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Author Topic: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall  (Read 1764 times)

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Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« on: March 11, 2019, 06:48:08 AM »
Hello there!

I'm new here and I'd like to introduce myself: My name is Christoph, I got my first train at age 4 and have tried to build a decent layout eversince. Somehow it never went far... :hmmm: The issue was always either money or time or space and the right theme kept eluding me.

A trip to Cornwall in spring 2017 changed everything as far as model railway is concerned. And I mean: everything! I instantly fell  in love with the country around St Ives and British trains caught my attention (something I had ignored completely in the past). I had to build a layout in British style. That's what had to be done! So I switched from my German 1960s theme to present Cornwall ;D

As "space" is the issue today, the layout had to fit in my small flat, so I switched from H0 scale to N.

Rose-an-Grouse is a semi-fictitious junction based on St Erth. I'm trying to get as many details as possible right but concessions have to be made to the limited space. E.g. the Cornish Mainline had to be reduced to single-track, the platforms had to be shortened by about 30% and some buildings had to be omitted. Most structures are moderately modified Metcalfe kits but some are my own design.

The first presentable corner of the layout (The Bay Line's just leaving for St Ives)




An earlier picture:


A much earlier picture:


More will follow soon. Let me know what you think about it! ;)

Cheers
Christoph

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Re: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2019, 07:41:56 AM »
That’s a very good start Christoph.  :beers:

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Re: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2019, 07:44:13 AM »
Good mornng Christoph and welcome to the forum from someone who lives just down the road frm St Erth.
That looks to be a great start.
It is a great location to model and I look forward to seeing more of your work as you progress.
« Last Edit: March 11, 2019, 08:18:16 AM by port perran »
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Re: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2019, 07:44:57 AM »
Welcome to the forum Christoph.  That looks like an excellent start.  I look forward to future installments.
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Re: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2019, 08:03:21 AM »
This is going to be a great little layout!  :thumbsup:

What a shame it is single line at the ends of the scenic section. I assume there's not a lot of room around the back.

May I ask what the trackwork is, please? Looks like Peco Code 80?

Is it DCC?

Sorry for all the questions!   :beers:
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Re: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2019, 08:06:17 AM »
It looks fantastic Christoph, I drive past St Erth station every day, so looking forward to seeing more of your layout  :thumbsup:
« Last Edit: March 11, 2019, 09:42:11 AM by Philipp, Reason: spelling »

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Re: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2019, 08:29:05 AM »
Hi Christoph,

Welcome aboard. It's nice to wake up to new layout on the Forum. Looks really good.

Great stuff, looking forward to more pics and more of your build.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2019, 09:00:32 AM »
Hi Christoph and welcome to the forum. That layout is looking good.
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Re: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2019, 09:48:05 AM »
Excellent work, with some great detailing.

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Re: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2019, 12:01:51 PM »
Hello everybody and thanks for the warm welcome! :bounce:

This is going to be a great little layout!  :thumbsup:

What a shame it is single line at the ends of the scenic section. I assume there's not a lot of room around the back.

May I ask what the trackwork is, please? Looks like Peco Code 80?

Is it DCC?

Sorry for all the questions!   :beers:

Don't be! ;)

I know it's a shame but 1.8 x 0.6 meters is as good as it gets considering my limited space. The alternative would have been to make the platforms even shorter. So, in the end, reducing the mainline to single-track was the lesser of two evils.

You're right, it's Peco Code 80.

The layout is DCC controlled by Rocrail and an Uhlenbrock IB-COM. It's already fully operational and runs on schedule (saturday schedule only at the moment). Now that everything runs smoothly I'm turning to detailing and landscape.

Good mornng Christoph and welcome to the forum from someone who lives just down the road frm St Erth.
That looks to be a great start.
It is a great location to model and I look forward to seeing more of your work as you progress.

Hey, looks like I've come to the right place! :D St Erth is downright ideal for my plans. Good to meet someone from there! I may have one or two questions on the surroundings in the future ;)

Best regards
Christoph
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Re: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2019, 05:27:35 PM »
Welcome here. Glad you present your layout also here.

About the size... I would be happy to have that kind of space. So far I got the concession of 24"x16.8" (or A2 format) from SWMBO.
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Re: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2019, 07:25:34 PM »
Welcome to the forum Christolph and what a lovely little layout you are creating, you can't beat the GWR and the West Country.

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Re: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2019, 07:29:32 PM »
you can't beat the GWR and the West Country.

With Storm Gareth about to wallop us, I'd rather be in the Costa Del Sol  :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:

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Re: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2019, 08:48:51 PM »
Hello!

@Alexander: I believe we've met, sir! Servus in die Schweiz! I suppose the missus knows of T gauge? :hmmm:

@Caz: thanks! Yes, GWR is wunderbar  :D

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Christoph

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Re: Rose-an-Grouse - a small junction in Cornwall
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2019, 08:58:54 PM »
Welcome aboard Christoph! :wave: Thanks for sharing some lovely modelling with us. I particularly like your platforms. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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