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 Posted: Tue Mar 13th, 2018 11:28 pm
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Hi Doug

A nice space to have and it looks like you've given a lot of thought on how to use it to the best advantage.

Something that no-one else has mentioned so far is that a fiddle yard at the rear of layouts against a wall is not ideal. Access is difficult as you are always leaning over the layout to get at things. Also the plan to my mind has a flaw. The main station platform is longer than both the secondary station and fiddle yard roads, the secondary station is not so important but the longest train that you can run is determined by the longest road in the fiddle yard. This looks like it would only allow a loco plus two bogie coaches max.

My solution would be to move the fiddle yard to the board across the link and have a through station on the board opposite the main station. You could then have a small industry in the corner where the fiddle yard is currently shown or a space to create a scene from your wonderful buildings.




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BCDR wrote:
Are you looking at this the right way - OO with an OO9 interchange? With that much space why not consider OO9 with an OO interchange?

Nigel

That's  how I'd like to proceed, Nigel. I'm not moved by the double level idea, I'd like to sit on my seat in the middle and look straight ahead from a viewpoint about 6-9" above track level, the OO9 on an elevated site towards the rear of the wider board with a long descent to an interchange, simply because I have several OO9 kit and scratch built locomotives and a selection of track, but would prefer a separate NG entity.

Wise words, Woody. [nothing wrong with a bit of aliteration, is there?] Nigel's suggestion of double level brings to mind storage/fiddle tracks under the front of the main boards, with perhaps a hinge up portion of fascia to get at them. J.D. is using this system, I believe?

I'm not much in need of metres of fiddle and storage, I'd like to have a lot of 'country' with no railway save a single track through it, and not a lot of stock.

I have been hand painting letters and numbers on a GWR toad today.......at 12"/1ft scale at the S.D.R. under the beady eye of a mentor 'Sid' who is 80 years young!

Doug



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Chubber wrote:
Wise words, Woody. [nothing wrong with a bit of aliteration, is there?] Nigel's suggestion of double level brings to mind storage/fiddle tracks under the front of the main boards, with perhaps a hinge up portion of fascia to get at them. J.D. is using this system, I believe?

I'm not much in need of metres of fiddle and storage, I'd like to have a lot of 'country' with no railway save a single track through it, and not a lot of stock.

Doug

If J.D. is me.......then yes and no.  I think hidden (ie difficult to access) sidings are fine for storage but not fiddling.

If you have fixed rakes that do not require changing in any way then its fine to store them off scene. Attempting to fiddle (change locos/brake van location etc) with trains in difficult to access sidings is a right pain and should be avoided if at all possible.

If I were designing Granby again I would try to have most of my storage yards in a more accessible position.....out in the open.....in the guise of a marshalling yard.....exchange sidings and or carriage sidings. 

Cheers

John


ps Nicks comments about the need to establish the longest train as a determining factor follow the same line as my enquiry about the type of passenger service you are planning.







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All noted, John. I think a three coach train will be my maximum, and along the lines of '...the rear two coaches for station A...'

The problem with all these locomotives, coaches and rolling stock is that they get in the way of the buildings!

What puzzles me more is what scenario could I possibly invent to use a Pannier, a 45XX, a GWR Railcar (not too difficult so far) together with a Beatty well-tank and a S.R. Schools Class together with a rake of 6 coaches, circa 1950s? I'd deffo need a hidden storage spot for that!

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Hi Doug,

Go modern - a what-if preservation line that came with a narrow gauge interchange (L&B meets the GWR and SR). There was an article on this topic in one of the magazines a few years ago. Apart from TV aerials and satellite dishes, houses and most buildings look the same over a 60-year period. Just change the cars to suite the decade.

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