been out the hobby for about 6/7 years now just getting back into it
anyone care to blether with me on anything n/oo/EM or O gauge feel free to
get me on MSN
i could use the support lol
huge loft freshly converted and i cant come up with a trackplan :(
Rob I'm in the same boat
But the easiest way I found is to put your track boards up decide if your
having a hill and gradients then stick a bit of track together and fiddle
when you get to something you like stick with it ALSO use your past
knowledge (and pictures) to build a certain station or engine shed or yard
OMWB more points more track more point motors and switches -- no time to do
Got some questions
1 Do bachmann still make those wonderful little 03 shunters?
2 Did the bachmann 08 ever get released?
3 should i just say sod it and move from EM to O or even back to N gauge
ideas banding around are as follows
EM full use of the loft start off with a small goods yard TMD /station and
a nice big loop on a double helix set in a 80's scottish kinda way scotty
dogs ahoy :)
N gauge as above with scale miles of track :)
or a nice o gauge modern image
leaning toward EM atm as thats what i started off in with my old man years
ago kicking myself now for selling all my stuff :(
Yes indeed and very nice it is, and easy to convert to EM or P4
No, stick with your EM or, since you are starting again try P4.
Make friends in the hobby.
Garratt photos for the big steam lovers.
O gauge may have lots of detail, but IMO very little realism! The stuffs so
big almost everyone stuffs as much as possible into the area they have,
result = unconvincing slightly scenic fiddle yards ...
... go EM .. or even better N! Nothing better than the 'trains in the
landscape' effect, although the trade off is obviously no hope of ever
getting much in the area of fine detail. EM would be the natural compromise
Ian, I just checked that web-site and found Saffron Street. The photos
are exquisite. So rarely do you see that much realism in a scene, many
try but I've seen very few to equal what has been achieved by your club
members in that layout. It's the realism I'm in it for; I've seen too
many layouts that are an excuse to show off a large collection of
rolling stock at the expense of reality. Then there are those layouts
where reality seems to be very important to the builder but, though all
the parts are there, they forget the grittiness of real life; the soot
stains that have been rained on year after year, the way buildings get
grubby, the way wooden fences rot.
If I can get half as much realism in my layout I will be very happy.
I've checked the club diary and see that Saffron Street is at Chatham,
it's only a couple of days before I get married so I don't know if I'm
going to find the time but I'll have a damn good go, I *have* to see
this layout for real - there, that's a first for me, a particular layout
being the reason I visit an exhibition!
Just to go on about it some more, the first photo I looked at was
saffron10 and I had to look hard to confirm it was a model. saffron6 is
so believable, I grew up in Croydon and it reminds me very much of the
scenes I'd see travelling from East Croydon station to visit my
grandparents in the early 70's. I never did see Godzilla though!
Sorry to waffle on there but it really grabbed me! Please pass on my
comments to those involved in building it.
Actually, Bachmann don't make the 03 any longer. They altered the moulds so
that they could produce the 04, and this is what is now produced, so if you
want an 03 the secondhand market is the only way to get one. I wanted one
myself, but might be able to accept an 04.