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Map of layout locations
« on: January 10, 2016, 04:42:36 am »
Just an idea which popped into my miniscule mind - we have a map of where members live, how about a map of where layouts are located - not physically, but the location they're based on, though obviously that wouldn't apply to entirely fictitious layouts. 

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Re: Map of layout locations?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2016, 05:04:57 am »
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Re: Map of layout locations?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2016, 05:19:11 am »
Not so much a collection of maps/trackplans but a map like the members' map where you can see where layouts are based.
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Re: Map of layout locations?
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2016, 05:27:59 am »
OK... but that's going to end up with a plethora of pins in the UK like the members map, and it would all have to be based on info from members, then put onto Google maps. Quite a big job for the team, methinks.

A nice idea, but possibly impractical - let's see what members think!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Map of layout locations?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2016, 05:32:15 am »
Yup, like I said just an idea, thought I'd note it down before I forget :thumbsup:
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Re: Map of layout locations?
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2016, 11:34:35 am »
Hi Railsquid,

Like the idea but as Bealman says there would be a map problem.

Was just thinking (out loud  :worried:) What about a list of counties that people who model them could put their member name against so others of similar interest (suppose more scenery wise rather than era) would know where to look for inspiration.

Countries, with specific areas from the member, as well, in a separate section otherwise I'm out the game.

I think there's a what/where do you model thread but if it was a list, people could dip in and out. I dunno. Maybe talking rubbish and just been told I've got to take the dogs out and buy a chicken  :doh:

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Re: Map of layout locations?
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2016, 09:18:50 pm »
Yeah... chickens are easier and cheaper to look after than dogs  ;D
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Re: Map of layout locations?
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2016, 12:26:00 am »
Yeah... chickens are easier and cheaper to look after than dogs  ;D

 ;D

Sorry off topic but wish I could swap them as pets.

Bought the chicken and other stuff at the farm shop as had to go there for aquarium stuff for SWMBO's hobby. Took the dogs to the field opposite (hadn't been before) which is used for car boot sales as nothing there.

Thought great, not car boot sale time of year and all done in one hit. Didn't take long to realise
why.

Big bogs, filthy, really stinky dogs and (I know it doesn't rhyme) but lots of earache when I got home. Had borrowed her car too  :doh:

Chicken was nice though  ;)


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Re: Map of layout locations?
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2016, 12:32:19 am »
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

Did that with our labrador once... I copped similar flak  :thumbsup:
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Re: Map of layout locations?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2016, 12:49:47 am »
Hi,

Sounds a great idea in theory but I wonder why it would be needed to balance the investment in resources.  I imagine it woukd take allot of time / effort and only as relible as the input and I'm not sure what the benefit would be other than a nice to have?  Google is a fantastic thing -you can search almost anything you like appending .ngaugeforum or rmweb or the likes etc.  If you want to find a region or era it's just so way easy now to use google or the relavent forum search engines.  Not knocking the idea (I guess I am though), but it seems like a heap of diverted effort for forum admins for something not going to be used much.

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Re: Map of layout locations?
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2016, 01:38:14 am »
The advantage of a map would be that would be easier to discover layouts it hadn't occurred to you to search for. Say if you're modelling a station on a certain line, it'd be nice to be able to look on a map and see who else is modelling the area, otherwise you'd have to actively search every station on the line.

Anyway just throwing the idea out there, I appreciate it's a lot of work and certainly not demanding that the forum admin team jumps on it right away, but you never know, someone might like the idea enough to do something with it.

Actually, thinking about it a bit more, maybe I can come up with a solution myself independent of the forum  :idea:
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Re: Map of layout locations?
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2016, 10:14:23 am »
There's no reason that the forum admins have to enter all the data - just ask people with layouts to enter their own location.

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Re: Map of layout locations?
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2016, 10:23:22 am »
I'd have thought the simplest thing to do would be to start a thread asking the question "Is there anyone modelling xxxxxxxx?"

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Re: Map of layout locations?
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2016, 10:37:54 am »
With respect to the OP, (and don't get annoyed at me Squiddy!) I don't really see the point in it.
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Re: Map of layout locations?
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2016, 11:17:50 am »
I think it is very interesting in terms of general interest, with my exhibition manager's hat on and with my manufacturer's hat on.  Knowing what people are (and aren't) modelling in terms of period and location is incredibly useful and interesting information.

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