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 Posted: Tue Jun 7th, 2016 07:07 pm
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I have plucked up the courage to start a thread on my own
layout, after seeing the layouts on this thread mine pales into significance
but here goes anyway.


The layout is a OO gauge layout and is DCC, the layout
measures approx 11 ft x 9ft so is not huge but big enough to hopefully give
plenty of interest it is also my first ever attempt at a layout and boy is it a
learning curve.


The layout is not modelled on any time period as I am very
much in the camp of build and run what you enjoy. I did not work to any track
plan (first mistake), I just literally built it as I went along. I have two
tiers with both having basic ovals although with a few twists and turns for
interest. I originally intended to link the top and bottom tiers together but
found the incline too severe (2
nd mistake). They now run
independently of each other…


As previously mentioned I have no drawn track plan but if
you follow the first set of pics in sequence it takes you round the whole
board. These pics were from around 18 months ago, I have others as the layout
progressed but wanted you to get a feel for how it started out.













First track laid on top tier.











The start of the incline I intended to build to join the two levels, (oh well).




Top tier on stilts to give me an idea of how it might look.










And there you have it, these pics were taken 18 months ago and a lot has changed and gone awry since then but it all helps with the learning process. I am a mechanical engineer by trade so the building and wiring has not been too challenging yet but is certainly a different experience for me. Never had so any aching bones climbing under that baseboard.

I will post some pics soon from about six months where you will hopefully see a dramatic change...I will then post some up to date ones to show my progress to date.

Please be gentle with me but I always welcome feedback, good or bad.

Shaun

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It all looks very interesting Shaun and I look forward to the updates.   A couple of things: the track at the back looks very close to the rafters so make sure there's enough headroom for locos etc (of course it may just be the camera angle giving a wrong impression?).    Do you plan on having a backscene - always a good idea I think - if so that would bring the track more towards the front.

Ken.


PS: there's a lot of blank spaces between your pictures but no doubt one of the moderators will tell you how to avoid this in future.



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Ken wrote: ..................................

PS: there's a lot of blank spaces between your pictures but no doubt one of the moderators will tell you how to avoid this in future.

Corrected but I have no idea how the spaces arrived - are you using Firefox Shaun ?

p.s. You've made a great start - my only comment would be to make sure you have easy access to the lower level.  That's where all the derailments will happen .............:roll::roll::roll::thumbs



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Looks good Shaun :thumbs



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Thanks for the edit Peter. I uploaded everything from my PC at work which is Windows.
When I mention the bottom tier I mean the open plan bit. I did consider running track under the covered bit but resisted for the very reason you mention.
Ken
You are quite correct the track was too near the trusses. I altered it as you may see in future pics. I do intend to have a back scene but not quite worked out what yet..
Shaun

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nice to see a new build again,brings back all the memories of all the mistakes we made too,keep em coming
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Nice work, Shaun.  :thumbs

I'm looking forward to following along.



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Hi Shaun... nice space and progress, but I'm not totally convinced by a 'no track plan' build theory... many of us have been there when starting out and usually were very disappointed with the results, often requiring a rip it all up and start again scenario...

Unless you've decided to press ahead with what you are doing regardless of outcome or other opinion (that's Rule 1 by the way), I'd personally hold fire... leave what you've already made and apply some thought to what it is you finally want to achieve - it may save a lot of heartache, time, effort and expense if you do and, you can still play trains with what you've already made. Have a look through some of the layouts by the members here (other forums are available - but this is the friendliest) to see where you want to go...

As you still seem to be in the very early stages of your build, and before you completely bin the incline between levels idea, I'd like to encourage you to have a read of this link first... http://www.dccconcepts.com/catalogue/j/dccconcepts-powerbase

Its not expensive and it's worth looking at the powerbase videos on the site as it may change your mind...

Whatever you decide... don't make the usual start out mistake of cramming too much track onto your layout... think about it as a railway running through landscape (urban/country) and leave room for buildings and scenery etc... good luck with your build.

