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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #555 on: August 14, 2016, 07:06:46 AM »
Thanks for the updates! Looking fantastic.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #556 on: August 14, 2016, 01:05:07 PM »
Looking superb! 

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« Reply #557 on: August 14, 2016, 10:25:16 PM »
That looks great. Almost as good as varnished wood. :D :thumbsup:
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #558 on: August 15, 2016, 06:44:13 AM »
Thanks Brian, I was wanting to try and create an old LNER waiting room type feel rather than something akin to a cabin cruiser interior.  Make it look a bit different inside from the outside, not quite TARDIS, but along those lines, if that makes sense!

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #559 on: August 15, 2016, 07:31:25 AM »
A very original idea!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #560 on: August 15, 2016, 08:10:18 AM »
Finished off with a bit of "dado" painted black - realised that this could also act as a footing for the rear edge of the baseboards





The grass trailing prevention measures are also coming along



After what seems likes a decade (though it is nearly 4 years since my last layout got broken down) I finally have a trackplan that:
a) fits, with gradients ≤ 1.3% + curves ≥ 12"
b) gives me the operational areas and variety that I was wanting
d) what happened to c
c) ah, there it is!



The grey bar in the middle of the top long side is the doorway, the PRPS hub is on the RHS, the station is loosely based on the track plan at Bo'ness (not Bowness), working title for the station is Milton Wood, but might rename it Forteviot.  there is a fiddle yard feeding that station, I am planning a "removable cartridge" for one of the sidings.  Along the bottom long edge is the PRPS branch line, rising up to Auchterarder, adjacent to which will be the Blackford Refinery and a second larger fiddle yard/storage sidings (not yet decided whether to make them hidden or not as they are on the same level).

Climbing on further there is the branch off into the Tullibardine Distillery (have made this footprint bigger than earlier iterations of the layout as it has taken on a bigger part of the railway backstory now).  Beyond the distillery, the branch will disappear into the Perthshire hills, under Loch Osc, to reappear at an as yet un-named station (but thinking it will be Blackford), with gently curving platforms (thanks for all the earlier advice on this folks) - here the
PRPS will be adjacent to the mainline station, sharing a platform with the down line, its link onto mainline rails just beyond the station.  Off the up line will be a goods yard and the sidings for the oil field that feeds the refinery - will incorporate a scenic break somehow as well as separate it from the mainline loop that continues around it.  Might do what BP did at Dalmeny, near Edinburgh when the crude oil export terminal was built in the 70's and bury it in a redundant shale bing so that it is hidden from all sides - even now, thousands of motorists pass it daily en-route to Edinburgh after crossing the Forth Road Bridge, oblivious to its presence just a few meters away from the A90. 

Further down the "down" line there is a branch that breaks off just before a redundant station and passes through some abandoned sidings that will have the scrapyard locos on, this line will then join a meandering PRPS line back to the storage sidings by the refinery.  That is the vision at least, what we end up with is an entirely different thing!

BTW - the strange dotted blue oval will be my DC test track for running in loco's/testing & servicing, will be on runners so that it can be tucked away when not needed.

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #561 on: August 15, 2016, 08:22:32 AM »
Great space and a really interesting plan.  :thumbsup:

Look forward to watching the build progress.

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #562 on: August 15, 2016, 09:03:32 AM »
Fascinating seeing things come together. I always look forward to your reports.

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #563 on: August 15, 2016, 09:21:14 AM »
Awesome.   :thumbsup:
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #564 on: August 15, 2016, 09:33:09 AM »
Fascinating seeing things come together. I always look forward to your reports.

Thanks George & Mick, I hope my layout construction updates on 1:148 scale can match those of my 1:1 abilities :)

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #565 on: August 15, 2016, 10:22:43 AM »
 :laughabovepost: I'm sure they will.  :beers:
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #566 on: August 15, 2016, 11:21:33 AM »
I think you'll need a shunter's pole to open the window!  ;)

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #567 on: August 15, 2016, 11:59:57 AM »
You might well be right, it is a cheap eastern European window that does not offer up its open position very easily, so may not be an issue!  It is positioned just beyond the refinery/storage siding's board, so it is within reach.

Some of my gaps between boards & walls or board to board (between PRPS & Refinery) are tight ~ 300mm... the thinking was that if I wanted to get the area's beyond, I need to keep the weight off!

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #568 on: August 15, 2016, 05:40:55 PM »
That certainly is some layout. Looking forward to seeing it develop,or a hybrid of it. :D  The platform outside is for the garden railway I presume. On a Tardis theme, where are you going to put the blue light? Oh, and how about a sigh outside like Time Warp Travel, enter N see. :confused2:
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #569 on: August 15, 2016, 05:56:21 PM »
 :laughabovepost: ha ha, now that is a thought ... N-tertainment guaranteed  :)

I am sure you are right, the layout plan will no doubt change as I go along, I plan to do it in stages.... there are quite a few level changes and I want to try & keep the gradients as per Anyrail... so that will take a bit of working out.... hopefully won't have to get into Pythagoras Theorem ... but I have been checking out how to convert 1.3% into a 1:XX type ratio so I can check they are not getting too steep too soon.... think it works out at 1:76 (though that is spookily the same as OO scale).  As with a lot of layouts, it will be trial and error & great ideas will occur along the way :)

I was tempted (and dissuaded) to build the deck as a proper platform, brick walls, coping stones and gravel .... however that would have taken another eon to complete and I am keen (yet nervous) to get started on the actual layout :) 

Will hopefully get a line up to the first station, start the wiring, get some trains running, then extend beyond, that way I can be doing scenics, running trains, building gradients, laying track as the mood takes me - which is kind of like the way the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway evolved, so I like that notion

The idea of a garden layout has also been "dropped into conversation" at regular intervals... to no avail so far!  I wonder how N gauge would fair outside... she might think I have just left some track lying around outside :) 

 

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