Starting to lay the track on my Model Railway

Scrolling through pictures on my phone it turns out its been nearly two years since I have done anything with my model railways. My last post on the Facebook Page was in February 2018, and that was completing the baseboards.

It was after visiting the Calne Model Railway show hosted by Bentley Model Railway Group I was inspired to get this layout built.

A few months ago I fitted legs to the baseboards and they have been stood in my man-cave ever since. Mainly holding boxes and covered with a green screen while I live stream Train Simulator on Twitch.

This weekend I grabbed the boxes of model railway items from the loft and went through them, and it turns out I have a lot more set-track and point work than I thought. So I started trying different configurations in the corner of our dining room table, working out the smoothest entry/exit points while maintaining the maximum fiddle yard length.

After taking pictures of my preferred setup, everything was boxed back up in an organised fashion and then the track laying began.

I had actually forgotten I had already layed cork on one of the baseboards, which wasn’t far off my new pointwork plan. First thing to do was position the point work for the fiddle yard on the inner loop. With this being a tight 9” radius curve, it was vital to get this in place as it would define the length of the fiddle yards and how the lines appear to the modelled area of the layout.

With this loosely tacked in place, some Flexi track was used to bring the line to the front of the layout in the scenic area. Once I was happy with the positioning of the point work, the track was more securely pinned in place. So that is now the inner loop on one of the two baseboards in place. I will work on the other half to complete the loop and then I can run some trains! After that, I will lay the outer loop.

I’m pleased with the outcome as I have managed to ease the curve off as the trains come into view while keeping the fiddle yard long enough to hold 2x 2+8 HSTs and 4x 2+7 HSTs.

As for the scenic section of the layout I’ve decided to keep it simple with a two-track mainline Up/Down, featuring a small fictional two-platform station for local trains such as 2/3 car DMUs etc. The focus of this layout is to essentially run my trains while practice building for future layouts I have planned.

One thing I haven’t mentioned yet is the control of the layout. Due to it’s simplicity, (and the fact I currently only have 1 DCC-ready train), I will be running in DC mode for now. As my rolling stock collection builds it will be straight forward to convert to DCC at a later stage, but I will go into more detail about the electrics when I’m at that stage.

I’m determined to get trains running on this layout very soon, so watch this space for more updates!

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