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I am about to start building my first layout at 74, so it is important to get it right first time.  To that end I would very much appreciate some comments from the expert among you all on the attached plan.  (The shapes file is uploaded separately and shows the whole of the loft where the layout will live) it is designed to be a busy, but cramped terminal surrounded by factories and roads, with a traverser as at Moore Street, Birmingham.  A lot of freight and parcel traffic as well as passenger.

Traffic enters by the lower track heading the the double slip and outgoing trains take the upper track.

Thank you in advance gentlemen.

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Here is the shapes file.

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Hi Raymond,

Looks like an interesting project.

Cheers

Phil

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Hi Raymond,

Not sure your traverser will work as drawn, if you want to follow prototype practice. Moor St had two 3-road traversers, each serving a pair of tracks; the 3rd road of each was needed for safety reasons, to ensure that the end of each track had a traverser road aligned with it, except when the traverser was being used.
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There will two tracks visible but four in reality; the outer tracks will slide under the platform. I have considered a three road one but there is little space to fit it in.
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Raymond
A couple of operation thoughts.
You have mentioned traffic entering via the lower track suggesting right hand running which would not be typical GWR.
The lower platform is approx 3.6m long (including traverser) allowing a 7-coach rake of 60-footers to be accommodated. However the upper platform is only 2.4m long limiting the capacity to 5 coaches even with a loco standing beyond the platform end and possibly fouling the slip giving access to the other platform face.
The fiddle yard appears to permit rakes of coaches of only 1.9m limiting you to 4-coach trains.
All that said, I do like the sinuous curves through the plan - so much more interesting than straight track!
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