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 Posted: Tue Oct 28th, 2014 03:52 am
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I thought I'd share the couple of ideas I've had regarding my 1st attempt at a layout.
As you will see they both are quite different both era wise and also in their setting. 
I have already made the baseboard from some plywood and insulation we had left from a project at home so I'm stuck with the 6 x 1 which is a shame as I would have liked the board to be slightly wider for more scenic features.
I'm drawn to the simplicity of the second plan and think the other plan is trying to cram too much in the space I have do you all agree.
I would appreciate your thoughts on these ideas both good and bad.
Also any recommendations on kits/buildings that could be used would be greatly appreciated.





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 Posted: Tue Oct 28th, 2014 04:07 am
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Hi Chris,

I think you will be in for a lot of comments very soon my friend. The forum has had a lot of activity on what the members call planks. I would class your's as that.

They are very popular and there are a few good examples of what can be achieved. Have a look at Col Stephens ( Terry ) poppy lane. An absolute stunner.

Very minimalist if in terms of track but it actually makes the scene. His detailing is nothing short of amazing. I would imagine that Gary will also be on later and he will be able to comment loads as he is always bang on the buck with his idea's and knowledge.

My Tuppence worth would be, looking at the two schemes it depends if you want to capitalise on the " modelling " aspects and go for the detailing in which case the second option would probably suit better.

If you want more operational interest with which to " play trains " :mutley the first will definitely provide more scope. I know what you mean about trying to cram to much in as I am currently suffering that fate and trying to thin down some of the track as we speak.
However, you could create a bit of an illusion with the track heavy version by keeping the back scene very uncomplicated. Just an idea.

I'll keep an eye open to see how you go and the advice and idea's that the others will come in with.

Cheers for now

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 Posted: Tue Oct 28th, 2014 05:32 pm
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I think the lower trackplan, while it might offer more room for scenic detail I think you will find it quite limiting for running/operation. The upper plan still gives you room for scenic detail but offers much more in the way of running/operating. Funny enough my home shunting plank is 6x1 and almost exactly the same track layout...except I added an extra siding on the left end and a runaround track in the middle. Depending on how cars are spotted at the beginning of a session I can get between 20-40 minutes of running before having to reset the cars. Sorry for the lousy quality of my photo.



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Hi Chris

The top one without the Kick back is a classic Inglenook type layout, which gives lots of shunting puzzles, if you google  inglenook you will see some impressive layouts, all in small spaces.

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Thanks all, just a few more doodles on Anyrail, nothing original just some plans I've seen that can be condensed to fit the space I have.
All give more operating potential which I admit I would like to have, and the idea of an upper level above a tunnel or bridge would sort the scenic side of things out maybe??
I've seen the layout you mentioned Toto,  Poppy Lane and it is a fine example of modelling simple and effective. 
I like the use of low relief scenery you've used on your layout Genetk44 more scope than I originally envisaged
I think I'd better stop doodling now and concentrate on the pro's and con's of each of these plans before deciding on a final design to go with
Thanks for looking
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paul_l wrote: Hi Chris

The top one without the Kick back is a classic Inglenook type layout, which gives lots of shunting puzzles, if you google  inglenook you will see some impressive layouts, all in small spaces.

Paul

Thanks Paul I'll take a look later tonight

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Here is a link to "the" shunting puzzle website....
http://www.wymann.info/ShuntingPuzzles/

Also...give serious consideration to having a runaround track on your plan....it really does open up the operating possibilities.



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You are not "stuck" with 6' x 1'

If you keep all the really critical stuff on the plank you can also attach outriggers to widen it and accommodate lightweight scenery.

You may even be able to securely fix another plank alongside to double the width and therefore your scope.

We have seen a layout. St. Mawgan, on here on a smaller board and with nothing more than a single length of plain track - no point, no siding, nothing - yet it was considered worthy of exhibition to the paying public.

Size does not matter - I've seen layouts built in box files, backpacks and even around the brim of a hat. OK perhaps not in 00 but you get the picture!



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