Bill’s been back in touch – his last post is here.
Over the past two weekends I’ve made great progress on the frame for the first section of my switching layout.
I need it to be lightweight as I have limited space that must be shared with my wife so it has to be portable.
For materials I use 1×3 select pine if the sides and then 1×1.5 for the rest of the basic frame. I predrilled holes in the frame members to run wires through when I get to that point. For the legs I wanted something that could be made to fold so I can store it or take it places if I would go to a show at some point.
In the pictures you can see I used 1×4 and 1×1.5 square stock and a good number of hinges. In all five posts support the layout and those posts fit inside pockets on the underside of the lift out layout. I also have a 4×8!sheet of 7/323 plywood that will go under the 2 inch foam board. This is more so I can mount micro switch’s on the underside to route power to the turnouts. As it is the foam is nice and flat in the frame without the plywood insert.
The legs still need to have some removable cross bracing made to give it rigidity. And I will also add castors to the legs so I can move it around my garage better. So far I can lift the layout portion easily by myself but it will be a two person job when I start to put track and buildings on.
Once it get things farther along I’ll be back in touch.
Bill in Richmond Virginia”
“My 8 month layout but i’m going to tear down and move to my cave man room and give the living room back to my better half. I need more length.
I’m going to make a Hudson river valley scene water and all thanks to watching everyone’s contributions and ideas on here.Who here is Familiar with upstate New York I’ll start with Harmon Shops ( Diesel Mechanics ) and work south to Ossining and maybe put a small percentage of Sing Sing prison in scene,we’ll see.
So here’s the present day layout.
A big thanks to Bill and Bob.
That’s all for today folks. Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day get off the armchair and start your masterpiece, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
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