I have been enjoying reading about layouts others have been building and looking at step-by-step photos. It demonstrates how layouts are merely products of their creators’ imaginations. So I decided to participate and show the layout I have been building for the past 2 1/2 years.
For starters, it is an HO layout that measures 27’ x 10’. At my wife’s objection, it consumes about 2/3 of my basement. I have been dreaming about this project for my entire adult life, and at 67 I was finally able to realize it.
It is built with double ply 1” x 4” girders, connected by four major braces, and held up by eight legs. Photo 3156 shows the completed substructure. The next step was to construct the lattice work to which the 7” risers would be mounted (photo 3191). Finally, the sub-roadbed is made of 1/2” plywood supported by the 7” risers. This makes the top of the bench work 42” high (photo 3196).
Because of the size of the layout, it has been built in 13 sections that can be disassembled and moved to another located for reassembly. To make this possible, track and landscaping that span section boundaries can be separated. All wiring that spans section boundaries have had Hitachi-type connectors installed so that wiring can be disconnected.
I n my next email I will discuss the design and control aspects of my layout.
“Thanks for sharing the great camera train video, see attached photo, may wish to share so others can see what to build to hold camera. And, if one needs a video camera, yard sales on Saturday morning is a great place to find them and cheap as well!
I am sure everyone would love to know what to buy and also see how this is done.
A huge thanks to Joe – it looks like he’s going to build a stunning layout with all of that space. I can’t wait to see the next update.
That’s all this time folks. Please don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide, because with it, there wouldn’t be a site.
Keep ’em coming.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still going strong!