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Hello,My name is Christian (but you can call me Chris if you want to) and I live in France.I'm very happy to be a new member of this great community. I read a lot of topics of this forum and I found them very interesting. The forum members look like a bunch of friends in a model railway club. I started to build a very small shunting layout (10" x 2') with a sector plate but I'm in a dead end. I absolutely don't know what the next step could be. So I need a helping hand and a few advices.
Kind regards,
Christian

Sorry for my poor English...
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Welcome to the club Chris.You will find all the advice you need here so ask all  the questions you want.Nothing wrong with your english at all.



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Bonjour Chris et bienvenue dans le club d'un peu au nord de toi, près de Saumur.

I only picked up copies of 'ferrovissime' et 'Voie Libre' today, so it only seems appropriate to meet a French modeller also!

You will indeed find all the friendly help you need here, so let us know what you have been up to and what you need to know. Are you modelling French or British outline and in which period?

I have a French lesson every week with a lovely 89 year professor, whose father worked on the railways during the war and we often talk about les chemins de fer, where I learn even more about one of my favourite pastimes.

Looking forward to hearing more about your railway soon,

Amitiés, 

Bill 

PS your English is so very much better than my French



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Welcome Chris.  I joined the forum for the same reasons - I read the posts and got a feeling for the club - and I too need lots of advice.  No questions too easy, and rarely too hard. I look forward to seeing your layout and its development.
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Hi Chris
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Hi Chris there are a lot of members here who will assist you with any questions you may have



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Many thanks for your friendly welcome.



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Hello Chris,

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Hi Chris - a very warm welcome from not too far from you !

I see you live in (or near) Bergerac - so do I.  I also see your username is "Montignac" - there are lots of "Montignacs" around Bergerac - which one is yours ?

Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Comme Bill a deja dit - amities

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Thanks Petermac. In fact I live in a small village near Bergerac. Montignac is just my username. Nothing else.



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Hi Christian,

Welcome to the club. Your layout sounds a great challenge. What scale are you using? HO or European/North American N? Have you looked at the carendt website? http://www.carendt.com/micro-layout-design-gallery/ Lots of inspiration, especially micro layouts.

A check list of possibilities helps overcame a stall (the wishlist). Scale? Passenger,Freight, Both? DC/courant continu or DCC control? Track - regular or fine-scale? Standard or narrow gauge? Country, industrial or town/city scene? Operations or just for fun? Prototype based or freelance? Station or freight yard? Sound/no sound? Budget? Space?

A lot of members speak French (and live in France) so don't worry about switching between the two if something gets difficult. Especially some of the technical items.
 
Nigel (Miguel when I lived in France)

Edit: OK saw the other post. HO/OO. The problem there is that a point/switch/turnout will take almost half of your scenic space. I know there were sector plates on some stations in the UK, as well as vertical lifts to another level (Bath for example). Have you thought about HOm? It would give you a bit more room to work with. Most mini layouts this size use narrow gauge (even Gn15). Why not use some of the sector plate space, and have a smaller one in a building using casettes?












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Many thanks for your answer BCDR. It's very helpful. You have a lot of good ideas.



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