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I have been without a layout for almost exactly 12 months now following our move.

I had hoped to be well underway with my new "train shed" by now but hey, this is France and those who know how this country operates (or rather, doesn't operate) will know that a promise of progress by early November, doesn't specify which November.  Needless to say, I have been let down by my roofer.

Several people on here have suggested I build a plank as a temporary measure so, in the absence of a roof, I think I'll give it a go..................

I had seen a rather nifty method of baseboard building which is extremely strong yet light - the video is on Trainmaster's TV for those who subscribe.

Basically, it's a box - likened to an aircraft wing construction.

The top "deck" is 10mm ply, the ends and centre former are 15mm ply and the internal "webs" plus bottom cut-away cover are 5mm ply.

Our local DIY store sells ready cut sheet quite cheaply so I decided this would do for the plank dimension - 400mm x 1200mm.

Firstly, the 15mm end and centre formers are glued to the 10mm top.  Clamps and a square ensure everything is at right angles:




Then, although only posed for this photo, the 5mm sides and internal strengthening ribs are glued in place: 




Once all the ribs are in place, the 5mm cut-away bottom panel is glued in place.  Again, this photo is just to show the ultimate positioning of the internal ribs
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One side in place but still awaiting the other internal ribs before the bottom can finally be glued down.  It certainly is light and hopefully, will be warp proof and strong.  The only potential snag I can forsee is the possibility of point motors fouling the ribs but I do have room to realign the trackwork should this prove to be the case:




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That's a super piece of work Peter, in fact real craftmanship and it certainly augurs well for the future.  :thumbs


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Very neat work indeed Peter and so obviously designed by an ex-Pat!

Bill :)

PS. I am also still waiting for the roofer !!



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Thanks for your very kind comments guys - much appreciated.

Ken, the future is nowhere near as bright as the woodwork appears to be - I still haven't come up with a difinitive track plan !!  It will be an inglenook puzzle of sorts but the board is too big for my original idea - unless I add some off rail scenery - terraced houses etc. might be good.  As you know, I'm a "northern grime" type rather than a pretty, sleepy  west country meadow type .............................

Bill - maybe we should start a roofing business between us !!!  I have only found 1 artisan who keeps to his proposed timings but, very good though he is, he's just a builder and, as you know, in France, builders only touch bricks !!!

I'll post my proposed track plan for critique when I have something to show ........................



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Now there's an idea Peter! Mind you, whilst I can cope with most things, I find the falling off ladders rather worrisome following a close shave, so I'm keeping my feet much nearer terra firma in an effort to reduce hospital visits.

We did have yet another roofer visit us on Monday. By they way the job grew much larger than I'd wanted, the likely level of his promised devis may however mean we can get something done sooner than later. Not enumerating mes poules just yet though!

Looking forward to the track plan. Mine's still under wraps!

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Great work Peter.It's looking good.This roofing lark must be catching,mine's booked for the first week in March.



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Thats a well constructed Baseboard Peter your not going to get any movement with that

Perhaps downloading some of those Peco templates may avoid some blue air when starting tracklaying.


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Spurno wrote: Great work Peter.It's looking good.This roofing lark must be catching,mine's booked for the first week in March.


Thanks Alan.

If you don't care which March, I can send you a French roofer .......................



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Briperran wrote: Thats a well constructed Baseboard Peter your not going to get any movement with that

Perhaps downloading some of those Peco templates may avoid some blue air when starting tracklaying.


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I have a stock of templates Brian - or indeed, the points themselves if I could find them !!

I'm thinking a simple Inglenook Sidings for the trackplan.  I remember watching one at a show somewhere and it looked like fun assembling the train in the right order.




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Type shunting puzzles in google Peter there are some goods sites with tracklplans for them.

timesaver is a good one lots of operating possibilities

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Yes, I've looked at the "Puzzle" site Brian but I don't think my board is long enough for a Timesaver - at least, not in "OO" Gauge - hence the more simple Inglenook.



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Lovely craftsmanship Peter - if this is what you can do with a plank, I can't wait to see your railway room when it gets up and running!

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Very nice work Peter. :thumbs


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Very nice indeed, Peter!

It will be a shame to cover it up with all that railway stuff.  :lol:



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Splendid news.....will follow with great interest.

The baseboard construction looks very professional. Looking forward to the track plan.

Have you seen Iain Rice’s book “Designs for Urban Layouts”? There are a number of interesting compact layouts in the grim and grimy mode.

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Thanks for your kind comments guys.

Max - I agree with you - railway "stuff" as you put it, does tend to spoil things for me.  My woodwork is probably better than my track laying and certainly better than my electrics !!!

I haven't seen Ian Rice's book John but will have a l ook to see where it's available - many thanks.  There might be something there I could use .................. :hmm



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Good luck with it Peter, don't think you'll be running any A3s :mutley


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As Ed said Peter, but those W4 0-4-0 Pecketts are simply delightful.

Just sayin' :)

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Nice looking base. Which side does the track go?  :hmm Go on, paint it red, white and blue. Or just red and white.
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