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The Budget OO Gauge Layout Project – Track Planning #TBOOGLP

Now the first two baseboard modules are almost ready, just need to sort out connecting them together, the time has finally come this week to sit down and start planning how The Budget OO Gauge Layout Project is going to look when it’s done.

My first thought is to build it as a Terminus type station with twin lines running in from the left, possibly under a road bridge to the station on the right hand side. The left hand board would feature a small factory, a selection of houses (probably terraced houses) with low relief houses and shops running the entire length of the layout in front of a photographic backscene of some sort. There will also be a line-side hut or two & a signal box.

The right hand baseboard would then be kept pretty simple with just the station building(s), a car park, wall and pavement. I’ve kept the actual track set up really simple and I can’t decide whether I like it or not, but then in real-life, most track configurations are actually pretty simple as they run into a station, so maybe keeping it simple is best?

What I’m not 100% sold on though is the terminus station. As the layout will be modular, what I’m kinda drawn too is the ability to connect baseboards to both the left and right sides of these two, allowing for a continuous layout to be created at some point in the future… Hmm… Decisions, decisions!

I’ve started to get to grips with Xtrkcad, but for now I’m using the traditional Pencil & Paper method of track planning… Although I have redrawn this in Photoshop so you can actually make sense of it rather than showing you my scribbles!

#TBOOGLP Track Plan 1

#TBOOGLP Track Plan 1

The diagram above is based on a rough sketch I did a couple of nights ago, and shows space for two additional further baseboards at the front of the layout. These would sit lower down, with a retaining wall running pretty much the entire length of the two boards, with a small beach / quayside scene on these probably.

All the buildings, roads, platform & pavement will be constructed from paper and card kits to keep the cost to an absolute minimum. Track will be sourced as much as possible from a couple of old sets and flexi-track sections I have squirrelled away in the loft from previous layouts.

I still think it needs more development though… but it’s taking shape. I’ll draw up a couple more plans over the next few days and then make a choice I think.

What do you think? Any thoughts and comments?

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4 Responses to The Budget OO Gauge Layout Project – Track Planning

  1. Anthony says:

    it’s simple, perhaps too simple. I always think about the ‘play’ value of layouts, ask your self ‘how much fun can I have running trains on this layout?’

    You may want to think about some goods sidings or similar on that left board just to add some more movement

    • Justin says:

      Good idea Anthony. I must admit, this one isn’t “doing it” for me quite at the minute… so I’ll definitely look at adding something more there. I’m working on a continuous loop design with these two sections being removable now. That will then allow for more variety hopefully 🙂

  2. Trevor W. Chapman says:

    Hi Justin.
    I am following your Budget Layout with great interest.I am trying to build my own layout as cheaply as possible and my buildings are 99% card and downloaded kits.(I have nicknamed my layout Cardboard City because of this).I print the kits onto thin card (30 sheets for £1 from Poundland) as I find this better to glue using a glue stick ( Poundland again) onto thicker card than paper as it doesn’t get soggy, wrinkle or tear.
    The card I use is mostly from cereal boxes.I glue the kit parts onto the non printed side as the glue stick doesn’t stick so well to the glossy printed side.To put the kit parts together I use UHU (I,ll let you guess where from.)
    Good luck with your layout and I am looking foreward to reading your next updates on it.
    Regards,
    Trevor.

    • Justin says:

      Hi Trevor, I think we’re on the same wavelength! All the buildings will be card kits, most of which I’ll be designing as I go along I think. I tend to use a combination of UHU, Glue Stick and also PVA depending on what it is I’m gluing.

      I’m making good use of lots of cereal boxes and cat food boxes for various elements of the layout too as it’s nice and rigid.

      Hopefully going to post some updates very shortly.

      Cheers

      Justin

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