BUILDING A SMALL PORTABLE LAYOUT IN A FEW WEEKS 2

(or how you too can have a lightweight storable layout and enjoy Model Railways!)

Welcome to St Agnes

Views of the Layout

Further Views

Map of the “St Agnes”

Operating the “St Agnes”

The Budd Cars

The Transistor Throttles I use

Building my Throttles

Calculating Scale Speed

Using a Model Lathe 1

Using a Model Lathe 2

Using a Model Lathe 3

Making Searchlight Signals

Ersatz Ground Signals

Making Dummy Signals

MRE “Hints and Tips”

Exhibitions and Layouts

Building a Layout in a short time frame

Simple Street Lighting

Simple Cut out Buildings

Canadian Trees








Updated July 2017






In the top pictures, we used some Life Like sectional track commonly provided with starter sets to get a train running. The setup for this was about only about 15 minutes including the track clean and if the bridging pieces over the two sections could be taken care of, this track could conceivably have been glued by either hot melt glue or PVA applied to the sides of the ballasted sections. However we had better plans in mind... and yes the train was actually running in the photo!

Club members, Aaron, Rob, Trevor, John and Adam, started this layout on Saturday June 19, 2010. The boards were previously painted over about 30 minutes literally “mopping up” sample pots of paint which were in earthy tones and unbelievably “stretched” as we were running out of paint very quickly. This base colouring was eventually replaced by a more even earth tone. On the night of June 22nd 2010, Aaron, Rob and Trevor continued starting about 7:15 or so and this is a record as such of the tasks and approximate times …








By 7:20pm we had laid our boards on a single table with no other means of support. In hindsight, this was a mistake and we SHOULD have put two tables underneath the layout. Central to this layout style is the use of sectional track for the bridging pieces. This is so that there is a set length between gaps and should a bridging piece be lost, it can be easily replaced. We had a number of off cuts of flex track and a few older points, which we used in the construction of this layout.






We put together our sectional track curves, 1 oval each of Radius 2 and 3 Hornby sectional track, into 4 half circles, 2 of each radius. We then located these at the ends and placed points and track bits approximately where we thought they would best go. By 7:45, the track was approximately in place. It did not quite fit and there was some alignment needed. The chip from the edge of the foam was filled in with a control area. A little time was spent getting the track in position here and envisaging what it would look like.

Notice the “slewing” of the track. A slight curve was placed in with the flex track to give it a more flowing rather than a geometric appearance. The Glue gun was heated up and at the ready to fasten the track to the foam. You could use long pins to hold the track temporarily to the foam while you are using the hot melt glue




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