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 ROB’S RAILS           

 My Railways - Past, Present and Future                        

This section looks at the model railways I have built in the past, the one I have at present and the one I would like to build in the future.

It all started when my good lady bought me R1038 Venice-Simplon Orient Express Boxed Set for my 60th birthday over a decade ago. The simple double loop in the set was soon expanded into a bigger and better range of tracks in the loft of my bungalow in UK. As they say it went along from there.

The loft layout, although fully functional was never really finished as we had decided to retire to Cyprus when I quit work, so this layout was downsized to a much smaller modular layout in the garage pending export.

In Cyprus I had the 3rd bedroom available for a layout, which was a good sized U-shaped folded-8 with a works area and a terminus station. Good running lines but the station platforms were too short. Then for reasons of extra bed-space this layout was converted to an L-shaped end-to-end, which I never really liked as I prefer to watch trains going round, not stopping and starting every 12 feet. So I rearranged the modules again, this time to make a roundy-round table top layout, with a turntable, which I enjoy fiddling with.

We are shortly moving back to UK (Jan/Feb 2019) into a house with a professionally converted garage that will become my Train Room.

Details of all these layouts to date are shown below.  

Number 1 was a Loft Layout in UK about 10 feet by 15 feet.


Number 2 was a modular garage layout in UK about 12 feet by 4 feet.

Number 3 was a U-shaped folded-8 layout in a spare bedroom in Cyprus.

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Number 4 was an L-shaped 12 feet by 5 feet end to end layout in the same bedroom designed to generate a bit of bed space for visitors

Number 5 is a roundy-round layout about 6 feet by 4 feet on castors designed to provide better play value than the end to end and a handy continuous running test track.

The next one was planned for a 14ft x 10ft shed in UK, with a working area of about 12ft x 10ft. Here are the plans.

But as the house we are moving to has a converted 16ft x 8ft-6in garage space this will have to be modified a tad (i.e. a bit longer but a bit narrower).