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cteno4

Wow, you’ve been watering your trains a lot — they grew!

 

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Kiha66

Awesome new layout Paul, the grandkids are very lucky.  That looks like a lot of fun!

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Pauljag900

Cheers everyone👍😀

so by way of an introduction here s a few pics and what my plans are.

Du to its sheer size and space available,try as hard as I did I just could nt fit anything more than a plain double loop.

based loosely on a small American town,I say loosely as one of the trains is german,unfortunarely the only two starter sets with sound and steam are these. I d already planned it fairly well from pictures etc and I made some footprints of the buildings I want so I had a pretty good idea of what was going where.I d bought a few bits and bobs accessories wise and had a load of scenic stuff anyway so I proceeded to start groundcover in the different areas.

I then realised that the buildings in the middle would be hiding the trains so I reduced the width of the tracks and put the buildings behind.

this is how it is today.

 

small allotment area next to the station,

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camping scene not yet done,

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main station and platform

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i m calling this area the “resting place” as the picnic set that will go there is called that.

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However,I may be changing it😂😂👍I ve worked out that if I raise the train tracks 10” I can fit a 3rd loop in at ground level that will be a single tram line,basically the train tracks will be on top of the buildings,the front of the buildings will sit flush with the edge of the raised station area.

I need to give it some thought😂😂

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RogerK

Paul,

 

By all means keep this thread alive as you transition to large scale trains in the garden.  G Scale Central is a British based forum that you will probably find very useful as you move forward.

 

Roger

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serotta1972

Paul is back at it again!  Already got another layout going while some of us are stuck in the planning phase.  I'm still acquiring rolling stock and then I will build a layout.  Darn it Paul, where am I gonna send my surplus trains to now.  🙂

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Pauljag900

after a lot of deliberating and chopping and changing things I think I ve come up with a firm plan(at least for now😂😂)

I m going to raise the train tracks 1’ and put the buildings underneath,so the track plan will be this,the shaded area is the raised tracks,

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So I did a bit of experimenting.
if I place 9mm mdf onto the baseboard then put the building baseplates/pavement on top it s the right height for the train tracks to look sunken like tram tracks.

 

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So I proceeded to do some spacing,the green building is where it will sit,the train tracks will run above it with the front of the building more or less flush with the viaduct.

 

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it will be laid out as per the photo with the 9mm mdf going to the edge of the board,this creates a natural step up to the pavement from the road which is wide enough for two lanes and parking/ unloading on one side.The Center piece to infill the tracks will need to be made.

i ve had a rough go at it and this is the best result so far.
I placed the baseplate in the photocopier and this is the result,the baseplate is on the right and the paper copy on the left,

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the theory is to print it on to Matt photo card and glue it to 9mm mdf cut to the right width,I m hoping any colour difference can be disguised by weathering.

i ve also altered the tracks slightly to fit the station on the top making more space on the lower level.

 

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bill937ca

Are you going to run the tram around and around?  You could use an automatic reverser which would give you more action.

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Pauljag900
56 minutes ago, bill937ca said:

Are you going to run the tram around and around?  You could use an automatic reverser which would give you more action.

 I m considering both versions mate,but I’m a long way from needing to make that choice😂😂😂
the main issue is that if it’s an automated back and forth it’s not controlled where as if it’s on a loop the grandkids can play with it,I suppose I could do a loop with automation and just turn the automation off when the grand kids are here

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Sheffie

There’s a difference between telling a kid they’re going a bit fast and telling them they’re getting to the end of the line and need to stop. Not if you have a direction switch, I suppose, and just slam it into reverse. But it’s easier to relax and lose yourself in a loop because it can just keep going without intervention. Applies to grownups as well as kids....

 

I went to to visit a guy over the holidays who had a room full, and I do mean full, of classic 1950’s style American HO railway — entirely DCC, with custom lights and sound effects everywhere, tons of incidental models like buildings and animals, neat tricks like coal loading and unloading facilities, switching and stock yards underground (see the closed circuit TV channels for details)... but...in all of this finery, there was not a single loop. He couldn’t just sit and watch his trains running. I guess he knew what he wanted, but even my wife thought it was weird that there were no loops 

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Pauljag900

Thanks Sheffie,like you say it’s personal preference.

Considering the kids is a high priority for me,I ll be honest,the fun for me is in the building it and getting it to work,lights etc,I m quite happy to sit and watch it going round and round,viewing the trains moving is fine by me,but then we re all different mate and as you said,he knew what he wanted.

the piece that goes across the door is removable and I simply disconnect 4 pieces of track and lift the board out,takes about 30 seconds,so the way I see it is that I can have both,I can leave the curves off that end and have it as a back and forth shuttle unit or I can put the track in and disconnect the shuttle and just run it in a loop for the kids. So it’s something I ll probably do in time.

piko actually do the shuttle unit that simply plugs into the back of the power supply.

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cteno4

On the auto point to point you could have a dead section of track at each end to allow manual reversal and not worry they will slam off the end! You can use the diode trick as well so when it hits the diode protected section at the end the train auto stops if they are running it and then when they reverse the power they can pull out the other direction. Neat way to allow them to operate point to point but they can’t run it off the ends!

 

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