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 Posted: Fri Oct 26th, 2018 03:17 pm
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Having posted a couple of times about our Club's exhibition on 17th November, I thought I should introduce myself, and my layout.

Although I've been interested in trains for as long as I can remember, I've only ever had a childhood Hornby Dublo layout. I gave up trying in the late 1980s. In 2003 I changed my wife, and things have started to look up! In 2014 a move to Gosport and a house with a loft I can stand up in, rekindled the flame. I joined the South Hants MRC, set about making the loft habitable (or at least, railway-friendly), and dusted off the plans I'd been working on twenty years before.

The loft took two years, along with other 'necessary' work in the house (so my wife said), and I started building base boards about a year ago. I love research, so one of the reasons I haven't got any track laid is just about getting started. That, and my wavering between EM and 00. I've been an EMGS member on and off for tens of years, but converting lots of locos and stock has been a stumbling block because a) I don't have time, b) the cost, c) I'd have to aquire the skills. From May this year to September, I was stuck. Now, I've decided to stick with 00, but in the 4-SF guise with 16.2mm gauge pointwork (see https://4-sf.uk for more info). This has caused some consternation at the Club! "But I thought 00 was 16.5?"

My model is Barnstaple Junction in Southern days (mid-1930s), so much of my loco stock is available RTR .... hence the issue with all the conversions. I've just about got room to get 5-coach+GBL trains in the platform. Buildings will be scaled back but it will be recognisable immediately. I'm just about to start building the pointwork ... guages arrived over the last couple of weeks, and I'm just waiting for some thick sleeper strip to arrive.

Pretty much everything is/will be unconventional, based on what I want to acheive, what simplifications I can make, and evaluating the Club's layouts and their design decisions.

So, boards are ply frame with foamboad (the paper-foam-paper mount board) honeycombe, plastic Foamex top surface (I'll talk about that another time), service channels down the side with as little as possible under the layout, MERG and servo control, and radio control for the locomotives. The last two are designed to reduce the wiring to next to nothing (comparatively).

"Why don't you start with something simple ... like a country branch terminus?" ... I've heard that many times. My answer is always, "If I don't get on with my grand project, I'll never get it started, let alone finished." In any case, a branch terminus will be very dull compared with Barnstaple Junction! I've never been faint-hearted.



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Welcome to the group David
Looks like you have an interesting project in hand there and it seems you have a pretty good plan already but im sure with all model railways you will adapt as you go along.
Looking forward to seeing your progress

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Hi David and a warm welcome to our little corner of the web.

The 30s is an interesting period to model and I'm looking forward to your unconventional ideas, as we're never too old to try something diffetent.

All the best,

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Hi David,

Welcome to the club. 

I like 4ST as well, a lot cheaper than EM. And looks 100% better than stock OO. I presume you will be using modern motive stock, older models tend to have hit and miss BtB. Plus flanges are often nowhere near NMRA standards. There are many other problems with older stock. 

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Hello David,

Welcome to the club.

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Hi David
 Welcome to the club.
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Hello David, and welcome.  Your story sounds a lot like my own - hooked om model trains as a lad but never got going myself.   Then reached a point where it was now or never.... then lots of planning..... and eventually started.  Your plans sound far more exciting than my modest efforts, so look forward to seeing them chronicled here.

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Welcome to the club David.



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Belated  :hi David, from a rather chilly Essex.


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Thanks to everyone for the welcome messages.

Didn't get much done this weekend ... antiques fair with Joy on Saturday, house chores Sunday plus putting a few surplus items on eBay. Did manage to work on my drawing of Barnstaple Junction goods shed in the evening (after Strictly). Have been able to work out approx. width from pouring over lots of photos.



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Hi David welcome from Cornwall.Piran

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