In the past I tried to model a street in Fleetwood as a static tramway display. I made mistakes, so I’m starting again.
This time it is a 1185x190mm shelf plank, and is being planned before I start gluing stuff down.
As before, all the buildings will be Metcalfe kits, specifically the PO274 00/H0 Scale Low Relief Red Brick Terraced House Fronts, PO272 00/H0 Scale Low Relief Red Brick Shop Fronts, modified PO263 00/H0 Scale Corner Shop Red Brick kits, but also including whatever bits and bobs I have left over from other projects.
The first thing to work out, is how much space the buildings will take up out of my 190mm. As I already know that it is about 4mm from base level to the top of the rails, I’ll add that into my profile diagram:
OO Gauge track, from the outsides of the rails is 19mm across (inside, 16.5mm). The Sleeper width is 29mm, but that is for later.
Looking at North Euston Street (my sort-of prototype), the rails are about 4m from the kerb (according to Google Earth):
This will push my track too close to the front edge of the board.
This is going to be inaccurate, but artistically I think it will still work if there is enough space for the tram to pass a badly parked Transit.
So, 40mm it is! It would need to be wider if I weren’t only going to be classic trams on this. The Streamliners (Balloons) are 7’6″ wide, but the Flexity 2 trams are 8’9″ wide (Sod the Flexities, I could them more as EMUs than trams).
Track separation next. How far apart are the lines? Well, I had to go by eye on this. I just looked at what would be a suitable gap and went for that. 21mm looked right.
So that’s the plan. Obviously I have to check these measurements with a mock-up before I start cutting things to the wrong size.