Peate -A portable Inglenook

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  1. Dr Tony

    Dr Tony Full Member

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    I have had this idea brewing in my head for some time now, but Gary with his new layout Casula Sidings really inspired me to take the next step and to build it.
    I found a bunch of code 100 track left over from my previous build and an unused medium radius right hand set of points. I figured that with the purchase of one more set of points and the building of a baseboard I could make myself an Inglenook shunting puzzle.
    Now the purpose of this layout is not to win any prizes in any exhibition as track wise it does not break any new ground, it is as plain as you can get for an inglenook layout. The idea of this layout is for a different audience. A lot of my friends are into table top gaming and have regular games nights with these. These days I seem to have limited capacity for learning new games (probably something to do with a very active 8 year old in the house) and hardly any of these games get played by me more than once, making the whole experience for me one of just learning games, but never to put that learning into practice.
    I had to come up with a game that got my interest a bit more, and one that gamers could get into, and maybe somewhere along the lines we might get more into our hobby.
    An Inglenook layout can provide plenty of strategic entertainment.
    I wanted it to be small enough to carry in the boot of the car. Small enough to set up on the standard church hall folding table, so I didn't have to create and carry a leg system. It had to be quick to set up. I wanted to have a 5-3-3 siding layout. I also wanted to use my good collection of bogie stock, which is still waiting for my main layout to be built. Who knows when I will get to that.
    Another catalyst was the purchase at the Forestville exhibition in march of the excellent NSW 70 class shunting loco by IDR models at a special price.
    I could have made it for 4 wheeled stock and made the thing much smaller, but that didn't excite me too much, plus I have a lot of bogie stock, of both really nice stuff, and of cheaper, more, shall we say, more durable stuff, best for the games nights.
    The layout folds to achieve the length of 2 metres in an overall length of 1.2 metres. Thus allowing it to fit in the boot of the car.
    It does have a couple of ungainly looking hinges there, these will attempt to be landscaped in, but there is no escaping them really.
    It folds up into this
    The thing is 350mm deep. I could have made it 300mm deep, but I figured an extra 50mm might give a bit more interest in the scenery and keep the track a little further from the edge.
    Construction is my usual nail gunned and glued 42x19 pine frame, this time with 12mm ply on it, as this is what I had left over from another project. Extra framing has been put in near the hinges.
    To seal the timber I used a tin of house paint left over for the top and black for the undersides.
    Cutouts have been routered into the base of the long section to make it easier to pick up, and provide access to the point control. Points are electro (live) frog, and switching is done by wire in tube running under the layout.
    I made the boards of uneven lengths so as to only have one track on the join, which makes construction easier. Also it allows some permanent buildings to be placed towards the end of the main board. Low landscaping will be done in the fold section.
    Control is DC, using a gaugemaster combi, a unit proven in shunting layouts with its intuitive direction switch, good for the novice. All couplings will be Kadee, I intend to put uncoupling magnets on each siding rather than one at the headhunt, although i could be persuaded otherwise. This is why I have kept geometry very simple, to make it work as well as it can. I am going to be dealing with novices here, so it has to be kept simple and reliable.
    It has taken me about a week and a half of construction (on and off between family activities and working at home). There is still a lot to do, buffers for the ends, support for the top part when folded, un-couplers and all the scenery.
    It has distracted me a bit from my other current project, Hamley Circuit, the U-drive, but that is at a stage that I need the whole garage for a while to set it up and check track then ballast.
    The name Peate is another trig station near me.
    Cheers
    Tony
     
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  2. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    Nice work Tony. I'm happy that Casula Sidings has given you that little bit of inspiration to build a shunting layout. Keep up the good work. :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Nice start Tony. Kim
     
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    What a great idea really like this
     
  5. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Nice work. :thumbs:
     
  6. Dr Tony

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    Thanks all for your kind words.
    The next most important thing to do is to install buffers. There is a guy fairly locally selling ones like these and they are very nice. Trouble is that they are $20 each once you include postage, I needed 4 of them. I have 3D laser scanned quite a few of these simple ones and they are very easy to make it of styrene. I can also make the verticals longer so that they go down well into the baseboard. This way they are strong enough to actually stop a train. Have to weather them and decide if I want to put on bolt detail. Now I can test without fear of over-running. IMG_20200720_135430~2.jpg
    Cheers
    Tony
     
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