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Hi Martin,
(Or in fact anyone else)
I recall seeing you many moons ago at Scaleforum Leatherhead (what year was that?), demonstrating Templot.  You were working on a Track Plan for one of Iain Rice's layout features called "Downingham", featured in an edition of Morrill magazine.
Do you by any chance still have the file, and if so do you think you could post it please?
Many thanks
Kind Regards,
Brian

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polybear wrote: Hi Martin,
(Or in fact anyone else)
I recall seeing you many moons ago at Scaleforum Leatherhead (what year was that?), demonstrating Templot.  You were working on a Track Plan for one of Iain Rice's layout features called "Downingham", featured in an edition of Morrill magazine.
Do you by any chance still have the file, and if so do you think you could post it please?
Many thanks
Kind Regards,
Brian
Hi Brian,

That's going back a bit. 2003 in fact. :)

I do remember the design, in fact I have a photocopy of the article in front of me now. I think it was sent to me by a Templot user asking for help. I also have the original Morill magazine, probably the one at the bottom of the pile. The photocopy shows pages 204-26 but doesn't show an issue date. From the show advert on there, it was 1994.

I found this still on the web site:

 http://templot.com/martweb/downingham_scan.htm

It's an attractive 00 terminus design which Iain Rice describes as "by St Albans out of Uppingham". I remember asking him at a Scaleforum for permission to use it on the Templot web site, to which he kindly agreed. So I could perhaps post the article here if anyone is interested and doesn't have Morill?

The question is do I still have the Templot box file? The answer is almost certainly yes, I think my design was originally for 0 gauge. I rarely delete anything. But it may be on an old disk drive which I shall have to connect up and search.

Did I ever finish it? I don't think so. I know like many of Iain's designs (and CJF's), it was a bit optimistic about space requirements for pointwork.

I'm supposed to be working on Bernard's tandem, but I will go and have a look for the file. Templot has changed so much since 2003 that it might be better to start again from scratch.

cheers,

Martin.

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The Morill magazine edition was Vol 1 no. 4 Mar/Apr 1994.
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Thanks Dave.

AJC archive extraction has done its work and found this:



11ft-6in x 7ft-6in. For 00 gauge.

So far no box file.

cheers,

Martin.

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Here's the full article scanned as .pdf.Dave

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Dave, Thanks for uploading the article, I remember it well. Not sure an Airfix 4F would cut the mustad these days for prime motive power...........

Rob


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Rob Manchester wrote: Not sure an Airfix 4F would cut the mustad these days for prime motive power...........Oh, I don't know; just needs a little work:

Well, quite a bit of work really - but the boiler/running plate was a good foundation.

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Hi Brian,

I haven't yet found the 2003 file, but I have found this unfinished in EM version from 2014:



Despite my comments about Iain's track plans, I seem to be fitting it in the original space so far, with some short loose-heel switches in the goods yard. There is still the long curved crossover needed, and the junction. The curved double-slip is 1:8, but I think I would build it as a switch diamond on a sharp curve.

You will notice that I have used a low-contrast negative version of the track plan, for use with the bright-night colour scheme. Which I prefer for working over a background.

I have added a function to the next program update to do this image conversion directly in Templot, and allow an easy reversion to the original.

Here it is on the sketchboard:



And part of the output:



Files attached below, first the box file.

cheers,

Martin.

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SK81 image file:

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BGS file:

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Hi Martin,
That's excellent :)
2003? That's scary....
One question - how do I open the bgs and sk81 files - I'm not sure what they are :?
Many thanks,
Brian
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polybear wrote: One question - how do I open the bgs and sk81 files - I'm not sure what they are :?
Many thanks,
Brian
Hi Brian,

The BGS file contains the dimensions and position of the scanned background drawing, to match your model scale.

The SK81 file contains the actual scanned image which is stretched to fit within it.

Save them both in your C:\TEMPLOT_DEV\SHAPE-FILES\ folder.

Then go to the background > shapes menu item.

On the background shapes dialog, click the files > reload... menu item. Navigate to the BGS file and open it. The image will appear behind the track templates on the trackpad.

The idea of separating the background shapes from the track templates, is that you can re-use the same BGS file for several different BOX file track plans. For example the BGS file might contain your baseboard outlines, or your railway room, or your garden.

cheers,

Martin.

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Thanks Martin :)
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