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Allison Medhurst21/07/2019 19:11:23
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My name is Allison, I live in Newport South Wales.

My husband and i are building a large model railway, and as we are using mainly vintage rolling stock, we decided to try and make some of the spares ourselves.

Today we purchased a small 2nd hand Clarke CL300M lathe with a lot of accessories.

I need to brush up on my engineering skills from my younger days !

Brian H21/07/2019 20:02:10
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Hello Allison and husband, welcome to this excellent forum. What scale is your layout and do you have any pictures? We like pictures!

You are sure to find the answers to any questions about the lathe and other engineering matters, you have but to ask.


Allison Medhurst21/07/2019 20:23:45
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Hi Brian, we are modelling in 00 Gauge, and here is a diagram of the layout we are building.

Baseboards have been laid, and some track laid, but a long time off completion.finalised plan.jpg

Barrie Lever21/07/2019 20:31:40
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What is the area that looks like a ladder? top left of the legend text.

What is the approx. size? Looks like a nice project to work on together.



Allison Medhurst22/07/2019 07:01:27
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Hi Barrie,

The layout is being built in the loft, and the area you have mentioned is the top of the loft ladder.

The approximate size is 4.8M x 3.7M.

We converted the loft especially for the layout, (as i wasnt prepared to loose the spare bedroom), and has taken 12 months so far, we have laid the baseboards, and are in the process of laying track.

The layout plan was drawn using AnyRail so the track is scaled, the loft ladder isnt !


Ron Laden22/07/2019 16:24:37
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Hi Allison

Welcome to the forum, I,m sure any questions you have re your lathe will find answers from forum members, there are a good number of very experienced people here.

I hope you dont mind but can I just mention a couple of points re your layout plan, that is an awful lot of track and would be considered quite complex as layouts go. Nothing wrong with that but have you considered the scenics as there doesnt look to be much space left for adding scenery..? It may be of course you want to concentrate on running trains which is fine but if you do want a scenic layout it is amazing how much space you need for it.



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Neil Wyatt22/07/2019 21:08:42
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Welcome to the forum, Allison.

Nothing too ambitious then!

Here's a few shots of my tiny layout - which is a bit worse for wear at the moment, stored on its end...


booth rodley 15t c rane 4.jpg

coal staithe.jpg

stub van.jpg

Allison Medhurst23/07/2019 06:49:05
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Hi Neil,

Nice looking layout, i am afraid i wont have as much scenery as i would like, we had to come to a compromise, hubby likes playing trains, i like the modelling side,,,, hubby won !

Ron Laden23/07/2019 08:14:10
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Hi Neil, some nice modelling there, good detail and atmosphere, didnt know you had a layout.

Allison, I thought the layout plan looked more towards one for operating trains but there will be a good number of small areas where you can add your scenics, keep us updated as it progresses.


Daniel23/07/2019 08:31:09
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+1 for the layout Neil


Allison Medhurst23/07/2019 09:00:48
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Hi Ron, yes i intend to build certain areas with a lot of detail, like the terminus station, and MPD's which are being built from scratch.


Del Greco23/07/2019 10:34:03
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Wow, that definitely looks like an awesome project.

I've a tiny 009 layout, which is also on its end atm.

Am I right in assuming you are going to be going digital with that quantity of track?

Best of luck with it. I'm definitely interested in seeing pictures as you progress with it.


Plasma23/07/2019 11:02:28
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I hope it's going to be a comfortable room to work in Allison,

My roof space is boiling in summer and arctic in winter.


Allison Medhurst23/07/2019 17:31:24
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Hi Plasma,

When we converted the loft we installed 2 x Keylite windows, and went very heavy on insulation, so at the moment its just like a bedroom tempreture wise.


Allison Medhurst23/07/2019 17:33:41
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Hi Del,

Yes we intend to go DCC, at the moment we have around 200 locos / DMU's about a 1/3 are DCC fitted, and the rest will be fitted as time progresses.


Del Greco30/07/2019 10:09:36
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Posted by Allison Medhurst on 23/07/2019 17:33:41:

Hi Del,

Yes we intend to go DCC, at the moment we have around 200 locos / DMU's about a 1/3 are DCC fitted, and the rest will be fitted as time progresses.


That sounds awesome. I only have 4 but all are DCC, However, my layout is only big enough for 3 of them.

I hope the progress is coming along nicely.


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