Exhibitable TT layout- Stromallee

Exhibitable TT layout- Stromallee

Postby Rich B » Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:14 am

There's not much to show yet, though tracklaying has started. The plan is based upon City Classics' roadshow layout (http://www.cityclassics.biz/news/roadshow_layout.html), with the loss of the siding by the running line and the addition of a loop on the industrial tracks. There may be other sidings added, I'll see how I do.

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The overall size is 9' x 2'6" (2.7m x 0.8m). The location will be some German city, I'm not sure which really. Perhaps Leipzig or Dresden. Track is Tillig. It will be late Epoch V and electrified on the main line, unelectrified on the Industrial tracks. The name comes from Eddy Grant's song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtPk5IUbdH0
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Re: Exhibitable TT layout- Stromallee

Postby Rich B » Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:21 am

Laying the main then cutting the timber may seem a screwy way of working, but I had mojo rising and I was going to use it to get progress to happen however it came. I've now cut out most of the central ply, and added risers over the baseboard joints for the rise and fall of the industrial area. Don't worry about the missing stretch of mainline, it's safe.

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Re: Exhibitable TT layout- Stromallee

Postby Arseny » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:22 pm

Rich B wrote:Laying the main then cutting the timber may seem a screwy way of working


As for me, I am planning to lay the tracks and only then saw the plywood.
The paper plan is only the piece of paper, I want to see the tracks "in reality".
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Re: Exhibitable TT layout- Stromallee

Postby jpachl » Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:08 pm

I very like the concept of setting the layout in late Epoch V. German model railway exhibitions are still dominated by layouts of Epoch III and IV. There is indeed a big need for nicely designed layouts showing modern German operations.

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Re: Exhibitable TT layout- Stromallee

Postby ConducTTor » Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:21 pm

Ooooooh! I like a lot! And I second Joern - building Epoch 5 is exciting - it's my favorite....so many different types of locomotives and cars....
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Re: Exhibitable TT layout- Stromallee

Postby Rich B » Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:41 pm

A box from Germany arrived today, with some track for my revised design- my chosen location for the run-round loop means that it has a diamond crossing in the middle!

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I thought I had enough flexitrack. As it turns out, I'm about 2 lengths short of what I need. Aargh! All I can get locally is Peco H0m, which doesn't really look right to me. Another order then...
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Re: Exhibitable TT layout- Stromallee

Postby Rich B » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:26 am

A little detail that brings me great satisfaction.

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Re: Exhibitable TT layout- Stromallee

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:19 pm

Very slick. Where did you acquire those?
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Re: Exhibitable TT layout- Stromallee

Postby Rich B » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:29 am

The cosmetic parts are Auhagen item 43653. The mechanism is a simple homemade crank worked directly off the point's tiebar.
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Re: Exhibitable TT layout- Stromallee

Postby LVG1 » Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:37 pm

Interesting detail! :thumbup:

May be, you could put it a millimeter or so lower? There were extremely few turnout signals which were so high. There's usually no space between guide arm and signal box.
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Do you plan to illuminate it?
All box-like turnout signals were lightable.
On the other hand, there were also turnout signals made of a simple L-shaped metal sheet. They could not be illuminated. But they were rare. They were used only at some insignificant switching spots—for instance small branch line depots or even some industrial tracks.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find an image of an intact one. So here's a crooked one:
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Do you plan to add point levers?
It won't be necessary in remote controlled areas. But in your industrial area it would be another prototypical detail.

Nowadays, turnout signals are a dying breed.
In remote controlled ares signals can only be thrown to "go" if all turnouts have the correct position. So it's seen as not necessary anymore that the locomotive engineer checks it. So they're not installed anymore.
And in areas where the locomotive engineer or a switchman escorting the vehicle(s) has to throw the turnout, electric turnout signals get installed. They show the turnout's position by the arrangement of white light spots.
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