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Andy's "N" in the loft

08-07-23

By the time I retired 18 years ago (2004) I had scratch built two 5 and two 7 ¼ steam locos and I decided it was enough and I acquired a 5 Class 67; alright but a bit boring to drive. I still needed another project and so decided to go the N Gauge route. You can get a fair bit in a small space.

Photo 1 shows how the track was arranged. At the back the track goes a bit further around behind the chimney. Those who have used DDC will know that it is useful to have a section of isolated track for programming in a new loco's address. Otherwise, you have to take all other loco's off the tack lest they all end up on the same address.

At the bottom of photo 2 you can see the changeover switch and the rack is under the scenery just to the left of the switch box.

Photo 3 shows the point controls. The points are operated by a momentary pulse and there is no feedback to the LED's. To get things correct all the signals are pulsed at switch on.

Photo 4 shows one of the goods yards with a rotary table feeding the engine shed. This is controlled by the rotary control that I have shown inset at the bottom of the picture.

The double track that you can see passing in front of the mill goes into a tunnel and emerges as a single track that you can see to the right in photo 7.

There are remotely controlled de couplers in all sidings. If I were to rebuilt the track, I would not use the smallest radius as the B1 has difficulty in getting round at a worthwhile speed. Even on the second radius photo 7 shows it a bit too sharp.

All of my locos are from Dapol, just four.

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Andy's "N" in the loft

08-07-23