I really enjoy your site. I thought I would send a few pictures of my layout four years in the making. The layout is 9’-0” X 17’-0” (274 x 518). We can run four trains. Some of the scenery is store bought and a lot is scratch built from materials around the house.
The table is built aircraft style with ribbed construction and 2 x 4 legs that have gusset braces at 8 perimeter locations. The center is supported by 4 2 x 4’s. The deck is two layers 1/2” plywood.
The trackage is the old fashion Lionel tubular track set on foam track bed. There are about 800 hand cut ties glued under the tracks with o scale ballast.
The layout is powered by two Lionel 275 watt transformers.
The lighting is divided into five separate circuits and are powered by five multi tap transformers.
All of the building scenes are built on 1/8 thick board so that I can remove each scene and place it elsewhere on the layout.
The mountain and tunnels are made of scrap styrofoam and sculpted using a hacksaw blade attached to piece of wood and heated red hot with propane torch then covered with plaster cloth.
All main buss wiring is # 12 with # 14 feeders. Wanted to make sure minimal voltage loss. One thing for sure is that you learn to correctly wire the layout so you don’t burn up things.
Have some of the usual accessories. Coal loader, stationary crane, water tower, culvert loader and a circus car. The locomotives are Lionel, K-Line and Williams 1950 to present.
Thanks for a great site and all of the ideas. It great to see what you folks do across the pond.
And here’s one from Dave that I should have posted last week – but it was another one that fell through the cracks:
“Hi Al, just uploaded this video trying to lighten the day.
Its a trying period we are going through which is going to get worse, so just hope this can bring a smile to some, and take the advice and try to isolate, we all have to do our best and as many modellers are in our later years, this apples more so than ever.
Regards and try and keep safe
That’s all for this time.
Today will probably be the last day to get the Silly discount bundle deal on the print-out scenery, if you want to enter the scratch building competition.
Course, I’m biased, but it’s a fab way to keep yourself busy.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if you want to make a start on your very own layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.