depend on what track is being used for the layout.
John



I'm using code 55 flexitrack. Would either be a medium point but a curved point had crossed my mind. Will do a anyrail test to see how it flows.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 23, 2018, 01:33:58 pm
This is what it looks like with a curved point. Looks ok to be but any comments?


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/825-230518133352.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65606)
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: Innovationgame on May 23, 2018, 02:24:55 pm
That looks fine to me.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: Newportnobby on May 23, 2018, 02:50:39 pm
Fine with me, too
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 23, 2018, 03:45:35 pm
That looks fine to me.
Fine with me, too

Cheers guys, so finally got to the final plan. Yippee
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 25, 2018, 02:31:14 pm
Decided to tidy the train room before starting, so I know where everything is before I start. Have ordered a curved point so hopefully that will come soon. Have added platforms etc to plan (see below), just wondering if people had thoughts of where best to put the signal box? Is it fine where it is or would it be better between the branch and inside main line?


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/825-250518143106.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65644)
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: Newportnobby on May 25, 2018, 02:55:23 pm
It's in the right place as far as railway operations go but I have a concern it is too far away from the level crossing. However, I can't see it's possible to move the LC nearer to the signal box.
Maybe it needs an ex signalman to enlighten us.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: 25901JFM on May 25, 2018, 05:26:23 pm
I'm not paying enough attention, what era is the layout set in please?  You could have a crossing keeper in a small ground cabin the signals protecting the crossing being slotted with the signal box.  For a current example take a look at Staverton on the South Devon Railway.  The original box deals with the gated level crossing and the "new" box controls the passing loop at the Buckfastleigh end of Staverton.  Alternatively if it is a later era the crossing could be a full barrier affair controlled by CCTV from the signal box or if it is a minor road an automatic half barrier crossing, which would be controlled by the passage of trains.  Unfortunately I am a current signalman rather than an ex signalman with knowledge of what used to be...
John
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 25, 2018, 05:57:25 pm
Will be non specific era wise however with a modern feel if that helps.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: The Q on May 26, 2018, 08:03:34 pm
An interesting layout, my only point is that Highland lines were effectively long branch lines . So your double track once out of the  main station should return to being single track.
Highland railways were generally single track, with single track branches, the light railway order of 1902 envisioned a single track from Cromerty  to Conon and got within 6 miles of Cromarty when WW1 got in the way and was never completed.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 26, 2018, 09:43:56 pm
An interesting layout, my only point is that Highland lines were effectively long branch lines . So your double track once out of the  main station should return to being single track.
Highland railways were generally single track, with single track branches, the light railway order of 1902 envisioned a single track from Cromerty  to Conon and got within 6 miles of Cromarty when WW1 got in the way and was never completed.


Thats partly why i just want a scottish feel to the layout instead of being area specific. Can fully appreciate the single line idea, but for running think a double line is the way to go.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 29, 2018, 01:49:23 pm
So I am all ready to start laying track. Does anyone else get nervous at this stage or is it just me?

I am going to be using woodland scenic track bed, so my thought is to lay track bed first and then track. Any thoughts on if I should lay the curved track first or the straights? Any other tips/advice that might help me?

Cheers

Dave
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: Carmont on May 29, 2018, 02:14:27 pm
I would lay the crossover first. That gives you a good anchor to radiate the rest of the layout from.

With regards the signal box, you may wish to consider a platform based one, not at all unheard of in Scotland.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 29, 2018, 03:13:18 pm
Can anyone post a link to some cork for track bed purposes. Just want to compare the two types.

Thanks
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: Newportnobby on May 29, 2018, 03:31:00 pm
Consider it done...........

http://www.charlescantrill.com/shop/model-railway/ (http://www.charlescantrill.com/shop/model-railway/)
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 29, 2018, 03:35:34 pm
Consider it done...........

[url]http://www.charlescantrill.com/shop/model-railway/[/url] ([url]http://www.charlescantrill.com/shop/model-railway/[/url])


Thanks. How about curves in cork? Do you just cut them out of a square sheet? What thickness and width are best for N?
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: Newportnobby on May 29, 2018, 03:44:46 pm
So I am all ready to start laying track. Does anyone else get nervous at this stage or is it just me?

