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New project in the South of France
« on: December 16, 2017, 07:20:45 PM »
Hello everybody,

I am a very new member of this forum, this is my first topic ! Please forgive my English, I am from the South of France so I may well make quite a few mistakes..

I am, at the time of writing this message 53 years old and I am willing to build a small N layout at home, I have some basic experience in building model railways and I am seeking for some advice. I have also registered to a French forum and I am slowly learning, some help from this forum will be greatly appreciated !

I have built rapidly a simple layout using Scarm and I would like to have your opinion about it. The size will be 2m16 x 1m15, there will be a hidden layer with two hidden stations and a visible layer with mainly two tracks which slowly go up, go under a bridge, enter a tunnel, arrive at a main station , go under a second tunnel, exit, go over the station and go down again to the hidden layer.

The idea is to have the layout controlled by a computer, probably iTrain or RRTC to manage the hidden stations and the main one. I would like to have twice three trains waiting in the hidden stations and as soon as a train is detected entering the hidden layer, one train will leave the station at random to be replaced by the incoming one.

There will be a mix of Merchandize and passengers trains, Passengers trains will stop at the main station while Merchandize trains will not, so the latter will "overtake" the Passengers trains while they are waiting.

And finally, I will probably want to have two trains following each other on each track... with the software making sure there are no collisions.

There will be about 36 meters of tracks and 18 turnouts for 30 "detection zones".

Well, this is what I had in mind, I made sure I have all slopes with less than 3% degrees. I have tried also to avoid sharp turns as much as possible.

My main objective is to have the layout fully automated and concentrate fully on the scenery/lanscaping.

I planned to use Peco code 55 tracks and Electrofrog turnouts for all layers.

Attached is the copies of the layout. Please do not hesitate to criticize !!! This is the main reason why I am here, to correct my mistakes and get to help !

thanks a lot in advance !


First the hidden layer:




And the visible part: (except the tunnels in grey of course !  :no:)




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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2017, 07:54:06 PM »
Hi @papymouzot  :wave: and welcome aboard! :wave:

That's a very nice sounding/looking plan. I'm looking forward to following your progress. :beers:
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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2017, 07:59:28 PM »
Welcome to the forum.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2017, 09:35:51 PM »
Bienvenue papymouzot :wave:

An interesting looking plan. Can I ask what track system you will be using please?
Also I congratulate you on your English, which is far better than my French, I can assure you.

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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2017, 09:51:27 PM »
RTFM. :D

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 I planned to use Peco code 55 tracks and Electrofrog turnouts for all layers.
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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2017, 09:54:37 PM »
RTFM. :D

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 I planned to use Peco code 55 tracks and Electrofrog turnouts for all layers.
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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2017, 09:57:12 PM »
Welcome! great looking plan. Will you be running French Models?

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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2017, 10:07:20 PM »
I hope it is French - would be great see more layouts themed thus. :thumbsup:
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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2017, 10:35:09 PM »
Hi papymouzot,

Welcome to the Forum. For me it would be great if you modelled SNCF (as I do) but presume you are on here as you want to model UK trains? Please let us know (plus era/location etc.).

Looking forward to your build either way.

I had a quick Google of the town where you live. It looks like a lovely part of the World, let alone France.

I hope you enjoy being a member here.

Sante weave  :beers:

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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2017, 10:39:35 PM »
G'day from Australia, papymouzot, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

The post says Peco Code 55, Mick.  :P
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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2017, 09:29:45 AM »

The post says Peco Code 55, Mick.  :P


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As was pointed out in reply #4 and responded to in reply #5 :nerner:
Another one who should be paying attention ::)

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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2017, 09:32:43 AM »
It's late night here in Oz  :thumbsup:
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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2017, 09:42:24 AM »
Good morning,

To start it will be a mix unfortunately, I will not run SNCF models, mainly too expensive  :-[  I have some nice Minitrix German Sets, Rheingold, Orient Express, various German Passengers "period III" sets as well as enough Merchandise wagons. Most of the Locomotives will be Steam, BR 18, I have two BR 44, and some diesel from period IV.

For the track I thought about using Peco code 55 and Electrofrog 391F/392F turnouts. I am not sure if you would advise to do this, I felt that code 80 was very popular in the UK.

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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2017, 09:45:36 AM »

For the track I thought about using Peco code 55 and Electrofrog 391F/392F turnouts. I am not sure if you would advise to do this

That is exactly the track and points used by myself :thumbsup:

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Re: New project in the South of France
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2017, 11:55:09 AM »
Bienvenue sur le forum. J'ai vécu 3 ans en France entre 2011 et 2014 (près de Cahors Dept.46) et je n'ai jamais rencontré personne qui s'intéressait aux chemins de fer miniatures. Est-ce un passe-temps populaire en France?

Welcome to the forum. I lived for 3 years in France between 2011 and 2014 (near to Cahors Dept.46) and never once did I meet anyone there who had an interest in model railways. Is it a popular hobby in France?

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