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Peanut Valley
« on: September 04, 2013, 08:48:47 PM »
Not had the confidence to post a build blog before so here goes - First time for everything:

The boarding is all done and I've started on the trackwork but I'll start at the beginning.
It's an L shaped layout in my new shed extension (built just for trains - and planes/helis :) )
There is a main line that goes all the way round the board, a shorter inner line. The outer line also heads off up a level to a branch-line station. On the shorter part of the L is a shunting/industrial area.

This is the design:

Each square is 6" so overall it's about 8ft x 8ft (Door is at the bottom)
« Last Edit: September 08, 2013, 08:47:27 PM by bradshawce »

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Re: PeanutValley
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2013, 08:53:45 PM »
Hi
Welcome to the forum :wave:. Nice neat layout. Everyone here is freindly so you will have a lot of interest in your layout. :)

 :welcomesign:

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Re: PeanutValley
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2013, 09:10:09 PM »
Thanks for your kind words Agrafar.

Posting some baseboard construction details to give you an idea of how it works overall.

This shows the right hand side under construction just as you come through the door


End board where the industrial area will be and all top boards done.
« Last Edit: September 04, 2013, 09:18:39 PM by bradshawce »

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Re: PeanutValley
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2013, 09:18:00 PM »
The boarding was all done at the end of August and since then I've had sone track delivered.
I did cost everything up and the number of points in the industrial areas means that part may just have to wait a little while longer.  :(
Still, there's a lot to be done anyway with the main loops.

A lot of these have now been done. This shows the south end, most of which will be under the raised area


The north end with the outer loop heading off. You can also see the incline starting.



« Last Edit: September 04, 2013, 09:20:05 PM by bradshawce »

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Re: PeanutValley
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2013, 09:20:18 PM »
Hi and :welcomesign:

Looks to be a good plan, good use of space and lots of interest :thumbsup:

Keep the :camera: coming as you progress, always nice to see another layout take shape :)


Paul

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Re: PeanutValley
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2013, 09:24:02 PM »
You have a nice layout there thanks for posting the pics.
Geoff

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Re: PeanutValley
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2013, 09:24:12 PM »
 :welcomesign: Looks good. Will be keeping an eye on this. I hope to get some ideas for my build (just starting)
I keep forgetting to add Cheers Mike on the end of my posts....

So.....  Cheers Mike

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Re: PeanutValley
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2013, 09:28:46 PM »
looks like a good plan will be watch this one

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Re: PeanutValley
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2013, 09:30:15 PM »
Thanks for the support guys. Lots of photos coming - I love pics too
Always willing to share ideas and please feel free to ask any questions.

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Re: PeanutValley
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2013, 09:44:16 PM »
This week I started wiring the track up - I'm not normally this fast but I've just had a couple of weeks holiday  :)  1st week holiday with the wife and kids and my reward for this is to spend time modelling  :)

Under the baseboard I've run a couple of loops of heavy duty cable. Off this there are droppers from the tracks. These are soldered onto the track sides and then clamped ont to the power loop. I prefer this method as it's quick and I don't have to spend too much time crawling underneath the basboard.

Droppers poking though baseboard.


Wiring underneath the baseboard


Wires soldered to track sides - Yay look a train finally



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Re: PeanutValley
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2013, 09:46:01 PM »
This is looking very promising.
Please keep the updates coming.
I'm envious of the space you have.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: PeanutValley
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2013, 10:08:54 PM »
Nice shed with a very nice layout!

There is just one thing that is worrying me though if I may, are you able to get to a train if it derails, or whatever, on that section of track that's under the branch line, the yellowish area on your plan? It just that I noticed that you don't appear to have an access hole to get to that area for recovery and maintenance. It may be easy at the moment but will it be as easy when you've done the scenic work?

Apologies if I've missed something.
Today's Experts were yesterday's Beginners :)

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Re: PeanutValley
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2013, 10:16:31 PM »
You have a great space to work in there and it will be good to see a video of a train going round your layout.

I can just imagine my US locos running round there quite happily  :D

cheers John.

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Re: PeanutValley
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2013, 10:16:50 PM »
No Jack you haven't missed anything. It crossed my mind the other day when I put the board on top and thought the same as you.
One access method will be from the side where I'll have a pull down flap.
The other idea I had was to have a piece of scenery on the upper level that can be lifted out.  Think I'll do that as well.

And just for you John, when I finish the wiring I promise to post a video. It'll have to be UK locos though  :)
« Last Edit: September 04, 2013, 10:22:17 PM by bradshawce »

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Re: PeanutValley
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2013, 05:26:22 AM »
Be careful with that gradient too, any steeper than 1:30 and some trains may struggle, even 1:40 is usually considered a safe ideal. Really you should test it with all stock that will need to use it, but that's not always possible if you haven't bought them yet! ;)


Paul

 

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