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 Posted: Tue Jan 3rd, 2017 03:56 pm
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Good morning everyone,

Over the last 18 months or so I've been working on a portable HO switching layout designed to take to shows.

The layout started out initially as an Inglenook fed from a sector plate, with the addition of a kickback spur from one of the fork spurs.

Here is a trackplan of the layout in it's initial format - known then as West Allen Street:

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The layout was built on a budget of £200, that was to include locomotives and rolling stock, but not the DCC controller or tools used to build the layout.

That said, the cost of the DCC locomotive could have equally gone to the cost of a DC controller and a DC locomotive, which makes the total cost still perfectly feasible.

All locos and stock were purchased second hand at train shows to keep the cost down.

The first incarnation of the layout was successfully built to the stated budget, including 2 DCC fitted locomotives (Athearn CF7 and Bachmann GP40) and 10 freight cars - all Athearn blue box.

It was exhibited at the Trent Valley North American Modellers exhibition in 2015 in this first incarnation.

Since then, the layout has been improved upon and expanded - the cheap ground cover (sand used to represent gravel) was dug up and the whole thing redone with DAS modelling clay painted to look like asphault and packed dirt.

This - plus expansion of the locomotive roster and freight car fleet - was completed ready for the layout's second exhibition at Mansfield Model Railway show 2016


After this, and the purchase of a small fleet of gondolas at Mansfield (they were a real bargain - £20 for 6 Blue Box gons!) I decided that the layout needed more operating potential, and wanted an industry to make use of the gon fleet.

Thus came the plans for the first expansion of the layout - Thawne.

Scrap yards are overdone, IMO, so I decided on a stone masons, with large blocks of stone brought into the layout in gondolas, unloaded into the factory, and stone products shipped out in gondolas, boxcars and bulkhead flats.

One of the main issues I had with the original layout format was loading cars onto the sector plate, due to the narrow gap between the backscene and the factory on the kickback spur which was used as a view blocker to hide the sector plate itself.

As such, the first requirement of the extension was better staging. This evolved in the form of a single spur (made from the old sector plate!) attached behind the backscene on the extension, with train disappearing through the backscene to reach it.

Naturally, the stonemasons would be fed by kickback spurs and sit in front of the hidden staging.

In addition to the single spur feeding the stonemasons, another curved spur was added to the front of the layout to act as a locomotive stabling point and caboose track. This track also proves useful when switching the masons.

Unfortunately during initial testing of the track layout, it became apparent that the curved spur was not long enough to fit my longest locomotive on it, so a small extension was added to the front of the layout to correct this.

The idea of the curved spur was to represent an older industrial branch that was no longer rail served, and has been abandoned.

Future plans for the layout include a new extension on the left end of the layout including a coal trestle and a heavy travelling crane to serve the Handy Co. metals factory. After that is finished I have an idea for a third extension moving from the locomotive stabling/caboose track on Thawne.

Below is a link to my Google Drive folder with a couple of hundred pictures of the layout through it's various incarnations. I would appreciate any feedback you could give me. :)

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxJ0XCy-hiT6QjJ6MGRTY1YybWs?usp=sharing

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Hi Daniel,

Really like the excellent details in the photos, Did you pattern the Midland Belt Alco from the old Erie scheme? The yellow switcher? Nice variation! Personally I like mixes of running and switching/shunting so I have never been tempted to do an Inglenook on its own but I do have a fiddle yard that I could use as an Inglenook and sometimes have when I want particular consists and I don't have locos waiting in those sidings!

Well Done Mate

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I did indeed. The Midland Belt railroad was created by an old FREEMO group I was a part of, and we had some decals made up. The theme was black with yellow stripes, so the Eire locos just seemed to fit the bill. :)

The yellow switcher was a variation on the theme, I got the loco undecorated and airbrushed it myself. I've since painted it up as a patch job and added some detail parts to it.

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Following on from the post yesterday, here are some work in progress photos of the next extension to the layout.

It will fix onto the end of the inglenook part of the layout, to the middle spur which feeds the loading dock for the Handy Co. Metals factory.

The spur that feeds the travelling crane will be where the Handy Co. load/unload larger cargo, as well as a gravelled "team track" for them to unload various other components.

The front spur feeds a coal unloading trestle and general merchant which are a seperate industry to Handy Co.

The switch is hand built, although probably not very well - it's only the third switch I've made, though the second one was the 3 way that replaced the sector plate on the extended layout.
















Last of all, here is the general plan for Ramon Blvd, the next expansion which will project from the current locomotive stabling spur on the front of Thawne.

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Hi Daniel,

That is one interesting looking turnout you've got there. The straight closure rail is an interesting touch. Looks to be about a #4 or a #5 frog. Those ties appear to built from ship's bents (timbers). Peco blades? Has the makings of an almost derelict turnout with broken ties used 2-3 times a year (and very gingerly at that). Finishing touch would be to keep the curve going into the steel yard with straight sections of track (which being the US would generally be 39 feet, staggered joints).

