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Siting Your Railway.

Siting Your Railway.

This is the most important decision you will probably make when starting off on the railway modelling journey. Many of you will not have the luxury of a spare room in which to site your layout, this tends to become available in later life when all the offspring have left home. People in modern houses do not have the opportunity of siting it in the roof space as to-days houses have the gang nailed roof truss construction. Older houses offer a different perspective, but you do have to prepare the area as roof spaces have a vast change in temperature throughout the year.

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British Modelling Scales

British Modelling Scales

Britain’s railway network uses the international standard gauge of 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) but the loading gauge is narrower and lower than in the rest of Europe. This is one of the main reasons why the country has traditionally used its own distinctive model railway scales which can rarely be found outside the British Isles.

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Creating Your Railway

Creating Your Railway

If the urge takes you into wanting to create your own model railway, do not rush straight into it. A little bit of thought will save you a lot of heartache and more importantly money.

You may wish to consider the ‘S’ factor – space, subject, scale and scope. The ideal environment for your layout has to be temperate, as clean and damp free as possible and shielded from excessive sunlight, out of the way in terms of household hustle and bustle, and not in the same area where pets may have access, especially cats.

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My Garden Railway

My Garden Railway

Over the next few years I broke out of the shed into the garden, originally in a small way with short length of track with a run round and  then expanding the length of run incorporating a return loop. After about three years I extended the line to a station at the top of the garden giving me somewhere to run to. The following year the line was extended again to give me a very large continuous run, and then the next year another terminus was formed in the front section of the layout room adding to the operational potential of the railway.

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My Railway History

My Railway History

Here is the history of my life long passion for model railways.

I have been a keen modeller nearly all my life, starting with Hornby Clockwork onto Hornby Dublo up to the age of sixteen.I was always striving for detail and when Airfix bought out their model railway followed by Mainline Railways the jump into finer detail became quite a revelation. About this time we moved into a new home and one of the criteria was that it had a good loft space, a 00 gauge layout duly followed.

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