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Model railway layout

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  1. Chris Harding

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    Starting is the hard bit. You need to have an idea of what type of layout you want. Things like tight curves can be a bugbear later on, so go for the widest radius possible.
    Control systems - DC or DCC should be considered - once you've made up your mind it's very hard to change. The basics, like track, control systems, make initial setup a bit expensive, but it gets easier after that. If you've got most of this from your father's system, then have a go.

    An old mentor told me: "There's very little you do that can't be undone", so don't be frightened to have a go; it can generally be fixed if you make a mistake.
     
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    3 of my ho tracks are DC. My n scale track is dc. However the 2nd track is dcc. I use the nce powercab to operate dcc. I like dcc. Wish i had the money for dcc sound though. It would be awesome to hear sounds and smoke from the locos.
     
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    Now have the Powercab DCC, and a Eureka CPH with sound. I can see why people like DCC. I'll be putting LokPilot V4.0 decoders into my 41 and 48 class locos. Don't see the need to spend hundreds on sound for every loco; but a basic DCC chip is quite affordable. I have a C30 tank on order, and will get Mark from DCC Solutions to instal a soundchip for that. Steam needs sound.

    The Swiss system will remain DC. It works well with the setup I have, and would cost me thousands to convert.
     
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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    My father and I added a custom madr station to the mountain area and some more trees. We also added a barn as the inside area will be a farm. Heres a game: Can anyone name the engine in the photos?
     
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    Coming along nicely. Have you thought about putting a speaker under the layout and playing railway sounds via I-pod or CD? Also plenty of soundscapes: streams birds, animals, traffic, weather, station announcements available as downloads - even noises for outside toilets.
     
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    That wouldn't be a bad Idea man. It would make the layout more awesome and life like.
     
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    Here are photos of the progress dad and i have made on the layout during the christmas holidays.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Top effort bro , keep the pics comming
     
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    I reckon that should look awesome when completed.
     
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    Thanks dude. It is sure looking better everytime we add stuff to it. I am looking forward to the day when it's finished.
     
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    Does anyone remember this
     
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    Cousin It was an Arab lol
     
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    Thanks man. The more I see it and work on it, the more I appreciate it. My dad and I only had a chance to work on it this year. We are both happy with progress and besides a few minor issues, we are pleased with the way the layout is taking shape.
     
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    the most interesting part is this one.

    7. The trains got toilets after Indian Railways completed about 50 years!
     
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    And it took them 20 years to work out how to use them
     
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    would take a life time to get to one if you are riding this train

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    Here more photos of the progress that has been made recently. 20180406_161031.jpg 20180406_161052.jpg 20180406_161048.jpg 20180406_161042.jpg 20180406_161039.jpg 20180406_161254.jpg 20180406_161259.jpg
     

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