If you're a bit challenged for space, one way to gain a couple of inches is to start the curve at the point blade or to have a very short blade. Shinohara used to do #4 and #5 turnouts, always a few on eebygum US.

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Some good work, will be following with great intrest



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Over the last few days, I've been working over my lunch breaks at work to build the coal dealership office/warehouse building, which fits onto the Handy Co. extension board between the coal trestle and the retaining wall. The freight door on the second floor connects with the wooden bridge which is attached to the coal trestle (see photos in previous post).

I decided to add a ground level loading dock and freight door for transferring freight from rail cars to motor vehicles. It will need trimming to allow it to fit flush against the retaining wall, but that can wait until the building gets planted onto the layout.

Enough waffling on from me, here are the progress photos:













Hopefully I'll have more progress to show in a couple of days, as I've got a small tool shed planned which I'm hoping I can knock together in a couple of hours. :)

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Before I left for work this evening I snapped a couple of shots of the warehouse/office building in place on the layout. Clearly both the canopy and the loading dock will need trimming down before it will fit in place correctly.

That, plus a small shack are on my lunchtime to-do list today.



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Today's progress on the layout has been to build a yard office for the Handy Co. facility. A detailed step by step build thread can be seen in the Scratchbuilding section of the forum.

Here are the finished photos - the building does need some steps for the front and rear doors, but those will be my project for tomorrow. :)







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Some nice modelling going on there, Daniel.  :thumbs



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Good stuff Daniel.

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Hi Daniel,

Nice items. What scale are you using for the buildings and the bricks? I especially like the tin roof work (although tar paper would probably be more appropriate for a shallow slope).

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Thanks chaps :)

Nigel - it's HO scale. The idea for the metal roof was that this is the yard office for a metal products manufacturer - stands to reason they'd use their own products. :D

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Hi Daniel,

The tar paper company next door is cheaper.

I checked my photo's - more likely to be tar paper or asphalt shingles. Looks good though, and a nice story-line.

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Hi Daniel,

Structural metal panel. Found a few photos of N&S buildings with same nicely rusted and repaired. Metal roof is 3-times more expensive than asphalt shingles. Metal roof 50 year lifespan, asphalt shingle 25 years. That's why most are shingled.

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Thanks for the info. Normally I'd use tar paper, but I just fancied a change if I'm honest.

Progress report - I've been working on a trackside cafe to go at the front right of the Handy Co. board, as there should be plenty of opportunity for details - filth, grime, trash, etc around a back alley diner.

The structure itself is pretty much done, it just needs further work bedding it into the layout and then detail parts adding once the rest of the scenery is done. :)

IMG_20170114_203302 by Dan Beresford, on Flickr

IMG_20170114_203247 by Dan Beresford, on Flickr

IMG_20170114_203234 by Dan Beresford, on Flickr

IMG_20170114_203222 by Dan Beresford, on Flickr

IMG_20170114_203209 by Dan Beresford, on Flickr

Lastly, here's an overall shot of the progress:
IMG_20170116_160414 by Dan Beresford, on Flickr

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This evening I spent my lunch break working on the low-relief background building for the Handy Co extension, and so far have managed this:

by Dan Beresford, on Flickr

I'm not sure yet if I will layer up over this with card and more texture papers, but if I do it will be much later along, as I've got more pressing jobs to finish - like the ground cover and the rest of the structures! :)

This building is still a work in progress though, and I've got a lot of work left to do on it. :)

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I didn't get chance to post images of yesterday's work at the time, so I'll have two updates today I hope. :)

First up, I managed to add a cinder block foundation to the unloading shed - lots more work to do here but progress is progress!

by Dan Beresford, on Flickr


Next, I purchased a pack of Clevermodels structures last night, and decided to start working on one of them - I'm thinking I might put this on the front of the Handy Co board in place of the trackside cafe, and move that to the other side of the tracks. So far I've just stuck the texture papers to some card and cut out the windows and doors. I'm tempted to make this one purely from card and make a fully detailed interior considering it'll be right at the front of the layout, but we shall see. :)

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More to come later! :D

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Last night's progress was mainly focused on the Coal office, though I decided against putting an interior in the structure.

I also made a quick chemical storage tank for the Handy Co yard. I've been thinking about moving the yard office somewhere else and possibly putting some waste ground and garages along the side of the factory building. I'm not sure on the composition yet but I'm going to build a couple of garage kits and see if I can fit them somewhere. If not, I'll save them for the Ramon Blvd expansion which I have planned next. :)

Anyway, enough waffling, picture time!

Storage tank:

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Coal office:

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Yesterday's progress was the finishing of the coal office, though I think that the chimney as provided in the kit is way too big, so I'm going to shorten it by half and use the other half elsewhere.

I also assembled the truck scales, and started on a garage which may or may not get a place on the extension, though no photos of those - yet!

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