Lola's end

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  1. cmcan

    cmcan Full Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    Attached is file that has a plan of my plank layout in the my garage(Photos of the setup in later posts).

    I have the track but nothing has been nailed or glued down except cork covering the plank

    The dimensions - 240 x 30cm. The full length if I allow for the sector plate is about 310cm.

    Plan and purpose: I would like to run small passenger trains (2-3 cars and a brake van) and shunt a small number of freight cars (parcel vans at this stage).

    General vibe. A passenger or mail train arrives. A shunter disconnects the brake van moves it to the adjacent platform ready for outbound train. The mail vans are sent to the mail/parcels dock. The diesel can stay where it is until the outbound train has been put together (i could do this one carriage at a time or all together or do a card/random sort). once the consist has been built - the shunter can return to its siding. The diesel can then connect to the passenger (with or without the mail vans) and depart. Thats just one idea.

    Setting: urban at this stage but I am happy to consider other ideas. Keep in mind I have 3 turn outs (2 left, 1 right).

    The aim of this layout is to provide some operational interest along with helping me develop modelling, electronic skills.

    I plan to use DC just to get me moving at this stage I can worry about DCC later (I have done some research and like what it offers).

    thats it for now.

    Cameron



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  2. Kimbo

    Kimbo Staff Member Moderator

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    Nice looking plan Cameron, I like the curved tracks. Don't forget to plan the wiring correctly for DCC even if you start off with a DC controller. You will get better running on DC and it will save you a lot of time later on should you decide to go DCC. :)
    Look forward to watching this plan develope http://www.click
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  3. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Looks interesting and not too much rail being crammed in. Plenty room for scenics. Looking forward to following the build.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
  4. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Cameron, Looks like a good plan see this video link below
    It features Victoria Park by Ian Futers with a very similar plan as a inner city station it provides plenty of operation and this is in 7mm scale.
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    http://youtu.be/lIjWpSKJov8
     
  5. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Cameron, Looks like a good plan see this video link below
    It features Victoria Park by Ian Futers with a very similar plan as a inner city station it provides plenty of operation and this is in 7mm scale.
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    http://youtu.be/lIjWpSKJov8
     
  6. ianvolvo46

    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    Good neat plonk Cameron plenty to do in the build... so no time like the present... onwards and upwards ... oh and have fun.

    Ian

    Ps there's space for a goat yard as well :scratchchin:
     
  7. cmcan

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    Thanks everyone. A work in progress it will be.

    Chris, thanks for the link. I like Ian's work. He taught me that it didnt have be huge or complicated. Lance Mindheim helped me figure out how i was going to interact with the hobby. i was encouraged by the weekend that I could acheive this.

    It is based one of his 3 pointers. I was thinking tonight of doing something based around platform 1 at central (not the full length) but enough to give vibe. One platform and 2 mail/parcel tracks
     
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    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    Hey Chris.....am I seeing double??????
    The same post twice.????
    Cameron that looks like a good simple plan with plenty of opportunity for interesting operation.
    Way to go...:thumbup:
    http://www.click:tophat:Gormo
     
  9. Gary

    Gary Currently Unemployed ! Staff Member Administrator

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    Good looking track plan Cameron with plenty of operational interest. :thumbup:

    Will part of the red line (stretched flex track) be a section of the fiddle yard ? I think 70cm for a fiddle yard would be quite tight if you intend having three coach trains. I would make the fiddle yard longer, atleast 110cm in length. Majority of coaches are atleast 25cm ( 10") long, some a tad longer. Then there is the loco and this would depend on whether you have a 4-6-2 or a 2-6-0, or smaller again 0-6-0. Then again, you may have a diesel loco...

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  10. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    gormo wrote:
    No Gormo don't adjust your glasses, looks like it's gone in twice a second apart ???

    Cameron Central sounds like an interesting project some big building at the end of the station to model.

    You could Call the Layout Platform1 :avatar: I know where you can get a station totem that has the name Platform 1 on it already :giggle:
     
  11. cmcan

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    Hi everyone

    Here are a couple of photos (via iPhone) of my plank.

    The track has not been fixed yet. I need to pay a trip to ikea to get some under cabinet lighting so there is more light. I will probably look at getting that to replace the flouros



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  12. cmcan

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    Here is a side view



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  13. cmcan

    cmcan Full Member

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    I think i have his figured out. The photos taken on my iphone were not taken on its side but vertical. I take it that i will need to alter them in iphoto so when they load, they load the way the photo was taken, if taken vertically. Clear As mud?
     
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    A note for those taking iphone pictures. Take photos in landscape or on its side. If you take it vertically rotating the photo afterwards on your phone may not fix the problem. I retook the photos above to fix the problem

    Cameron
     
  15. Gary

    Gary Currently Unemployed ! Staff Member Administrator

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    Rather than a trip to Ikea, have you considered using LED strip lighting ?? Ok, you may have to wait on delivery from China, but, they are cheap as chips !

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/5M-10X-0-5M-5630-7020-Led-Rigid-Hard-Light-Bar-Strip-Cool-Warm-White-DC12V-AU-/121561506816?var=&hash=item1c4da16400:m:m_zmlKqNOSwdbqiIxTWblmw

    I have used this type of strip on my layout Linden Ford and it produces great light. Beauty about these lights is that they are 12 volt !

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    cmcan Full Member

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    Gary

    Thanks for the tip.

    I'm willing to consider it.

    How bright are the strips. What i mean is, do you need a row of 4 like the picture in the add to get get good coverage, and does it run off 12 v for the whole strip or just one row?

    cameron
     
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    Gary

    forgot to include this

    Warm or Cool - and the 5030 or 7020 SMD

    Any recommendation?

    Cameron
     
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    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Nice find Gary - Viccy Rd has some on order.

    Cameron, if you want to get fancy, you can mix the two to allow you to vary between Bright miday and warm early morning / evening.

    Kimbo on LSD has used the Light with adjustable RGB settings so can change the full colour to suit any time of day, including dim blue for evening / night time.

    Paul
     
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    Thanks paul

    I just ordered some.

    Cameron
     
  20. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Cameron sorry I have only just logged on at 1am in the morning to see your request re lighting.
    Good to see a start with your layout planning
    Laying track out gives you a real feel of what you can fit in your space.
    Looks like you actualy have a good space to build in room for expansion later if you need.

    Re LED's
    The ones I use on Moonan Flats in warm white and cool white as a Combo

    600LED's 3528 water proof 5m length=. 120 LEDs per meter as a posed to the normal 60p-m
    Over the length of Moonan Flats 8ft scenic section I have 4strips
    First is warm white then Cool white then warn then cool this gives great light I found I needed the warm white first to get the best colour balance having the cool white gave a more blue effect.
    Note these are 600 as compared to the 300 double the number of LED's
    With 300 at the club layout we get a striping effect on the shiny rail head the extra 300 LED's realy do make a diffence.

    The links are to an AU seller my orders arrived in 2 days,
    I orded a back up power supply just before the exhibition from the same supplier and it also took 2 days so good service.
    I have a 6 amp power supply and the 4 strips draw around 3.5 amps
    Link to warm
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/5M-Waterproof-600-LED-Warm-White-DC-12V-3528-SMD-Flexible-Strip-Lights-Car-Home-/181691328788?hash=item2a4da5a914:g:eek:m4AAOSwboVXPIvO

    Link to cool white
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Waterproof-600-LED-Cool-White-12V-5M-3528-SMD-Led-Strip-Lights-Car-Home-Dimmer-/181180673966?hash=item2a2f35afae:g:WIwAAOSwnNBXUFYY
     

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