Layout plan idea..

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Layout plan idea..

Postby lenelg » Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:23 pm

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Jes' delightful little pizza inspired me to explore what might be accomplished in a slightly larger space. The layout depicts a 7 1/4" park railway in Gn9. The layout size is 600x1200 mm (2 x 4ft) which happens to be the standard size of foam insulation slabs here in Sweden.

The neat thing about modeling a miniature railway like this is that you can mix anything that will run on 9 mm gauge: Illustrated are a pair of Steve Bennett's Tiny/Tichy and Gn9 stock, as well as a 1/4 scale live steam Porter saddle tank with approriate stock (i e some old HOn30 or OO9 stock, with a riding tender added behind the loco for the driver).

Not much switching taking place: The storage building and siding can house four trains which take turns running around the park..

I would probably finish the left and rear edges of the layout with a tall garden wall, and you could add a rural or even city backdrop behind the wall.
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Postby Jes » Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:35 pm

I really like this design Lennart, you have clearly thought this through. The car in the middle shows the scale of the tiny trains nicely. I'm a big fan of park railways, can't wait to see this developing! Have fun!

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Postby Jon Randall » Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:38 pm

A good looking plan. I'm looking forward to see this one developing. 8)
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Postby Simon Andrews » Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:03 pm

Great idea Lennart. Introducing some PW / MOW stock would be a good way to include some shunting :D

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Postby henrix72se » Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:22 pm

Hi Lennart,

Looks great, go for it !!

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Postby chris stockdale » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:13 am

Jes wrote:The car in the middle shows the scale of the tiny trains nicely.


Certainly does! What software did you use? It works superbly to show size relationships and plan how things will fit together.

I look forward to seeing the layout come into being.



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Postby route29 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:30 am

Great plan! 8) Looking forward to this one.
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Postby Glen A » Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:00 am

The plan looks very good.
The drawing skills a much better than we are used to seeing around here :lol:

But I'm sure a park railway like that would have a little station or passenger loading area somewhere :twisted:

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:11 am

Do it! :idea:
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Postby lenelg » Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:13 am

Chris Stockdale wrote: What software did you use? It works superbly to show size relationships and plan how things will fit together.


I use DrawPlus from Serif Software http://www.serif.com/drawplus/. It is a cheap (GBP 59.99) general purpose vector drawing package, not a rail planning package, so you have to watch track geometry on your own, but it is easy to learn and has some nice features:

The turnouts/switches were drawn over scanned images of Peco OO9 turnouts, but the track is a line style I designed myself, which automatically converts a centreline to track of any gauge..

To show what it can do, I added a bit of shading to give more of a 3D feel:
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The original drawing was done in 1/10 scale, and then exported as a JPEG image. You can download it here if you want to see the full details:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2790/4431606524_9c24a2152d_o.jpg
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Postby PeterH » Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:45 am

Nice plan. I see you have one bridge. Such railways in NZ seem to have several bridges over artificial valleys and several artificial cuttings. Not many tunnels though ... :o
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Postby AndyA » Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:30 pm

PeterH wrote:Not many tunnels though ... :o


I echo the 'nice plan', and I'm looking forward to seeing it develop. But just to point out that a couple of the miniature railways we've been on over the last couple of years have artificial tunnels as well, looking a bit like the old Hornby tunnels, sticking up from ground level, but maybe with a rockery or something on top.

It looks a lot like a park railway, though; nice one.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:03 pm

Nice plan Lennart, I'm sure it would build into a very attractive layout, great for watching the trains run, with the inglenook into the sheds giving the opportunity for some more intensive operating.
Great idea, I'm sure if you dont build it, somebody will :lol:
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