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PLB first layout

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Post by PLB » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:40 pm

Hello,
I changed my mind a little. Because I have no need for the Trakmat and the wall transformer (UK plug),
I cancelled my order for a Hornby R1151 Caledonian Belle trainset without any problem (thanks Hatton's).
I ordered one Hornby R2672 in Caledonian Railway blue. I found one Hornby blue coach and one open wagon on fleabay.
I also refound a box full of Fleischmann track sections (straight, curves, points...) that my Old Man (RIP Dad) gave to me many moons ago. A lot of curves are in very good shape. I'm gonna use them for my first layout.
I need to find a decent transformer with a controller.
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Post by GWR » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:42 pm

Pierre I’m looking forward to seeing your layout develop. :)
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Post by glencairn » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:47 pm

Great to hear you are starting to build your layout, Pierre.

As for a controller, I use Gaugemaster. I cannot speak highly enough of it. I do not know whether you can get it in France.

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Post by PLB » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:58 pm

Thanks for all your replies.
glencairn wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:47 pm
As for a controller, I use Gaugemaster. I cannot speak highly enough of it. I do not know whether you can get it in France.Glencairn
No problem at all. I can buy it from Hatton's. I'm also working on the baseboard. Maybe chipboard :?:
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Re: PLB first layout

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Post by PLB » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:21 am

The Fleischmann track doesn't work. Too old and very fragile. I'm thinking about using another brand: Fleischmann Profi track or Trix C-track:
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Post by footplate1947 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:10 am

Most serious modellers these days use Flexi track I think the most popular is Peco. I have used it since 1972 whenI built my first large layout in the loft of my first house. It is good quality strong and the points look quite realistick. The sleepers seem to be strong enough to hold everything together well, but also is soft enough to cut with craft knifeto make any alterations you may need to do when joining points ect.The only diference is you will need to ballast it. But if you are buiding a railway why not. BR do. Ballasting can seem like a daunting task to a beginner but after you have done your first few feet it will become second nature. One of the ballast spreaders are a god send. Simple little box that fits over the track, fill it with ballast and drag it along the track and it dropps a level shaped ballast along the track then you dampen it I use sprayer. Then apply coating of PVA which has been diluted. Before you start get an old scrap piece of old flexy track or any old scrap track and do bit of practise. You will soon see it is very easy but if I have lot to do I do find it boring............
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Post by PLB » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:46 am

Thanks for your advice. Very helpful.
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Post by footplate1947 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:03 am

PLB wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:46 am
Thanks for your advice. Very helpful.
footplate1947 wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:10 am
Most serious modellers...
But I'm not a serious modeller... :mrgreen: Just playin' with my toys. Fleischmann Profi track or Trix C-track are very popular in France.
Sorry,,,,,,,,,,,,, Thought you were asking for advice and other ideas. The post about the track you pictured sounded as if you were looking for another recommendation. I did not realise you were in France. I would not know what is available there as when I have been to france it was only to drive through it on my way to somewhere else.................
If only there was enough hours in the day..................John

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Re: PLB first layout

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Post by PLB » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:10 am

:oops: :oops: :oops: Sorry. My mistake. "I'm not a serious modeller" is just a joke and nothing else. All your advices are always welcome.
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