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Author Topic: Eigatani Tetsudo  (Read 18631 times)

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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #75 on: June 12, 2016, 01:12:55 am »
Time passes... So, I decided to make a start clearing the main boards so I can at least set up a temporary roundy to run some recent acquisitions in, and otherwise generally perform vital train testing, and also to see how well the various over-ambitious ideas will work in something approaching reality. Anyway various thunderbolts of inspiration struck which will basically involve flipping the plan horizontally, putting the Japanese urban area on the left, where the "hill/mountain" is on the current plan; this will solve the problem of how to get the current branchline down a level onto the main layout by having it curve downwards (or upwards, depending on direction of travel) through the urban landscape, which is an effect I originally wanted to do but couldn't work out how to fit it in.

However given the space and topography available, any change has knock-on effects, and this will mean the "Knotmore Street" station plan will end up flipped as well, but as I'm taking enough liberties compared to the prootype and am not aiming for a "most faithful representation" kind of award, it's a compromise I can live with.


shinkansen-station-tram by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Experimenting with Japanese urban landscape...
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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #76 on: June 15, 2016, 01:28:41 pm »
However given the space and topography available, any change has knock-on effects, and this will mean the "Knotmore Street" station plan will end up flipped as well, but as I'm taking enough liberties compared to the prootype and am not aiming for a "most faithful representation" kind of award, it's a compromise I can live with.

Good news, I can keep it the right way round. Very very rough mockup which is crying out for custom-built pointwork, but we'll have to live with Unitrack for now.


knotmore-street-mockup by Rail Squid, on Flickr

(For anyone who hasn't been taking notes, this station inhabits an alternative, somewhat compacter universe where the old GWR Wolverhampton route was retained and even electrified as a diversionary route, and also some locomotives were repainted as a marketing gimmick by one of the Bearded One's enterprises, though it's expected they'll revert to BR Blue in the future).
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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #77 on: June 19, 2016, 02:16:31 am »
By some miracle of timing and bodgery I have managed to complete the "missing" bit of baseboard, the rectangular section the station here is plonked upon:

german-module by Rail Squid, on Flickr

In an ideal world of course I'd have a nice fancy open-frame baseboard and an infinite amount of space to house it in, but storage requirements below the layout and the presence of windows above make for very little in the way of vertical flexibility, so the main layout part consists mainly of pre-fabricated boards bolted together over a simple frame.

On the plus side, it occurred to me that by having a removable section it will make access to the rear corner of the layout, and the shelving above it, much easier, so I'll make this part "modular", not to any official standards but enough to be able to remove it without too much hassle, which would then make it possible to even have alternative modules which I could use to vary the layout a bit.

This section will initially house the "German" station, seen here from a pedestrian's viewpoint:

station-mockup-1 by Rail Squid, on Flickr
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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #78 on: June 19, 2016, 12:09:21 pm »
 :hellosign:  & thanks for the updates, all progress is good progress, love that last photo, excellent angle & following with interest
regards Derek.

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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #79 on: June 21, 2016, 01:19:08 pm »
S-Bahn!


german-station-s-bahn by Rail Squid, on Flickr
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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #80 on: June 24, 2016, 01:22:44 pm »
I love the look of that S-Bahn train!  :greatpicturessign:

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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #81 on: June 26, 2016, 12:19:25 am »
A quick run around a very approximate mockup
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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #82 on: June 26, 2016, 01:23:26 am »
Good video!   :thumbsup:

I really like those red brick arches in earlier pics... what make are they, please Squiddy?
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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #83 on: June 26, 2016, 01:52:54 am »
Good video!   :thumbsup:

I really like those red brick arches in earlier pics... what make are they, please Squiddy?


Thems are from Faller, 272577    Arkaden mit Geschäften.
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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #84 on: June 26, 2016, 11:59:51 pm »
 :hellosign: Excellent video Railsquid, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.

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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #85 on: July 03, 2016, 08:45:39 am »
Little tangible progress to report. Some mundane baseboard tweaking has taken place, and I have planned my way around a situation which would otherwise have required some structural surgery on the the existing shelf layout. Moreover I've come up with a reasonably convincing way of scenically linking the upper (shelf area) and lower parts of the Japanese layout and starting to get a feel as to how it will fit together.

Meanwhile full marks to the Squidlet, I dragged him along to a model railway exhibition today and when faced with a selection of train pictures he unerringly pointed to the ones which run on our local line.
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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #86 on: July 03, 2016, 02:45:58 pm »
Little tangible progress to report. Some mundane baseboard tweaking has taken place, and I have planned my way around a situation which would otherwise have required some structural surgery on the the existing shelf layout. Moreover I've come up with a reasonably convincing way of scenically linking the upper (shelf area) and lower parts of the Japanese layout and starting to get a feel as to how it will fit together.

Sort of like this:

road-incline-2 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Please excuse the blurry picture:

road-incline-1 by Rail Squid, on Flickr
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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #87 on: July 03, 2016, 02:54:30 pm »
 :hellosign:  Railsquid, thanks for the updates, taking shape nicely
regards Derek.

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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #88 on: July 05, 2016, 02:02:15 pm »
Very good to see progress. I too, really like the old Berlin S-Bahn. A very nice, if eclectic, selection of trains. Should be a fascinating layout. Looking forward to the next updates.

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Re: Eigatani Tetsudo
« Reply #89 on: July 09, 2016, 05:40:01 am »
This won't be everyone's cup of tea but it will certainly be eclectic.

So, next bit: the left rear corner, which is the lynchpin of the whole layout - I need to get this planned and at least provisionally built before progressing with the rest of the layout.

rear-left-overview by Rail Squid, on Flickr

The upper level is of course the existing shelf layout, which will descend down the rear of the extension, ultimately it will connect with the low-level tracks. This will represent a mix of local line and tramway and will also connect to a subterranean storage yard under the existing shelf layout. The middle layer is a rather boring double-track loop  albeit with multinational scenery, which will at one point emerge from the Snow Hill tunnel to pass through Knotmore Street.
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