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Old 15-08-2018, 09:14 AM   #1
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Morning all,

Just a quick question, how wide are 00 gauge platforms?

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Old 15-08-2018, 09:27 AM   #2
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Do you mean ready made platforms or how wide should you make your platforms?


It depends what space you have available and what you want to put on it.
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Do you mean ready made platforms or how wide should you make your platforms?

Bit of both really

1st Ready made
2nd home made

It depends what space you have available and what you want to put on it.
Just canopies, lighting and possibly a small ticket office, more of a country village station.

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Ready made depends on which make.
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Generally speaking, try not to go too narrow. Yes, there are prototypes for everything, but if you can give them about 3 inches or wider they tend to look better. I'd go about 4 inches or wider if you can, especially with a station building, canopy etc. It really depends on the space you have available and what looks right on your layout. Just try not to go too narrow (E.g. two inches or less). You could use the canopy as a guide as in some areas like the railways here in the south of Wales, canopies were generally brought to the edge of the platforms - close to the passing trains, but in some other areas of the country the edge of the canopy was set back a distance from the edge of the platform.
Busier stations needed more room. If you're considering a platform canopy it would be or have been a fairly well used station even if on a branch line with shorter platforms. I'm not sure about other areas but in my area few stations had more then a simple shelter unless they served a more populated area, though there's always exceptions like a small branchline on the outskirts of a city which though small would handle a lot of commuters.

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I agree with mountain goat 2" minimum width for a single face, 3" width for double face. & 4.5" min. if a bay platform (with 2 faces) is to be included.
If you are going to use the ubiquitous Airfix canopy kits, then take a look at as many relevant photos & station drawings as you can find then go from there. It's amazing what you can do with a craft knife & a bit of imagination, coupled with the aforementioned photos etc.
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Think about the safe space left between the edge of any buildings and the platform edge!
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I have cut down the width of a station building in the past to fit my platform. Some platform buildings are quite thin. Take a look at the currently unused (The last time I was there!) building on the down platform at Haverfordwest. The footbridge used to have an overall roof, though it was converted into an uncovered footbridge when "The Colonel" saw some rust...
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Thanks for the responses guys,

I only have about 12" to 14" to fit 4 lines and a dual sided platform in so i think i will end up with 3", it doesn't have to be to scale so long as it doesn't look too out.

I asked the question as i didn't want to go too small, this is just a bridging piece between the main area and a smaller area and all 4 lines will be runarounds with a double level that 2 of the lines will run under and 2 over.

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This structure gauge in OO shows the measurements recommended.... Link to Structure Gauge
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