My layout project's website

Hi,
I hope you all don't mind my posting about my website.
It's for the layout that I'm currently planning. The website can be found at:-
http://www.shaunsmodelrailway.net
The layout is going to be a British modern image layout in N gauge. It will be loosely based on the town where I live with a bit of artistic license thrown in so that I can get the operational variety that I want.
I intend to record every section of the project and put it online with extensive photos of each stage too (when my camera *finally* gets delivered that is - bl@@dy Dabs.com!!).
Currently it's at the concept and planning stage with the first draft track plan having just been put online.
I've also put a forum on the site with visitors invited - and welcomed, even - to make suggestions, criticise - constructively please!! ;) - and pick as many holes in the project as they want. I want the best layout I can possibly build and my shoulders are broad enough and I'm man enough to take on board any criticism if it helps and improves the project.
Anyway, I'll stop waffling on about it as you're all probably bored by now!
MRN
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Not at all.

OK. Criticism No. 1: You have too many sentences starting with "And" on the home page. Criticism No. 2: You have too many one-sentence paragraphs, where the following paragraph really should be part of the same paragraph. Criticism No. 3: Your pages should have the page title ("Hobby History", "Concept" etc.) on them. It's not fair to expect your visitors to look at the URL to figure out where they are.
Apart from that, your website is a good idea, and you seem to have started it with the right things in mind. Keep up the good work.

Not at all. Looking forward to seeing how things develop.

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OO in the garden http://www.yddraiggoch.demon.co.uk/railway/railway.html
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Jane Sullivan wrote:

Excellent.
Yeah, didn't realise that. 2 of the sentences are meant to be like that (there are reasons for it and it was intended), the others aren't and I'll change those the next time I update the site.

Ok. Again, some are intended to be that way but I didn't realise with the others. I'll have a look and either expand the content of the paragraphs or combine some to make it more gramatically correct.

I thought I'd already done that. Cheers for letting us know. Again, I'll change it the next time I update the site.

I'll certainly try. Just been out today and bought some building kits and some brick and corrugated sheet for the buildings I want for the MPD as some of what I want will need to be scratch-built. I'm also going to order a container crane some time this week so that should keep me occupied.

Cheers for the critique. If it improves the site's look and feel then I'll gladly listen if anyone has any comments to make.
Cheers.
MRN
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I'll change

It wants to have both a title <title>....</title> and a page sub heading <h2>...</h2>, there are good reason for both!
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:::Jerry:::: wrote:

Observation taken on board. I'll see what I can do.
Cheers for the comment,
MRN
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Here's a suggestion for your layout plan.
You say ("Layout Location") that you are going to put the layout in your brick shed in the garden, after it (the shed) has been extended. That's fine as far as it goes, but when you've finished it, how about considering an extension? You could run a double-track branch line through a hole in the wall of the shed, around the garden a couple of times, then bring it back through another hole in the wall to rejoin the existing layout. Then when the weather is good, you can run the full length of the layout including the garden bit, and when it is bad you just use the part in the shed. It should be easy enough to fill the holes with some insulated door-type construction, to avoid force 12 hurricanes blowing through the shed when you're trying to keep warm.
I'm sure there must be some N gauge garden railways out there, it's just that I haven't heard of any.
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Jane Sullivan wrote:

Do you know something? I never even considered extending the layout into the garden. I've even got another shed at the bottom of the garden that *could* be included long term into the layout. A quick piece of mental arithmetic tells me that I could get a scale length 4.5 miles if I did go into the garden one day.

I remember finding a website for an N gauge garden railway and did have a trawl round the site but, for the life of me, can't remember the URL.
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Jane Sullivan wrote:

Highly recommended.......... My all time favourite layout creation, long defunct, was on this basis.
In the days when I had enough land to ensure that voltage drop became an issue - and enough dosh to buy Peco Streamline in bulk - with a potential 600' track run!, I derived much pleasure in confronting the many extra problems that accrue for modellers in the great outside. When operating in anything above a breeze it became simplicity itself to replicate the 'Tay Bridge Disaster', some 100 years after the event.
A consolation was always that when the frustrations of the outdoor section 'problem' list grew it was simply dealt with by venturing back into the garage, to throw 4 points and confine the activity to the inside. A later burst of enthusiasm would see the 4 points again thrown as the list was tackled head on. Reminiscent of returning afresh to an unfinished crossword and instantly solving 3 more clues!
Cheers Robt P.
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Model Railway Nut wrote:
OK, my camera has arrived today and I've been trying it out.
What I've done is to take some pictures of the shed, both inside and out, where I want to put the layout.
The pictures are a bit boring but you'll be able to see where it's all going to go:-
http://www.shaunsmodelrailway.net/LayoutLocation.htm
MRN
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Model Railway Nut wrote:
Hi all again,
Just an update to let you know that I've added some more photographic content to the site.
I'm also just about to head out to the local model railway shop for some bits - that I thought I already had but didnn't! - and, when I get back, will start construction of some of the lineside buildings. I'll be putting details of the construction process and photos up as soon as I finish them.
http://www.shaunsmodelrailway.net
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