“Hello again Al…thank you for your comments.
To begin with we built an 8x4ft base, with a circular track but soon realised to do what we had in mind this wasn’t long enough so extended it to 12×4 ft much more satisfactory…
Where to start?… This being our first model train venture plus the two of us in our turned mid 70’s we made a few mistakes but by now feel we are doing reasonably ok.
We found “The Toy Fair”, we picked lots of bits and pieces up very cheap and can’t wait for the next one, also got lots from eBay and Amazon….
I must say Al though it’s not to everyone’s taste we rather like using plaster cloth, it comes on a roll and goes quite a way plus we are happy with the results….at the moment I am working on a paddock for horses, Ged on the fiddle yard but oh how we are enjoying it.
Many thanks Al to you for your time and all the brilliant enthusiasts who send in their great tips.
Ged and Eileen”
“Thanks for all the great tips. They have been very helpful as I am building.
This may be a tip of little interest, but it has worked for me.
I used LAN Cat. 5 wire form the 21 blocks and 22 switch controls on the panel…
to a set of telco 66M blocks…
Turns of the 24 gauge LAN cable has a 5 amp rating for DC. No need for soldering or wire stripping. On the track I used Telco butt splicers….
Again no striping or soldering.
Turns out to be economical, about 9¢ a foot for the 8 conductor LAN Cat. 5 and less than 10¢ for the connectors.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you get bored of sitting on the side lines, the Beginner’s Guide is here.