“I am nearly 79 years old now. My first train layout was a Marx train set on a 4 x 8 board in 1947.
Through the years I have built layouts in N, HO, O27, G, and 1.5″ scale 7.5″ gauge.
Now the ‘ol bod can’t do the Limbo Rock anymore and is supposed to adhere to a maximum weight lifting of 15 pounds, (a mug of coffee and a big cinnamon roll, hahahaha).
So I am downsizing my huge hoard of G scale trains and have started a new N scale layout in our garage.
I read 3 mystery novels written by Janet Dawson which all take place on the California Zephyr. Her descriptions of the Zephyr, and the route are terrific. I decided to build this layout to feature the California Zephyr.
For 9 months I gathered Kato unitrack, and Kato Ca Zephyr train sets and in September I put together tables and started.
After drawing and trying out different track arrangements I finally settled on one that would give a 2 track mainline that is approximately 145 feet long.
There is freight running available also.
Two main ideas I needed to use to accomodate a very bad back was NO duck unders, no lift or drop bridges though I could possibly add a lift bridge later, and all my wiring will be on top as I simply can’t wire underneath anymore.
All the tables have a 1″ foam top layed on plywood tops The layout consists of 5 tables and one long vinyl fence board, so the layout can be dismantled later when it becomes necessary.
This is a DCC operation. I was able to put 3 towns on the layout so it consists of Chicago Illinois, Denver Colorado, Salt Lake City Utah, and finally to San Francisco California, which is also Chicago for now. Later I may figure a way for an expansion to add a seperate space for San Francisco.
Currently I have severa; track feeder wires to a 12 AWG bus line that runs along the edge of the tables. There will be removable fascia added to cover the wiring. Trenches are dug for the feeder wires to go from the track to the bus line. A seperate bus line will be run for the Kato turnouts. Copper tape will be used for led lighting of buildings etc.
More pictures to follow Al.
Thanks much and happy new Year.
Hope the new year finds you and your legion of followers doing well 😀
I’ve been making progress on my switching layout and have sent you a link to a video showing it in operation.
I followed what Dangerous Dave and others have been doing and am using a Polaroid Cube camera to get engineer level views of the layout.
Still a work in progress learning how to use it and then splice scenes together but I’m having fun on all things with the layout.
Bill in Virginia”
A huge thanks to Bill and Dick.
I thought Dick was very clever to design his layout to suit his mobility – very smart!
One last thing – I think some of you didn’t get Monday’s mailing for some reason. If that’s you, you can see it here.
That’s all this time. Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to stop dreaming and start doing.