There’s no two ways about it -get the height wrong for your layout and it’ll gnaw away at you forever. Or give you a bad back. Or both.
But where there is a will, there’s a way. Here’s how Lou raised the height of his entire layout.
“Just an idea for those who are interested. I have a room that is 16 feet x 21 feet with about 500 feet of hand laid track. The layout is already wired for 96 blocks of block detection. As i started working on scenery, I was thinking “man, I wish the layout was higher. It would give a much better perspective on the scenery”.
The layout was bolted to 2 walls, and the rest of the layout is on L-girder legs.
I decided to raise the whole layout in one lift, going up 10 inches.
I took a circular saw and cut the backdrop to the new height.
I bought 40 garage door hinges. The posts in the hinges will handle a 7/16″ threaded rod. I bought threaded rod and cut them to 18″ lengths. Mounted the garage door hinges at the bottoms of each leg with enough room underneath to fit a nut and washer.
I setup some temporary legs along the walls and prepared them before I unbolted the layout from the walls. Then you just started cranking away at each leg around the layout. Once done, I used carriage bolts to extend the L-Girder legs.
I was going to use jacks, but I would’ve needed at least 12 jacks with a 10″ throw. This was also much safer.
Lou was also kind enough to share a video of his layout. Looking forward to seeing this one finished!
That’s all this time folks. Please do keep them coming – and let us know your thought – please post your comments below.