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This project was inspired by an ad for Peco Code 75 track. The different sleeper types were advertised as a selling point and I remember thinking that the metal-sleeper track looked very much like that used on Bord na Mona. The thought resurfaced periodically, but I only decided to do something with it once I stumbled across @Aussie Phil’s topic on his O16.5/NG7 Bord na Mona layout. This inspired me to make a start on a similar project myself.

The primary difference, however, is that I plan on modelling a small independent turf company. I have made a small start on the layout, using the board from a postponed project (Royal Park) and several odds and ends and track bits I found around the “railway room”. The primary purpose of this layout is to create something I can exhibit, but also to get my modelling skills to the point where I can build something worth exhibiting. I chose NG7 as 16.5mm gauge track is the most readily available basically anywhere. I plan on using Code 100 track, but I may try to use some of that rail with the metal sleepers from the aforementioned Code 75 track.

The layout will be a simple loop of first-radius curves, separated in the middle by a road, under which the track passes. One side will be the loco shed and wagon sidings, while the other will be a passing loop. Control hasn’t yet been fully decided, but I plan on using 12V DC as I want to use RTR OO chassis.

Edit- the name Killamuck comes from the Killamuck Bog Trail on Abbeyleix Bog, as I walk there often and it seems a suitably “bog” and “midlands” name.

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1 hour ago, LNERW1 said:

This project was inspired by an ad for Peco Code 75 track. The different sleeper types were advertised as a selling point and I remember thinking that the metal-sleeper track looked very much like that used on Bord na Mona. The thought resurfaced periodically, but I only decided to do something with it once I stumbled across @Aussie Phil’s topic on his O16.5/NG7 Bord na Mona layout. This inspired me to make a start on a similar project myself.

The primary difference, however, is that I plan on modelling a small independent turf company. I have made a small start on the layout, using the board from a postponed project (Royal Park) and several odds and ends and track bits I found around the “railway room”. The primary purpose of this layout is to create something I can exhibit, but also to get my modelling skills to the point where I can build something worth exhibiting. I chose NG7 as 16.5mm gauge track is the most readily available basically anywhere. I plan on using Code 100 track, but I may try to use some of that rail with the metal sleepers from the aforementioned Code 75 track.

The layout will be a simple loop of first-radius curves, separated in the middle by a road, under which the track passes. One side will be the loco shed and wagon sidings, while the other will be a passing loop. Control hasn’t yet been fully decided, but I plan on using 12V DC as I want to use RTR OO chassis.

Edit- the name Killamuck comes from the Killamuck Bog Trail on Abbeyleix Bog, as I walk there often and it seems a suitably “bog” and “midlands” name.

How many projects do you have on the go now? I'm beginning to lose "track" at this stage..... Still, as long as you are happy, that's what matters😀. Oh, and will first radius curves work for you?

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Two things- this is one of three projects I have on the go at the moment. The other two are Ardree Quay and my garden railway. Royal Park, another layout I had a thread on, has been more or less indefinitely postponed and the baseboard used for this project.

Secondly, the vehicles are intended to have a very small wheelbase, and any bogie vehicles will have bogies that can swivel a full 360 degrees, that are also very close together. It’s not a micro layout by any standard, but it’s designed for very small stock.

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How is this progressing?

I'm very curious about how you find O-16,5 / NG7.

Rails seemed to be pushing O-16,5 / NG7 in their emails for a couple of weeks, and the stuff really did look lovely!

This was the standout for me:

https://railsofsheffield.com/products/quarry-hunslet-0-4-0st-britomart-pen-yr-orsedd-quarry-blue-steam-locomotive

 

 

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In Connemara atm on holiday. Killamuck has seen some progress, but I have mainly worked on a new module for Ardree Quay. I still need to work out a trackplan as I don’t think the previously stated one would work. I might go for a sector plate design instead. I have plenty of time to sit and plan for all four projects so expect some good progress on all of them when I get back home in August.

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