7mm My as yet unnamed layout

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by Peter Cross, 3 September 2018.

  1. Peter Cross

    Peter Cross Western Thunderer

    Well progress has been made. No baseboards as yet but I have the tee beam frames almost in place. I still need the one for the triangular corner board. But I need the plan for that. I still need to add the central legs under the books.


    I have all the timber for the baseboards, but again I want the plan so that I can make the joints in the most appropriate places. Everything is free standing, and the boards will be portable, although it is a home layout. Just to save destroying it if it needs to be moved, or replaced.
    I am also building in extra storage. I needed space for tools etc. I also hate having things on the floor. It's a pain in the but when cleaning. There are also adaptions to the bench needed as the railway is taking over where my power inverter etc where at rest. Shelves are now being installed and power outlets adjusted.

    This is part one of the new storage.

    You will see there is also a new light switch going in this will be for the lights over the layout, not quite sure what they will be yet.
  2. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Really good to see you making a start on this Peter. Are you having doors on the storage to keep little fingers out??
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  3. Peter Cross

    Peter Cross Western Thunderer

    I'm pleased about it too.
    As for doors no I wasn't, I was doing to use the old remedy chop a finger off for each offence, can only do it 10 times or I can just lock the door.
    He is actually quite good. I just watch the locos he likes playing with them.
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  4. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Our kids learned at an early age not to play with all the nasty tools and pots in daddy's train room. They were shown the damage the various tools would do to a poor defenceless carrot, which seemed to hit home.
  5. Peter Cross

    Peter Cross Western Thunderer

    My others learnt not to touch. Pedro just loves playing with the trains. Could get expensive.

    I found locked doors are more interesting to kids than things that are left out.
  6. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    My two were likewise encouraged from toddlerhood onwards to avoid the dangerous and deadly things on daddy’s workbench, happily without mishap. I’m delighted that they are both currently undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students. Something must have rubbed off...

    I do like the carrot. Brilliant teaching aid. Very dramatic, I’m sure!

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  7. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Henceforth, I shall refer to you as Pencarrot.

  8. Peter Cross

    Peter Cross Western Thunderer

    I've rested the boards on the top. One to get an idea of space, and two to make it easier to stitch the latest plan together. Seeing part of the plan down, I want to make some changes. I'll look at those later.

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    Like most things soon as you have something flat, things start accumulating.
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  9. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    I was just thinking the very same thing. New flat spaces soon fill up!

    Very neat woodwork by the way.
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  10. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    What have you started...? :))
  11. GrahameH

    GrahameH Western Thunderer

  12. Peter Cross

    Peter Cross Western Thunderer

    Here's the basic plan in place, now this was to work out the corner board and support. I've put on my basic railway building moke ups.

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    Sorry about images but it was late.

    It then struck me why not transpose the layout, put the yard at the back and the station at the front. The boards are 900 deep, but most of the track is at the front, so coupling would not be a problem. I might need to loose the front siding, that could turn into a bay platform, but the point is rather tight, ok for siding but maybe not for bogie stock.
    Here are the buildings adjust using same plan. I am at the moment trying to see it can be done. I may have to take the point for the bay off stage. Maybe just have the crossing on the board and the sector plate doing the rest.


    With this plan I can put the Bodmin cottages where the station building was. On the one the other way around, they were going to go on a bank at the other end over the storage lines.

    For some reason I'm missing a page. Probably me as the printer was only doing a few at a time.
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  13. Ressaldar

    Ressaldar Western Thunderer

    Hi Peter,

    all looking good .....until you change your viewing position then all the options and possibilities hit you and you will probably end up with your original plan - or something similar:rant::rant::rant:

    Looking forward to the progress photos and the naming ceremony.

    kind regards

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  14. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    I'm assuming Peter that the revised plan with the cottages at the rear will have the loco release crossing swapped over to suit the new platform location?

    I do prefer the station at the front layout. Layout defaults always seem to be station at the back.
  15. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Following on from the observations of my esteemed friend, Pencarrot, whilst in the thinking stage of my adventure into 7mm, I have pondered about looking over the platform into the layout. I think a big part is that we find looking towards the platform side of things more satisfying. We see more of the locos and stock and the platform side of the building is arguably more interesting. Manual uncoupling is also, again arguably, easier.

    In my case, the platform is likely to be very short and devoid of buildings so not too 'obstructive' and I do rather fancy this aspect.

    Gordon Gravett is one who has bucked the trend with Arun Quay, looking over the buildings from the land ward side onto the harbour side as opposed to looking in from the sea.

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  16. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

  17. adrian

    adrian Flying Squad

    Given the reference I do believe that "esteamed friend" might be more appropriate. :)
  18. Peter Cross

    Peter Cross Western Thunderer

    Yes it will be, I'm ready to print the new design. I've managed to get the bay in, but the point is the tightest even though it's a B9, and it's moved nearer to.the sector plate.
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  19. Peter Cross

    Peter Cross Western Thunderer

    So far I think the station at the front is the best way for me. It makes it harder to get a long platform in. I want two coaches at it to look small, ( I dislike platforms that just fit the stock. Looks toy like to me). I would also like to let a 3 coach train in, but that will take a bit of magic at the sector plate, it will take 3 coaches but no loco.
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  20. Peter Cross

    Peter Cross Western Thunderer

    I totally agree. I've seen more pictures in my head now of where it's going. I think that's why it took so long to start, I couldn't see it. Like the tee framing I was just going to fix a baton on the walls and something at the front. But soon as I put the saw in my hand and started cutting, it all became clear, and a free standing system.