I am going to be using woodland scenic track bed, so my thought is to lay track bed first and then track. Any thoughts on if I should lay the curved track first or the straights? Any other tips/advice that might help me?

Cheers

Dave


As you're using code 55 I'd ensure I have all the right tools to hand. My preference would be for:-

Xuron track cutters
Safety goggles (small offcuts whizzing about your ears can be dangerous)
Some needle files
A full set of Tracksettas (including a straight one)
Plenty of metal and nylon rail joiners (and the knowledge of where to site the nylon ones)
Some way of fixing the track in place before ballasting. This could be track pins, map pins or screws - your choice.
A swear box (believe me - you'll be able to afford a new loco when you've finished)

I tend to lay pointwork first and then move outwards from there.

Consider it done...........

[url]http://www.charlescantrill.com/shop/model-railway/[/url] ([url]http://www.charlescantrill.com/shop/model-railway/[/url])


Thanks. How about curves in cork? Do you just cut them out of a square sheet? What thickness is best for N?



It's been ages since I used cork but I believe the best way is to have the cork under the track in 2 x lengthways pieces as you can actually curve them providing the radius is not too tight.
Your choice of ballast shoulder decrees what thickness but just remember you need the same thickness under buildings/platforms etc
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on May 30, 2018, 03:04:24 pm
Thanks, local model shop had a couple of types of cork, went for the gaugemaster cork, the unballasted one. Looks ok and has fixed my spacing problem.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on June 04, 2018, 01:42:58 pm
Am driving myself nuts about track bed. In the pick below would I be right in just laying straight bits in the red box, but to curve the track bed in the yellow box?


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/825-040618134252.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66049)
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: Newportnobby on June 04, 2018, 03:51:35 pm
If you're using individual track width underlay just lay straights in the red box and between the points of the crossover (just cut the ends diagonally off the short piece between the points.)
In the yellow box just run straights and then when you lay a straight piece for the siding or wherever that line goes, just cut the end diagonally so it meets the straight properly.
If you're using sheet material then place rectangles of it under each point and trim away what you don't need.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on June 05, 2018, 07:10:27 pm
Have finally started laying some track bed. It seems to go down ok, just pva glue seems to work.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/825-050618191021.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66076)
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on June 05, 2018, 09:07:28 pm
Would I be right in thinking I need to leave a little more space between the rails on the curves?
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: Innovationgame on June 05, 2018, 09:15:04 pm
The tracks look a little close to me.  Normal PW spacings should be about 25mm (from centre to centre) but with model railway curve radii, 30mm might be more appropriate on curves.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on June 05, 2018, 09:17:45 pm
The tracks look a little close to me.  Normal PW spacings should be about 25mm (from centre to centre) but with model railway curve radii, 30mm might be more appropriate on curves.

Thanks, 26mm between the straight tracks, have measured the curves and 27mm, so will edge them away from each other to 30mm. Thought i would ask before laying track bed.
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on June 08, 2018, 07:10:02 pm
Just a couple of pics of my progress re the track bed so far. If anyone sees anything wrong, please let me know.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/825-080618190922.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66201)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/825-080618190957.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66202)
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on June 09, 2018, 01:57:57 pm
I have come across one minor glitch. The space between my inner line and branch line is only 60mm. So rules out a few stations I like. I could put it on the outer line where I have 80mm. So question I have is can it be on either line, or is it practice to put the station on a specific side?
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on June 19, 2018, 01:59:49 pm
Hit a slight snag with trackbed as the cork underlay and woodland scenic stuff are different height, so ordered some rolls of cork and know all trackbed down in scenic and non scenic areas. Next step is track laying.

On a side note picked up a box full of Railway Modellers from late 60's to mid 70's, all in very good condition. Will be good to look back at old layouts and maybe pick up a tip or two. 
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: barneyadi on June 26, 2018, 11:09:48 am
Quick silly question. What size hole do I need for a peco point motor fitted from underneath. Is it 10mm?
Title: Re: A touch of Scotch
Post by: Innovationgame on June 26, 2018, 12:48:15 pm
Quick silly question. What size hole do I need for a peco point motor fitted from underneath. Is it 10mm?
8mm is sufficient (that's what all mine are) but 10mm will be fine.  At  first I tried making a slot, but you have to be very accurate and I found a hole to be better.  It can be masked later, if required.