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Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« on: December 13, 2015, 03:54:55 pm »
Hi. Having taken the original Geominster as far as possible and learning a terrific amount along the way I felt it time to start afresh. The prospect of the fiddle yard concept Nelevator has opened a lot of avenues to produce a great layout in the small space I have so it made sense to start again with an almost clean slate except of course for the allocation for Nelevator when it arrives. Exciting times  ;D

This is as far as it has got though, apart from the plan of course which I will put here soon.

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 Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2015, 04:03:50 pm »
Nice bit of Sundeala George!! Looking forwards to seeing the plan and how you get on with the Nelevator.
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Size matters - especially if you don't have a lot of space - and N gauge is the answer!

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2015, 04:04:39 pm »
Thanks for the update, George. I have enjoyed watching your progress with Geominster but I am sure that your new layout will be even better with all that you have learned. I look forward to watching your progress with this new layout.

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2015, 04:06:25 pm »
Nice bit of Sundeala George!! Looking forwards to seeing the plan and how you get on with the Nelevator.
 :beers:

Thanks Bob, a Christmas startup possibly depending on commitments.
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 Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2015, 04:28:56 pm »
As a confirmed Sundeala user I like your 'blank canvas', George.
Don't forget to 'condition' the board before you use it (full details can be found on their website)

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2015, 04:35:20 pm »
As a confirmed Sundeala user I like your 'blank canvas', George.
Don't forget to 'condition' the board before you use it (full details can be found on their website)

It will be a few days before I can do anything with it as I am busy leading into Christmas and it was quite a shape courtesy of Travis Perkins, but cuts very well with little waste, the new layout being approximately 3600mm x 750mm so 3 x 1200mm pieces from the sheet fitted perfectly.  :laughabovepost:
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 Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2015, 04:48:19 pm »
Careful use of a circular saw and jig saw (followed by a light filing) can produce good shapes by even one such as I who can turn perfectly good materials into  :poop: :-[
Unless conditioned, it will have a tendency to warp despite cross bracing, though.
If you have bought the 9mm thickness it can also make good platforms of odd shapes if required which then just need topping by some 2mm material e.g. card, plasticard etc.
Please remember if sawing Sundeala to wear a safety mask as the dust is quite hazardous.

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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2015, 04:56:00 pm »
Sounds like a good choice of material then Mick, I thought it was a safe material to use anyway out with the dust mask and steamed up glasses it will be. Offcuts for platforms I had not thought of but sounds really good although I may use mdf I have because I want to bore out some of the base so I can have surface connections for lighting etc. Time will tell I guess.
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 Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2015, 05:03:05 pm »
The Plan!

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 Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2015, 05:03:53 pm »
Sounds like a good choice of material then Mick, I thought it was a safe material to use anyway out with the dust mask and steamed up glasses it will be. Offcuts for platforms I had not thought of but sounds really good although I may use mdf I have because I want to bore out some of the base so I can have surface connections for lighting etc. Time will tell I guess.

If you possess (or have access to a belt sander) the ramps for platforms can be quite easily formed, George. :thumbsup:

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Re: Geominster Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2015, 05:06:28 pm »
The Plan!


Very nice! Love those curves (almost as nice as Liz Hurley) :D ;)

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« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2015, 05:07:19 pm »
I do indeed Mick along with far too many other tools and machinery being a retired carpenter & joiner.  :laughabovepost:
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 Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2015, 05:08:59 pm »
The Plan!


Very nice! Love those curves (almost as nice as Liz Hurley) :D ;)

The previous layout was far too train set so I also wanted a sweeping facia so by following the tracks I get some room space centrally and also not so much scenic work  :laugh3:
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 Mainline & Heritage Railway
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2015, 05:21:09 pm »
The Plan!


Very nice! Love those curves (almost as nice as Liz Hurley) :D ;)

The previous layout was far too train set so I also wanted a sweeping facia so by following the tracks I get some room space centrally and also not so much scenic work  :laugh3:
Looking good George. I'm guessing those curves at the end are radius 2 or 3 (or there abouts). They look really tight on my layout and I've hidden those curves. Might be worth thinking about some way to break up the look of those tight curves.
Love the station area and a nice big area to show off your locos.
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Size matters - especially if you don't have a lot of space - and N gauge is the answer!

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« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2015, 05:55:15 pm »
Hi Bob, they are radius 3 and 4 and will be on view but I hope to put a road bridge on one or both so partly concealing the full extent of the curve. I have the suspension bridge to use if I can and was thinking an end to end going nowhere automatic controlled back and forth loco maybe. Not keen on tunnels but I may create an embankment alongside one curve and take the focal point off the track. I am hoping to build an easy access trouble free layout. I hope the sweeping station area is a big focal point. Nelevator has created ideas I would never have thought of. I must confess that there has also been a lot of input from a good friend who has stimulated ideas and I have found an extra pair of eyes a great help. Thanks Tim.  :beers:
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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