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Hi all this is my OO layout under construction, it is a fictitious branch terminus with two platforms & substantial goods facilities, exclusively steam era, DC powered.
This layout was previously listed here as noname as I could not think of one!
I notice planning & baseboard construction started sometime in April 2021, all the track has finally been laid and wired up. I have no buildings and very little stock as this is my first adventure in OO after 35 years in N gauge (never again).
For completeness here is the up to date trackplan
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And here is a picture illustrating the present scorched earth
A BR 2-6-2T awaits departure with 4 coaches, A Fowler 2-6-4T is in the ash road and some wagons await the goods shed, coal staithes & cattle dock!
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The goods shed (under construction) & engine shed (waiting construction) are both Metcalfe kits from the S&C stone range as the station is assumed to be in hill country somewhere. I enjoyed the Metcalfe kits in N, the OO ones being a hell of a lot bigger!! I found a B grade pencil was just about right for colouring edges thus avoiding paint. Very hard to get tiny dabs of UHU for the windowsills. Its taken me a few days (on & off) to do the walls and end gables so far.
 
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Hi all this is my OO layout under construction, it is a fictitious branch terminus with two platforms & substantial goods facilities, exclusively steam era, DC powered.
This layout was previously listed here as noname as I could not think of one!
I notice planning & baseboard construction started sometime in April 2021, all the track has finally been laid and wired up. I have no buildings and very little stock as this is my first adventure in OO after 35 years in N gauge (never again).
For completeness here is the up to date trackplan
View attachment 102489
And here is a picture illustrating the present scorched earth
A BR 2-6-2T awaits departure with 4 coaches, A Fowler 2-6-4T is in the ash road and some wagons await the goods shed, coal staithes & cattle dock!
View attachment 102490

The goods shed (under construction) & engine shed (waiting construction) are both Metcalfe kits from the S&C stone range as the station is assumed to be in hill country somewhere. I enjoyed the Metcalfe kits in N, the OO ones being a hell of a lot bigger!! I found a B grade pencil was just about right for colouring edges thus avoiding paint. Very hard to get tiny dabs of UHU for the windowsills. Its taken me a few days (on & off) to do the walls and end gables so far.

That’s a nice track plan you’ve got there with lots of operational interest. Is it set in the S&C area?
 

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That’s a nice track plan you’ve got there with lots of operational interest. Is it set in the S&C area?
Thank you for the kind comments. I would have to say yes (to S&C) as those are the buildings available to me and I am looking for a stone effect but it could be any area where structures are built of the local granite so that could include derbyshire, the borders and scotland! as well as yorkshire, cumbria & parts of wales. So I have cast my net as wide as possible with an eye also to stock & locomotives. Not being a scratch builder of any skill I cannot afford to have a narrow localisation.

I confess parts of the trackplan are squashed (smaller radius points) but from the beginning this was designed as a semi-portable layout so there is an inconvenient baseboard break right through the station throat area, the only other way around that would have been to make that side of the room from three boards (two short & one long in the middle) instead of two equ sized boards BUT at the time of baseboard construction the trackplan had not quite settled the way it has in particular in relation to platform lengths that I had little experience of in OO.

One operational issue is uncoupling! ATM I am keeping the tension lock system (as at least it's standard amongst manufacturers) and using the hand-of-god with a bent peice of card enabling uncoupling to take place anywhere rather than being restricted to the location of ramps. I wonder what others do for personal non-exibition shunting layouts with tension lock or does everybody change them to something more sophisticated ?
 

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It’s all about making compromises look not too compromising isn’t it? :)
Re the coupling situation - I model in N gauge but the theory is the same, I’ve got magnets set under the track in strategic places that uncouple wagons if I pull to a stop over the top of them. The replacement couplings also have magnets in them which open the jaws of the couplings.
I wouldn’t say it was a perfect solution but when you get the hang of it it’s pretty satisfying not having to use hands…
The only thing is that you want to get those set in before you do any ballasting etc. Although I did lay the track before I added them and it wasn’t too difficult.
Here’s a clip of a freight dropping some wagons off on my railway. One of the magnets is in the siding next to the heap of sand:

 

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This looks very interesting, and is very up my street with the S&C/peaks theme. I look forward to watching things develop :)
 

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Hi all this is my OO layout under construction, it is a fictitious branch terminus with two platforms & substantial goods facilities, exclusively steam era, DC powered.
This layout was previously listed here as noname as I could not think of one!
I notice planning & baseboard construction started sometime in April 2021, all the track has finally been laid and wired up. I have no buildings and very little stock as this is my first adventure in OO after 35 years in N gauge (never again).
For completeness here is the up to date trackplan
View attachment 102489
And here is a picture illustrating the present scorched earth
A BR 2-6-2T awaits departure with 4 coaches, A Fowler 2-6-4T is in the ash road and some wagons await the goods shed, coal staithes & cattle dock!
View attachment 102490

