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So a new layout dawns! 

 

I will soon be starting construction of "Etruton".

 

The name being a mix of Etruria and Wolstanton.

 

The layout will be built to a modern image specification however, allowing operation from 1960s onwards as by this point the local mainline had been electrified.

 

Based upon the pits of the North Staffordshire coal field I intend to take the best features of particular mines in the area and combine them in to a 4mm scale model.

 

 

The layout will feature a working pit and I will be engineering a workable cage that will bring tubs out of the ground.This will form part of a perspex fronted display case

 

I am aware that traditional Staffordshire collieries were very deep pits. Mine will be a scale 230ft. The story being that due to the local pottery industry, the land is not available to open cast and the resources unworkable from other mines in the area due to geographical faults.

 

It is my intention to build the layout to exhibition standard and will be DCC in operation.

 

This will be my first step into scratch building buildings for the layout as in my opinion there is nothing "ready to plonk" available.

 

 

For rough dimensions, the layout will be 9 meters long or 30ft in old money. The boards will be constructed in such a way that they stack into the smallest possible space. I will have nowhere at home to erect the layout in its entirety so will be building the layout in "chunks" and testing in a spare building at work (subject to allowance!). The boards will be constructed out of 9mm ply for rigidity.

 

 

The basic overview of the track plan will be a 2 track mainline to the rear of the layout curving through the scene with the colliery complex and exchange sidings to the front. I don't intend on having masses of track 

 

Rolling stock in use will primarily be HAA hoppers but I am intending on purchasing a number of 16t steel mineral wagons as I believe these were still in use until the late 80s before HEAs took over house coal.

 

 

I am going to have a play around later on XTrckCad and produce a track plan which hopefully I will be uploading later.

 

Progress will be slow over the next month or so with the run up to Xmas but I plan on starting the buildings as soon as possible.

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Sounds really good Richard,

Suppose use of modular connectors could be used to allow operation of any individual board if it will be difficult to get a chance to connect them all.

3x boards of 3m?

 

Phil

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So,

 

I've had a play about with XtrackCad.

 

Attached is a very rough plan of what the track layout will be. The reception road will start about halfway, the plan isn't quite finished yet.

 

I can't seem to get the flex track option to work (keeps coming up with parallel track error? help!)

 

So I have used radius 3 and 4 curves to show the basic shape I want to achieve.

 

In reality it will be smooth curve laid using flexi track.

 

The area to the centre that is quite sparse is where the main colliery buildings and winding gear will sit.

 

 

The fiddle yard will probably remain unchanged I think there is plenty of track to be filled there and space for brews to sit!

 

 

The next job is to finalise the front of house design, I am considering a small traction depot to the left hand-side of the layout with perhaps a small 2 track station with buildings similar to those at Longport on the right.

 

Once this is done I will begin the "chunking" process and starting the planning on how best to split it all up. I am considering doing the fiddle yard boards first. In my head I envisage the side panels as 2 1.2m x 1m panels.

 

Lots of boards probably equals more cash to spend but the trade off is a lower weight (I've moved some heavy layouts in the past so want to keep weight down!). The boards will be engineered to stack neatly (same design for each board once I have finished the plan)

 

 

Any thoughts would be appreciated as always :)

Trackplan.PNG

On 26/11/2017 at 4:13 PM, Philip said:

Sounds really good Richard,

Suppose use of modular connectors could be used to allow operation of any individual board if it will be difficult to get a chance to connect them all.

3x boards of 3m?

 

Phil

Thanks Phil,

 

The plan is to have a number of 1.2m x 1m boards which "interlock" and stack neatly.

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I like the look of it. I'm glad to hear the real thing will be on more of a gentle curve - I'm not much of a fan of everything running in total straight lines perfectly perpendicular to each other, as it looks in the track plan, but the basic layout is a good one :) 

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19 minutes ago, AJV1 said:

I like the look of it. I'm glad to hear the real thing will be on more of a gentle curve - I'm not much of a fan of everything running in total straight lines perfectly perpendicular to each other, as it looks in the track plan, but the basic layout is a good one :) 

Cheers,

 

XTrackCad is a little difficult to fathom at the best of times!

 

The mainline will be on a gentle arc from one end to the other, with the collieries main sidings snug beneath it.

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Ok,

 

So not much tangible work has happened however...

 

A shopping list of required baseboard items (timber, alignment dowels and latches) has been created.

 

I have put a lot of work into the final...so far.. track plan. Attached below.

 

The layout will be 32ft in length, comprising of 20 x 1.2m x 0.6m "modules". 

 

As it stands at least 10 of these will be scenic. I am currently torn between the idea of having a separate overhead lighting rig or to build each module as a self contained "cube".

 

Over the Xmas break it is my aim to complete the fiddle yard boards. So something tangible will start appearing soon!

 

I will be tearing up my current layout and the space re-utilized to form a work desk (to weather wagons and what not) and a space to keep any 2 boards at a time stood so I can work on them.

 

So hopefully by the end of next week I should have something more to show!

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