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Offline Geekfest84

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Hi everyone
« on: April 01, 2018, 09:49:25 am »
Hi everyone  :hellosign:  :wave:

My name's Ian, and I'm from Nottinghamshire. Been interested in the model scene for a while now, and after some research I've decided n-gauge is the way forward. I don't have a huge amount of space to play with you see, only a room that's probably 17ft by 7ft at its longest and widest points. Strange shape tho  :D

This will be a hobby/project for both me and my dad, as he had a model set years ago but has since moved house numerous times and no longer has the room bless him.

We'll be pretty much starting from a 'clean sheet', as we don't even have a track layout plan yet. Was thinking of something with a countryside and industrial area, maybe on different levels if that's even possible?

I look forward to being a member of this friendly community, and any advice you can give me will be immensely appreciated.

Thank you  :thankyousign:

Ian  :)




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Re: Hi everyone
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2018, 10:04:22 am »
Welcome aboard, Ian.

17' x 7' is a jolly good size and has lots of model railway potential, especially in 'N'.

I hope you and your Dad enjoy the wonderful hobby that is 'N' gauge.

Best wishes.

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Re: Hi everyone
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2018, 10:09:21 am »
G'day from Australia, Ian, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

That is an awesome space you have available!

Let's hear of your plans!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Hi everyone
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2018, 10:16:23 am »
 :wave:

I don't think all of the room will be usable, as its a strange shape, but I'm hoping to put it to good use.

I really don't know what kind of layout to do, but it would be nice to have a few bends, curves, straights, that kinda thing.

Where would be a good place to start?

Thanks again  :)

Ian

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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2018, 10:24:54 am »
Hi Ian and welcome to the forum.  :wave:

As others have said, that's a decent size space for a model railway even if it's not all usable space. For inspiration, I look at layouts on here in the planning and construction sections as well as more general Google and YouTube searches.

The type of stock you run will to some extent dictate part of the design. E.g., steam vs diesel, mainline vs branch, passenger vs goods. All things I hadn't fully considered on coming back to the hobby as an adult. But the guys on here help steer fellow members in the right direction.

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Re: Hi everyone
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2018, 10:40:24 am »
:wave:

I don't think all of the room will be usable, as its a strange shape, but I'm hoping to put it to good use.

I really don't know what kind of layout to do, but it would be nice to have a few bends, curves, straights, that kinda thing.

Where would be a good place to start?

Thanks again  :)

Ian

I would measure up, have your plans ready, and build the baseboards.

Alternative is build the baseboard and let the layout take place on top of it!

(I did that and don't recommend it) :beers:
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Re: Hi everyone
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2018, 10:54:13 am »
Welcome aboard.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
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Re: Hi everyone
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2018, 10:54:53 am »
Hello Ian, and welcome to the forum :wave:
May I recommend a little reading before you and your Dad take the plunge?
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35556.msg416493#msg416493

To give a guide to some of the 'likes' you have expressed.....
Gradients to another level - try not to make them steeper than 1 in 50 (2%) or you'll be limited as to what can run up them.
Baseboards can be constructed with a completely flat top or 'open' construction whereby there is only baseboard surface beneath the tracks. This allows scenery above and below track level.
The biggest benefit of N gauge is having decent length trains running through the countryside so, whatever size you have available, don't be tempted to fill it with track.
Don't rush. Take your time on the track plan once you have the space allotted as, if you don't really like the track plan then further down the line disillusionment will set in. I always consider the track plan to be the most important part of layouts.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. The only idiotic one is the one you don't ask.
This forum can and will save you time, trouble and money.

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Re: Hi everyone
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2018, 11:18:06 am »
Hi Ian, :wave: and welcome aboard. :wave:

I'd echo the sage words of others - take your time and plan well. Though perhaps don't take as much time as I have. :-[
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Re: Hi everyone
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2018, 08:12:17 pm »
Hi Ian and welcome to this 'ere forum, (and your Dad!). Take time to read some of the posts, it is amazing what information you can glean from them. There are some very friendly and knowledgeable people on the forum.
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