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P type Roundhouse

Wednesday 22 September 2010, by Philippe Buisset

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For several months, I want to model a P type roundhouse.

This very elegant building was conceived by the architect Bernard LAFAILLE for the reconstruction of the depots which had been destroyed during the 2nd world war.

The first one was built in Avignon, and it’s been the prototype of a numerous series.

P type roundhouse of Avignon - aerial view

I always liked this building and of course I’d bought the JOUEF model (see the photos of my former model network).

Thus, this is a new challenge, more complex than the creations I already have made, especially since it also includes the modelling of the turntable, for which the friends of the forums on Trainz have already given some useful advice to me.

For the modelling of the roundhouse, I can be inspired by the work of 2 students at the School of Architecture of Marseille Luminy: Julien AMOUROUX and Cyril RODIER.

P type roundhouse of Avignon - modelling by 2 architecture students

They’ve put on-line some pages which present their project with data and some ideas which could be very useful for me!

First, I’ve tested the realisability of a roundhouse on 360°. Then I’ve realized 3 modules which allow to make up a roundhouse covering the wished number of tracks (as Jouef made for its roundhouse in HO scale).

Rotonde type P - module intermédiairet

The 3 modules are completed. The photos give an idea of the final result.

Rotonde type P - module d'extrémité droit

The 27 m turntable which often accompanied this roundhouse is quite finished.

I’ve put online a beta release of these different objects.

New : module with peripheral door

This module is required to build up a completely circular roundhouse

Rotonde type P - module avec porte extérieure

But this can exist also in a partial roundhouse, like that of Hirson.
This new module in online!

P.S.

Track associated with the roudhouse

The track of the different module and turntable is a FMA track created by Vendel, which can be uploaded from the DLS. Its name is FMA Rail-only track 20m straight - KUID:149987:38999;

I aim to create soon a special track for these objects, in order to avoid external dependences

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