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Petermac
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Hello everyone

I'm new here so please be very gentle with me.  I'm British (does such a nationality still exist ??) but live in France.  My railway interests are in "OO" gauge, the old LMS/LNER regions and the timescale is around the steam / diesel transition.  I also have an interest in trams - in paricular, the Leeds system.

I have never built my own trackwork but love the realistic look available to those who do, to say nothing of the complex and infinitely variable pointwork.  I tend to read instructions as a last resort but it seems this will have to change and that I have a huge and very steep learining curve ahead of me.  I do hope you won't mind if I "peep over your shoulders" or whisper in your ears from time to time,

Now I'm going to read up on points to find out what a "V" is ..................... :roll:

Cheers

Peter


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Petermac wrote: Hello everyone

...Now I'm going to read up on points to find out what a "V" is ... :roll:



Hi peter,

A very wise move; to start by finding out what the terminology means.  You may also find Martin's explanation of OO-SF to be of interest, before you start building track. You should find that it de-mystifies some of the issues with the choices of gauge, and scale.

  There is a wealth of advice in this and other Fora. [eg. Scalefour Society; RMweb; EMGS; Finescale modeller's workshop.]

 Distilled into a few sentences: It has been found helpful to start by deciding which construction standard to use in your selected gauge, and then obtaining a set of the approriate gauges; build some straight track, and get a point kit or two to see how you get on.

  There are several Wild Swan books on the subject.   An Approach to building Finescale Track in 4mm by Iain Rice is highly recommended. You will find descriptions of Track formations and of the various methods, and materials used by expert modellers.

Welcome to the club.

Compliments of the season, and a Happy New Year.

Les G
ps:  A couple of typos crept in (like the cat that crept into the crypt) they have been corrected for the benefit of those reading it for the first time

 

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Hi Peter
As another beginner, I downloaded all the videos and tutorials onto my computer and then when I want to do something I just look at the one relating to the bit of trackwork I am trying to lay.
I also save the files with names that mean something to me (with bay, no bay, with works siding, etc)and try different layouts to see what works best in my incredibly limited space.
That way, when I have completely messed up the layout with pointwork which does not work, I can go back to an earlier version and start again.
Hope that helps
Arthur
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Hi Peter

Don't expect to design a layout in a couple of day's. Work through all the tutorials, you will probably need to do this a few times to get the hang of it, I still use them from time to time. DO print out the 'F' key chart found in the HELP menu on Templot.

Terminology is in Permanent Way speak ie a turnout comprises of a pair of switches and a crossing (this comprises of the V and wing rails) plus a pair of Guard or Check rails, :thumb: lesser mortals call all of this a pair of points :(.

Don't be afraid to ask if you run into problems we all do from time to time and mistakes I make loads of 'em.

Cheers

Phil

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Thanks guys.

Phil - I'm disappointed - I'd hoped I could plan my layout this weekend and build it next .........:(

I'll spend some time studying all the tutorials, organise some "gear" then look for my soldering iron.

Don't go away ....................
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Hi Peter


Petermac wrote: Thanks guys.

Phil - I'm disappointed - I'd hoped I could plan my layout this weekend and build it next .........:(

I'll spend some time studying all the tutorials, organise some "gear" then look for my soldering iron.

Don't go away ....................
You're going to need a few gallons of midnight oil then :D.

Cheers

Phil

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Peter,

Welcome to Templot :-)


Les G wrote:

  There are several Ian Allen books on the subject.  An Approach to building Finescale Track in 4mm by Iain Rice is highly recommended. You will find descriptions of Track formations and of the various methods, and materials used by expert modellers.

Welcome to the club.

Compliments of the season, and a Happy New Year.

Les G


It's Ian ALLAN ! lol

Ian (Allen)

 

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Les wrote:

There are several Ian Allen books on the subject. An Approach to building Finescale Track in 4mm by Iain Rice is highly recommended. You will find descriptions of Track formations and of the various methods, and materials used by expert modellers.


The Rice book quoted was published by Wild Swan.
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John Lewis wrote:
...The Rice book quoted was published by Wild Swan...


Ahhgh ...   Mia Culpa...    :roll:

Sorry folks, and especially Peter,  I confused the publishers, with my supplier, who incidentally, is also a publisher...and the book was sitting on my desk too! doh! :(

Sigh...  ' Kindest to call it just another senior moment. :-)

  Still, as I quote in another place,  Man who never made a mistake never made anything. :D

Happy New Year to All.

Les


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