The Loch Down Railway

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playmofire

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In the present unprecedented circumstances I've been given permission to layout a railway in the dining room, and so the Loch Down Railway has come into existence. It's an oval with four straight lengths per side and R1 curves at each end, long enough to take the Playmobil 4052 tender loco with three Panorama coaches, although most of the traffic is drawn by either an LGB 2075 Spremberger tank engine or one of the Playmobil tank engines.

The two of longer sidings are each fitted with one of the Playmobil isolators, allowing one loco to be parked while the other is running or shunting. One of the shorter sidings is fitted with an old LGB uncoupler rail. It was originally intended to have both of the shorter sidings fitted with one of these, but as I don't have easy access to the window side of the layout, the shorter siding on that side hasn't got an uncoupler rail fitted. The uncoupler rail which is fitted isn't a 100% success as it really needs a hard surface under it for it to operate properly, otherwise it tends to lift up on one side when the uncoupler mechanism is depressed. I plan to remedy this some stout card or plastic under the section of track.

Accessories are kept to low level items such as platforms and vehicles as easy access is needed to draw the curtains on the window, so the last thing you want are signals and buildings sticking up.

Some photos then starting with an overall view:

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Then two of the northern station:

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and then in use:

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The southern station:

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and in use:

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Then the uncoupler rail:

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and lastly the Playmobil isolator:

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In the present unprecedented circumstances I've been given permission to layout a railway in the dining room, and so the Loch Down Railway has come into existence. It's an oval with four straight lengths per side and R1 curves at each end, long enough to take the Playmobil 4052 tender loco with three Panorama coaches, although most of the traffic is drawn by either an LGB 2075 Spremberger tank engine or one of the Playmobil tank engines.

The two of longer sidings are each fitted with one of the Playmobil isolators, allowing one loco to be parked while the other is running or shunting. One of the shorter sidings is fitted with an old LGB uncoupler rail. It was originally intended to have both of the shorter sidings fitted with one of these, but as I don't have easy access to the window side of the layout, the shorter siding on that side hasn't got an uncoupler rail fitted. The uncoupler rail which is fitted isn't a 100% success as it really needs a hard surface under it for it to operate properly, otherwise it tends to lift up on one side when the uncoupler mechanism is depressed. I plan to remedy this some stout card or plastic under the section of track.

Accessories are kept to low level items such as platforms and vehicles as easy access is needed to draw the curtains on the window, so the last thing you want are signals and buildings sticking up.

Some photos then starting with an overall view:

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Then two of the northern station:

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and then in use:

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The southern station:

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and in use:

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Then the uncoupler rail:

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and lastly the Playmobil isolator:

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Oh that is what they are, have had a couple of these for ages and could not fathom out that they were Isolators, knew they were PM. Glad you have used some fake grass to protect the light carpet from possible weathering from the plungers. Looks like fun, you will not want to lose it after all this!
 
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What fun! You're hooked now. :)
 
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Oh that is what they are, have had a couple of these for ages and could not fathom out that they were Isolators, knew they were PM. Glad you have used some fake grass to protect the light carpet from possible weathering from the plungers. Looks like fun, you will not want to lose it after all this!
I hope to make it the basis of a railway in the garage by adding a second oval with R2 curves and maybe a crossover into one of the sidings. I'm also thinking of making one siding at each side the end of a shuttle so that when not running round-and-round trains a gentle to-and-fro one can be running. I shall look into inserting a PM shuttle unit into the layout in the next few days.
 
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What fun! You're hooked now. :)
Oh, I've been hooked a long time, Dave, something getting on for 10 years. Lockdown coinciding with dropping some work with a society has just provided the opportunity to do something about it.
 
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Sorry I meant hooked on indoor G scale which means you can play whatever the weather! :cool:
 
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Sorry I meant hooked on indoor G scale which means you can play whatever the weather! :cool:
No apology is necessary, Dave, and you have been an inspiration in my search for an indoor layout and your ideas on compact designs.
 
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Are you going to add a little loch to the layout?
 
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In Irish Gaelic tradition, if you ever extend it, the next section could be called 'Cnoc Up'. :giggle:
 
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playmofire

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Are you going to add a little loch to the layout?
if anyone asked, "Where's the loch", I did think of saying that it's in the middle of the layout with a thick layer of green weed on it, but the real answer is "No, I'm not going to add it", simply because it's easier not too. The artificial grass keeps "walking", despite the weight of the track on it and duct tape to hold it together, and thus needs to keep being pulled back into place. Plus, it keeps being stepped on to reach the points on the far side or to reach to uncouple rolling stock, both of which would affect anything laid down to represent the loch. So everyone can imagine there own idea of what it looks like. However, an idea has just come to me....
 
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if anyone asked, "Where's the loch", I did think of saying that it's in the middle of the layout with a thick layer of green weed on it, but the real answer is "No, I'm not going to add it", simply because it's easier not too. The artificial grass keeps "walking", despite the weight of the track on it and duct tape to hold it together, and thus needs to keep being pulled back into place. Plus, it keeps being stepped on to reach the points on the far side or to reach to uncouple rolling stock, both of which would affect anything laid down to represent the loch. So everyone can imagine there own idea of what it looks like. However, an idea has just come to me....
Not round the kitchen sink, surely?
 
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playmofire

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Not round the kitchen sink, surely?
Well, I had thought of laying track round three sides of the pond and running an RC train, but I much prefer track-controlled but wouldn't want one of my track-powered locos to possibly end up in the pond.
 
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It's probably safer to put a track powered loco in the pond than an RC one. I know of people running track powered trains under water, but I imagine the RC circuitry might malfunction under water.
 
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It's a metaphor...
But can it be shown unlocked, to give us all hope for the future.. :wondering::)
 
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It's a metaphor...
But can it be shown unlocked, to give us all hope for the future.. :wondering::)
I'm sure something can be arranged tomorrow.