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Hydro-West?
« on: May 31, 2016, 09:41:20 AM »
With retirement looming in the near future about 18 months,I am planning a new layout to keep me out of mischief and to stop my brain from getting to addled. I will have a size limitation of around 10 foot by up to 3 foot ( 30100 mm X 900mm ). I am looking for a West country small mainline station in the Early 70's  this is to cater for my passion for Hydraulics with the odd early HST thrown in as this was the era I spent the most time travelling by train, Commuting for weekends and leave from various Naval bases to my parents home in Swindon as a young Artificer Apprentice in the Royal Navy.

 :helpneededsign: Any suggestions of suitable prototypes will be gratefully received, especially if a Station plan is readily available.

Current Thinking DCC control, Fully scenic with lighting,colour light signalling, possibly using a Nelevator for a fiddle yard/storage, Code 55 electo-frog track (maybe code 40?),Servo/colbolt/tortoise point control, Roundy Roundy style as I like to sit and watch trains go by and I am thinking some possible computer/auto control.  Of course Rule 1 will apply allowing me to break away and run any thing that takes my fancy at times.
Diane Tape



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Re: Hydro-West?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2016, 12:15:40 PM »
Heck, Di, you don't ask for much, do ya. Luckily I'm from the North East so can feign ignorance   ;D ;)
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Re: Hydro-West?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2016, 01:03:29 PM »
If you are prepared to compromise on viaduct length and curvature then either Hayle or Redruth could fit your plan. They both have a bridge or tunnel at the east end of the platforms which helps with scenic breaks. Hayle would also have the branch for added interest.
A more interesting plan could be Bodmin Parkway. You would still have the local trip work on the branch at that time. 

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Re: Hydro-West?
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2016, 02:31:21 PM »


I have considered using Plymton as a basis for my new project as the station was simple had a good scenic break at the West end as the real station closed in the Mid 60's I have plenty of licence to model the buildings with a bit of imagination .



This is a first draft of what I might build.


« Last Edit: May 31, 2016, 11:53:54 PM by Ditape »
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Re: Hydro-West?
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2016, 11:48:41 PM »
That looks pretty cool, Diane   :thumbsup:
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Re: Hydro-West?
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2016, 12:27:30 AM »
Nice one Di I look forward to seeing more

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Re: Hydro-West?
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2016, 07:42:58 AM »
Looking forward to seeing this one take shape.
I'd second the Hayle/Redruth idea (but as I live here I'm biased of course).
Redruth also gives you the option of Drump Road Sidings for added interest.
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Re: Hydro-West?
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2016, 08:59:45 AM »
Here is how Bodmin Road would fit into 10 by 3. I nearly built this myself but changed my mind as had done it back in the 80s in OO.
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Re: Hydro-West?
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2016, 04:09:58 PM »



This is a draft copy of how things could look, this was uploaded mainly to see how the new add picture system works.
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Re: Hydro-West?
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2016, 11:08:49 AM »
Bodmin Road would get my vote, Diane, purely because it 'connects' with Wadebridge and, hence, both Martin's layouts and my own one. However, I agree that Hayle or Redruth idea (with, as Martin notes, Drump Road Sidings for added interest, Redruth once had a quite modern looking loco. shed and adjoining wagon works, too) would also work well. Finally, Plymton would fit your proposed plan very nicely indeed. I look forward to seeing this one develop being a big WR diesel-hydraulic fan, too. I do have a BR Blue but D series Class 22 coming plus suitable coaches, wagons and vans for the early 1970s so could run a couple of 'through' trains . . .

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Re: Hydro-West?
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2016, 12:28:15 PM »
 :hellosign:   Nice plan Di, all West Country is good, look forward to developments
regards Derek.

 

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