Jack

Basford Parkway

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Basford Parkway, is a modern image layout, loosly based around Crewe and Stafford, and includes:

- 6 platform Station

- 5 lane TMD

- Head shunt

- MultiModal depot and run around

- 4 track mainline

- Tunnel

The layout's thread on the old forum carried all of the planning, ideas, and pictures whilst the layout was being drawn up. Now, as soon as the new forum opened, the frames arrived. So now, we continue, with all of the construction, and runnings.

I will be running a variety of trains on BPY (as of a few years time), and they include

- London Midland 350s and 153s

- Grand Central 43s

- Virgin Trains 390s and mk3 sets

- Northern Rail 153s and 156s

- East Midlands 153s and 43s

- CrossCountry 170s and 43s (170s TBC)

I hope you enjoy reading about my new layout.

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MAJOR UPDATE

The wood for the frame has been screwed together, and the legs have been added, meaning that all that is needed to be purchased is the baseboards, and also add a few more legs and the odd bit of wood, just to give the frame more strength. Also, the depot has had to be flipped from the left side of the layout, to the right, to allow me to reach the shelves. Other than that, here is a picture of the new frames in place

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Guess what! The baseboards have arrived! We ordered 6mm ply wood, but its actually 5mm :o How annoying. Anyway, a few more supports need to be added, then we will fix the baseboards, then track laying will begin!

The track will be put down on tuesday, with the help from a friend, plus also a little something should be arriving then... you know what it is Chris!

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The boards are now being fixed in, then I will get out some track and mess mess mess!

The 'little something' is currently taking its final 'C' exam now at Reaseheath works, before it travels light engine to Basford Parkway, due to arrive on either Wednesday or Thursday, but Roger the depot manager at Crawley TMD (Basford) is finding out which day it is, and if there is a slot ready.

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Awwww.... thanks Danny. Means a lot. Inspiration and works like that means a lot, and Ill crack on.

Right guys, baseboars are on, track is being layed, and money is to be spent... Ill let the pictures do the talking

INTERMODAL DEPOT

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STATION ENTRANCE

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The MAINLINE

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Enjoy!

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I'd have to concur with the other complements flowing in about the railway, and in particular what F1P said - you are indeed incredibly fortunate to have a room spare for nothing else than a model railway. You're making fantastic use of it so far :)

What I also like is that, despite the fact you've got so much space to play with, it doesn't look like (From those pictures at least) that you're planning on cramming every last bit of baseboard with track. That can sometimes ruin layouts and make them feel a bit claustrophobic, as well as unrealistic, although I understand if you're tight for space its sort of nessecery sometimes. But yours looks excellent - I can't wait to see fast expresses flying down that mainline section :)

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It's looking stunning!!

You are so lucky to get a whole room for your Railway

Thanks for that Philip. Yea, i feel quite lucky, but with me wanting to expand, then swapping the bigger room where EDJ was to a smaller one, dedicated for ONLY the railway.

I'd have to concur with the other complements flowing in about the railway, and in particular what F1P said - you are indeed incredibly fortunate to have a room spare for nothing else than a model railway. You're making fantastic use of it so far :)

What I also like is that, despite the fact you've got so much space to play with, it doesn't look like (From those pictures at least) that you're planning on cramming every last bit of baseboard with track. That can sometimes ruin layouts and make them feel a bit claustrophobic, as well as unrealistic, although I understand if you're tight for space its sort of nessecery sometimes. But yours looks excellent - I can't wait to see fast expresses flying down that mainline section :)

Thank you very much for that. I totally agree about sqeezing the track in, and that I want this to be a model railway, with trees, hills, cars, roads etc, not a trainset with just track upon track.

Yea, I cannot wait until I get high-speed HST and 390s along there... plus even 66s on intermodals... ahhh, good times are upon us :D

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Wow Jack! you sure have some space! I can only agree with what others have said, it looks like it will be a great layout once completed! wish I had a layout where I could just sit back and whatch the trains go by, but that might happen one day!

Will deffinetly keep whatching this layout progress exspecially the Intermodal depot ;)

All the best,

Georgie

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Good call with the model railway vs trainset line there. I've seen some guys load up track like hell, with tonnes of sidings and lines, and especially in a space thats maybe smaller than what you've got to play with, it just looks claustrophobic - you KNOW a real railway would never look anything like that, even a major terminus or depot link. You have the luxury of putting the depot out on its own away from the station area, just as it would be in real life - a depot is never right on top of a passenger station, it's either in the same spot but just down the line a little or a little way away on a seperate branch.

The balance we all have to strike when modelling is the function vs form. Function = loads of track and trains. Form = dioramas, scenary, realism, looks. We have to strike a fine balance between the two. I personally cannot have a model that is essentially a diorama with one train that runs up and down, although I respect people who do do that, and make it look fantastic. I want some running potential and some activity, however, you can go too far the other way and have no room to do anything else, yknow? Apologies if I'm rambling a bit :P

Do keep us updated with pictures, I'm fascinated to see how it goes together.

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It certainly does. I cannot wait as well! Its going to be a long process, but in the end, it will be worth while.

Right, picture updates:

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Hope you like! Ive got two loops in an operational stage, but they do go down to 1 track at one point of the layout.

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I've gotta say it's looking great straight away, even at the bare bones stage. I can see this being a long-term keeper, simply because of the scale of operations and stuff to do. Will certainly keep you occupied :) Looks fabulous though. Really looking forward to seeing how the scenary around it takes shape. That stage right there is where I want my model railway to be for now - running and operational, if completly bare. I can then work on the scenary around it but still run the trains when I like. I'm assuming that's what you're doing too? I see locos on the track and a DCC controller out?

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Exactly what I want to do Adam. Yea, you do see a few trains out, including ScotRail (soon to be re-braned as Northern Rail) 156465, 20312 and 66952.

Ive recieved gen from that WCRC 37712 is out and about on a rail charter, an will be stopping at Basford tonight at about 6.20, as its just come out of the works having some maintenance to the engine (Ive had to put a new decoder in it to be able to get it working smoothly, unlike other dodgy decoder - its not even my loco!), so Ill go and wait for it to turn up at the station (vids and pics to come :D)

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At about 11.30 this morning, I got a call saying "your parcel is in".... so out I go, and come back with a box... opened it up... and... it was the GBRf 66701!!!!!

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After some WD-40 added onto the body screws, and also a bit of hard work from me and my mum, we got the body shell off, to install the 8 pin DCC decoder... once on, I programmed it to number '12' on the controller, then fitted some spare 66 detail onto it (actually, I had to glue the big panel thing because it was slightly different mould to my 'Fred', also, a bit of ViTrains 47 detail used for the pipes).... so, what do you guys think? Its really good, appart from one nameplate missing, but im going to order another set tonight...

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