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For next winter I've been pondering the idea of doing a smaller portable layout loosely based on Gort station around 1970.  Rough track diagram below which has already been highly compressed but still requires nearly 8ft on two 18" x 4' base boards joined end to end.

gort01_diagram.jpg

Snippet from OSI map

gort_station_osi_track_plan.jpg

There is a fabulous photo of the station on page 29 of "Rails Through The West" from around 1970 showing a hive of goods traffic activity for what was a busy market town. Link below to photo on Ciaran Cooney's album eiretrains.com 

http://eiretrains.com/Photo_Gallery/Railway Stations G/Gort/IrishRailwayStations.html#Gort_20101216_004_CC_JA.jpg

I've been studying as many online photos as possible get a handle on the changes over the years. One of the bizarre things is it seems (unless my eyes are deceiving me) is that the water tower was dismantled and rebuilt stone by stone further back from its original position when the railway line reopened to make way for the new longer platforms. If anybody can point me to more online photos of the track layout circa 1960s and 1970s I would very much appreciate it. If I do go ahead with this I plan to use Peco code 75 flat bottom rail and electrofrog points.

 

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Noel, its a promising looking arrangement and you have captured the design well. You may have to start soon though because the Irish winter is here!

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The water tower was moved during the renovation, possibly due to a preservation order.

This document include some great information for you,

Page 1 has scale drawings before the reopening

page 12 has detailed drawings of the signal box

Page 13 has a great set of drawings for anybody modelling a modern IE footbridge

http://gccapps.galwaycoco.ie/viewexternaldocuments/ViewPDF?ref=1387517

http://www.eplanning.ie/GalwayCC/AppFileRefDetails/08443/0

Galway Co Co Planning reference 08443

There is more information in the other planning applications but the one linked seems to be the best

The O'Dea Collection has one picture from 1969 http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000307634

And I came across this one on flickr but the entire album is worth looking at 

Ireland Gort station Galway 7th April 1977

 

 

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2 hours ago, snapper said:

The water tower was moved during the renovation, possibly due to a preservation order.

This document include some great information for you,

Page 1 has scale drawings before the reopening

page 12 has detailed drawings of the signal box

Page 13 has a great set of drawings for anybody modelling a modern IE footbridge

http://gccapps.galwaycoco.ie/viewexternaldocuments/ViewPDF?ref=1387517

http://www.eplanning.ie/GalwayCC/AppFileRefDetails/08443/0

Galway Co Co Planning reference 08443

There is more information in the other planning applications but the one linked seems to be the best

The O'Dea Collection has one picture from 1969 http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000307634

And I came across this one on flickr but the entire album is worth looking at 

Thank you very much for posting that @snapper. It is invaluable and your links have already solved a number of queries I had. Really appreciated. Noel

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I've managed to compress the size a little more after looking at the drawings posted by snapper.

gort01_diagram_rev30a.jpg

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Version 5 below fits on two 4' x 18" boards. Further compression and adjustments were made last night and a little poetic license with the length of the south end of west platform.  Need to be able to get two coaches and a loco alongside without compromising the goods yard shunting, as this station was predominantly used for freight.

gort05_diagram_rev050a.jpg

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Great looking idea and with prototype being straight as a die then  an easy track lay drawing looks like set track would do well   but is to be 21mm gauge  if a micro - a thought I was having having got a set of C&L 18.83 gauges and experimenting with micrometer and washers. ..

Robert 

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2 hours ago, snapper said:

Out of interest, what planning software are you using?

RailModeller Pro on a mac

gort07_diagram_rev070a.png

Version 6 of Gort track plan as it continues to evolve through iterative process. 

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