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boxfile layouts

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:02 pm
by 800558
Hi all,
anyone tried this?
my current project is a switching layout in N scale, based on the "inglenook" style shunting puzzle. I have built it on two inverted box files.
I removed the adjoining ends, and used them to tie the two boxes together. I then cut of the lids and used them to create a backdrop.
I am currently working with the wiring of a 3-way point, using the wire in tube process.
any views?
Alex, 800558

Re: boxfile layouts

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:07 pm
by deanobeano
Hi Alex,

Whilst not having built one I would be really interested in seeing any photos you have of the build so far. I have a 3way point in the plan for one of my N scale modules but as yet haven’t laid it or decided fully how to operate it although I’m really tempted to use servos.

Kind regards


Re: boxfile layouts

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:06 pm
by tunnelmotor

Chris White, a former NMRA member and renowned for his N scale layout Meadow Ridge and later an O scale version, has a business called Boxfile Dioramas. If you have not heard about it check out the internet and search for his layout Sandy Cove. There is some discussion of this subject on RMWeb.


Re: boxfile layouts

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:06 pm
by 800558
hi guys. I have seen Chris white's stand at exhibitions, and that is one of the inspirations for my project. I am still battling with the 3-way point, although I have just about got the idea of wiring it. I was recently given a leaflet from Peco, about wiring points, which gives some useful diagrams about three-way points. I will upload some photos when I have some of the project so far.

Re: boxfile layouts

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:49 pm
by 800558
Hello to all members.
Just an update on my N scale Box file layout, Boxlief Yard.
I have re-designed the baseboard structure, and I am now using three box files complete & inverted. the layout will be built on the back of the boxes, with the electrics hidden inside. Holes drilled in the ends, will allow power feeds to all areas of the layout, as I'll only be using 1 loco at a time. I have three SW9 switchers, which would be rotated to prevent over heating. I will post some pictures soon. My Father is helping me with the three way point, he is using slide switches to change both the switches and the polarity.
any views on this would be most appreciated.
Cheers Alex Charlesworth

Re: boxfile layouts

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:04 pm
by 800627
Alex, an excellent idea.
Some years ago Chris Pollard built Boxford in OO on four, possibly five, inverted box files glued together as an entry in a Hornby micro layout competition being placed second or third.
I have been looking at building US outline T-Trak modules and the A4 size is perfect for a low cost base if adopting the Aussie Mini-T format with its single main line and more flexible length, as it will accommodate six standard Kato straights, ie 372mm on its 370mm. My deliberations have been between inside or on the inverted box, with the latter probably swinging it because this might be easier when it comes to deciding how to accommodate corners for a continuous set-up.

Re: boxfile layouts

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:03 am
by Mike_R
My Father is helping me with the three way point, he is using slide switches to change both the switches and the polarity.
any views on this would be most appreciated.
I've used both slide and toggle switches to move the to move the blades and switch the frog. Both work well, just make sure the switches can move far enough to make the contacts work. For slide switches I put the operating wire through the switch handle and then solder a bit of tube, washer or wire each on side, for the handle to push against, this gives adjustment. For toggle switches I wrap the operating wire around the base of the toggle, the size of the hole in the wrapped wire gives the adjustment. For both spring loaded turnouts make it easier to do, as the spring makes sure the blades are fully over.