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Title: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: chrispix on May 15, 2019, 12:58:53 AM
First, sorry if wrong category - none seemed to fit.  Wondering how people come up with names for their layouts, seems like some are real, while some are made up.. I am trying to come up with a name for mine.. Trying to model something resembling the lake district. I have not really lived in the uk since I was little, so I am having a creative block coming up with ideas.. Happy to use a fake layout name . Really want to get a totem :)

Some background. (to help give this a personal connection to me). My late father grew up on Walney Island, lived on beach crescent.. My aunt lived on a street called turnpike link..

Family last names of pick/travis used.. Thank you for your creativity, while I am on empty.
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: themadhippy on May 15, 2019, 02:24:07 AM
I'll open the bidding with  walney pike
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: LASteve on May 15, 2019, 04:12:05 AM
I'll open the bidding with  walney pike

Love it. Can't do much better with the Lake District connection. I think you've nailed it.
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: Bealman on May 15, 2019, 04:20:46 AM
All of the names on my layout are real places (including Lake District ones such as Troutbeck Bridge, Dunmail Raise, Catbells), but none of them bear the slightest resemblance to the actual place.

However, as LASteve says, I think themadhippy has got it first time.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: crewearpley40 on May 15, 2019, 05:59:48 AM
Walney pike sounds better than travis pike
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: Lawrence on May 15, 2019, 08:35:32 AM
If it was a US layout I would have gone for Walney Beach Turnpike, but as it is UK I'd just go for Walney Travis, a rural village somewhere in the lakes
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: Bealman on May 15, 2019, 09:12:35 AM
Maybe chrispix can clear this up for us....

The layout is to be British?

I feel that, through no fault of his own, Chris is thinking along  American practice, simply because of the language used. He has been there for a while!

No disrespect meant in any form, Chris. In fact I sort of had the same problem.  ;D

Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: chrispix on May 15, 2019, 02:34:08 PM
Layout needs tp ne britisb because i am british.. just moved when i was 5.  Uaing british trains and trying to model some of the scenery around lake district.
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: AlexanderJesse on May 15, 2019, 02:43:22 PM
What kind of scenery? what kind of line (mainline or branch)? through-statio or terminus?
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: crewearpley40 on May 15, 2019, 02:45:49 PM
thank you. that has answered the question and cleared a matter up. are you a steam  / diesel / transition era modeller please ?

are you modelling fictitious or any period / location ? thanks then maybe we can all chip in and guide you . the lake district is fascinating area and beautiful
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: chrispix on May 15, 2019, 03:09:40 PM
thank you. that has answered the question and cleared a matter up. are you a steam  / diesel / transition era modeller please ?

are you modelling fictitious or any period / location ? thanks then maybe we can all chip in and guide you . the lake district is fascinating area and beautiful

Transition Period with both steam/diesel. Mainly fictitious.. But wanted to add in the haverthwaite station, as a throwback to visiting it as a child..

Layout is attached. (full res). Basically mainline with a couple stations, shunting yard and small mine.
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: AlexanderJesse on May 15, 2019, 03:15:23 PM
TDPM Railway
or in long script: Travisdale-Pickmere-Railway

aka (amongst locals) as the TraPick (-Railway)
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: crewearpley40 on May 15, 2019, 03:19:10 PM
Thanks sure somebody will help as im more familiar with later period and suitable locos. Good luck
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: chrispix on May 15, 2019, 03:21:24 PM
Wonderful Suggestions so far.. Love them.. Keep them coming.. :D
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: Invicta Alec on May 15, 2019, 03:47:50 PM
Chris,

picking out a name for your layout has to be one the the special pleasures of our hobby.

I have three stations on mine and have no idea why I chose what I did!  :) Literally all plucked out of thin air!
Saxon Street (we are seeped in history down here in Kent and I liked the alliteration).
Farningham Central (Central maybe indicating a more major station)
Cotton Hill (Don't know - sounds like a little used branch line name).

Since your location is the Lake district then something indicating water and/or heights.
Upper Walney?
Turnpike Water?

Good luck - sleep on it. It'll come

Alec.
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: crewearpley40 on May 15, 2019, 03:48:54 PM
looks a bit cluttered and track too close to baseboard  edges, beware newport nobby may have comments.wiring and signalling would be a concern - lake district railways tend to be
simple track layouts and only my thoughts !!
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: Papyrus on May 15, 2019, 04:07:29 PM
My approach is usually to choose the name of a real place that never had a railway but jolly well should have done. Hence my current layout is 'Nine Mile Hill', a real place on the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border. My first layout, back in the mists of the 80s, was 'Tory and Ballast Hole', which were the names of my Grandfather's two allotment gardens!

