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  1. How they look won't matter to me as the sharp curves will be hidden in tunnels/off-scene. :) Everything on-scene will be prototypical-looking.
  2. Interesting! 18 inches is TINY. I'm wondering how much more it would have to be to fit full-size locos and Mk2/3 coaches?
  3. So, I asked a similar question to this before, but I'll open it up more generally now - mainly as I'm in a total dilemma as to which scale to model in! Basically, I want to know what - roughly - the minimum diameter curve would be to build a loop of track on a baseboard, splitting the front half of the baseboard into the layout itself and the back half as fiddle yard area. This will basically tell me the smallest possible baseboard depth I can run in either scale. Ideally I'd love to run a 'roundy-roundy' kinda layout, but I don't have much room - particularly depth - to play with so I'm curious as to what I have to work with in either scale. I've heard varying estimates about N gauge, that around 18-20 inches is probably the very smallest one can go. Was curious to know what the corrosponding figure would be for OO too. It might help finally make my mind up!
  4. Gilfach Forgoed

    Ideal! I've been considering a terminus/little through station in Norfolk layout, and tree masses make for quite a nice but not very obvious scenic break.
  5. What are you listening to ?

    Discovered this yesterday, constant source of chilled beats and jazzy vibes - intended for soundtrack to help studying, but is nice to have on in general. :)
  6. Aberpandy

    Just dived into this thead, and I LOVE this idea. Sounds fantastic! I can't wait to see how this progresses. :) One question - what are the dimensions of the revised track plan? Is it built to fit on just one of the 2ft x 6ft boards you talked about in the OP?
  7. Chris's Fleet

    Oooh...*is curious*
  8. Gilfach Forgoed

    What's the plan for scenic breaks? I like the footbridge added at one end, is the other going to be hidden behind thick trees/foliage? :)
  9. Gilfach Forgoed

    Yup! I came across it watching the All The Stations series :)
  10. Gilfach Forgoed

    That's amazing! I really must explore the Welsh railways some day, they seem fascinating in a very small and atmospheric kind of way. I love the short platforms - reminds me of Beauly, which I believe has platforms only 15.06m long! Looking forward to seeing how this progresses. :)
  11. Been drawing up a little inventory of potential rolling stock for the layout, and even at the work in progress stage it's pretty impressive thus far... Some thoughts: - Wow, N gauge doesn't have that much in the way of RTR EMUs or even DMUs does it?The Graham Farish 4-CEP seems VERY rare too, so if I can find one in BR Blue that'll be the holy grail of this layout. - It's fascinating how, through modelling heritage railtours, just how many of my favourite locomotives of all time I can feature on the layout without them being period correct at all? Look at all those steamers! Who'd have thought you could easily run an LNER A4, LMS Duchess or Class 52 Western diesel locomotive on a layout set in the late-1980s onwards, theoretically decades after all those locomotives went out of mainline service! - Definitely most looking forward to the 1987-1997 NSE era. The range of locomotives and liveries is my favourite of them all - although the nice mix of 66s, 68s and 37s should mean things will still get interesting with freight workings in more modern-era running days.
  12. Jack's modern image fleet

    That's a STONKING deal. Is that from eBay or elsewhere?
  13. Hello John! Once bitten, twice shy - my last attempt at a layout was a OO gauge L shape end-to-end layout, and although I did manage to get the track laid, it was far too ambitious and took up far too much space and I ended up scrapping the lot. So I'm deliberately keeping things simple this time It is indeed roundy-roundy. Main appeal of me going N gauge. Just wouldn't have the space otherwise to do roundy-roundy in any other gauge! That's a good idea, even a subtle curve can really add space and something else to the scene. Might put the lines on a slight curve too. Actually, I have another idea for an extension...that would involve turning the back half of the board, the fiddle yard area, into basically another layout - two layouts on one board effectively! We'll see how it goes :) Thanks, AJ
  14. So, deep breath...here we go. About seven years after my last (overall failed) attempt at building a layout, the time has come again to embark on an ambitious modelling project. A touch less ambitious this time, though? This time, I'm sticking to more achievable goals, a much smaller scale, and I'm going back home. I'm a South London lad at heart, born and raised in my early years in the same place as my family - Streatham and Tulse Hill - before moving out to Kent, then a brief stint living in Eltham whilst at university. And ever since I started travelling on trains on my own just over ten years ago, it's almost always involved the South London lines - Catford Loop Line in particular. And so, inspired by the likes of Denmark Hill, Streatham Hill, Wandsworth Common, Tulse Hill etc, I started scribbling down the ideas for what will hopefully become...Pilgrim Hill. The plans are all designed to fit on a 6ft x 3ft board, with the front half of the board (18 inches deep, 1.5 ft) being the layout itself and the back half being fiddle yard areas. Basically, I wanted to do a roundy-roundy layout in an area that still wouldn't take up most of my room - hence why OO and bigger scales are out of the question. I'm nervous about diving into N gauge, but also reasonably optimistic that I can get what I want out of a layout without it becoming some massive millstone around my neck. The idea with the track plan being to emulate the entry into a typical third-rail South London station - proposed to be somewhere just south of Clapham Junction, London Victoria and London Waterloo - and a couple of sidings for extra operational interest, with the tight curves at each end masked by scenery. In this case, a prototypical old Southern-style station building at ground level at one end, and tunnels/bridges creating a cutting and scenic break at the other.The name is taken from a road just outside West Norwood station, so that'll give you an idea for the vibe we're going for here As for the era? A blend of my favourite era - late-1980s large-logo BR & NSE - into the era I know now, 2007-2017 privatisation. That should cover all bases; some of my favourite diesels in the former, some interesting unit/freight consists AND steam train railtours in the latter! The above track plan is only roughly to scale, so there's potential for the running lines/platforms to be spaced a bit wider. Let me know your thoughts, baseboard construction should hopefully start this month! Also given I am new to N scale, your recommendations for best models and rolling stock for the eras - particularly Class 33s, 47s and 73s, as well as old and new EMUs and preserved steamers, do let me know. Thanks
  15. How To Find The Chiltern Railways Class 68s?

    RIGHT! Thanks for that Jack. So RTT was throwing a red herring? I know sometimes they can be quite generic - just listing an 'electric multiple unit' or 'diesel locomotive', and possibly they haven't caught up with what is hauling those services now? Like perhaps before they were Super Sprinters, and RTT hasn't updated to list them now as loco-hauled?