Anderson Barracks - O Gauge 1944 UK

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  1. Brian A

    Brian A Full Member

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    Well I have commenced work on my new O gauge layout. It is a shelf layout above the OO layout in the study.

    Anderson Barracks is a fictitious Royal Armoured Corp barracks located on the Salisbury Plain. The timeframe is early 1944 before D-Day. It is fed by predominately GWR but some Southern Traffic can visit. It is a shunting layout with a 3 track traverser and storage on one wall feeding into the a terminus with multiple sidings for military purposes, such as Tank unloading platform and Armoury. As well as standard sidings for general freight, coal and fuel.

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    Track Plan

    First step was to install the brackets and some lighting for the OO underneath.

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    This wall is for the traverser.

    Because there is limited room due to the height of the OO, the layout will be flat!!

    First baseboard under construction.
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    Standard box construction with 9mm Marine Ply. Lots of electric tools and drop saw makes construction easier.

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    Two boards in place.

    Will update more as I progress, will be a work in progress for the next few years.

    Cheers
    Brian
     
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    Kimbo Staff Member Moderator

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    Very nice Brian, I will look forward to seeing your progress.
    Why does my railway room not look as tidy as yours :scratchchin::avatar:

    :thumbs: Kim
     
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    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Excellent start on the layout Brian. I will be following along with interest !

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Terrific theme. Looking forward to more.
     
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    Looks like a very interesting project Brian, I will follow with interest!

    Pete.
     
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    The room started out as a study, which it located just off the lounge. One of the conditions placed by higher authority to be able to use it as a train room was it must remain clean and tidy or I will be banished to the garage.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
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    One of the biggest dilemma was what to do with the fiddle yard area. As its located alongside a wall I couldn't use a 360deg TT like SMR Chris has done.

    So my initial thoughts were to do a 1.5m quarter turn turntable that allows the trains to be turned. I then decided to use Dingham couplers which really only work one way so turning trains would be a complication.

    So without a TT I would need to be able to run around trains and change over guards vans.

    Therefore I was then going to build a double sector plate, thanks for the inspiration Gary. The small sector plate would be a 500mm end sector for the loco/guards van, then a 1.5m three track main sector, and finally some storage at end for ready use loco and somewhere to put guards and as they come off trains.

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    I even went out and bought a lazy susan bearing for planning and design purposes. It was getting very complex, especially around the small sector plate end. In an endeavour to simplify I decided to look at a traverser.

    I went through several designs of traverser and finally I have settled on the following.
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    It has a 1.2m three track traverser with 850mm four track stowage at the left which can take small trains and Autocoach etc. Also has three 280mm small loco/guards van stowage on right side.

    Working out the length and spacing for the storage and the traverser was a good opportunity to play with some trains. I settled on 80mm between each track and 1.2m in length.
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    Now waiting on drawer sliders to arrive to finalise the measurements and then construct the final board. In the meantime will finish board 3, give them a lick of paint and start track laying.

    Cheers

    Brian
     

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