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 Posted: Sun Aug 14th, 2011 12:49 pm
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As posted in my "just testing" personal layouts thread, I announced that it was good bye to Bodriggy Bridge - As I lifted the train shed off the layout ready to start the dreaded ripping up procedure, I realised that I just couldn't bring myself to do it....Put the shed back on the layout and walked away............. Feeling frustrated at the thought that all I want to do is model the LRTMD and it is only a hobby! , I have now talked my self into making a portable exhibition layout... the plans are on paper, google earth is on the laptop and a walk along the path next to the line to take some photos, means that i'm almost ready to go.  I'm off to have a chat to a pro about how to build an exhibition layout tomorrow.  Next weekend will see the purchase of the wood and then i'm off !  

I would love to get more people involved in this layout to give me lots off advice and help on here and in real life especially on the scenery side, so if anyone is interested I would be delighted for you to contact me through here and yes, if you help of course you can play!!!

Come on now, Seeing this fantastic line up has to give you some inspiration, there was a voyager hidden behind the hst aswell !





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 Posted: Sun Aug 14th, 2011 03:13 pm
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Bodriggy, all my UK layouts were designed with exhibition in mind, and I attended many; this requires a 'bottom up approach' and the major items that I found through experience were:-

1. Transport, how? All my baseboard lengths were determined by the width of my car boot.
2. Weight, what materials?  They can get heavy and how many people will be required to get them in and out of exhibition venues-often up and down stairs and around corners.
3. Support, legs, frames or what? I always used tables supplied by the organizers. It simplifies matters and they provide a firm base.
4. Design, points should not be positioned over baseboard joins.
5. Operation, from front or back?
6. Lighting, how and what?
7. Track joints, how will the baseboard joins be bridged?
9. Shape, exhibition managers like regular sizes.
10. And don't forget the viewing and paying public. You want to have something that will appeal to them

And so on, then you can think about what you want on top!




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i my self have always wanted to create from penzance train station to the level crossing at long rock but due to the sheer size it would be i cannot do it althought i will be keeping a close eye on this

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Not sure what advice I can give, despite knowing the location very well, to someone living virtually on the spot except to follow your heart in doing what you want.

Neither should you be deterred from your wishes by the existence of one or two existing layouts covering the same area.

The basic advice for an exhibition layout is already given. Beyond that KISS applies. Yo will have enough headaches and frustrations simply moving a layout from A to B to C and back safely - once it is built - without needing to be concerned about any quirks or idiosyncrasies you happen to build in so the simpler the better is my broad-brush advice without compromising too much on what you want to present.

Go forth and enjoy the hobby to the fullest extent possible and I look forward to seeing the result one day.

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Hi John - it's something you've wanted to do for ages so go for it. I would be slightly daunted by the price of HST sets and caoches, but if you have a few then you're half way there. Are you doing the 7 roads at the level crossing end?



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 Posted: Mon Aug 22nd, 2011 11:39 pm
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Craig - hope your well, I'm doing it in 4' sections, TODAY.....i'm going from the washer plant (west end) with most of the shed and oil tanks siding.  No plans for the 7 roads or double slip (east end) yet, but maybe in the future.....tomorrow! I can expand or do that end ? There will be 12 foot of scenic and then aprox 12-16 foot of fiddle at each end to take the full hsts , that i'm sure. 

I have completed one base board and hopefully will have the other two done by the weekend, next week is concentrating on joining of the boards and then legs/frame.  I'll try and get some photos on here but it's all a bit boring at the mo !



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Nice to hear you're making progress, lots of pictures please. Should be down Hayle Saturday - maybe pop in for a look?



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Trying to put a print from google earth, I have outlined roughly what i'm going to be doing. I have had to extend the top as I want to get the tanks in. hhhmmmm....I can't get the photo on here, meanwhile.....

A couple of photos of the first board - The dog had to get in on the shot, but then I shouldn't be in the front room !!! Quite surprised I haven't been told off yet with the wood glue near the carpet !!!!!!





 



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Making steady progress as you will see from the photos. Then my wife got lost and came in to the kitchen, she never goes in to the kitchen !!!! I decided that it might be easier just to dismantle as she wanted to do the washing……I tried to explain that I might be using the kitchen as a new model room but I’m not sure she’s having it !!!




Couldn't help it - I had to put the 8 cars on the board just to see how it was all going to fit ......





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Hope you didnt have to sleep in spare room after that mate lol

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I'll say this. You've got more nerve than I do! :It's a no no

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I'm impressed that you can get 8 coaches in a straight line! Some of the places your way aren't so big as you'd swing an N-gauge cat in them. :mutley

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...Well, holes drilled in boards with tube inserted for bolts to go through.  What I thought I had all worked out in my head for getting the holes at 90 degrees actually proved more difficult in reality. .......... AAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHH !!!! 

Three boards lined up and i'm marking out where I think the track needs to be.  Yet again proving more difficult then imagined trying to get the correct spacing !

 

 

 



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Can you fantastic chaps point me in the right direction/links for the best way of wiring the Double slip & 3 way points electrofrog - DCC style with zero shorting !:roll:

 

Looking forward to any input, thanks John



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Start in the Index, John.  There's plenty of stuff there.  :thumbs



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I've been marking out today...., First task - to clear a space in the garage as the kitchen wasn't the best place, (just a small observation I made from before!)... second task - to go to the dog show and win some rosettes and then...... to set up the two main boards in the garage and start marking out, as with everything, I found this task quite difficult as I have to get it perfect ! I think that I have got the measurements pretty accurate now for the points.




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What do you use for marking out John ?  Is it just pencil and ruler or do you have some kind of printed plan along the lines of Templot or Any-Rail etc. ?



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Peter, Thanks for your comment, as I was looking to see if I could see the pencil marks I noticed a very severe mistake, the points for the oil tanks are in totally the wrong place !!!! :oops: 

To answer your question - I zoomed in on google earth and printed out a copy and I am just scaling down using a tape and pencil, nothing more interesting than that I’m afraid.  At the moment I am constantly studying it and keep noticing very slight angles in the track here and there. Tomorrow will see the first bit of track pinned down.



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Just reading the first few comments at the top of the page, and how they are all making sence now. Jointing of the rails over the base board joints, that's definately a good one from John flann. I'm trying to work out the wiring in my head- double slip / 3 way + the other turn outs where do the insulating joiners go. I know what I would do but is there a better way? Might have to do a track plan and throw it out there for all of you to have a look at !!!!



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There's a lot of wiring information in the Index John.  That's always a very good starting point for research (pun intended :lol:). :thumbs



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