My Hornby-Dublo layouts
These happened quite by accident. Hornby 0 and then Hornby-Dublo three-rail is what I had as a teenager growing up in Yorkshire, England. (See About my Railway Interest.) The fortuity is that just a few years ago, the son of a former model railroading buddy from back in the '70s offered to donate his father's boxed, brand-new Hornby-Dublo ELG17 goods set "to a good home". How could one refuse? Well, I set up the simple oval on the dining room table, and the memories started to come flooding back. My introduction to Hornby-Dublo came when I was about 14 and I was at a cousin's home for the summer - he had a GWR goods set (the engine I remember had the gold-leaf "button" GWR emblem - so it must have been pre-war) - he had a simple double track layout with a crossover pair of points and that was it - just on a green plywood-type board - no scenery - nothing else - but that was total fun for a whole summer - amazing isn't it? In those days, teen happiness was a bicycle, a cricket bat, a soccer ball and an electric train. (The first three were relatively affordable, but an electric train often remained a dream, especially in the years just before and after WWII.) My, how the world has changed.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I decided on a "memory lane" 3-rail 00 expanded venture - tinplate rollingstock, metal wheels and couplings are "de rigueur", but with a concession to mostly Superquick for some additional buildings.
Scroll down for copies of H-D instruction leaflets, advice and tips.
An immediate venue was some unused space at our condo loft balcony. I designed this layout originally as single-tracked, only to come to the realization that the quintessential ingredient of a traditional European-prototype toy train layout is that it has to be double-tracked. So I squeezed out another 8 inches from the original plan and proceeded to reconfigure all of the track, retaining only the far "straight" to become the "outer" in its original position. Rail height is 32 1/2 inches off the floor. Major considerations were to keep the height below the top of the balcony ballustrade, and since I do not have the luxury of being able to walk all the way round the layout, the ability to reach to the far side without resorting to a step stool. The main section is 13 ft 4 inches long, and at the control panel, 44 1/2 inches wide. Its length provides for a turntable motive power depot installation, a branch line, a TPO pick up, and generous passing loops for both "up" and "down" trains. the points on the far side are, for obvious reasons, electrically operated, but point work elsewhere is manually operated to take maximum advantage of the isolating points option. A tunnel "brackets" the layout at each end, and the scenery is representative rather than detailed, including roadways, a variety of railway and other buildings. Backdrops, however basic, are important to "separate" the railway from the walls.
A static tour of Upper Enright during construction, long before the inclusion of any scenery. 2015.
With the major scenery completed, A4s 7 Sir Nigel Gresley and 10 Dominion of Canada hard at work. Views of Lincoln Enright mainline station, the village of Longley-Sutcliffe and Charnock Halt.