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New Layout help and ideas needed
« on: June 22, 2018, 04:31:22 pm »
Hi Folks,
Yep another newbie
I'm having a bit of trouble deciding a track plan for my layout., so all suggestions will be gratefully received.

A bit of background.
Alway been interested in train modles/layout since my father had a massive 00 gauge set up (when he was around many years ago)
For all intents and purposes, I'm a novice so all help will be noted  :doh: Although i do have experience in larger modelling


The size of it is as follows
Basically 8x6 Shed with door centred on the 6
This will all be nicely insulated  :claphappy:

What I think I'd like to model, now there's a question?
I have a wish list, which probably won't be all fulfilled, but one lives in hopes.
Run-around line, up and down if possible, and stations
A mine or a quarry or port.
A main line for passengers may be a branch line too
A Returun loop or 3  :smiley-laughing:
A fiddle yard.
(not all need to be applied just ideas)
Era? I'm thinking 1980s upwards
Oh and forgot mention dcc is the way i would like to go

So there you go, what can you guys come up with? Many thanks in anticipation.

Oz
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Re: New Layout help and ideas needed
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2018, 08:01:11 pm »
Welcome to our friendly forum Oz, great to have you on board.

Sounds like a Claywell type layout would suit you fine, twin track roundy roundy with out and back and end to end operation complete with a reversing loop single track and what's more it's DCC.   :D

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Re: New Layout help and ideas needed
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2018, 08:05:44 pm »
i do apologise caz thats the name of the layout but a distraction got in my way, was thinking along those lines - and a beautiful layout it is




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Re: New Layout help and ideas needed
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2018, 08:34:17 pm »
Your both have to forgive me.

But I need more info on this Claywell type?
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Re: New Layout help and ideas needed
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2018, 08:36:30 pm »
i would check the reply from caz and click on her link

very informative

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Re: New Layout help and ideas needed
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2018, 09:04:23 pm »
Haha I  did read Caz's post just did not see the link in the signature  :(
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Re: New Layout help and ideas needed
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2018, 09:09:11 pm »
thats what iw was referring to. i would think plan carefully, experiment. any advice people are friendly. the 80s / 90s are my era so do ask questions. mainly  operations. good luck with the build

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Re: New Layout help and ideas needed
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2018, 11:11:37 pm »
Just check out the link and wow! Bit much for my simple mind tho
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Re: New Layout help and ideas needed
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2018, 02:08:59 am »

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Re: New Layout help and ideas needed
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2018, 04:11:48 pm »
So i Have decided before unleashing my self on the shed. Im gonna build a small layout simpleish  :hmmm:
2160x1220

So what the thoughts on this. Any ideas to add? adjustments to be made. May be more shunting?




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Re: New Layout help and ideas needed
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2018, 04:14:30 pm »
maybe worth a headshunt at the top of the page, in the station to allow loco release unless operating dmus is fine

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Re: New Layout help and ideas needed
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2018, 08:32:42 pm »
Too many straights parallel to baseboard edges to my mind. Try and put gentle curves in instead and it will look a lot better. Generally in the UK the outer oval runs clockwise so run an imaginary train round the plan to see if you have points in the places you want them.

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Re: New Layout help and ideas needed
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2018, 09:11:02 pm »
Sounds like some good ideas I'll have another play
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Re: New Layout help and ideas needed
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2018, 09:19:35 am »
Hi layout planners, Oz

just came across this thread and wanted to throw in a couple of thoughts and, maybe, inspiration.

According the first post, the shed is 8 x 6 feet, which is about 2438 x 1829 mm. Your baseboard in post #9 is 2160 x 1220 mm. This appears to be quite the squeeze, leaving you only with 15 cm to get along each of the long sides. I have blocked this out in the following image to visualize what I mean. This could become uncomfortable while building and operating the layout. Maybe the layout could become a bit more narrow? Or, another option, building the layout around the wall and the operating area is in the middle? I blocked out the second option too, to get a feel of it. The left hand side is 70 cm wide and the long sides are 50 cm, the blocks at the right are 65 cm square to figure out space for return curves with a nice radius of about 300 mm, if so desired. Also put in a narrow block at the door to see how a removable section could fit.

by MacRat2009, auf Flickr

For inspiration, this is a plan I did in 2010 for a 00 layout. This is 4000 x 1600 mm for 00, this should be adaptable  for N gauge in your space constraints and leave a bit room for jiggling things about. The black blocks are hidden areas, I put the smallest radius curves there. I tried to get the curve radius gradually smaller and then larger again. The platform on the left is quite short, in my head I played it that the platform continous below the street. The area at the bottom could be changed to a cannel port, or the third track and the industry section could be swapped to the outside, its your imagination. Scenery-wise I pictured this as a suburban area with regular passenger trains shuffling people about and the occasional shunting service for that industry. Yes, this plan has track parallel to the baseboard, but in 00 you can do only so much with 1600 mm height. A drawback of this kind of layout is there is no section to store and change trains on the layout.

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Re: New Layout help and ideas needed
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2018, 09:24:32 am »
A plan I did for NGS door layout challenge in 2011 but never submit. It is 2000 x 700 mm, it has gradients and a helix, probably more challenging to build, though it has hidden storage tracks. Hidden sections a not shown. I added these plans to give a feel of how things could fit.

NGS_Planning_Challange_003 by MacRat2009, auf Flickr


Sorry for cutting my post to pieces, but this forum is forbidding me to post more than two pictures at a time 
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