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Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:33:22 am »
As a complete novice never having owned a trainset let alone a model railway I took the plunge last April after tinkering with OO and discovering there was no room available to have a decent layout. So sold all the OO and funded this venture.

I am not really that bothered about prototypical but wanted a layout I could build to suit MY ideas and give me a challenge, Geominster has evolved after a lot of planning on Anyrail. There have been additions and alterations since the planning stage and a whole lot of learning. It has now reached the stage where all is working and some scenery etc started.

Here are the beginnings. Anyrail plan still subject to alterations and improvements, track laid loosely on the baseboard. I constructed the baseboard to swivel on the end supports to save me working from the floor as I am not as agile as I used to be, this turned out to be a great idea and made for simple wiring.




 I will add more photos as time permits. Hopefully over the festive period I can progress with this thread.

I just hope that anyone who is hesitating starting this great hobby can perhaps take encouragement to take the plunge and have a go.
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2013, 11:46:01 am »
You have plenty track for running trains there George and I will look forward to your future posts showing the progress of your layout.  Do have any plans for buildings in the central areas?

cheers John.

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2013, 11:52:27 am »
Hi John.

The whole project started way back April 2013, so as you can imagine there has been a lot of progress and mistakes made along the way, I am just placing about 16 locomotives on there if possible and still leaving some room to run through them, as everyone in the family are expected over the Christmas period I am hoping to show off the progress.

There is a main line station in the centre section and upper level which is difficult to see from the plan.

Will post some photos later as they are already on pc ready to upload.

Geo.
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2013, 11:56:40 am »
Good work and welcome to the forum. Nice track plan - looks like you'll get a lot of pleasure from it. Nice to see you've got to grips with the basic rule: build it to suit yourself and no-one else - no-one should tell you it's "wrong"! And on here I don't think anyone will; we all seem to be very liberal and tolerant of anything N gauge, which is really good.

More photos please - especially your swivel idea: sounds intriguing.

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2013, 12:08:31 pm »
The next stage was to lay cork underlay and construct the slope and raised area.




Viewed from the opposite end as building progresses.

 

Hindsight being what it is I should have either cut and fitted the sheet ballast I later used at this stage or used loose ballast, however I learned something by not doing it now.

I used fishplates with wire already soldered as droppers to connect later, perhaps should mention that this layout was always intended to be DCC run.

Point motor holes should also been provided prior to laying and fixing track - another lesson learnt.

to be continued.....
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2013, 12:23:33 pm »
Sorry I should have started with these two photographs showing the construction of the baseboard and leg assembly allowing me to swivel the baseboard to work on underneath without crawling on the floor!




I had intended to possibly show this layout so I made two end supports connected by four removable timber interlocking cross members, no screws or fixings required on the cross members. Attached to the end supports are two swivel blocks at each internal corner which hold the baseboard in place when the correct way up and support the weight when inverted.



Showing the swivel blocks which secure the top when in place.



The overall height of the layout is 1150mm and the length 2050mm x 750mm ( approximately a standard internal door size). I made it that high so it would clear a storage unit indoors underneath it and still swivel above and without moving it.


I hope that the above while out of sequence with the build explains the swivel principle I developed.



photograph of underside of baseboard sorry about poor quality picture by phone.

to be continued....
« Last Edit: December 23, 2013, 12:37:51 pm by georgehgv »
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2013, 03:21:04 pm »
I am very impressed with your progress, and am sure your visitors will be, too :thumbsup:

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2013, 04:01:52 pm »
That's a fantastic idea for rolling the board over for ease of wiring.
The layout itself looks great so far.
I look forward to following your progress.
Your workshop certainly looks like your used to working in wood etc. (I is jealous)
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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2013, 09:16:09 pm »
(I is jealous)

Tut Tut - shouldn't that be 'I are jealous' :laugh:

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2013, 09:17:55 pm »
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2013, 11:26:54 pm »

 I really like the swivel baseboard idea. Wish I had thought of that.

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2013, 05:43:20 am »
Is very useful to swivel board especially when beginning layout, not so helpful when layout is built up and rolling stock on it and you realise that there is a slight blip somewhere!! That causes a hesitation and reluctance to "just turn it over".

If I have an issue or need to add something I usually make small list and do all the bits at the same time, unless of course it is something major.
Geominster was my first project which has now been dismantled.

Having learnt so much from Geominster this is the new project.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=30850.0

The original layout progress here
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=18319.msg184399#msg184399

Visit my new website here
http://georgehgv.wix.com/geominster

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2013, 06:49:21 am »
Great idea - swivel baseboard :thankyousign:
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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2013, 08:45:13 am »
 :no: :no: whaha, in holland they have invented a new word swaffel therapeut ( not sure if google will translate this. )

anyway, very nice layout and plan, look forward to see the development

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Re: Geominster a first time Layout by a complete novice
« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2013, 11:43:24 am »
Mate that is all very neat work, and the latest pics showing the upper level have put it all into better perspective for me.

Your swivelling baseboard has certainly gained forum approval judging by the above posts, and by heck, after grovelling around on a concrete floor under my baseboard for a couple of days, I can see why!

Look forward to further reports!

Merry Christmas!  :beers:

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