The goods shed (under construction) & engine shed (waiting construction) are both Metcalfe kits from the S&C stone range as the station is assumed to be in hill country somewhere. I enjoyed the Metcalfe kits in N, the OO ones being a hell of a lot bigger!! I found a B grade pencil was just about right for colouring edges thus avoiding paint. Very hard to get tiny dabs of UHU for the windowsills. Its taken me a few days (on & off) to do the walls and end gables so far.
Sorry I didn't respond to this sooner - been away over the weekend. :)
This is ringing all sorts of bells: thanks for saying you'd already shared something about it else I'd have been sitting here for ages! That trackplan looks really nice - especially the nice long run-around loops and the goods area.
The Metcalfe kits are super - I've got one on my layout and might use that pencil trick. If you have any other troubles when building any more, try using a Pritt stick: I've used that on all my Metcalfe kits and it seems to work (although whether all of the models are going to fall apart in a few years' time remains to be seen... ;)).

-Peter
 

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Hi all this is my OO layout under construction, it is a fictitious branch terminus with two platforms & substantial goods facilities, exclusively steam era, DC powered.
This layout was previously listed here as noname as I could not think of one!
I notice planning & baseboard construction started sometime in April 2021, all the track has finally been laid and wired up. I have no buildings and very little stock as this is my first adventure in OO after 35 years in N gauge (never again).
For completeness here is the up to date trackplan
View attachment 102489
And here is a picture illustrating the present scorched earth
A BR 2-6-2T awaits departure with 4 coaches, A Fowler 2-6-4T is in the ash road and some wagons await the goods shed, coal staithes & cattle dock!
View attachment 102490

The goods shed (under construction) & engine shed (waiting construction) are both Metcalfe kits from the S&C stone range as the station is assumed to be in hill country somewhere. I enjoyed the Metcalfe kits in N, the OO ones being a hell of a lot bigger!! I found a B grade pencil was just about right for colouring edges thus avoiding paint. Very hard to get tiny dabs of UHU for the windowsills. Its taken me a few days (on & off) to do the walls and end gables so far.
Very nice start you have made there.
One operational issue is uncoupling! ATM I am keeping the tension lock system (as at least it's standard amongst manufacturers) and using the hand-of-god with a bent peice of card enabling uncoupling to take place anywhere rather than being restricted to the location of ramps. I wonder what others do for personal non-exibition shunting layouts with tension lock or does everybody change them to something more sophisticated ?
Personally I don't change the couplings unless I have to which most are NEM. The only changes I have made is to the Cross Country mk3's from Hornby with the NEM couplings gave a large gap between the coaches so they have been replaced with the magnetic hunt couplings.
 

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It’s all about making compromises look not too compromising isn’t it? :)
Re the coupling situation - I model in N gauge but the theory is the same, I’ve got magnets set under the track in strategic places that uncouple wagons if I pull to a stop over the top of them. The replacement couplings also have magnets in them which open the jaws of the couplings.
I wouldn’t say it was a perfect solution but when you get the hang of it it’s pretty satisfying not having to use hands…
The only thing is that you want to get those set in before you do any ballasting etc. Although I did lay the track before I added them and it wasn’t too difficult.
Here’s a clip of a freight dropping some wagons off on my railway. One of the magnets is in the siding next to the heap of sand:

Very well put regarding compromises, being in the eye of the beholder & all that!! Nice video, I find in OO hand uncoupling is quite easy and fast with a bit of practice so the hand of god is barely noticeable to me at least for the time being :) I am actually hoping to shunt single wagons around the yard so it may have to remain that way.
This looks very interesting, and is very up my street with the S&C/peaks theme. I look forward to watching things develop :)
I was in the peaks on holiday last year, the Gritstone is very similar in colour & texture from a distance to granite. It makes a change from everything being in brick.
Sorry I didn't respond to this sooner - been away over the weekend. :)
This is ringing all sorts of bells: thanks for saying you'd already shared something about it else I'd have been sitting here for ages! That trackplan looks really nice - especially the nice long run-around loops and the goods area.
The Metcalfe kits are super - I've got one on my layout and might use that pencil trick. If you have any other troubles when building any more, try using a Pritt stick: I've used that on all my Metcalfe kits and it seems to work (although whether all of the models are going to fall apart in a few years' time remains to be seen... ;)).

