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Title: Back to the lakes
Post by: Lee on December 14, 2013, 08:43:54 AM
Hi all,

And Hello cant believe I never seen this forum 3 years ago   this is a layout based on the original layout I had a few years ago its been scaled down so the shed can be used for other stuff.

The whole layout area is 4200 mm x 600 mm so plenty for N gauge.

Its going to have hills, streams, lakes, woodland and walks and small villages but unlike the old layout will have a basic track system main lines with maybe the odd service areas I don't want it to complicating like the old layout due to the N gauge stock not running to well over all the mass points I had.

Right the framework and shelves are done got to get some curtain material to hide the junk, but apart from that the whole right side will be the layout.

The whole layout area is 4200 mm x 600 mm so plenty for N gauge


(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Back%20to%20the%20lakes/20131123_130959.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Back%20to%20the%20lakes/20131123_130959.jpg.html)

This is my last layout that a took up due to some running factors, the sheds better now and this new one will be less complicated.

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/DSCF3769.jpg)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/DSCF3770.jpg)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/DSCF3766.jpg)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/DSCF3764.jpg)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/DSCF3765.jpg)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/DSCF3772.jpg)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/DSCF3771.jpg)


(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/DSCF3774.jpg)


(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/DSCF3775.jpg)

Heres a full view

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/DSCF2896.jpg)

Thanks for looking


Lee

Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Lee on December 14, 2013, 08:46:22 AM
 Had a few hours in there today finishing adding the entrainment system (monitor) and cut some base wood ready to play around with some track ideas before I get the jig saw out  >D

I might go for a main line layout with a second layer with preserved railway then I can have a mix of trains going on.
 

fish plates and pins are on the menu  :D

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131129_185139.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131129_185139.jpg.html)

Lee
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Lee on December 14, 2013, 08:48:05 AM
I done this over the last 2 weeks so its a bit of a catch up

Yes my plans have not gone well in fact I have spent a good 2 hours staring at the layout to be like you say on paper it looks great so hard to get going.

I have  actually starting getting some were I am going to have a straight run with a small station or siding area that goes into the one hill, there will be another hill the opposite side to hide them awful tight bends  lol

Near the back will be a viaduct with a stream linking to the start of a lake and I will probably infill the middle areas with more hilly steam areas to break the flatness.

Hopefully if there's room will add a second maybe single or double line on another level.

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131205_161729.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131205_161729.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131205_161747.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131205_161747.jpg.html)

Thanks lee
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Lee on December 14, 2013, 08:48:58 AM
Ok quick update started laying track left side but this lead to me needing to test it as I go along so into the house I went after a few hours, 3 hours later after realising I missed a simple configuration setting I've finally remembered how to set the damn railway software up wow that was hard work got there in the end well just got to get my thinking cap on to how to add points in there  8|

So track plan is started and managed to get a train working on the software will add the rest tomorrow

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131206_212748.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131206_212748.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131206_212739.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131206_212739.jpg.html)

The work bench of hell

Thanks Lee
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Lee on December 14, 2013, 08:51:55 AM
Hi all,

Started this yesterday on the upper preserved line so far so good will show you a picture from the last layout this is what I will try to achieve again but slightly small this is currently were I am Enjoy all.

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131213_193027.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131213_193027.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131213_193014.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131213_193014.jpg.html)

Lee
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Caz on December 14, 2013, 09:04:17 AM
Looking really good Lee, if this turns out half as good as your last one it will be a cracker, looking forward to seeing this develop.   :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Malc on December 14, 2013, 09:43:09 AM
Pity you had to rip the last one up, it looked spectacular. Hopefully this one will be just as good, but with better running.
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Luke Piewalker on December 14, 2013, 12:22:57 PM
Have you considered wall mounting the monitor?
It's just that stand looks like it takes up an awful lot of space.
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Newportnobby on December 14, 2013, 01:31:44 PM
Hi Lee,
You're obviously no stranger to railway modelling and the new N gauge layout looks very promising :thumbsup:
I do have concerns about the tight radius curves at each end but maybe it's the camera angle giving a false impression?
How neat is your shed, though :goggleeyes: No mess under the layout :D
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Graham 623 on December 14, 2013, 02:02:00 PM
Your last 1 looked realy good and this is taking shape , have yu got a track plan you could put up ?  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Lee on December 14, 2013, 02:11:30 PM
Hi all,

Thanks very much for the kind comments, will trying to answer all of you

@  newportnobby have tested it on old layout it was the same loops hidden under the boards but have retested again anyway and seems fine  ;)

@ Luke Piewalker There's no other place for the monitor unfortunately its inline with a cross trainer and its her viewing to stop her getting board, Hopefully the hills and water will take our eyes away from the monitor  ;)  8).

@ Graham 623 Thanks Not really done a track plan its just been laid down and tweaked I will sort something out once I input the track into the running software on the PC  ;)

Of to look at some your awesome layout

speak soon thanks again

Lee




Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Lee on December 22, 2013, 07:59:07 AM
Hi all,

upper track work in place and managed to run 3 separate trains together had to do a bit of fine tuneing  but got there in the end.

