Don’s layout update

Don’s been back in touch.

If you missed his first post, it’s here.

Here’s what he’s been busy with:

“Good morning Al. It has been a while since I last posted.

I was going to post my progress but instead I want to show people that being flexible is important.

My layout is mountainous and when I got to the summit I needed to turn the trains around for the decent.

The diagram shows my approach.

At first I was going to put a hole through the wall into a spare bathroom and loop over the tub “RED”. My dear wife pointed out that my being dead, I could not play with my trains.

My second approach was to make a “Y” This had merit, but the trains would need to be short and backing full trains can lead to derailments, “ORANGE” Finally I decided on a loop over my existing layout “GREEN” This required a tunnel through an existing mountain and a completely elevated track.

I also had to add a 1by4 ft section for the return loop. More importantly I needed removable sections for access.

I had a 200 ft bridge that allowed me to span the room entrance. The bridge is too fragile for the movement needed.It was mounted on a 1×6″ I used a heavy hing cut in half and spread to allow track through. It is important to have the center of the pin above the top of the track or it will bind when raised.

The second section was a platform with curved track. I used an 18″ piano hing for it. A second hinge was used for the brace. The last movable section was a drop down. It uses a plain hinge and a sliding latch. .I crimped the latch to take out any slack when up.

The pictures follow the narrative with the final product last. I hope you find some ideas of use.



“Hi Al,

just posted this fun video with the layout.

It’s part of the hobby, having and making fun videos from out layouts…


Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

A big thanks to Don and Dave.

And if you want to roll your sleeves up and get busy on your very ownn layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.

That’s all for today.

Please do keep ’em coming.



9 Responses to Don’s layout update

  1. William says:

    I have been looking for elevated plans for a train platform but to all my search I can not find any.Can you please help me in this matter for I know from past experience that there was a book that gave a detailed layout of the plans for such a platform.

  2. Eric Rayner says:

    Dave, I’m sure 007’s Martini is well shaken going over all those points. 🙂

  3. great job dave and al I really enjoyed all of it

  4. Robert D. Bouskill says:

    Looks really complicated but I like it. Nice job on the bridges.

  5. Brian Messenger says:

    Dave, always appreciate your videos. Both informative and fun to watch.
    Brian – the HOn3 guy 🇿🇦

  6. Jon says:

    I guess your wife does have her limits, and you found one! On the posted photo with the lighter colored railroad ties, what make of track is this, or did you make it yourself? It is very realistic looking.

  7. don kadunc says:

    Rustolium 2X Satin Nutmeg

  8. Ross Johnston says:

    Loved the video Dave!! Really fun to watch. Cheers Rossco

  9. Jim says:

    See, where there’s a will there’s a way. Nice job

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