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Author Topic: My Box file Layout ( South Wales Valleys Colliery)  (Read 44040 times)

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My Box file Layout ( South Wales Valleys Colliery)
« on: January 03, 2013, 07:57:00 pm »
Here's my Box File layout I started building last year, its a Colliery Exchange Sidings layout, based on ones that could be found in the South Wales Valleys in the 1970's & 1980's.
 Its constructed using 2 A4 size box files joined together end on end. I've cut the end off each one, glued & taped them together, then cut a 2mm thick piece of ply the size of both boxfiles & glued it inside.
 Trackwork is peco streamline & insulfrog points although i wish i'd used electrofrog ones now as my old farish 08 shunter likes stopping on them!
 There is one through line which i can fit track to both sides so i can run trains in & out of the yard, a run around loop & 3 sidings. Here's a few pics of it during construction.

« Last Edit: November 15, 2013, 06:19:31 pm by mk1gtstu »
Cridmore Yard (4x2 1980's layout) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10382.msg107202#msg107202

My Box File Layout (South Wales Valleys Colliery) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10430.0

Porthkerry (A South Wales layout in BR Blue) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39654.0

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Re: My Box file Layout
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2013, 07:59:10 pm »
Very nice, Stu :thumbsup:

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Re: My Box file Layout
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2013, 07:59:53 pm »
This is how it looks when its folded away,

easy to store away on a shelf or in a drawer when not in use.

« Last Edit: September 09, 2017, 09:21:28 pm by mk1gtstu »
Cridmore Yard (4x2 1980's layout) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10382.msg107202#msg107202

My Box File Layout (South Wales Valleys Colliery) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10430.0

Porthkerry (A South Wales layout in BR Blue) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39654.0

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Re: My Box file Layout
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2013, 08:07:02 pm »
Great idea for those with very little space or who get grief from SWMBO as it could even be enlarged and still slide under a bed. Excellent way to practice modelling skills too. :claphappy:

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Re: My Box file Layout
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2013, 08:07:17 pm »
Here's a few more pics, put an over bridge at one end as a scenic break, & some colliery buildings at the other end.
Used plaster between the tracks at the buildings end & sprayed matt black to represent coal dust





I'll post a few more photos of how it looks now once i've uploaded them to photobucket if anyone is interested.
Cheers, Stu
Cridmore Yard (4x2 1980's layout) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10382.msg107202#msg107202

My Box File Layout (South Wales Valleys Colliery) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10430.0

Porthkerry (A South Wales layout in BR Blue) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39654.0

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Re: My Box file Layout
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2013, 08:11:09 pm »
Great idea for those with very little space or who get grief from SWMBO as it could even be enlarged and still slide under a bed. Excellent way to practice modelling skills too. :claphappy:
:thankyousign: Yes that was the main reason i built it to see what sort of layout i could build in a small space that can be stored away when not in use, also like you say its good practice to do some modelling as well.  :)
Cridmore Yard (4x2 1980's layout) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10382.msg107202#msg107202

My Box File Layout (South Wales Valleys Colliery) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10430.0

Porthkerry (A South Wales layout in BR Blue) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39654.0

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Re: My Box file Layout
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2013, 08:12:05 pm »
I can imagine this is going to inspire a few of our members as the box file has been mentioned a few times.

Your pictures certainly capture the essence of a sidings  :thumbsup:

cheers John.

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Re: My Box file Layout
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2013, 08:24:31 pm »
I can imagine this is going to inspire a few of our members as the box file has been mentioned a few times.

Your pictures certainly capture the essence of a sidings  :thumbsup:

cheers John.
:thankyousign: I hope so, they are ideal if you dont have much space, they don't cost much to build either, most expensive bits are the points, controller, locos & rolling stock.
 Cheers, Stu.
Cridmore Yard (4x2 1980's layout) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10382.msg107202#msg107202

My Box File Layout (South Wales Valleys Colliery) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10430.0

Porthkerry (A South Wales layout in BR Blue) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39654.0

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Re: My Box file Layout
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2013, 08:40:11 pm »
how did you wire it

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Re: My Box file Layout
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2013, 08:48:43 pm »
how did you wire it
I've just wired the track that connects to one end of the boxfile to the controller, so there's no actual wiring on the boxfile itself.
Cridmore Yard (4x2 1980's layout) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10382.msg107202#msg107202

My Box File Layout (South Wales Valleys Colliery) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=10430.0

Porthkerry (A South Wales layout in BR Blue) http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39654.0

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Re: My Box file Layout
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2013, 08:51:20 pm »
might have to have a go

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Re: My Box file Layout
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2013, 11:14:20 pm »
Excellent work. :thankyousign:

This will surely be an inspiration to many others including me. I can feel a trip to WH-Smiths coming on soon!
At present i do alot of traveling with work and family so a layout that could follow me around would be brilliant for me and great fun to build too.

Could i ask you to post some more pictures of the track plan from a birds-eye-view if it isnt to much trouble please?
Im really pleased that you posted this and it sure looks great :thumbsup:


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Re: My Box file Layout
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2013, 11:43:27 pm »
Morrisons supermarket were cheaper for box files 2.45 (I think)  ;)

cheers John.

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Re: My Box file Layout
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2013, 12:02:42 am »
Morrisons supermarket were cheaper for box files 2.45 (I think)  ;)

cheers John.

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Re: My Box file Layout
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2013, 08:01:33 am »
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