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Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« on: September 10, 2016, 11:04:58 am »
Welcome to Southgrove!

This is a continuation and development of my topic "Expanding Unitrack by home-made modules/sections" http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16430.0
It also incorporates some models, concepts and names from "Fisherlea" http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16210.msg161218#msg161218

The layout name is a combination of two areas of Portsmouth where I attended school, yet remaining somewhat generic.

Unlike my previous efforts, it's fully modular based on Kato Unitrack and DioTown geometry and subject to change depending on the amount of room available.

Southgrove was designated as a new town with the full range of commerce, housing and leisure services, with station and integrated bus links.
The railway will be seen as just one part of its overall development. Its streets, shops and other buildings will be named after former fellow schoolmates.

For starters, here's Priory FC:



This still awaits fencing, turnstiles, goalposts and other football ground fittings.

And here's Goodhill Athletics Club's running track:



The clubhouse has yet to be built with associated parking and there'll be provision for field events.

« Last Edit: September 10, 2016, 05:13:23 pm by gc4946, Reason: Corrected terminology »

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2016, 11:51:31 am »
Hate football, however love your Footy ground.  More info how or where from ?  I have a large area on my layout that needs something of that size to hide some low level tracks.
I believe one of the Japanese "little people" makers do soccer teams in N as well.

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2016, 12:22:49 pm »
They look great.  Are you adding 80,000 people?!  LOL

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2016, 04:57:12 pm »
Hate football, however love your Footy ground.  More info how or where from ?  I have a large area on my layout that needs something of that size to hide some low level tracks.
I believe one of the Japanese "little people" makers do soccer teams in N as well.

Jerry

Everything's scratchbuilt ...
the stands made from mounting board, club's office and changing rooms are based around a surplus clear Ibertren plastic storage box, toilet blocks scratchbuilt from styrene and Metcalfe Models  brickwork, pitch is cut-up Gaugemaster/Noch grass matting ...
all on a 3mm thick styrene base 770 x 496 mm.

Tomytec produces football players, but I haven't bought any - after all most of the time in reality, the ground is unused and locked up!

BTW Tomytec produces the athletics track as well which I had to specially import from Japan.

Tank - I put this thread in Layout Planning in error, can you please move this to Layout Construction, thanks?
« Last Edit: September 10, 2016, 05:00:59 pm by gc4946, Reason: Omitted construction details »

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2016, 06:32:45 pm »
This looks great   :thumbsup: - is that a claret and blue colour scheme for the ground? I have wanted a football ground on my layout but not enough space - a shame as there is a railway line that goes past my football team's ground. Need to have a look at the Tomytec footballers but they may be hard to repaint in stripes  :goggleeyes:
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2016, 06:39:27 pm »
Pengi,

It's claret and blue - my old secondary school PE kit colours!

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2016, 07:48:12 am »
Hate football, however love your Footy ground.  More info how or where from ?  I have a large area on my layout that needs something of that size to hide some low level tracks.
I believe one of the Japanese "little people" makers do soccer teams in N as well.

Jerry

Something like Lansdowne Road where the Stadium approach for the West Stand goes over the railway?
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2016, 08:13:36 am »
See Wikipedia entry for Lansdowne Road

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lansdowne_Road

One of their images shows some of the concrete framework for the stadium stand over the railway.



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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2016, 08:29:49 am »
This looks great   :thumbsup: - is that a claret and blue colour scheme for the ground? I have wanted a football ground on my layout but not enough space - a shame as there is a railway line that goes past my football team's ground. Need to have a look at the Tomytec footballers but they may be hard to repaint in stripes  :goggleeyes:

Pengi,
I was looking at I think "hobbysearch" Japan and they do unpainted footballers !!.  I think Noch may do some as well.
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2016, 09:21:02 am »
See Wikipedia entry for Lansdowne Road

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lansdowne_Road

One of their images shows some of the concrete framework for the stadium stand over the railway.

Wiki is a bit behind the times there.  We have a swank you new Lansdowne Road now..  Unfortunately it doesn't show the Dart running under the Stadium Approach..  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aviva_Stadium..
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2016, 10:34:27 pm »
Southgrove will represent BR (Southern Region) post-1974, sectorisation and privatisation.
For now, I'll be running DMUs with the odd freight service for variety.

As everything has to be put away after each session, I'm preferring stock that I can easily place on the track, has a high degree of standardisation, and is reliable and serviceable day in, day out.

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2016, 11:17:04 pm »
Southgrove will represent BR (Southern Region) post-1974, sectorisation and privatisation.
For now, I'll be running DMUs with the odd freight service for variety.

As everything has to be put away after each session, I'm preferring stock that I can easily place on the track, has a high degree of standardisation, and is reliable and serviceable day in, day out.

Farish 4CEP.  I have two, both great runners..
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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2016, 06:34:17 pm »
For the foreseeable future, I'm focusing on building, completing and arranging various street scenes, taking advantage of Kato's Dio Town road sections and geometry.

I found it was possible to arrange two blocks of Kestrel's 1930s semis on a half-piece Dio Town road section (248 x 124 mm)



or two wayside stores (Burge's Café on left, Devine 'N'lightenment lighting store on right) with ample off-street parking and storage



Former Fisherlea's layout Art Deco office block has been assigned a new role as the Goodhill Athletics and Social Club's HQ.
Athletics track 620 x 248 mm; building with car park will be 620 x 248 mm on dedicated 3mm styrene base




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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2016, 10:54:27 am »
I've been evaluating future scenarios in case I don't have room to deploy all my available Kato Unitrack and scenic accessories.

These two images show what could be the minimum-sized possible scenarios with the street layout (NB in all cases the double-track Unitrack pieces fit outside the oval)





The original Dio Town sections are beige/grey in contrast with my home-made black/white pieces.

There's at least a strong case for individual (and groups of buildings) to be mounted on 1 or 1.5mm thick styrene sub-bases a la Kato's ready made structures.

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Re: Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2016, 07:42:42 pm »
Up to now, virtually all my layout size evaluation has been done on the living room floor.

Even though I regularly clean the carpet, it's not really the best environment for running trains and I've bought coffee tables from B&M (each approx. 90 cm long x 45 cm wide)



Adding a third coffee table will double the length of the straight sections and lessen the likelihood of trains plunging onto the floor.
These tables are light enough to be transported from the spare room when not required.

 

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