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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2017, 12:00:34 pm »
Welcome from Paris.

In Paris railway modelling seems to be coming less popular.

The specialised model train shops are closing one after the other.

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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2017, 12:28:33 pm »
OK, so no SNCF then, but the loco and rolling stock inventory still read different enough to the obvious norms. Very different to my main interests. I'm looking forward to reading/seeing more with no less enthusiasm. :thumbsup: Variety is the spice of life - it's what makes this forum so tasty. :beers:
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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2017, 02:09:17 pm »
Model railways is unfortunately becoming less and less popular in France. The local club I recently joined is badly suffering from a lack of members nowadays. I know very few people who have an interest in it, it is a shame.

Back to my little project, I would like to ask you for some advice on how to build the wood frame... as nobody raised any questions on the track layout itself ... I was surprised  ;)

I was thinking at an open frame with only trackbed in 5mm plywood attached to the frame, a bit like this example but I never built one layout this way... I would like to make sure it will be rigid enough to not break if I move the layout around !!



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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2017, 03:54:22 pm »
Bienvenue sur le forum. J'ai vécu 3 ans en France entre 2011 et 2014 (près de Cahors Dept.46) et je n'ai jamais rencontré personne qui s'intéressait aux chemins de fer miniatures. Est-ce un passe-temps populaire en France?

Welcome to the forum. I lived for 3 years in France between 2011 and 2014 (near to Cahors Dept.46) and never once did I meet anyone there who had an interest in model railways. Is it a popular hobby in France?

Alec.


The N gauge Forum has its equivalent in France - Forum du N. Several of us here are members of it.

http://le-forum-du-n.forumotions.net/
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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #19 on: December 17, 2017, 04:18:28 pm »

I was thinking at an open frame with only trackbed in 5mm plywood attached to the frame, a bit like this example but I never built one layout this way... I would like to make sure it will be rigid enough to not break if I move the layout around !!



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You will no doubt receive other answers but personally I'd prefer something stronger such as 9mm plywood. I would also be extremely worried to run anything until the surrounding scenery is complete as I don't like the idea of a train derailing and going over the edge!! :worried:

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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #20 on: December 17, 2017, 06:56:44 pm »
 :)  Well, if you look again at my layout plans, building with this method seems "normal" to me but there are many places where a train can go over the edge unfortunately. Having the scenery around it will not help for over 50% of the tracks. For example, the two ramps going down to the hidden stations have nothing on their side to avoid accidents.

I wonder how it should be built then  :-[  ???

If I recap: I have one layer hidden down with my two stations, it goes up one level (6cm) to the surface, continues to go up one level to the main station (another 6cm so +12cm total) and when it leaves the main station it continues to go up again (another 6cm so +18cm total) before going down an helical (?) track to level zero again..

How would YOU build the wood track base ?

By the way, I intended to use the Woodland Scenics Trackbed underneath my rails, any comment about this ?


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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2017, 07:28:21 pm »
I've pondered how I might mitigate the same risk. I thought of attaching a strip of foam along the edge of the helix, as a vertical wall. But I cannot resolve the access problem that would introduce. The only other thing I can think of is a pit of foam peanuts below the helix to softly catch any derailments.

The best solution is probably careful helix construction, careful track laying and disciplined application of the throttle. :beers:
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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2017, 10:05:55 am »

The best solution is probably careful helix construction, careful track laying and disciplined application of the throttle.

I think that's all can be done. My worry stems from catching a loco with my sleeve and knocking it almost 4ft onto a tiled floor and seeing the damage done :-[
Luckily I know someone who is more than capable of putting the bits back together.

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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2017, 10:11:43 am »
Is there another construction method which can be safer in case of derailment ?

I completely hear Railgooner when he says "The best solution is probably careful helix construction, careful track laying and disciplined application of the throttle" but maybe there are also other "best practice" construction rules I should apply first ?

 

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