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Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« on: March 25, 2014, 12:35:09 PM »
Thinking now I am sticking with APA boxes and DCC for the series of layouts I am currently doing I need a to get some form of roundy going on for testing/running in on DCC and DC so I will have a DC controller and a DCC one, switchable by a DPDT switch.

First thoughts were for a 2nd radius circle on a square of ply. Whilst working on my machine at work I noticed two nicely sized bits of 6mm plywood – lids from a recently delivered piece of equipment. One 2 foot by 2 foot 6 inch and the other 2 foot 6 inch square, Imagine my joy when I turned them over to found they are already braced underneath with 2x1! Suitably liberated, planning can commence

I have in hand a single medium radius electrofrog LH code 80 point, 8x double straights and 8x double curves (3rd radius) and a length of flexi (plus a few offcuts).

I am thinking simple, something to entertain number 1 son (6) and cheap. Must be of modern image to fit my stock (Type 5’s and DMUs) and I am thinking of using the larger 2 foot 6 inch square board.

Can anyone inspire me?

Steve
 

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Re: Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2014, 12:44:51 PM »


I am thinking simple, something to entertain number 1 son (6) and cheap. Must be of modern image to fit my stock (Type 5’s and DMUs) and I am thinking of using the larger 2 foot 6 inch square board.

Can anyone inspire me?


Built on a board 2ft 6" x 2ft.

Littleton Curve - an N Gauge Model Railway

 :beers:...Ste..... :thumbsup:
« Last Edit: March 25, 2014, 12:46:27 PM by Dock Shunter, Reason: info added »

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Re: Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2014, 12:56:54 PM »
Kids like maximum speed, lots of crashes, and seem to prefer sensationalism to boring reality.

If you want to keep it simple and provide the gradient, and left and right hand transition from straight to curve, how about a figure of eight with a low bridge in the centre. Tunnels just hide trains. Add basic scenery to taste.

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Re: Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2014, 03:13:35 PM »


Built on a board 2ft 6" x 2ft.

Littleton Curve - an N Gauge Model Railway

 :beers:...Ste..... :thumbsup:


Delightful layout and a seriously impressive video!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Excellent job.

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Re: Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2014, 03:49:56 PM »
2' x 2'6 is enough to just about get a double track loop on with a few siding bits. The outer loop if Peco R2 will come quite close to the edge so you may want some suitable board edging to stop experimental conversions of trains into aircraft. That or a layout using R1 curves with a bit more flexibility.

Few sidings, engine shed, level crossing (for staging crashes... ;) ) and you are done!

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Re: Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2014, 04:32:19 PM »
Work has started using what I had lying around, an oval of R3 track and a single electrofrog point...


roundy by Steve Purves, on Flickr

Not quite sure where this one is going...

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Re: Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2014, 05:18:33 PM »

Not quite sure where this one is going...

Round and round by the look of it.   ;)    Sorry, couldn't resist, I've got me coat.   :dighole:

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Re: Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2014, 07:02:22 PM »
I'd keep things simple scenery wise.
I'd also go for the largest radius curves which can be fitted on the board, as it appears in your pics that you own a class 56 and a 60.

This sort of layout is surprisingly therapeutic to run in my experience after a busy day at work! 
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Re: Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2014, 11:07:23 PM »
wotcha gonna call it? Purves curves?
also getting me coat, Bill.

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Re: Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2014, 01:29:29 PM »
A bit of progress this morning...


Untitled by Steve Purves, on Flickr

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Re: Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2014, 01:42:50 PM »
Maybe this should be in construction now....

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Re: Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2014, 02:41:25 PM »
Your wish is my command . . .




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Re: Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2014, 04:13:49 PM »
Now ballasted...

 
Untitled by Steve Purves, on Flickr

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Re: Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2014, 04:27:35 PM »
that's looking   really  good!!!

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Re: Steves Roundy Test Plank Thingy
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2014, 04:30:55 PM »
You are fairly galloping along there Steve  :thumbsup:

Time to get everything wired up and get number one son (6) involved in the testing part  ;)

cheers John.

 

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