Thaxham light railway. A Great Eastern Railway themed terminus, in O gauge.

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  1. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Now that I have put the Thaxted thread to bed for the foreseeable future, I have decided to put the buildings etc to use on a new smaller O gauge layout.
    Paul L commented on one of his threads about building his take on the Gauge O Guilds £100 layout.
    A very compact layout using the Halstead trackplan.
    Taking this a step further, after joining the O Gauge Guild at Doncaster and getting the same intro publication that Paul got his inspiration from, I'm going to go for the small is beautiful theme!

    I will post up a track plan later.
    It hopefully will be around 9ft long by 2ft wide. Much more manageable :).

    Cheer's for now, Pete.
     
  2. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Staff Member Moderator Feature Contributor

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    Welcome to the Guild Pete,

    Do you plan on going to the Summer show at Doncaster?
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Rob, I was supposed to be at a steam rally that weekend but I have been told its been cancelled. Not confirmed yet but if so then yes definitely will attend.

    Pete.
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    down sizing seems to be in vogue :avatar:
     
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    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Seems a bit strange to be downsizing to O gauge from OO, and you wonder why I get confused :scratchchin: :avatar:

    At this rate we'll be affiliated to the Gauge O guild :lol:

    Looking forward to the plan.

    Paul
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Right, after much faffing around, I have managed to sort out a track plan on Anyrail. It has taken a while to figure out how to share it as my picture editing tool would not recognise it and the forums gallery didn't want to know but anyhoo I think I have sussed it and, fingers crossed, this is it.

    Thaxham trackplan.jpg

    The top siding is to an end loading dock. Straight on from the 3 way is the station and platform and through to a fiddle yard. Right from the 3 way is a head shunt approx 18" enough for an 060 tank and a couple of wagons or an 060 tender loco, J15 or similar.
    The third road is to a run round then two sidings, the left to a private siding for an animal feed warehouse, the right to a basic goods yard.
    Above the top headshunt will be a loco servicing area with a coal stage and water crane.
    The extreme left above the private siding is the fiddle area, partly fronted and covered by the warehouse building. I am thinking of having a short turntable if I can squeeze it in so I can turn whole trains to save handling, one will see.

    The trackplan has been drawn up using Peco 00 images as I cannot find any 3 way point templates in O scale, so the plan as drawn is for illustration only.

    I will try and get some more detailed plans drawn up with better measurements soon. Especially the head shunt end as the 3 way point I have is bigger than the one drawn.

    Cheer's, Pete.
     
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    Ron Staff Member Moderator

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    Looks good so far Pete, do they make a 3 way point in O gauge? :thumbup:
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Ron, no mate thats why I had to use the 00 templates. I went through all the O gauge templates that Anyrail list but no 3 ways. As I said the drawing is only for illustration so you guys can see what the plan is!
    Can't wait for the weather to improve so I can get rattled in :avatar:

    Pete.
     
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    ed Full Member

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    What sort of size will that be Pete.


    Ed
     
  10. York Paul

    York Paul Full Member

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    The O Gauge Guild does have its advantages with membership :)
     
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    Lenz make a 3-way point in O gauge that will mate up quite nicely with Peco.
    It's actually made by Peco!!!

    Lenz product code 45036

    Can be found here: http://www.aandhmodels.co.uk/track-74-c.asp

    David ;)
     
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    Done a little more faffing and I have done away with the 3 way point, which means I can use C&L O scale templates so the design is more like the finished article.
    The overall size will be 9ftx2ft.
    See what you think.

    Thaxham MK2.jpg

    Cheer's, Pete.
    Thanks for the heads up David, I already have a 3 way, built from a Marcway kit.
    I will have a look at the Lenz point, if it looks better than mine I may invest!!

    Cheer's, Pete.
     
  13. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Staff Member Moderator Feature Contributor

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    Personally I get a lot out of it, but 'many' do not, according to many of the more vocal members of the Guild forum:rolleyes:.

    Sadly those vocal few want (to the point of demanding!) change but they expect the unpaid volunteers who run the Guild to be experts in everything, available 24 hours a day to make information available to them at the drop of a hat and don't want to do anything themselves to help effect said change.

    Sorry Pete for digressing from your thread, I generally steer clear of such debates but much of what has been said on the GOG forum recently has wound me up. I will climb back off my soapbox and do some modelling now....
     
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    Hi Rob and Pete,
    I've never posted there but do likewise get a lot out of it particularly with the Gazette ... so sorry also Pete I really am not piggybacking on your thread, but make a point to avoid politics if at all possible. That's what makes Platform 1 such an enjoyable place to be part of.

    York Paul
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    I have only just got my welcome pack and only yesterday got my password for the Guild site.
    I have had a look at the forum, very familiar format as they use ZenForo so easy to navigate. And the E&T sales, the gallery etc. I think though the best part-for me-is the Gazette, lots of how too's, layout features and the adverts, some of which I've only seen there.
    However I think I will stick with our forum for posting on as I reckon out of the lot I am a member of, it is the friendliest of them all. We have a great mix of abilities, scales modelled and eras.

    Pete.
     
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    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    .....plus helpful, friendly advice rather than "Rivet Counter" type criticism!:avatar::avatar::avatar:

    Keith.
     
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    Rob Pulham Staff Member Moderator Feature Contributor

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    Sadly I have been known to count rivets but only on my own models. Life's far too short to count them on someone else's efforts:cool:
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    But you are also very complimentary on peoples attempts regardless of any absence of detail. :thumbs: there is nothing wrong with doing super detail, its nice to see but its nice to encourage other as well. everybody to their own.

    cheers

    toto
     
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    Rob Pulham Staff Member Moderator Feature Contributor

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    The way I look at it Toto is that good modelling is good modelling irrespective of scale or period modelled.
     
  20. jakesdad13

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    Now the weather has improved I have been out and purchased some timber for the base boards. I already have some 4mm and 9mm ply so just bought some soft wood, 18x74 to cut into 75mm lengths and some 18x44 to make the legs.
    I am going for sides and ends made up of 75mm x 1350mm 4mm ply with softwood blocks sandwiched between glued and tacked together. Ends 75mm x 750mm.
    I will post up some photos once I have made a start.

    Cheer's, Pete.
     

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