Category Archives: Jon’s layout ramblings

A Minories of my own – 5 – a few tweaks?

As you realise, not much (if any) progress with the Minories over Christmas.  For the last few days, I blame Amazon Prime, with loads of live football to watch. But, gentle reader, you may recall a design something like the … Continue reading

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A Minories of my own – 4 – all contributions gratefully received

I have a sheet of plywood sitting on the lounge floor, to mark out the layout trackwork.  But it won’t get done tonight!  However, some helpful advice has been received! Phil wrote….. Hi, Jon! Have you seen Jago Hazzard’s channel … Continue reading

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A Minories of my own – 3 – location, location, location

I’m still working on the baseboard design for the layout.  I’m minded to wait until the FineTrax points arrive in the post, so that I can check that the published templates match the real thing.  The problem with a layout … Continue reading

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A Minories of my own – 2 – underneath the arches

Moving forward, I need to select the height of the arches under my Minories.  An obvious place to start is the South London prototype.  We could also move out to Liverpool or Fenchurch Street to the east of London for … Continue reading

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A Minories of my own – 1 – planning

It’s time to move on from my (occasional) Covid-19 diary, to something new.  As you, gentle reader, may well realise, I have spent the last couple of months trying to work out a layout that I actually like.  This is … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #31

Not much modelling progress, but pre-lockdown I did raid Champions in Dorking and came back with a stock of 6mm plywood.  The wood is all flat – the photo makes it look twisted. I’ve been looking at the mysterious boxes … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #30

Still no modelling progress.  It’s been great to see some of the club on Zoom, but I’m pining for club nights and exhibitions – and that’s a surprise for an anti-social loner like myself!  Still – I have read a … Continue reading

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Monday miscellany

Was this really published 30 years ago? I still think this is the most influential book on railway modelling ever published.  It introduced a string of new concepts into modelling – for example the ‘cameo’ layout, and ‘staged’ layouts with … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #29 – Planning failures!

Progress on the railway continues to be limited to say the least.  I continue to try and plan my next railway with little success.  So many ideas, and so few that really excite!  But the last few weeks have been … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #28

I’ve got back to the Lowfits, but nothing to report at the moment.  Really, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what to model next, and then trying to understand the government conditions for us actually to hold an … Continue reading

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