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johno



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 10:39 pm    Post subject: layout ideas Reply with quote

Folks

Anyone got any good ideas for a 00 gauge track plan to fit a 24" 24" baseboard please?

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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi.....does it have to be a 2 foot square baseboard? Or, could you cut it into two [or even, three?] rectangles?

If not, what about something along hte lines of the old WIllow VAlley scheme?
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

alastairq wrote:
Hi.....does it have to be a 2 foot square baseboard? Or, could you cut it into two [or even, three?] rectangles?

If not, what about something along hte lines of the old WIllow VAlley scheme?


its a small table 2 foot square
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Jordan



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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cut the table in half and join it to make a 4ft x 1ft board... much more useful size for OO.
If it has to stay 2ft square, I'd consider going 009 (4mm narrow gauge) instead and copy the old Western Mining Co layout from Model Trains Nov 1980 - Feb 1981. That was 2ft square.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would just fit a circle of Fleischmann 25cm radius curves.
Some form of yard, and if you are happy just running locos why not a loco yard with turntable in corner feeding out to sidings.
It might be possible to build something on more than one level.
Say the circle on low level, with yard above, only revealing a short section of the circle line.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd go for narrow gauge, OO9 or O9, in a 2ft square footprint. Lochside (now sold) is exactly this size and Allt-Na-Ballt is on a 20" diameter circular baseboard, both are O9.





The plan for Lochside was a direct copy of Port Abel, but the smaller size of narrow gauge trains (even in the larger scale) meant that it could fit within the confines of the 2ft square board where Port Abel was about three feet long if memory serves correctly.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mention of a circle of track reminded me of a scheme I saw in a Railway Modelling Book about 35 years ago. (Sorry can't recall the author) See sketch below.

Basically a circle on the lowest level with narrow gauge above.
The tail of the reverse loop leads to a Unloading shute/trestle above the Standard gauge. There are two mine entrances, and the sidings in the centre were for loco servicing and spare stock.

I believe Fleischman make some small 4 wheel hoppers in n gauge which could be arranged to dump into the standard wagons for more visual interest.


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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice idea - I am tempted by those Busch Feldbahn sets..

Roger

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