“Finally becoming a reality! Just retired and am starting my first layout.
Rail laid & painted, two train operation going smoothly, all track and wiring for rails complete. Ballasting & scenery next.
Also putting lighting in place (Blue LED plus track lighting, for general illumination) now.
N Scale, figure 8, plus double around inner loop, single mainline outer loop, with double crossover for interchange. Two train operation, or single train completes entire route in about a minute. Probably adding a reversing trolley as well.
I have learned so much, both good & bad, building this so far.
I made some rookie mistakes, but have had far more fun building this than a man my age, should!
I’ve used N scale standard code 80 throughout, with the exception of the elevated “trolley run” where I substituted Kato track, for ease of installation, etc.
I’ve weathered and ballasted all the track, painted the Kato rails with burnt sienna to enhance realism, and have had exceptionally great luck with operating the trains! No derailments or major issues.
I did have to dig myself out of a design hole, on one curve that required a tight radius.
I used a tight Kato track, and masked the mistake with mountain scenery. Another place has too steep a grade (3%) but I masked that with tunnels.
For the tunnel portals I purchased rather than scratch built, enough was available to make that an easy decision.
Chooch makes great products for this, and you can see the result in the pictures. All of the stone & brick wall work was carved out of Styrofoam, and I was amazed at how well, and quite frankly, easy that was to create!
I am moving towards developing the town in each of it’s variations and moving forward with scenery (trees & other stuff that’s green, and not gray).
Now on to Peter.
He’s been busy scratch building from the print out scenery:
Here’s one of my scratch builds.
I really do a get a kick out of seeing what you’ve created with the print out scenery. There’s more in the pipeline by the way, the talented (or bonkers) John is having a go with it right now.
Here’s John making some office buildings a while ago, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does with the latest prints.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming – I can’t tell you how short I am of things to post.
Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to make a start, just like Clark did.
PPS Got a question you need answered? Have a look at the forum.