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Author Topic: An open and shut case.  (Read 1493 times)

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An open and shut case.
« on: March 06, 2016, 11:46:35 AM »
Having got my test track built and learned some lessons about tracklaying I thought to move on to building a proper model. I have had many ideas over the years, some rather extensive but generally getting smaller. 
My main plan is a coffee table layout but that's on hold for the moment. I do have the table though.  I have been inspired by the box file layouts and have been considering some possible themes including a Hospital railway,  canal wharf and a seaside pier.
My test track has confirmed that an 0-6-0 just can't negotiate the curves at this size so all would rely on an 0-4-0 or tram/tram loco. I don't have one but there seem to be some suitable chassis from Kato, World Craft and N Drive.

Not to be deterred I was prompted by the prospect of having to.work away to see what could be done that would be portable. I remembered an old glazed display case I acquired a few years ago with the intention of running something in it. It is too tight for an 0-6-0 again but now considering the tram loco idea I dug it out.  It is low so not much prospect of dramatic terrain!

I reckon a four wheel loco will go round a loop in it so I sketched up a plan for a standard gauge line within a slate quarry This requires a small turntable so I have started to make one.

I may change the theme from slate to something else when I have the track down and the turntable working. We shall see how it looks.

Anyway here are a couple of pics.

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Re: An open and shut case.
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2016, 12:04:23 PM »
 :greatpicturessign: Looks good!
The old Minitrix Dock Tank will get around 6" radius curves as will the Farish J94.
Also if you use only Peco wagons you won't get buffer locking either.  :)
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Re: An open and shut case.
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2016, 01:02:24 PM »
:greatpicturessign: Looks good!
The old Minitrix Dock Tank will get around 6" radius curves as will the Farish J94.
Also if you use only Peco wagons you won't get buffer locking either.  :)
Interesting about the J94. I have a Bachmann-Farish Jinty and that won't. It's ok down to about 7 1/2" but any tighter and it starts derailing the front axle on Peco Code55. Haven't tried it on Code 80.

I am using some Code 80 for this case model as I happen to have some and it goes into tight radii better than the Code 55. The track should be fairly well buried with only the rails showing so I think I can get away with it visually.

Here are some real examples of similar environments, narrow and standard.








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Re: An open and shut case.
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2016, 03:41:30 PM »
The Jinty's wheelbase is too long for 6" radius, as you've found out. I would imagine that the Farish class 08 will go round as it has a similar wheelbase to the J94. Also, though I've not tested it, the Dapol Terrier.
Code 80 seems to have more 'flex' than code 55 and will be perfectly ok if you're burying the track!  :laugh:
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Re: An open and shut case.
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2016, 07:11:16 PM »
Yes, I got the track loop laid and thought I might as well test for power with the Jinty.  To my surprise it shot right round the circuit albeit with the front axle running out of gauge!

 

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