-Peter
I bit the bullet as you suggested Peter and started my own thread. Thank you for the kind comments, the run-round loops were hard to fit but I managed to stick with large radius for the passenger side. Nice to find another Metcalf fan but the Pritt stick doesn't smell as good as UHU <D on the red doors I used a red crayon on the edges, a lot less fiddly than paint.
Very nice start you have made there.

Personally I don't change the couplings unless I have to which most are NEM. The only changes I have made is to the Cross Country mk3's from Hornby with the NEM couplings gave a large gap between the coaches so they have been replaced with the magnetic hunt couplings.
Thank you. I am learning OO, does NEM refer to the coupling itself or some sort of box the coupling plugs into if the vehicle is new enough to have one ?
 

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I bit the bullet as you suggested Peter and started my own thread. Thank you for the kind comments, the run-round loops were hard to fit but I managed to stick with large radius for the passenger side. Nice to find another Metcalf fan but the Pritt stick doesn't smell as good as UHU <D on the red doors I used a red crayon on the edges, a lot less fiddly than paint.
You're very welcome :D
You've done a good job with those loops - the one with the headshunt reminds me of somewhere like Bodmin General or maybe Kidderminster Town.
Haha :lol: I might just try that crayon technique. Thanks!

-Peter
 

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At long last the goods shed is complete! A few difficulties with the instructions :rolleyes: but got there in the end. The opening doors are a right fiddle and it's really only practicable to change there position with the entire building removed from the layout. As for the railway doors the way the building is constructed prevents the runners ever working the doors being stood away from the wall by card folded around from the outside at an early stage of construction. Anyway here is the completed article, 1st OO building in 40 years for me......
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And now on to the engine shed!
 

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At long last the goods shed is complete! A few difficulties with the instructions :rolleyes: but got there in the end. The opening doors are a right fiddle and it's really only practicable to change there position with the entire building removed from the layout. As for the railway doors the way the building is constructed prevents the runners ever working the doors being stood away from the wall by card folded around from the outside at an early stage of construction. Anyway here is the completed article, 1st OO building in 40 years for me......
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And now on to the engine shed!
That looks very nice - it fits into the area really nicely.
I had a similar problem with the doors - particularly the ones for the track. One solution I had on a previous incarnation of my layout (pre-RailForums thread) was to raise the whole building up, maybe on a thick piece of card, to railhead height: then the doors should be able to open and close. The only trouble would be setting the card at the bottom to make it look like part of the building!

-Peter
 

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Thank you. I am learning OO, does NEM refer to the coupling itself or some sort of box the coupling plugs into if the vehicle is new enough to have one ?
I've always called the small couplings like this one on the 08 NEM and then the part some clip into is a NEM socket if I am right.IMG_20200412_163957.jpg
 

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That looks very nice - it fits into the area really nicely.
I had a similar problem with the doors - particularly the ones for the track. One solution I had on a previous incarnation of my layout (pre-RailForums thread) was to raise the whole building up, maybe on a thick piece of card, to railhead height: then the doors should be able to open and close. The only trouble would be setting the card at the bottom to make it look like part of the building!

-Peter
Thankyou :smile: the only worry I have is it is rather squashed against the backscene but I wanted as much open space in the goods yard as possible. I guess for now the rail doors will be permanently open, I wonder if anyone has ever motorized all the doors o_O<(
I've always called the small couplings like this one on the 08 NEM and then the part some clip into is a NEM socket if I am right.View attachment 102621
Ahh thankyou for the picture :smile: I dont have any new stock nor have I examined any closely although this to me looks like the narrow Dapol type coupling rather than the wide Triang/Hornby one. I understand the NEM system is a socket fitted to the stock that in turn can have a range of couplings plugged into it rather than the coupling being directly attached to the stock, does that sound right ?
 

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As someone who loves shunting & moving stock about in a limited space on a layout, I really like the amount of sidings & variation in your trackplan!
 

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As someone who loves shunting & moving stock about in a limited space on a layout, I really like the amount of sidings & variation in your trackplan!
Thank you :smile: I can't wait to get my hands on some more wagons and some smaller shunting loco's (Xmas beckons) BUT I am also learning about track & loco wheel dirt in OO being just as important as couplings, lot's to learn and experiment with.
 

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Ahh thankyou for the picture :smile: I dont have any new stock nor have I examined any closely although this to me looks like the narrow Dapol type coupling rather than the wide Triang/Hornby one. I understand the NEM system is a socket fitted to the stock that in turn can have a range of couplings plugged into it rather than the coupling being directly attached to the stock, does that sound right ?
Yes that is right.
 

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Hi, can you explain what you did with your ballast please? Have you done the whole area and then just put the track on top? Is it loose?
I did the track first then ballast which some of it is loose by the way I glued it.
 

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