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First post and a Newbee

Started by Crunt Phutock, July 07, 2020, 09:07:30 pm

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Crunt Phutock

Hi All
I have just joined AR. Asked David where the introduction area is and a few minutes later the topic appears.
Happily retired. Although very large family (11 grandchildren) means lots of "just jobs".
Own a motorhome, which means I can visit them overnight without disruption. (frequent request by grandchilderen as i spoil them rotten)
So -  Model Railway
As above, DIY, work, family etc means Railway has been a pipe dream for many years. Last attempt to put plans into layout was over 50 years ago. COVID19 has meant no family visits and "hay presto" Time for N Gauge railway. Plan - Plan  - Plan was my workplace motto so paper drawings have been converted to AR design.
Good start? Oh dear paper fits by careful mis-judging of space. AR is (correctly) far less compromising. So back to the drawing board.
Good news so far. Base is built. Using Extruded polystyrene insulation. Very strong and light weight. 4800mm long 700mm at narrowest. In the loft so slope is an issue. Lightweight as there is a need for a bed a Christmas.

Never know what to tell and as the first there are no paradigms to follow.
Looking to build a preserved railway for me to run steam with a connection to modern line for the grandchildren's interest. Roundy-round for them, branch line with sidings for me. N Gauge for space.

The Nom-De-Plume? In the 1950s I heard a radio programme where the gardener's name (I thought) was Crunt Phutock. I have since been advised it was from "Round the Horne" and was J. Peasmold Gruntphuttock bit too late to change.
Well that's about it for now.
Crunt Phutock (Nee Gruntphuttock)


Welcome here, and thanks for the much required explanation of your nickname ;)
David Hoogvorst. Founder and Owner of DRail Software. Creator of AnyRail.


Welcome Crunt, ;D  ;D

Yes, that used to be one of the chuckle moments; clients submitting the dimensions of the available space along with some of their "sketches".  :-X  :-X

Having that preset minimum radius in AnyRail, or even better , the fixed dimensions of commercial track tends to be an eyeopener.

Tip: create that "actual space" drawing and save it as "available_space.any". Then use that for any of your "sketches", named "project01.any" (or whatever), if it doesn't fit, delete and ..... next.

Easier than paper and/or adjusting, changing etc. The side benefit is... one gets a lot of practice on how AnyRail works, along with how it is easier to use.
As always strictly my opinion.  :)  ;)
Hans-Joerg Mueller
Coldstream, BC   Canada


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