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Old 4th June 2009, 20:33   #1
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Default Coal Mine Railway - Imaginary B&O branchline

Well, as said in my other railway thread - Im starting fresh, the current layout will be torn down and a new one constructed.

I've been working on this plan since Christmas, and am finally ready to begin construction. Several people new this railway was coming, but only one person knew remotely what the plan would be like. Other than that, its planning has been a complete secret, until now of course.

Here it is:

Basically the layout itself is 1900mm long and at one end 270mm wide, at the other 600mm wide. On top of this there is a control panel and 4 track traverser which will measure 475mm long and 270mm wide - the control panel can be positioned in one of 2 places, on the end (above where my computer is on my desk) when at home, or coming out of the back when the layout is at an exhibition (to save people at the exhibition space).



The design is on three levels, rising up by 100mm over the zig-zaging mainline, with the control panel being about 20mm above ground zero. There is a hidden track which runs beneath the layout from the top inside the mine, to the bottom exiting out of the powerstation. This allows for full cars to be taken into the PS and then slighly taken up to the mine. At the same time empties are taken into the mine, and can then be bgrought down out of the PS - in effect gondolas go in full at the powerstation and come out empty, and vice versa at the mine.

There is a large tipple on the top layer - a Walthers Cornerstone Concrete tipple thingy, along with a large Helijan 120' turntable acting to create both a runaround for trains, and also access to the spur industries. A large passing loop in the middle makes up the final main scenery element.

Most of the scenery will be dusty rock strata - Inspired alot by Paul's logging layouts. This along with a semi industrial theme, coloured to make it look like the place is old, but expanding (hence the original "lower mine" - once that became unmineable, they extended the line upward).

Haveing tested running the design in xTrkCAD and ironing out the kinks somewhat, I'm finally ready to reveal it. It has alot more operating potential, and much more of the scenic elements which i like - much more of a "what i want layout."

Hopefully you will all enjoy watching it grow as much as i will enjoy making it.


Tommorrow i shall head to Shef. Insulation, to collect some blue foam, and then on Saturday i can start work (I have an exam Friday afternoon, so wont, annoyingly, be able to start then).

Enjoy.


EDIT:

The numbers reprisent height measurements. Around the turntable area they get confusing. The turntable and spurs are at 9.5cm. The 2.7 is the height of the track that runs under it. A larger version of the plan can be found here.
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Old 4th June 2009, 22:47   #2
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I like the look of the plan Tom,and I look forward to seeing it come to life.
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Old 4th June 2009, 22:50   #3
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That looks like a good track layout Tom. Can't wait to see some progress.

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Old 4th June 2009, 22:54   #4
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Thanks, so am i. I'll get the foam tommorrow, and see where i go from there. The next thing to do, after getting the foam, is order all the track, points and point motors - a scarily expensive order
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The layout looks cool tom look forward seeing some pictures my Hornby layout is everything Hornby wanted it to be a bit boring to say the least.
So now it will get the (TL) treatment I am still waiting on parts I have lots of trees and grass and new seats for my stations but no track ballast I ordered 1 kg should be enough
I see a river in your layout will it be real water or just enamel.
I was thinking about a dock area myself as I am going to make my layout in an L shape like before with hills and tunnels.
Well all the best and have fun.
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I love the track plan. i cant want till it gets started.
have fun TC!!
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I cant wait till you start.
plus i enjoy the track plan.
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Old 7th June 2009, 21:20   #8
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As Planned, I got the Foam on friday. I have spent the last 2 days carving and cutting it to shape. It now resembles the basic roadbed levels and hill areeas. The hills still need to carved to shape, and there are some holes in the hillsides to fill. Also the area around the PS needs to be reconstructed and raised to the correct levels - It all had to be cut away to be able to carve the channel for the Hidden Return line (The channel will be covered up with plasticard and the foam will have a layer of plaster to even it out).

The river needs deepening in the middle as for some reason i made it go uphill (DUH ), and then will have a layer of sand glued to it, then debris like rocks and twigs, then some Fake water.

Some pics of the Weekend's progress. Hopefully the plan will make more sense once you have seen the pics:





























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Hi Tom,

Great start to the layout ... very robust but light construction ideal for taking to exhibitions ......... keep up the good work

Are you using code 55 track again ?
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Thanks. Yeah im going to use Code 55 again, I may be able to salvage some of the track from the old layout, but im not sure yet.
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