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Old 08-02-2017, 04:57 PM   #1
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After a hiatus of some 11 years, we are finally close to starting construction of a new layout, which will incorporate a part of the old one that dated from 1987. The new layout was designed to satisfy various requirements:
1. Wide radii (ruling radius on the main line ca. 3 ft) to optimise the appearance of trains on curves (this was also the case with the old layout);
2. Easy gradients (ruling gradient on main line 1 in 78.5) to permit the running of trains of prototypical length (the old layout had 1 in 35, which taxed many locos severely);
3. Replacement of the folded figure-of-eight arrangement with a folded dumbell (it soon got silly on the old layout when a train that departed for the north always reappeared from the south); in the event, the folded figure-of-eight has been retained to provide a simple continuous run, on which trains will not require constant supervision);
4. The railway should be fun to play trains with and at the same time be entertaining for visitors;
5. Greatly increased hidden storage space to (a) keep as much stock on the layout as possible at one time and (b) provide a maximum variety of trains.

The red section is the station area from the old layout, which has been kept (with some small changes) to allow the old, tailored control panels to be used. Other old-fashioned aspects are analog cab control and code 100 track (Peco Streamline).

The diagram is in two parts, one showing the visible tracks, the other the hidden ones. The hidden sidings are shown as blocks for (a bit of) clarity. The operating well and disposition of the layout in the room are still somewhat speculative and are therefore not shown. The broken black lines mark tracks where a third rail or stud contact is to be installed, to allow Hornby Dublo, JEP and Märklin trains to be run.

The layout represents the oldest city in a fictitious principality virtually located in Central Europe and sharing frontiers with Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Only steam locomotives will be used, mainly from pre-WW1 Europe. The concept could perhaps be described as a steam locomotives' Valhalla.
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:11 PM   #2
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look forward to seeing it progress
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:52 PM   #3
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An impressive plan there. You have a lot of space to fit that into a room. Nice.
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:16 PM   #4
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Many thanks for your compliments, gentlemen. Sorry to be slow getting back to you. The work on the old house next door is nearing completion; all that's left to do is the heating, which we expect to have finished this autumn. Then we can get down to building the railway.

There are pictures of the work on flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/537755...57627314113184
and illustrations of the new layout:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/537755...57645825095924

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Old 12-07-2017, 09:18 PM   #5
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I think you need to focus and simplify. A time, a season, a place.

The time you know, the season? The place?

The temptation is to invent a fantasy place to explain the variety of rolling stock to be seen.

The place? Why not just a station in Germany? There are some excellent kits.

The trackplan? Very interesting, but can you simplify?
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Old 13-07-2017, 07:24 AM   #6
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I have no intention of simplifying, 4VEP. Nor do I see any need. The attached pix of the old layout (sorry about the lousy quality - scan from print from slide) should show clearly enough that a complex layout can be successful. The entire setup worked faultlessly - points, uncouplers, cab control, the lot. It all had to come down because of moving house. The new layout is to be built according to the same principles, taking advantage of the greater space available.
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Old 13-07-2017, 08:16 AM   #7
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I see no need to simplify a layout. Make it as complicated as you can handle and are able to build. We all like different things and this hobby is perfect to accommodate us all. Go for it.
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Old 13-07-2017, 08:25 AM   #8
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Artur, it won't get layed out overnight i have been laying track for over a year its sort of where i want, make it as you want it, a link to my efforts every bit of track has a reason for being there.....
http://www.modelrailwayforum.co.uk/s...ead.php?t=9370
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Old 13-07-2017, 10:35 AM   #9
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Quite right, Tinker. It could well be a year before we turn a wheel.
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Great plans looking forward to see how you progress.
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