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 Posted: Fri Jun 29th, 2018 11:09 am
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About three years ago, I mentioned to my wife that I had always wanted to have a N gauge railway layout, and as I was beginning to think about retiring a little earlier than my 60th birthday maybe finding space at some point to build one would be a good retirement project.  I had built a 00 layout 30 years earlier although without much in the way of scenery.  Within half an hour my wife had reorganised our 3 bedroom flat to empty everything from one of the small bedrooms but my desk.  In that room I am building Elvenhome (in the image below).  The layout is 2.8m along its longest side and 1.9 along the foot of the L.  It is 900mm deep and stands at 1m of the ground.
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It is a fictional place with the names for almost everything taken from the works fo JRR Tolkien, principally Lord of the Rings.  The main station is called Weathertop with three other stations, Grey Havens, Sharky's End, and eventually High Elven.  It is DCC but with DC control of point motors and lights.  It took about a year for me to source and have supplied the baseboards (living in a 3rd floor flat I have very little scope for major woodworking) for my L shaped layout.  
My wife also suggested that I should document the build of my layout on YouTube.  I was not at all sure about doing that but I decided to give it a try and I have, to my astonishment, found it great fun and a spur to getting on with things to be able to show in my regular updates.  I will post a link to the latest video shortly after posting this introductory messages

 I have been astonished by the range of skills that you need to master.  I have enjoyed the challenge of learning them and applying them.  I am particularly enjoying scratch building things for the layout, mainly so far from card, so that I have things that are unique to my layout.  Above all else it has proved, and is proving to be great fun. I hope you will enjoy the updates to the layout as I record them here.

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Here is the link to my latest video with me completing the gardens for the Gardener and Sexton to St Eldar's Church at Grey Havens.  I also have a first go at building a hillside.

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Hi Steven,

Very nice. Do you have the dimensions?

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I should have mentioned that Nigel so thanks for asking. I'll go back and edit the original in a minute.  The layout is 2.8m along its longest side and 1.9m along the foot of the L.  The depth is 900mm

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Hi Stephen,

Thanks. Have to convert to imperial, this is the U.S. Note the absence of the V.

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Time for the June update showing other things I have been doing in addition to gardening and scenic work.  It includes my first use of Ballast Magic, with good results, and a demonstration of a gimbal that I am using with my IiPhone to get running shots.   This last bit took several attempts to get it right, and I have included some outtakes of the bits that didn't make the cutting room floor.
https://youtu.be/kHhAHx68jmU

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Well I have had a first go at ballasting using Deluxe Ballast Magic and I show the results I have obtained in this video.  I also take a look at the new RevolutioN Trains Class B tankers, a crowdfunded model, three of which now grace my layout.  Finally you get to see two S&DJR engines double heading a rake of tankers.  https://youtu.be/UhdqcgazDC0

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