I’m a first time subscriber to your site and would like to share my experience for what it’s worth. Recently retired I decided to spend some of my newly required spare time building my first model railway. I spent the first little while avidly reading and digesting the numerous articles etc. on your site and many thanks to all your subscribers for their fabulous contribution. I started by devoting a spare room to the project. Unfortunately the room is fairly small and allowing a bit of space to manoeuvre in, the layout ended up being 2.5m wide x 2.3 m deep(8 ft x 7.5 ft) with a cut out roughly in the middle 1.1m x 0.7m. I would greatly appreciate any comments / criticism your readers might have.
Base constructed from 18mm MDF board with 90 x 18 stiffening planks around all edges. I next lined the base with 30mm polystyrene sheet and started thinking about track layout.
Preparing for the river.
Next came the background landscaping. The tunnels are lift off to enable track maintenance.
Started doing the ballast. Not my favourite part of railroading!
There is approx. 26m (85ft) of track with just the one power connection shown above. I use a Hornby digital “Select “controller which drives 3 locos and 8 point motors.
A wonderful narrative from Alan. I love seeing the layouts from the very start. I think he’s done a fine job!
I particularly liked the step by step approach – just like this.