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Author Topic: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]  (Read 6670 times)

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #135 on: May 30, 2019, 10:07:39 PM »
Thank you: that is most helpful.

I quite agree about fiddle yard space - the more fiddle yard space, the better variety of trains that I can run, and variety is the spice of life (that and cinnamon, obviously).

It occurs to me that, once the track is laid and wired, I will have to have the 00 gauge layout's baseboards (above) installed, the 00 gauge track laid and that layout fully signalled and wired before installing any scenery or signals on the N gauge layout, as accessing the underside of the 00 gauge layout for wiring and adding point motors would be very difficult without crushing any signals/scenery on the N gauge layout. This does complicate the schedule for layout construction somewhat!

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #136 on: June 17, 2019, 01:00:12 AM »
After a short break, some more progress on the fiddle yards this evening:

N gauge fiddle yard in progress by James Petts, on Flickr

N gauge layout progress by James Petts, on Flickr

N gauge fiddle yard under construction by James Petts, on Flickr

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #137 on: June 17, 2019, 01:12:10 AM »
James. Looking good

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #138 on: June 17, 2019, 01:18:46 AM »

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #139 on: June 17, 2019, 01:21:09 AM »
well lit building, superb woodwork too

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #140 on: June 17, 2019, 09:58:09 AM »
I wondered why everywhere I tried for Peco points stated they'd sold out :goggleeyes: ;)

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #141 on: June 17, 2019, 10:10:58 AM »
This is coming on really well.  Keep up the great work.  :)

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #142 on: June 21, 2019, 12:14:03 AM »
Some Network Express action on the MRC test tracks this evening:

N gauge network express by James Petts, on Flickr

Farish class 47 by James Petts, on Flickr

N gauge network express by James Petts, on Flickr

N gauge network express by James Petts, on Flickr

N gauge network express by James Petts, on Flickr

The locomotive is awaiting renumbering/renaming.

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #143 on: June 21, 2019, 02:39:43 AM »
Thanks for reminding us of trains io the years gone by. Realistic

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #144 on: June 24, 2019, 01:23:41 AM »
Some further track laying progress: the fiddle yard is now more than half complete.

Track laying progress by James Petts, on Flickr

Fiddle yard progress by James Petts, on Flickr

Fiddle yard progress by James Petts, on Flickr

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #145 on: June 24, 2019, 01:54:17 AM »
looking good - going to be a busy yard !

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #146 on: June 24, 2019, 09:21:43 AM »
That's an amazing fiddle yard, James!  I noticed the scissors crossover in the middle.  The power feed arrangements will be fun.  Are you going to use point motors or manual point control?

Thank you very much and all good wishes.

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #147 on: June 24, 2019, 09:26:12 AM »
That looks to be a mighty impressive fiddle yard.
Great work.
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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #148 on: June 24, 2019, 09:32:00 AM »
It is an amazing fiddle yard, and an expensive one, by the looks of it.

I just can't help thinking it's such a shame that all of this is off scene! I certainly wouldn't be prepared to go to that expense.

I've seen examples of scenic fiddle yards which have worked well.

It's more storage roads than a fiddle yard, really!

Most impressive, nevertheless.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #149 on: June 24, 2019, 10:14:19 AM »
Thank you all for your kind thoughts. To answer the questions: all the points will be operated by motors, as the intention is for the layout to be automated.

I have heard of scenic fiddle yards, but that is not the way that I should like to go, since I prefer a clear break between the scenic and non-scenic area so that the scenic area is entirely plausible within its extent: a scenic fiddle yard involves operations in a part of the layout that is apparently intended to be looked at that would make no sense in reality.

The reason to have a large fiddle yard is simply to allow a large variety of trains to be run through the scenic section; the larger the fiddle yard, the more variety that I can have.

 

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