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Author Topic: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage  (Read 625 times)

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Offline Carmont

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Re: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage
« Reply #15 on: Yesterday at 02:07:21 pm »
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With baseboard construction well underway for Charlport Junction it is time to turn my attention to finalising the track plan. The scenario is a ubiquitous GWR junction with double track mainline and single track branch and goods services (with inspiration taken from Charlbury, Halwill Junction and Cleobury Mortimer - you'll not spot much resemblance though).
As always, I expect to have to bend and stretch things a little but for now I would welcome your thoughts and comments on the track plan please (note: all roads L & R lead to fiddle yard behind backscene). Please feel free to comment on any glaring errors, wrong roads etc.etc. before I embark on sectionalising the thing for dc. You will see that the ES is shown in 2 optional places..... I fancy replacing one location with some kind of light industry e.g. agricultural engineers, dairy etc. so welcome comments on which to keep and which to change. Thanks.




I think the plan looks pretty good, and quite interesting to operate.

If it were I, I would have the points at the bottom left, just before the branch-line meets the platform rearranged so it was a trailing point, from the clockwise main-line track's point of view. I would then delete the facing points between the platforms. I think that arrangement would have been more likely for the station layout you have there.

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Re: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage
« Reply #16 on: Yesterday at 05:37:32 pm »
Thanks for taking time out guys....
1) CS = coal staiths
2) Access from clockwise loop - agree this is convoluted but wasn't sure how to "unconvolute" it and keep trailing points -  any suggestions ?
3) My preference was to put a dairy in lieu of lower ES... thanks for the suggestions Nobby & Craig
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Re: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage
« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 05:43:30 pm »
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Thanks Carmont.. that would simplify things as well as improving access - great suggestion
« Last Edit: Yesterday at 05:45:07 pm by DaveGlew »

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Re: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage
« Reply #18 on: Yesterday at 07:31:31 pm »
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Thanks Carmont.. that would simplify things as well as improving access - great suggestion

Prototypically, goods trains travelling clockwise would have two options to access the goods yard. Either stop and run 'round their train at the platform and then cross into the anti-clockwise line to then reverse into the goods yard, OR travel past the station to a run 'round loop further up the line, then return to your station on the anti-clockwise line and then reverse into the goods yard.

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Re: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage
« Reply #19 on: Yesterday at 07:36:01 pm »
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Thanks Carmont.. that would simplify things as well as improving access - great suggestion

Prototypically, goods trains travelling clockwise would have two options to access the goods yard. Either stop and run 'round their train at the platform and then cross into the anti-clockwise line to then reverse into the goods yard, OR travel past the station to a run 'round loop further up the line, then return to your station on the anti-clockwise line and then reverse into the goods yard.
With an Engine Shed on site I was thinking that maybe a Tank Engine stabled locally could pick up the goods rather than relying on a "run round" ?????

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Re: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage
« Reply #20 on: Yesterday at 07:46:19 pm »
I'm not sure. Presumably the only reason to have an engine stabled, would be to work the branch line...so an arriving goods train would have to coincide with the branch train being at the mainline station. It's possible I suppose. I'm not sure how prototypical that would  have been, usually it would have been the train engine that would shunt it's own train.

But that could all be academic depending on how you run your railway. They key is you have to enjoy and be satisfied with how you operate your railway (rule 1, etc.)

I would still change the pointwork, however. I think it would feel and look a lot more satisfying.
« Last Edit: Yesterday at 07:49:36 pm by Carmont, Reason: additional text re shunting. »

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Re: Charlport Junction - N gauge in the garage
« Reply #21 on: Yesterday at 08:18:55 pm »
I'm sold on the pointwork change. As for the ops....... everyday's a schoolday for me..... I appreciate the explanation... Thanks


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