All my own honest opinion of course... please ignore if you wish.....



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Hi Mike...Certainly won't ignore anyone's opinion. I appreciate your time to post. The pictures are from 18 months ago...I have some from 6 months ago (I will post soon) and from right now. I wanted to post pictures from the start to current day in stages to give a feel for how I have progressed.

The track plan is just about finished although I did make the mistake of trying to fit too much track in (exactly as you mentioned). I have removed quite a bit although still some more to remove. Unfortunately the incline is now gone, thanks for the link though. Something to bear in mind in future. I have actually quite enjoyed making the mistakes and correcting as I went along, must be the sadist in me.
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A few pictures of my layout from around six months ago. Most of the track laid at this stage (or so I thought). Back to Mikes point about too much track some of this has now gone. Pleased with my top layer at this stage and all track was tested and almost everything ran reasonably well.






As you can see very cluttered at this stage..






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shaunabeer wrote:  
I have actually quite enjoyed making the mistakes and correcting as I went along, must be the sadist in me.
 

No... it's called gaining experience... and, once you've gained it, you can pass it on to others... it's how we all learn.....



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Looks good to me Shaun. :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs

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Still from 6 months ago....Views showing my upper tier, took endless hours of cutting plywood to suit but was reasonably happy with the end result. The curves are not as tight as they look in the pictures, must be the camera angle. Another mistake I made at this stage was not fitting point motors under the upper tier which cost me countless additional hours fitting them at a later date.
I was at this stage still not decided on scenery etc and was just concentrating on framework and track work.


Sorry for the darkness, photography not my forte.




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The photos are fine, Shaun.  They show what they need to - and they are quite clear.

When you're ready to put the name in, just let us know and we'll change it.



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Those last pics give a good view of how high your high level is Shaun.

See what you mean about an incline problem.



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Ed wrote: Those last pics give a good view of how high your high level is Shaun.



See what you mean about an incline problem.







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Another of my many mistakes Ed, I did build the top tier too high but decided on not changing it as visually I think it looks quite good. I have some pictures of the incline I built (I will post them). I persevered  with it as most engines climbed it but struggled. I have since ripped it out.
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Still 6 months ago......The doomed incline. Now put this space to much better use, will show in future pictures.

 






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Hi Shaun

Just catching up... your work area looks mighty similar to what I started with. Just one question, do you have any problems with temperature? Before I started on the layout I did insulate the walls and roof of the loft, works fine... except when the weather goes a bit mad, like this week, and we get thermometers reading around the 30 mark and then the loft can get a bit warm. I've fitted fans, one in the apex of the roof and another on the wall, and with the velux open, that bring things down to reasonable levels... but still a bit warm for me.

On the inline - I did read a while back about a system using magnetic strips under the track and small magnets in the locos which they reckoned worked quite well, can't for the life of me remember the manufacturer, but I'm sure somebody will know. It was a bit too late for me, couldn't face ripping up all the ballasted track to fit it, but may still be a possiblity for you, if you ever fancied reinstating the incline. Linking the levels would make for more interesting operations. I went through the same processes as you, I'm definitely not a plan fan (check the Woodside thread), with one of the inclines on Woodside, but sorted it with some judicious cutting of the baseboard, only odd locos like the Bachmann Jubilee still struggle - just have to load them appropriately, and everything's fine.

Even though you've shown pics from 18 months back - your progress is a bit quicker than mine.... there again, most folk are quicker than me...

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Hi Keith
Yes I have similar problems to you regards temperature, although the part of the loft that my layout is in is part of a reasonably large extension I had built on my house a couple of years ago and the ventilation etc is very good and whilst it can get warm up there it's reasonably comfortable.
Regarding the incline it's now gone and as future pictures will show something else is now taking up that space. Like yourself I have got to the stage where there is no turning back (for now).
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The incline now gone (but not totally). I decided to raise and level it and it is now joined to my top tier, giving me another dimension to the layout. Not the best picture but will show you how it joins shortly.
 


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