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Offline Alan Kyte

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Roundy Roundy... GCR.
« on: April 02, 2020, 05:31:38 PM »
Hi all,

Long time Lurker :), I've been plaguing the forum with various questions and you've all been so helpful, so its about time I introduced myself.

Probably the usual story but as an 8 year old my Dad built me a layout in OO, double loop with one siding. I've vague memories of both loving tinkering with the layout and setting up a home made recording studio under it in my "little camp".. Well times have passed, 40 years later, married, a house with a lot more space and a 2 year old boy that I am hoping to engage in the hobby.. Well I'm at least hoping he will pick up some modelling skills or wood working etc, things that seem to lack in a lot of children/teenagers this day (god I sound old).

Anyway, reverting back to my childhood state of mind, Without planning or aforefort I immediately built a double loop "Roundy" using Settrack, based in Rugby so decided to model something akin to the old GCR. Its late 50's - early 60's allowing me to include both Steam and Diesel.

The tracks been ripped up several times, relayed, modified.. Having recently discovered shunting was fun and having the ability to have most of the loco's on the board I've just added a shed load more sidings, relocating factory to a siding on the back edge of the board with a hope to build it out with a factory type back scene with slim buildings attached to give it some depth.

Also I seem to be a butterfly modeller, doing little jobs on different bits of the layout slowly at a time, is that common?..

I think mentally I've allocated this as my test layout, testing modelling, lights, grass that sort of thing, things I'd like to change on the next layout.

Code 55.
Less Roundy, perhaps folded loop, maybe even something as delightfully simple as "Vale of oxbury"
Openbase board, (have tried in vain to give this layout some elevation, but no real success).
Base it on something that actually exists.
Base it on years I was actually alive in (70's + through to modern, I have a pendolino weakness).
Simpler design, less models, fiddle yard!!

I must say its fun to be back in the hobby, wished I hadn't left it 40 years, but my gould its expensive :), so I've commited enough now to be in it for the long haul.

Pics attached, I don't think any part of the layout is over 50% complete, so apologies for that.

Sorry for the waffle, just wanted to say hello and thanks for all your help so far.

Alan -









Returnee to Model Railways after 38 years, last time I was 10 and OO Gauge, now 48 and N gauge.

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Re: Roundy Roundy... GCR.
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2020, 05:39:14 PM »
That's a nice little layout for a small-space 'test layout'. I look forward to your next effort!

I'm intrigued by the oval object in front of the DVD rack. Is it a portal into another universe/dimension?

Cheers,

Chris
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Re: Roundy Roundy... GCR.
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2020, 05:44:41 PM »
That's a nice little layout for a small-space 'test layout'. I look forward to your next effort!

I'm intrigued by the oval object in front of the DVD rack. Is it a portal into another universe/dimension?

Cheers,

Chris

Thanks and hah, that's a Dyson Fan... But I wish it was, good way to escape the family sometimes..... heh
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Re: Roundy Roundy... GCR.
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2020, 06:15:57 PM »
Thatís a lovely little layout there.
I particularly like the twin tunnel portals, slightly offset.

That 4th photo with the Dyson fan (glad you explained what that is) looks like the road goes over the tracks then around the inside of the fan a bit like Hot wheels.
Great stuff though.

Martin

Iíll get round to fixing it drekkly me Ďansome.

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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2020, 07:03:58 PM »
I really like this layout, the twin tunnels and the scenery/buildings looking great.  The Dyson isn't the only fan!

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Re: Roundy Roundy... GCR.
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2020, 07:44:19 PM »
Nice work, Alan. It bodes very well for the next layout. I heartily approve of the current motive power but am not sure about what may be to come as my interest in railways virtually stopped at 1968 :-\

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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2020, 09:04:43 PM »
That's a very nice layout; my kind of thing.

Would be grateful to see some more photographs.

Best wishes.

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Re: Roundy Roundy... GCR.
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2020, 10:17:57 PM »
What a great little layout!!  :thumbsup:

The more I look at my own huge lumbering layout the more tempted I am to produce something like yours.  :thumbsup:

Like NewportNobby, I too like your loco roster as when it comes to modelling eras, he and I have a similar mindset, though it could be dangerous admitting that  ;)
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Re: Roundy Roundy... GCR.
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2020, 10:22:45 PM »
What a great little layout!!  :thumbsup:

The more I look at my own huge lumbering layout the more tempted I am to produce something like yours.  :thumbsup:

Like NewportNobby, I too like your loco roster as when it comes to modelling eras, he and I have a similar mindset, though it could be dangerous admitting that  ;)

I've enjoyed the locos from that period, its just they are the wrong colour for me :).. actually the tricky bit is things like road markings, shops and all that Jazz, trying to get that 50's feel to it all... That said said there are some amazing layouts on here that have given me more ideas.. cheers for compliments though, I'll post some more when I actually make some progress!

Edit: oh and cars and buses?!..
« Last Edit: April 02, 2020, 10:29:54 PM by AlanK »
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Re: Roundy Roundy... GCR.
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2020, 10:54:05 PM »
There's actually heaps of stuff available for the transition period - cars and buses, too!

But it's your layout, and I must admit that Pendolino is awesome!  :thumbsup:
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