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A rather 'busy' boxfile layout
« on: January 09, 2019, 02:45:13 PM »
Evening all,
as you may have seen in my previous post i have had a bad run in last year that put me off the modeling bandwagon for a while however having the spark re ignited, I have decided to again go for a rather industrial box file layout...

After doing some digging I was rather impressed by scalescenes new industrial box file plans which are sadly available only in 00 though there are plans for them to be made into n gauge....(I know you could always shrink the file down but I have a feeling they'll be adding a lot more as they will have a lot more room to play with so I am excited about the results)
https://scalescenes.com/product/ly01-industrial-boxfile-layout/

Any way after seeing that in such a small space I wondered if I could make a rather compact layout just in the one box for now and having found many photos online of Eccles colliery i thought this would be a rather fitting and 'busy' prototype that would be a challenge to fit in a box file but could work very effectively if done right.
Here are some links to said photos.

https://plumbloco.smugmug.com/Trains/British-Industrial-Systems/i-P2qrfWw
https://i2-prod.chroniclelive.co.uk/incoming/article12877240.ece/ALTERNATES/s1227b/DMR_NEC_110417rail_08.jpg
https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8559/8748381396_f195ecb041_b.jpg

I aim to capture the sheds and the screens with numerous lines running too and from the screens however with this many lines in such a small space i would have to have a movable fiddlyard or cassette of sorts outside the box file on either side of the boxfile... whilst having most of the lines being live and electrified and others being dummy lines used purely as display....



Im yet too figure out if this might be too ambitious or wether it would be better off not in a box file, however for now this is just what my mind has in mind for the future of my hobby.

Any thoughts or ideas are welcomed but thank you all for reading.
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Re: A rather 'busy' boxfile layout
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2019, 04:52:07 PM »
Hi there.. Sounds like an interesting project!

Just to prove there's a prototype for everything, the colliery at Hafodyrynys had a traverser like yours just ahead of its coal screens, allowing wagons to be allocated to many more roads than ran under the screens. Its not completely clear in these photos, but the traverser's control cabin is seen at the leftmost end of its gulley here (look below the austerity loco) :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/5780117127/

and at the rightmost end here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ben_salter/4859389967

If you need some inspiration, have a look at @mk1gtstu 's, layout

Mike


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Re: A rather 'busy' boxfile layout
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2019, 07:40:10 PM »
Hi there.. Sounds like an interesting project!

Just to prove there's a prototype for everything, the colliery at Hafodyrynys had a traverser like yours just ahead of its coal screens, allowing wagons to be allocated to many more roads than ran under the screens. Its not completely clear in these photos, but the traverser's control cabin is seen at the leftmost end of its gulley here (look below the austerity loco) :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/12a_kingmoor_klickr/5780117127/

and at the rightmost end here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ben_salter/4859389967

If you need some inspiration, have a look at @mk1gtstu 's, layout

Mike

Cheers for this, I can remember finding this years ago but I had forgot all about it till now, cheers for the recap its amazing to think such a prototype ever existed. Would make for a interesting layout or idea for sure.

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Re: A rather 'busy' boxfile layout
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2019, 07:45:36 PM »
Sounds interesting.
My only thought is......how are you going to fit all of that trackwork into a single box file?
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: A rather 'busy' boxfile layout
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2019, 07:51:06 PM »
Sounds interesting.
My only thought is......how are you going to fit all of that trackwork into a single box file?

My original idea is to have the main bit (the middle section minus the 2 cassettes) in one section as thats what its designed to fit in on a A4 sheet of paper through Photoshop but I was thinking of building the cassettes into some housing built on the side or put two box files together and have the cassettes on either side with the actual layout being situated over the middle of the two files.

This is just a thought as I'm not too sure what approach I'd take to the layout it might be a bit too complicated for just a box file layout as i might warrant building its own display case instead. 

 

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