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12" x 24" layout
« on: January 17, 2012, 07:42:20 pm »
YES ITS VERY SMALL

This is a practice layout before i start new garage layout.

im trying some new ideas out regards to points and am going to use a spoke from a bike wheel to control the points
and a wire block as a handle.
Im a little stuck as how to make the grove for the spokes to sit in on the baseboard any ideas. Im thinking a sharp ended screwdriver and a small hammer  :-\

This layout will only really hold a few wagons and my class 08 but its the practice of laying ballast and track im after.

Any thoughts or help would be great.  :-*


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Re: 12" x 24" layout
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2012, 07:51:52 pm »
Hi Findus,

Looks like a nice little shunting layout.

Sorry if I have misread your thread but are you planning to put the point control spokes in a grove on the surface of the board? If so, won't the scenic scatter/detail clog up the groves/spokes?

Have you thought of the wire in the tube method that goes underneath the board?

Alex :wave:

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Re: 12" x 24" layout
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2012, 07:56:05 pm »
To make the grooves you need a router of some kind, or just use a handsaw and a chisel.

I wouldn't use set track points on the main layout if I were you - they always make my stock derail.

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Re: 12" x 24" layout
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2012, 08:02:30 pm »
Hi Findus,

Looks like a nice little shunting layout.

Sorry if I have misread your thread but are you planning to put the point control spokes in a grove on the surface of the board? If so, won't the scenic scatter/detail clog up the groves/spokes?

Have you thought of the wire in the tube method that goes underneath the board?

Alex :wave:

Hi alex ,i plan is to run the spokes in a grove cut into the top of the board and then cover with card or something along them lines, then cover the grove and cover with scatter so no mess will get near the spokes.
Your idea about under the layout is good i could use a nail and a wire guide to direct the spoke to its correct place and better still it means less work.

thanks  :thumbsup:


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Re: 12" x 24" layout
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2012, 08:04:52 pm »
To make the grooves you need a router of some kind, or just use a handsaw and a chisel.

I wouldn't use set track points on the main layout if I were you - they always make my stock derail.

I think alex has hit it on the head for me under the layout means less work  :D

Im planning on using finescale on my garage layout so no worries about derailing, plus will look so much better than set track.

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Re: 12" x 24" layout
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2012, 09:31:36 pm »
i would go for under the layout too.far less complicated if in the future something goes wrong to fix and no lifting the scenery to get to the problem :thumbsup:
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Re: 12" x 24" layout
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2012, 03:24:11 am »
Looks like an interesting start - it'll be no small wonder how you'll get cars around with such short headshunts!  :o

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Re: 12" x 24" layout
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2012, 12:04:39 pm »
To make the grooves you need a router of some kind, or just use a handsaw and a chisel.

I wouldn't use set track points on the main layout if I were you - they always make my stock derail.

You are so right there about set track points derailling

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Re: 12" x 24" layout
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2012, 02:26:10 pm »
have you got an idea of what industies you are going to place and the trains required? Or have you looked at what will fit phisically.
This is nothing to do with astetics but:


if the train come in on the right hand track 3rd up from the bottom then to access the bottom right sidings, or the top right one, then you would need to fit everything you want to move onto the middle left siding.


I see nothing is fixed down so its not too late to change things. I have built layouts before where there was no fun in operating, thus there was no motivation to continue/complete the layout :(

No shame, just education :)
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Re: 12" x 24" layout
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2012, 06:36:44 pm »
You read my mind, as i need to change the way im doing my points under the board i have gone and brought 2 bits of shelf now giving me 12"x48" so now can have more headshunt..

Now this little test layout is going to come to life! me and my little on have been on ebay spending money on buildings and bits... this was going to be a simple use all my spare layout and now im 65 down  :smiley-laughing:

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Re: 12" x 24" layout
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2012, 06:56:24 pm »
if your still up for ideas. what about the floating skelf kits from B&Q? there is a metal brkt that goes on the wall with 2 spikes protruding. the shelf slides on and off the spikes and the thickness of the board should allow all wiring to be concealed.

As another plus, you could use this as the crux of an arguement as to why the family should let you display the models in the main part of the house.
Cheers
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Re: 12" x 24" layout
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2012, 04:08:43 pm »
has anybody tried this before?

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i have plenty of tube and bits around from my hydro bleed kit for my bike brakes..

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Re: 12" x 24" layout
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2012, 04:20:16 pm »
N Gauge meets Scrapheap Challenge!  :smiley-laughing: Brilliant idea.

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Re: 12" x 24" layout
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2012, 07:10:11 pm »
oh dear i found a bigger bit of wood and found more track so now i have a full loop and a little more playing scope..
now back to my point control, im really thinking wire in tube or surface rods where the best place to get the bits needed?

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Re: 12" x 24" layout
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2012, 02:05:29 am »
I like that pneumatics!
anyone else thinking compressor and small dual action slaves? with lever operated solenoids?
Cheers
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