William’s a man a few words, but I liked the way he has recorded his journey – an empty table top to this fine, O scale 5×8 track layout:
“Still work in progress.
Planning waterfall and lake.
And now on to Bob:
“Many people like collectables, and model trains is one where you can buy miniatures or if you are talented enough make them. A train needs a lot of space but is a commodity in short supply.
The first run along the track in about twelve feet long but you can only go so far before you must stop. I wanted to just let the trains run so I could just watch them, as you would in the real world where trains appear and then fade away where you can’t see them anymore.
So I took the longest wall in the recreation room and tried to hug the wall to keep from infringing on the room but alas the turn around required five feet radius as I like and had big equipment which needed large radius curves.
The North end of the room once had a fridge and sink so I had to figure a way to be able to open the tracks. The answer was a double door that folded up but keeping the track aligned was a problem.
It is much better if you have a lift out section to use straight track as the flanges on the wheels have less tendency to catch, but on a curve the flanges are always forced to the out side rail.
Also you have to figure out the electrical needs as the two loops are fed from the middle on the upper level track. The power goes from the center section to a cord that feeds the removable section. Then another cord feeds the curve that goes back to the lower section.
Trains cannot run off the end of the open track if they are not plugged in.
I appreciate hearing from others.
I always enjoy seeing things you send in emails to me so I though others might be interested in train videos too.
A big thanks to Bob and to William for sharing his O scale 5×8 track layout.
I do love reading about how you get round the unique problems, each and every model railroad has. It’s all good fun.
That’s all for today folks.
But please don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you’re bored of just watching, why not get invloved?
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That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.