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 Posted: Fri Sep 9th, 2022 10:00 pm
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My loco fleet includes a small number of Bachmann classes 04 and 08 diesel shunters in either British Railways green or black.  They have spent most of their lives in a cupboard instead of working for a living.  Recently, whilst sorting through some wood in my shed,  I came across a small piece of mdf measuring 41.5 inches by 12.5 inches. As always when presented with a small offcut of board, my mind begins to mull over the suitability of said board to form the basis of a model railway.  I thought that it might be possible to build a 'quickie' shunting layout on which to run the aforementioned diesels, my aim being to use, as far as is possible, track and other items already in my possession.

Planning  model railway layouts is not a strong point of mine.  I tend to start with a general idea of what I want and work from there.  This often results in changes being made 'on the hoof' and the relisation that I have forgotten to include this or that, resulting in a 'one step forward and two steps back' approach.


I have a vague idea of a suburban yard serving some light industries with factories or warehouses in abundance.  These will be constructed from Scalescenes' kits and some may be scratchbuilt.  I'll work this out as I proceed.


I have looked over the Peco code 75 flat-bottom points in my possession and have selected three medium points.  Plain track will be C&L code 75 bullhead.  The C&L track has thinner sleepers than the Peco points so in order to bring the rail tops into alignment, 32mm wide strips of cereal packet card have been glued on the baseboard to which the plain track will be pinned with Peco track pins.


I have two unused Peco SL-43 Loco Lifts and these will be pushed into service singly to act as  removable fiddle yards.  Each one is capable of holding one class 08 and two wagons or vans.


Here is a general view along the layout with the loco-lift on the bottom right hand corner.  This is located on the baseboard by small pieces of Evergreen styrene strip (see next photo).  The two left-hand sidings will end at buffer stops and the right hand road will pass through a building and onto a fiddle-stick suspended at the far end of the layout.  There is a headshunt on the left foreground for the left-hand distant siding.




A similar view showing the pieces of Evergreen styrene strip used to locate the Peco loco-lift.




More soon.


Terry

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I had a similar idea Terry when I had to dismantle my layout for house moving reasons.I started off with a bit of ply and went from there. I used one of Scalescenes box file print files.



The box file 'kit' went together well and I added some extra bits like railings and legs on the hopper area.




Good luck with your new venture.
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Terry

Looks very interesting!

Awaiting further developments

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Thank you Gary and Barry.  I like the look of your layout Gary.

Terry 

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I remembered in time that uncoupling magnets had to be installed beneath the trackbed before the plain track was laid.  I will be using the Kirby Coupling which, as many of you probably know by now, is basically a Bachmann coupling with a staple attached.  The staple is attracted by the magnet and lifts the coupling hook, as seen here on a previous layout...



I use two bar magnets, end to end, which gives sufficient length for both couplings on adjoining wagons to lift at the same time.


I decided to place magnets at the end of all tracks and rectangles were drawn and then cut through the baseboard and cleaned up with files.  Basically, I drilled a number of holes around each drawn rectangle and joined the holes using a small saw.




Next, a small piece of mdf was attached beneath the hole using a strong adhesive.  In this case I used the £1 shop version of 'No Nails' which always seems to work well for this type of job...






The bar magnets are 3mm thick and the depth of the hole is 7mm, therefore I glued two lengths of 2mm greyboard into the hole to bring the top of the magnets up to the same height as the trackbed...




The gap around the magnets will be filled with ready-mixed plaster and the track will be laid directly over the magnets.  The sleeper depth of the C&L track being used is only about 1mm, and experience with my other layout Farleigh shows that the magnetism is not reduced in any way.


All magnets have been fixed in place...




I mentioned in the first post about working things out as I went along and the magnets nearer the camera on the view above are an example of this.  I decided that it might be useful to have the ability to deposit a wagon at that location.  No matter if those particular magnets are never used but it is far easier to install them now with the possibility that they might be used, rather than fitting them retrospectively once the track is laid.  How do I know?  Read through my Farleigh thread to find out!


I also mentioned above that the plain track would be pinned down. I remember that rather nice evenly ballasted track was obtained on my small layout Poppy Lane (see: A 'watching the trains go by' plank) by gluing down the track and covering with ballast at the same time.  I am inclined to try this method again - anything which speeds up the dreaded chore of ballasting track.


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Terry


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