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131221_234911.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131221_234911.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131221_234902.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131221_234902.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131221_234851.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131221_234851.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131221_234842.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131221_234842.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131221_234832.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131221_234832.jpg.html)

Merry xmas all

Lee
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Geoff on December 22, 2013, 09:36:51 AM
Lee that looks superb i am enjoying this thread so much as I do not have the space like you do, so it just makes me feel happy to be shown how a big model railway is put toghether.

Keep up the good work and I am enjoying your progress.
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Newportnobby on December 22, 2013, 10:27:46 AM
Agree with Geoff, and can't wait to see how the scenery will come about :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Lee on December 31, 2013, 02:45:27 PM
Hi all,

Thank you

Its defiantly good to see some trains going after all them years it feels good.

Not done much the whole house old has had the dreaded man flu we all nearly back on our feet so dragged myself out to get some chicken wire ready for the hillside building.

I have glued the tunnel entrances into positions and had a mess about with placing some buildings around to get an idea of what I am trying to achieve ( I don't really know but I am sure I will get there hehehehe )

The two ends of layout will have  very high gradual  sloping rocky hills with at one side will have a mill with streams  coming down to the middle of the layout, there will be a few loco sheds in the area shown on the right with a little station of the main line,  on the left layout side will have a viaduct within the hills and valleys and of course more water leading to a lake.

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131231_140623.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131231_140623.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131231_140639.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131231_140639.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131231_140650.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131231_140650.jpg.html)

Have a great new year speak soon

Lee
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: port perran on December 31, 2013, 02:58:52 PM
This is looking really good and the original layout looked to be a real cracker. Hope the new one is as good.
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Lee on January 03, 2014, 04:10:14 PM
Hi all,

Thanks for the comments

Not the best pics does not really show the chicken wire to well but you should get an idea of the hills coming into shape etc

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20131231_140650.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20131231_140650.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140103_141117.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140103_141117.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140103_141131.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140103_141131.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140103_141136.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140103_141136.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140103_141144.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140103_141144.jpg.html)

A lot of work to follow, this is really just placing the wire and the working will follow I've used a smaller chicken wire than last time so t wait to form the contour of the land with it in the valley area shown.

Lee
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Newportnobby on January 03, 2014, 05:33:16 PM
Hi Lee,
In the past I have used aviary wire as it is a much closer mesh :thumbsup:
Reminds me - I still have a sheet in the garage :hmmm:
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Lee on January 05, 2014, 08:44:10 PM
Hi all,

I see Newportnobby not sure what kind this is but seems a lot smaller than the last lot I used , hard to tell on pics at the moment what's going on but wont be long before the paper Mache is going on will see it better but in the mean time here's the roller coaster stream and hills in the making.

The layout is developing different to what I though imagined but I am in fact liking the way its going more river and streams are more on the menu than the large lake now .

 
 (http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140105_192528.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140105_192528.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140105_192519.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140105_192519.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140105_192510.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140105_192510.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140105_192504.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140105_192504.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140105_192456.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140105_192456.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140105_192435.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140105_192435.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140105_192416.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140105_192416.jpg.html)

Thanks for looking

Lee
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: port perran on January 05, 2014, 08:46:50 PM
And thanks for posting. Very interesting.
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Sprintex on January 05, 2014, 09:08:38 PM
Ah, I remember the original layout very well and it was just awesome 8)

Good to see you back building another and it looks to be going just as well as the last one did :)


Paul
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Newportnobby on January 06, 2014, 11:02:46 AM
Looking good :thumbsup:
Can I ask what you used to attach the mesh to the baseboards - staples??
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: daveg on January 06, 2014, 04:47:10 PM
Starting to really take shape.

Looking forward to the your next post.

What's your paper mache method?

Dave G
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Lee on January 10, 2014, 08:13:44 PM
Hi all,

Ive used no nails to fix the mesh down nobby :)

Dave G this is my method  I use for hills

Right then started work on some of the hill construction so yet again its not to clear on these pictures to what's going on but should give an idea to roughly where the streams are going.

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140110_160556.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140110_160556.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140110_160516.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140110_160516.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140110_160459.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140110_160459.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140110_160441.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140110_160441.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140110_160611.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140110_160611.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140110_160621.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140110_160621.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140110_160628.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140110_160628.jpg.html)

Thanks

Lee
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Lee on January 12, 2014, 05:59:52 PM
Hi all,

Just a quick update

Good job I robbed the paper kid hey here is some more paper mache anyway for on the other hill, this will be a bigger water fall and rocky area will add small polystyrene pieces for rock faces mixed into the hilly grass areas.

 (http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140112_161112.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140112_161112.jpg.html)

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140112_161123.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140112_161123.jpg.html)

And this is the best bit my daughter did the middle bit down from the monitor think she enjoyed it anyway  ><  ><

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d51/Lee123_/Mobile%20Uploads/20140112_161132.jpg) (http://s33.photobucket.com/user/Lee123_/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140112_161132.jpg.html)

Thanks

Lee
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Bealman on January 13, 2014, 02:59:40 AM
I'm intrigued as to what the two big holes in the front of the baseboard are for - cable looms?
Title: Re: Back to the lakes
Post by: Lee on January 13, 2014, 07:01:44 AM
I'm intrigued as to what the two big holes in the front of the baseboard are for - cable looms?

There's about 5 of them they are wire and point excess areas cheers ;)

Lee