Naples sTreeT - a Micro Switching Layout

Re: Naples sTreeT - a Micro Switching Layout

Postby RodTT » Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:37 pm

MacG wrote:Nice job on the 50ft car. I miss the two vertical rods in front of the plug door.

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Never mind, I never noticed. Although the supplied side ladders and stirrups were the wrong size and I had to make my own.
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Re: Naples sTreeT - a Micro Switching Layout

Postby RodTT » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:22 am

Two new road vehicles on Naples Street, a Ford CL-9000 cab and a 1970 Chevrolet Malibu, both from RailTT:
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Re: Naples sTreeT - a Micro Switching Layout

Postby RodTT » Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:27 pm

I took Naples Street to its second show at the weekend, a 2-day event in Milton Keynes quite near to where I live, filling four halls.
The brazier glowed, the factory chimney smoked, and the locos and stock ran impeccably (well, almost - the SOO switcher played up as soon as I got there but I managed to get it going). The show was really well attended and there was lots of curiosity about American TT - it's just a pity I had to tell people how little there is available.
One guy there had come specifically because he'd read the layout was going to be there. There were a couple of British 3mm scale modellers there, also very interested, and a very knowledgeable Aussie guy who lives in London, but whose name I didn't get, who is already doing lots with US TT - some of you may know him.

Here's the layout at the show, before the crowds came:
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And a view of the fiddle yard:
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Naples sTreeT - a Micro Switching Layout

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:06 pm

Great little layout. You should join the FB micro layouts group and show it off there.


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Re: Naples sTreeT - a Micro Switching Layout

Postby Bernd » Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:13 pm

Great looking diorama. Hope to get my first diorama somewhere near done before this coming Dec. to take to a show.

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Re: Naples sTreeT - a Micro Switching Layout

Postby RodTT » Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:01 pm

ConducTTor wrote:Great little layout. You should join the FB micro layouts group and show it off there.


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Thanks. Actually I think someone did a video of it the first day and posted it on Facebook. I have an account but don't tend to bother with it.
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Re: Naples sTreeT - a Micro Switching Layout

Postby RodTT » Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:09 pm

Bernd wrote:Great looking diorama. Hope to get my first diorama somewhere near done before this coming Dec. to take to a show.

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The one problem with it for switching purposes is the short lead at the left-hand end as you look, leading to the team track on the right. I may add 8 inches or so to the layout at that end - making it a massive 48 inches in all!
Also, the black knobs you see sticking out are the turnout operating rods, which run front to back - some spectators were pushing these instead of pressing the red button for the smoking chimney, which caused a bit of mayhem.
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Re: Naples sTreeT - a Micro Switching Layout

Postby RodTT » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:00 pm

So here goes with an extension for Naples Street, to give more switching room.
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Of course I'll be extending the backscene and re-fitting the side panel. The layout will measure just on 48in., so it will still qualify as a micro layout :thumbup:
I will probably only lengthen the track nearest to the edge. Not sure what to do with the space behind - maybe a generally overgrown, run-down area with a rusty car or two. Or I may extend the cream building in the picture.
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Re: Naples sTreeT - a Micro Switching Layout

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:22 pm

I like the idea of a run down area.


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Re: Naples sTreeT - a Micro Switching Layout

Postby TiTan downunder » Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:22 pm

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>> Also, the black knobs you see sticking out are the turnout operating rods, which run front to back - some spectators were pushing these instead of pressing the red button for the smoking chimney, which caused a bit of mayhem. <<

Simple solution might be to just paint them the blue as on the front edge to blend in. Them seem to obvious for "little fingers" to resist.

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