You'll come up with a name to suit you - don't rush it!

Cheers,

Chris

PS. Looking at the map, there is a large hole in the middle of the lake district which never saw a train. Following my system, there are some lovely names you could use - Mungrisdale, Threlkeld, Seatoller...
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: railsquid on May 15, 2019, 04:12:21 PM

Transition Period with both steam/diesel. Mainly fictitious.. But wanted to add in the haverthwaite station, as a throwback to visiting it as a child..

I lived in Millom for a few years as a child and passed the station many times in the car, but don't remember ever actually visiting it.

In case it's of interest, links to a few sets of photos I came across recently.

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/133242-lakeside-and-haverthwaite-railway-now/&tab=comments#comment-3127994 (https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/133242-lakeside-and-haverthwaite-railway-now/&tab=comments#comment-3127994)

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/85326-dave-fs-photos-ongoing-more-added-15th-may/page/614/&tab=comments#comment-3498679 (https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/85326-dave-fs-photos-ongoing-more-added-15th-may/page/614/&tab=comments#comment-3498679)

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/search/&q=haverthwaite&type=forums_topic&item=85326 (https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/search/&q=haverthwaite&type=forums_topic&item=85326)
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: AlexanderJesse on May 15, 2019, 04:13:18 PM
The YanTanTethera railway
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: railsquid on May 15, 2019, 04:16:51 PM
The YanTanTethera railway

Now that's a name you can count on ;)
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: AlexanderJesse on May 15, 2019, 04:22:08 PM
The YanTanTethera railway

Now that's a name you can count on ;)
Quite literally  :bounce:

The quest for the layout name made me surf some wikipedia crest  :D
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: Train Waiting on May 15, 2019, 07:41:04 PM
The YanTanTethera railway

Now that's a name you can count on ;)
Quite literally  :bounce:

The quest for the layout name made me surf some wikipedia crest  :D

Suggest you make the fourteenth station the terminus!

For the Lake District; ideal place names are Hawkshead, Grasmere, Waterhead… or Hilltop.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: chrispix on May 16, 2019, 05:43:56 AM
So I have 2 stations (one will be Haverthwaite) so I need a station name & a track / layout name.. so many decisions!
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: chrispix on May 16, 2019, 06:20:50 AM
So.. My wife and I have agreed to names!! Thank you all.. I guess I should start a new youtube channel now I have a name!!

Track layout - Travisdale-Pickmere-Railway - @AlexanderJesse (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=6316)
Main Station - Walney Pike - Thank you @themadhippy (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4863)
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: crewearpley40 on May 16, 2019, 06:29:59 AM
That good. Remember to keep track a good edge away from baseboard, ensure you can signal and wire it. Good luck
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: chrispix on May 16, 2019, 06:32:03 AM
That good. Remember to keep track a good edge away from baseboard, ensure you can signal and wire it. Good luck

Good point..
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: The Q on May 16, 2019, 02:24:44 PM
if you decide to add a halt on you layout it could be..


A Mere Halt..
Title: Re: Layout naming suggestions (wanted for totem)
Post by: jamespetts on May 16, 2019, 02:40:56 PM
I do love names. They are an important part of a layout, I think.

I have tended to use portmanteau names for the layouts on which I am working. For example, the N gauge layout (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=42211.0) that I currently have under construction I call "Oxcott", which is a portmanteau of Oxford and Didcot (with an extra "t", which I think seems a little more plausible than "Oxcot"). That portmanteau was chosen because the layout itself is based on a combination of these locations.

Another good way of naming a layout is using the names of real towns that were not served by rail in reality (but that one imagines being served by rail in the imaginary universe in which the layout is set), or inventing town names by a semi-random combination of the beginnings and endings of actual town names. Town names are generally made up of more or less standard components, with any given town having other towns that share the same beginning or end. For example, "Southampton" is, obviously, made up of "South" and "hampton"; there are many other towns beginning with "South" (Southwark, Southwold, etc.) and many other towns ending in "hampton" (e.g. Northampton, Wolverhampton). To invent a fictional but plausible town name, just take a combination of these components that happens not to be used in reality, e.g. "Midhampton" or "Isleham".

Finally, some people enjoy whymsical names that have an element of humour to them; "Upsand Downs" is an obvious example, but there are many others.

Edit: I see that I may have missed the boat on the suggestions. As to "Walney Pike", a splendid name, no doubt - the whymsically minded might also like "Donttellemyourname Pike".