I so enjoy seeing everyone’s work on your site that on a nice Virginia US afternoon I booted my wife’s Jeep from our garage so I could start to put to foam board a layout plan I had in my mind for a long time. The wife’s Jeep came back in after a couple of hours as I agreed to give half the garage to her and have the other half for man land toys.
Like many I have totes full of modeling materials- far more than I can ever use on what will become a modular 4×16 switching layout that has to be lite and portable. In my pictures you can see why that is the case- the garage is pretty full already. In my minds eye I have the supporting frame work created as well as a structure so I can stack multiple sections for storage and transport. Should be fun to build as I have time this winter.
The layout is an engine terminal, repair and MOW area and a yard with industrial sidings going off on the next 4×8 sheet which will come together in the next year if all goes to plan. Even though I will be running small engines and 40ft cars I wanted to have the ability to have big engines on the main so I’m going to use #8 and #6 switch’s in most applications.
When time permits I’ll set it up again and tweak track arraignments as I already see my yard lead goes into a main with little room to switch more than a car or two without blocking the main. The double slip switch while looking nice may not be practical on the main at its location. This is the fun of the hobby and very much like how real railroads do it. If it doesn’t fit the need redo it.
As I build the foam bed frame and support structure I’ll send in more pictures to show how things come together.
Bill from Richmond Virginia”
A big thanks to Bill.
And Michael has been in touch again – if you missed his stunning 11 x 27 ft layout last time, it’s here.
Michael sent in 3 videos (which I have stitched together) which show his layout before and after the scenery. It’s a must see:
A huge thanks to Michael (again!) and Bill.
I do like to publish the layouts in their earlier stages, because it’s all about making a start.
And if you want to make your start, the Beginner’s Guide is here.