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Working on a small layout using an Ikea LACK shelf as a base.  Measures 6 ft long and 10 inches wide and is DCC with one seep motor point.

There's no fiddle yard as this would take up space so instead locos are moved on and off the layout and swapped between the two sets of track using Peco lifting cradles.

Modelling  post 2000 era and new to Irish rail scene as didn't develop an interest in railway modelling until 20 years after leaving Ireland so looking for advice on what to run.

Layout name Trathnona, chosen by my daughter as she did a Google translate for her name, Eve!

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I'm presuming it was enamel thinners that done the damage? They can be quite unforgiving at the best of times, and that's the risk you take if using them when weathering. Nice work though, really like the finish on them. 

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On 5/10/2019 at 2:44 AM, Ian Cooper said:

Ballast ploughs weathered, not particularly happy with the result as my usual method of a wash of thinned down matt cote and weathering powders resulted in the livery washing off the model!

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So was enamel the problem as JasonB suggested? On the up side there are many examples of stock where the lettering is faded overall or individual letters are faded or missing!

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The plough vans look great.:-bd

The lettering does come of if you rub at it to much and enamel thinners would make it worse.

I lost a few letters on one side and hand painted them on again.

Maybe a coat of varnish put on first and left for 48 hours might protect it before you start adding dirt.

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Hang on a minute! Surely an urgent meeting of union reps and personnel departments needs convening here? Every good office space needs a corner (or shelf) for all important R&R, so if not room for the rail depot, hopefully a space can still be found. Cite mental well-being and the gentleman's prerogative of never needing to grow up, but find room for a railway! Joking aside, hope you can.

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On 15/2/2019 at 11:28 AM, Ian Cooper said:

Working on a small layout using an Ikea LACK shelf as a base.  Measures 6 ft long and 10 inches wide and is DCC with one seep motor point.

There's no fiddle yard as this would take up space so instead locos are moved on and off the layout and swapped between the two sets of track using Peco lifting cradles.

Modelling  post 2000 era and new to Irish rail scene as didn't develop an interest in railway modelling until 20 years after leaving Ireland so looking for advice on what to run.

Layout name Trathnona, chosen by my daughter as she did a Google translate for her name, Eve!

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Nice little exercise!

I’m doing something similar with a light plank, which is 7’6” x 18”, small 12mm gauge terminus for South African H0 scale; one steam loco, one carriage and half a dozen wagons (typical 1980s branchline). But it needs a (tiny!) fiddle yard.

Your scenery treatment looks superb.

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Hi Ian. I agree with David and Jonathan's comments above. As 'Trathnona' is 6ft by 10 inches, surely it can fit in along one wall and enhance the home office! It's really amazing what you can accommodate in a small space. The Larne Harbour Station layout I am working on is 6ft by 20 inches and will sit in an alcove in a home office type room. Save 'Trathnona'!

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I always loved the photos of this layout-  only complaint is that we never saw enough of it !!! 

As the lads said, it would be great if it could be incorporated somehow in your room.

It's really high quality and l like the post-2000 lrish era setting too- brilliant 👍👍👍

 

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On 27/3/2021 at 10:45 AM, LARNE CABIN said:

Hi Ian. I agree with David and Jonathan's comments above. As 'Trathnona' is 6ft by 10 inches, surely it can fit in along one wall and enhance the home office! It's really amazing what you can accommodate in a small space. The Larne Harbour Station layout I am working on is 6ft by 20 inches and will sit in an alcove in a home office type room. Save 'Trathnona'!

Thanks for the "save Trathnona" campaign but my employer has imposed a work from home contract so there's two of us working in a 8x6 room. By the time I've brought all my work kit and file's home, the office is a bit snug! 

However, I do have plans for a new layout on a spare shelf but at only 3ft long, it might be a bit tight for a 201 but will see where we go with it!

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