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Hello from Los Angeles - another newbie
« on: Today at 04:50:18 am »
Hi all

I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. A long time ago in a galaxy far away I had an HO/OO gauge train set. I'm dipping my toe back into the water and I'm planning an n-gauge era 5 or 6 (always allow yourself some leeway) end-to-end model railway (not a train set this time!).

I know I'm too old, short-sighted and unsteady of hand to be messing with tiny railways, but space is at a premium and I figured it's n-gauge or spend more hours watching everyone else's YouTube postings.

So here I am. I was born in the UK and have great memories of the Leeds-York mainline that ran past the end of our garden in Leeds when I was a kid, and spent my early youth in Winchester trainspotting on the Waterloo-Southampton-Bournemouth main line, and snagging the odd trip up to Reading to see the "exotic" Western Region. I'm planning on a kinda-sorta Western Region branch line with plenty of artistic license.

I'm going to have a ton of questions, I've never laid an inch of track in my life, and so thank all of you in advance for your patience and understanding.

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Re: Hello from Los Angeles - another newbie
« Reply #1 on: Today at 05:00:40 am »
G'day from another ex-pat, Steve, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

Great to have you onboard!  :beers:

I like the sound of your plan! A lot of modellers consider the old WR branch terminus a bit hackneyed, but some of the best layouts I've seen have been models of west country stations.

Looking forward to developments!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Hello from Los Angeles - another newbie
« Reply #2 on: Today at 08:02:51 am »
Welcome aboard.
I like the sound of another WR branchline.
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Re: Hello from Los Angeles - another newbie
« Reply #3 on: Today at 08:44:44 am »
Hi Steve, and welcome aboard :wave:
The 2 areas you mentioned were great in their heyday for trainspotting, especially in the steam era.
The great thing about N gauge is you can have decent length trains running through scenery in a relatively small space. If you're creating a branch line then train length is not so important but don't be tempted to fill your baseboard with track. As a rough rule of thumb no train should occupy more than a third of the scenic section (unless it's a long freight train) if using UK outline stock. You might find more tips and pitfall avoidance here...........

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=35556.msg416493#msg416493

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Re: Hello from Los Angeles - another newbie
« Reply #4 on: Today at 10:33:58 am »
if you are a bit fumble fingered, consider Kato Unitrack - easy to lay ( and take up if you want to change) built in point motors, plug'n play electrics and very reliable. you can change to other track when if/when you have got your eye in !

search the forum for info.

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=25575.new#new

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Re: Hello from Los Angeles - another newbie
« Reply #5 on: Today at 11:12:28 am »
Hi Steve, welcome aboard! :wave:

I second Nick's recommendation of Unitrack - simple, reliable, and much more adaptable/customisable than it gets credit for.
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Re: Hello from Los Angeles - another newbie
« Reply #6 on: Today at 12:31:50 pm »
Welcome Steve, here’s another vote for Kato Unitrack from a fumble fingered, arthritic N Gauger.

The track is easy to modify if you need to and can be made to look less plasticity with the application of a little paint.

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Re: Hello from Los Angeles - another newbie
« Reply #7 on: Today at 01:18:44 pm »
Welcome aboard, Steve.

Best wishes.

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