Is bigger - better?

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Is bigger - better?

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Post by bulleidboy » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:44 pm

I've just discovered a YouTube series called "Mckinley Railway". It's a UK layout with an era of 1956-75. It probably says somewhere how big it is, but to give you some indication of size, there storage yard will hold one hundred and eighty, yes 180, full sized trains - they only run 8-coach passenger length trains, although some freights are longer. They have some four hundred coaches, all lit and populated - they bought three thousand, yes 3000, seated passengers. It's a DCC layout, but needs numerous operators, it doesn't appear to be a club layout as it's in someone's home. I have added one youtube clip as a taster - it's worth a look, but it's not a layout to just switch on an play trains.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6jnrFjSYLw
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Post by Walkingthedog » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:58 pm

It may be at somebody’s home but I reckon it can still be classed as a club. Has a team of people building it. Good find BB. Better make a start extending mine :D
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Post by Rog (RJ) » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:35 pm

The house was bought specifically to house the railway. AFAIK nobody actually lives there.
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Post by bulleidboy » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:16 pm

I've just watched one of the earlier videos, and David (the owner) said he spent a long time looking for a house where he could use all of the top floor for the layout - not a loft or attic. There appears to be holes in walls all over the place allowing the railway to run from one room to another. The helix is huge - five tracks with a drop/rise of 1"/100".
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Post by Tricky Dicky » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:10 am

They have a website which has changed a bit since I last visited some time ago

https://www.mckinleyrailway.com/index.php/en/

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Post by Mr Bones » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:32 pm

Have been subscribed to their channel for some time. It's mind boggling what they do and how they control it and wire it. The cost must be extortionate :shock:
Think I'll stick to my shed :D
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