Barry’s latest railroad update


I finished the structure for the removable sections of the upper and lower decks per fire codes to be able to access the breaker panel. The sections will normally be removed and set in place only to run the train. The track will be at the elevation as shown by the temporary bridge that will be attached to the removable section and come out with those sections. I decided to take over more of the room so my layout will get much larger than originally planned. This should answer the concerns that the one gentleman had about the electrical panel. I’m going to start the lower deck track layout and the actual bridge over the removable sections tomorrow.



This is the spray adhesive I used to attach the murals to the masonite hardboard. It’s called repositionable because you can reposition the murals as many times as necessary to get the joints lined up correctly. I applied the adhesive to the masonite. The murals I purchased on-line from a company in the UK for which I will provide the website below. They are very reasonably priced and quite good resolution. The upper deck mural is quite obviously taken in the UK but it was the only one that had 4 consecutive images available and my upper mural needed to be 40 ft long. I dealt with a gentleman named Mike @ Howard Scenic Supplies. I thought this information might be helpful to fellow Model railroaders.



Two great posts from Barry. Can’t wait to see his progress!

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19 Responses to Barry’s latest railroad update

  1. Nice job you have done there Barry with the joinery work, and that spray is a great tip

  2. Never mind the excellent layout and clever helix design, I’m just gobsmacked by the carpentry of the base boards! Are you a cabinet maker of a shop fitter?
    Disguise the UK backdrop with some vegetationor low profile buildings. Half of one of Al’s cheat sheets would do the trick. I look forward to seeing this development please keep us posted, D/

  3. It is obvious a great deal of planning went into your table layout and design. Great work. I will look forward to subsequent updates.

  4. Looks Great,Can,t wait to see the finished article.

  5. nice woodworking…I like the viewing levels that you’ve chosen; good tip on the 3M product…thanks for that one. UK is a beautiful country; I like the backdrop scenes…

  6. It must be nice to have all that room for a layout like yours. A lot of work I’m sure.

  7. Barry, Barry, how does your garden grow … with backdrops, helix, woodworking, and the tracks all in a row. Awesome! Cannot wait for the next edition.

    Thanks Al,



  8. How did you do you back drops

  9. Oh well like they say “the well made plans of Mice & Men” when it seems whenever it looks like everything is finally coming together and the layout looks really good a light bulb/wife pops the bubble an reality raises it’s head. Of course the Circuit Breaker Box will have to be made to have access to it. Bummer!
    Changing the subject, the helix looks great can’t wait to see a video of one of your trains using it. Keep up the good work.

  10. Great lay out. Lots of room can’t wait to see finished lay out.


  12. just amaising i have seen kitchens that dont meet your standard of woodworking keep it up you have a big bench mark for the rest of the layout. hope the pressure doesnt get to you,keep the updates coming.

  13. Wow…. Just Wow!
    I await more updates….

  14. Great looking layout, looking foreward to the end product

  15. I Really Like The Two Levels Concept It Gives Me Ideas Of How I Can Condense An Area Of my Photo Studio Into A Full Time Layout. I Have To Be Careful To Not Invade The Area That I Need To Photograph Customers. This Could Be The Answer!

  16. Nice helix. I am planning to have a helix to climb between levels
    I have 20 inches to climb. How many levels do I need to stay about 2 percent grade.

  17. In answer to the helix planning question. 20 inches to climb at 2 percent grade.
    Firstly, 2 per cent is 2 in 100. So for every 2 inches climbed the track needs to run 100 inches. ~To climb 20 inches requires 1000 inches of run.
    The question then becomes how tight you want the radius to be in the helix. let’s say we run a 4 foot circle (24 inch radius) then using 2 PI r as the circumference gives approximately 150 inches per circle. 1000/150 = 6.66666…. or in round terms. 7 turns of the helix to climb 20 inches at 2 per cent gradient.
    Now for the reality check. 20 inches divided by 7 gives just short of 3 inches per turn of the helix which IS enough to get your trains under. So the plan should work.

  18. Great job Barry! I do some wood working myself I really appreciate excellence you are very good at what you do. As everyone else says I wish I had the space to attempt something like this. Thank you for sharing with all of us your great work. I model N gage and hope to share some pic`s one day. As for the gentleman who worked out the math on the roundabout I wish he would give his name he`s really got it down, I may need to ask for his expertiese one day. Thank you all for your help. FROM THE DESERT RAT PHX AZ.

  19. Layout looks great. I was wondering if the upper section will be called heaven and the lower one hell?

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