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We have been appointed to build the new layout for the Fry model railway museum. 

The new museum is not far off finished in the old casino building in Malahide.

The new layout is 11mtr long x 4mtr wide and will be OO gauge. The reasons for OO was space as O gauge in that size would look like a train set and budget. Replacing O gauge Irish rolling stock was also an issue. The cost in replacing a loco being in excess of 2 grand they quickly realised OO was the way to go.

The Cyril Fry original collection is currently off for conservation and will be on display in the museum. The museum itself is lovely,  above the layout will be a suspended O gauge track where models from the layot in Malahide will run through the day.

The new layout is under way, I have attached a few pics. The baseboards are birch ply open frame the upper structure is MDF. The open frame allows for realistic landscape. 

The layout will be divided into 4 scenic areas, Dublin at one end with Butt bridge and the liffey, Malahide on one long side, then part of Bray head at the other end with Mallow station on the other side. The pics show the Mallow side with the curve for Bray head at the end. I'll keep the thread updated as the build progresses.

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Congrats Dave,. Looking like it's going to be something really special. They got the right man for the job.

One question Dave ,. what is open frame,. sorry if it's a silly question.

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1 hour ago, John-r said:

Congrats Dave,. Looking like it's going to be something really special. They got the right man for the job.

One question Dave ,. what is open frame,. sorry if it's a silly question.

Hi John, 

Open frame boards don't have a top on them. They need more bracing on the frame to add strength.

The advantage of open frame is you can have the track work raised as the landscape rises and falls around it. 

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