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Breitefurt (my first layout)

Started by Chris, May 17, 2009, 12:19:04 am

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RhB_HJ

Hey Jeff, the point is that double-decker cars are being used by Amtrak on plenty of there real long haul trains. In addition to the WestCoast to Chicago/New Orleans trains, they also show up on the Seattle to LA "Coast Starlight".

Humour on

I guess the consider the East to be one big commuter district.

Humour off

;) ;D ;D
Hans-Joerg Mueller
Coldstream, BC   Canada

http://www.rhb-grischun.ca

My train videos

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Chris

Dear Friends,

The Dundee expo went really well with very few spontaneous derailments and coupling failures. I did do a few rear-enders though! Several people opined, on the basis of plenty of detail and the tiny size of the trains, that Breitenfurt was the best layout there. (Smug feeling.) No awards tho'. I'm just about back down to earth.

I've put up three photos of the layout on my diary/blog. Some more will be available later but they won't be very good as the autofocus AND exposure controls were both misbehaving. I think it's something that I am doing, but don't know what. Anyway, do have a look.

All the best,
Chris.

PS. The images now download correctly.
Chris
N & Z Home Page -- Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost

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David

Congratulations!

I know the feeling (somewhat) as I often assist a friend who travels around with his successful layout...

David.
David Hoogvorst. Founder and Owner of DRail Software. Creator of AnyRail.

Jeff

Psst! Chris! This is from the Oct. 9th: "If I cannot find the problem han it is a case running loco up. ". Whilst not being the picky type about necessarily understandable English myself, I think it may read better with a bit of editing. Just thought you would want to know... Put the best foot forward and all that.
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Chris

Yes, well, /mea culpa/. I found the problem and was able to run trains with the loco pushing up the slope. The problem was caused by two touching wires if I remember correctly. It was all very chaotic towards the end.

All the best,
Chris.
Chris
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Jeff

October 24, 2011, 02:18:00 pm #170 Last Edit: October 24, 2011, 02:21:10 pm by Jeff
I find that in chaotic times a written list of (pick your preference): to do, shopping items, people to meet, etc. can be a life-saver. It's never fun to forget something important when you get overloaded by details! :)

Above post wasn't a criticism, just a chance to keep your head above water in lieu of a proof-reader...
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Chris

Dear Friends,

Latest exhibition (Elgin Modelfair, last weekend) passed without too many problems!

However, a while ago I was asked if I had any videos of Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost to which I replied 'No' as I didn't have a video camera. However, a friend of mine, Gerry Coogan, came to see the layout at the Elgin MRC exhibition and took a few ad hoc videos which are now on Youtube. Rather than clutter up the forum with a load of links, I have set up a draft webpage with the necessary links on my site. You can see it at http://trains.manvell.org.uk/exhibitions/20111112-Elgin/videos.htm . It's a bit of a mess but I will tidy it up later. Note: there are no internal links to this page, only the one above. That will be remedied later.

All the best,
Chris.
Chris
N & Z Home Page -- Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost

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Jeff

Chris,

What do you use for creating and maintaining your website?
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Chris

Hi Jeff.

CSE HTML Validator V.11.0 coding in XHTML 1.0 transitional or strict.

Chris.
Chris
N & Z Home Page -- Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost

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Jeff

Take a look at NetObjects Fusion some time. You can build an entire web site in an hour, complete with a picture album, videos, and all the links and bells and whistles. It makes changing or maintaining a site a real snap.
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RhB_HJ

Yes Jeff,  :D :D

I've been using NOF since ver.5 and it is not quite that simple.  ;) ;) A kin to AnyRail: the bare basics are a piece of cake, but getting the full features takes a bit more work.

Chris,

My suggestion on NOF: download the manual and after reading the basic stuff head over to the NOF forum. That will give you a feel for the possibilities and the complexity.
There's also a slew of tutorials for the "not so obvious" features.

Hans-Joerg Mueller
Coldstream, BC   Canada

http://www.rhb-grischun.ca

My train videos

Win7Pro 64bit; 8 GB RAM; i5 2.67GHz; 1920x1080 22" display

Jeff

I haven't been using it for that long, but it's been some years of use. Yes, as with any other program, if you want to do very complicated things, then it takes more effort than if you want to do finger-painting. However, it's the closest thing I've found to a drag and drop editor, while it does the heavy lifting of code generation. I spent the better part of a year collecting HTML editors for a review and didn't find anything (I could trust) that was any better. There was one other pretty good one, but it needed some skilled bug hunting and a new edition and it was published by a Chinese company, which is a serious minus, to me.
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Chris

Hi Guys.

I have only ever used three editors (apart from swearing at the code produced by a couple of WYSIWYG ones) namely Netscape 3 (or 4, cannot remember), Hotdog 4 to 6 (which I would still be using if I hadn't lost the key) and then the CSE one mentioned. I also use Microsoft's Write for live tweeks. I like to have total control over my code and for years kept all my pages below 32kB for the sake of those who were on dial-up (5% of users this year) or who paid by the kB.

You will note that most of my pages will display on an 800x600 screen without horizontal scrolling. This resolution is becoming more common again, presumably because of the increasing number of tablets and phones using the Web. The next size up, 1024x768 is used by about 20% of people viewing my site. I have broken this 800x600 rule for images as most browsers will resize images to fit the screen.

So, call me old fashioned, or a geek, if you like. It may take slightly longer but I can tweek and CSS to my heart's content. Incidentally that video page took about 10 minutes to create, albeit that some code was lifted from another page's header section. I'll tidy it up later. [Incidentally, there is now a link from my diary and the links on the page now work.]

Best wishes,
Chris.
Chris
N & Z Home Page -- Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost

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Jeff

I also like to tweak things occasionally, but lately I've leant more towards getting it done and online, while trusting NObjF to keep me honest :). Mostly because I know it will, I admit.I stopped worrying about picture size some time ago. I know that as 4G continues to spread, it will become less a problem.

Now to something closer to subject: Do you really think that you can classify your current layout as your "first"? I figure you've changed out most everything but the base benchwork (and even some of that... :D
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Chris

Hi Jeff.
4G may be spreading but we don't even have 3G where I live. With one or two possible exceptions I know pretty well where every mobile site is in the Highlands (I used to work on them) and I can assure you that, apart from the towns, the majority, or large minority, of highlanders do not have mobile access. The government has a totally underfunded scheme to bring "broadband" (for which read "24/7") access to every home in the Highlands. It's pie in the sky.

First layout? Do I detect the cleaner's broom here? Yes, it is my first layout. Compared with the original concept (forget that 1990 design; that was a train set with no scenery apart from two platforms.) There have been only minor changes in concept. This is my first attempt at modelling a railway running through a plausible environment. Some changes had to be made because my original ideas were not possible and some have been/will be made as I learn more about German practice. I am on Rev.4.1 but compare that with the plan at the bottom left of my 2008 webpage. Most of the major changes to that plan were made before the baseboard was assembled. 4.2 will be realised over the next few months and is a change to the hidden sidings to remove conflicting routes. Definitely not a cleaner's broom.

I am hoping that my first layout/model railway will be completed some time next year. Then I shall start on my second. Then I shall start a new topic and start using AnyRail in earnest again.

Best wishes,
Chris.
Chris
N & Z Home Page -- Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost

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