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A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« on: July 22, 2017, 03:50:08 pm »
Every Table-Top Railway needs a table and this one, featuring splendid 'sixties formica, has been in our family for half a century. 



The table top is very heavy and is the wrong size, so it had better go!



Now to get to work on a new table top.

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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2017, 01:36:18 pm »
Hello

The weather this weekend has kept me out of the garden so I have been able to make a new table top from 9mm MDF with 9mm Sundeala on top.  I used offcuts left over from previous projects to save them going to waste, which means that both the MDF and Sundeala layers have joins.




The plates are a temporary feature and are to encourage the Sundeala to get used to the idea of lying flat on the MDF.

This is the easiest baseboard that I have ever built!  Incidentally, the legs are easily detachable (wingnuts with a good Whitworth thread) so that the baseboard can sit on top of a bench to allow work to take place.

I wanted the baseboard dimensions to comply with the Golden Ratio to give a pleasing prospect, which means that it has worked out (with a bit of rounding) at 39 inches by 24 inches.  Here is an immediate advantage of British 'N' Gauge, as this would have been 6'6" x 4' in '00'.

The idea of the Table-Top Railway is to create, in British 'N' Gauge, the kind of 'train set' layout that I would have been transfixed by as a boy.  Back then, it would almost certainly have been a six by four with Hornby Dublo or Tri-ang trains whizzing round.  At least the dimensions are right.

Thank you very much for looking.

Best Wishes.

John
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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2017, 01:50:25 pm »
Looks like a good start.

I agree, we sometimes get too bogged down in the details and forget about the sheer fun of playing trains. If you're part of a young family, being able to share this pleasure with children is especially rewarding!

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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2017, 01:58:41 pm »
A neat solution John. Having decided to prioritise spending on MBH's garden make-over rather than my shed build, I think I need to consider a compact project too.
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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2017, 02:16:22 pm »
That looks good, a pair of ovals, a siding, small station etc
and a couple of trains running round, plenty of enjoyment.

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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2017, 04:12:24 pm »
I feel inevitably the tracks will follow the baseboard edges so I'd consider what can prevent 'plummeting' should there be a derailment :hmmm: If you have a cheap source of clear plastic/perspex that would do.

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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2017, 04:18:31 pm »
I feel inevitably the tracks will follow the baseboard edges so I'd consider what can prevent 'plummeting' should there be a derailment

Agree -- from bitter experience!

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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2017, 04:21:22 pm »
Even with diesels - buffers and other small details are vulnerable - again from experience. So as a certain American gentleman would say - build that wall!!  :) :beers:
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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2017, 09:27:07 pm »
So as a certain American gentleman would say - build that wall!!  :) :beers:

He is also stating it must be made from clear material ;D

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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2017, 01:41:27 am »
looks like a good idea, one to consider for the grandkids, could also double as a test track.

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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2017, 02:24:03 am »
A very nostalgic project.  :thumbsup:
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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2017, 01:28:44 pm »
Just the thing for Kato Unitrack??
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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2017, 05:04:48 pm »
Thank you very much for your helpful and encouraging comments.

I feel inevitably the tracks will follow the baseboard edges so I'd consider what can prevent 'plummeting' should there be a derailment :hmmm: If you have a cheap source of clear plastic/perspex that would do.

An excellent suggestion, thank you NPN.  You are completely correct, the tracks will certainly follow the baseboard edges as that was very much the norm for the layout designs of around fifty years ago which serve as my inspiration.  The more recent trend away from tracks parallel to the baseboard edges is surely a good thing as far as realism is concerned but would not capture the essence of what I hope to achieve. 

Just the thing for Kato Unitrack??

Kato Unitrack is an excellent product and part of a complete system, all of which, from my own experience, works very well indeed and I recommend it highly.  However, for the Table-Top Railway, I'm attempting to capture some of the look of the layouts which fascinated me as a child.  For this particular use, and I gladly accept it is a rather  peculiar one, Peco 'Setrack' with its lovely code 80 rail is the very thing, as it will hopefully give an impression of the Tri-ang Hornby 'Super 4' track that I remember  I am also attempting to use British and Commonwealth made products as much as reasonably practicable for this project, so the Devon-made 'Setrack' is ideal.

With many thanks and best wishes.

John


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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2017, 08:06:00 pm »
John - does this mean all locos and rolling stock are likely to be Poole Farish as far as UK outline goes?

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Re: A Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2017, 08:10:18 pm »
Sounds like an excellent plan to me.
Are you intending that scenery will be very limited such as platforms, signal boxes, bridges and tunnels just "plonked" in place just as it was on my 00 layout 50 years ago?
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