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Early morning sun dappling through the trees.... a few passengers awaiting the first train of the day.... and the work crews getting started.

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Revok

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I've had a train running most evenings while I potter around in the garden since I extended the track. Probably the most I've used the set since I bought it. Interestingly, because I'm running it more, I'm noticing the layout doesn't actually work quite right for the way I use it. Which is basically a loco trundling around the loop, and every so often as I pass by I take it into a siding and either change the wagons or else park it up and give another loco a run out round the loop. I'm not exactly a power user! :)

So I've changed the routing of the sidings and isolated them all so the loco not in use has a place to go, and usefully time keeps the rolling stock placed so there is a lot less hand of god required.

I like seeing pictures of everyones layout, there are so many great ideas out there, so as usual I will add the latest of mine.

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duncan1_9_8_4

duncan1_9_8_4

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#48
Looks smart, a really nice railway!
 
dunnyrail

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#49
I've had a train running most evenings while I potter around in the garden since I extended the track. Probably the most I've used the set since I bought it. Interestingly, because I'm running it more, I'm noticing the layout doesn't actually work quite right for the way I use it. Which is basically a loco trundling around the loop, and every so often as I pass by I take it into a siding and either change the wagons or else park it up and give another loco a run out round the loop. I'm not exactly a power user! :)

So I've changed the routing of the sidings and isolated them all so the loco not in use has a place to go, and usefully time keeps the rolling stock placed so there is a lot less hand of god required.

I like seeing pictures of everyones layout, there are so many great ideas out there, so as usual I will add the latest of mine.

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Normal procedure would be to create a passing loop. Where the Track Curves into the Station on the left would apear to be the place to give the longest one possible. As your Track apoears loosly laid on ballast the change should not be too tramatic. Using two points would still leave one for a couple of sidings. one train could then be pointing Clockwose the other Anticlockwise thus giving more interest. In time you could even wire up with EPL to swop Trains and direction with Electric Point Motors, Point Motor mounted switches and Isolating Sections.
 
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#50
It grows - knew it would. >:)
 
Revok

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Normal procedure would be to create a passing loop. Where the Track Curves into the Station on the left would apear to be the place to give the longest one possible. As your Track apoears loosly laid on ballast the change should not be too tramatic. Using two points would still leave one for a couple of sidings. one train could then be pointing Clockwose the other Anticlockwise thus giving more interest. In time you could even wire up with EPL to swop Trains and direction with Electric Point Motors, Point Motor mounted switches and Isolating Sections.
Thanks for taking the time to make these suggestions. Yes, the entire track is sitting loosely on potting grit ballast so any changes are easily made. Good job too, as I keep making them. I did consider a passing loop something along the lines you mentioned, but the downside for me is the awkwardness of reaching to the back part of the track to push the points over. As it stands all the things I need to touch are along the front of the layout. With that in mind I have been thinking about creating a place to pass along the front straight. Its a bit of a compromise I know, but realistically electric points are way down the line for me (if ever), so for now at least, everything being within easy reach is one of the things I prioritise.
 
Sean.

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#52
Thanks for taking the time to make these suggestions. Yes, the entire track is sitting loosely on potting grit ballast so any changes are easily made. Good job too, as I keep making them. I did consider a passing loop something along the lines you mentioned, but the downside for me is the awkwardness of reaching to the back part of the track to push the points over. As it stands all the things I need to touch are along the front of the layout. With that in mind I have been thinking about creating a place to pass along the front straight. Its a bit of a compromise I know, but realistically electric points are way down the line for me (if ever), so for now at least, everything being within easy reach is one of the things I prioritise.
Some people use throttle / choke cables to throw remote points..

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Revok

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#54
ignore. edited to blank since I can't find a delete or remove option
 
Revok

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#55
Some progress on the layout over the last month or so.

First thing was to wire in a couple of switches for the isolated sidings. For now the panel is a plastic box... I'll make something better once I have finalised just how many isolated sections i want.

Next, now that the evenings are dark, I wanted to add some lights. I had loads of cheap chinese 1.32 scale lamposts left over from a Scalextric project, so using them as a stopgap whilst I ponder over a better solution. All I have done is taken the timer circuit board out of a 6 hour xmas led string decoration... cut the leds off and replaced them with my lamposts. I power it with a 3v psu rather than batteries... all of it housed under the station roof where hopefully it will stay fairly dry.

Lastly, I decided to invest in a couple of Pola buildings to add some visual interest to the line.

Here is the railway as it now stands....

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and here is the night time look


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and the pola warehouse in daylight


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mike

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#56
Fantastic set of photos