More from Bob on his layout

Bob’s been back in touch. His last post is here.

“Al,

My original layout after adding sidings still only allowed me to run two trains in the two inner ovals. Running outside of the inner ovals required stopping one train to allow another to access the whole outer loop.

I decided to move my layout to a bigger room and expand it.

Attached are two track plans: the 4x6x4x5 is the original and the other is the new expanded layout.

The third picture of the layout before I partially dismantled and moved it.

track plan

track plan

model railroad

The first picture shows the first part of the move where I added legs to the first section.

In the second picture I expanded the ladder area to provide longer sidings. Next I added 6 inches on both sided and 10 inches on the end of the layout. The one 6 inch addition and the 10 inch addition allowed me to add a wye to split the single main into a double main that covers ¾ of the outer area and has two crossovers that allow access to a new siding and converts the double main back to a single main.

model railroad

model railway

The 10 inch expansion exposed the back side of the rock formation so I had to do some work with plaster cloth. Once I finished the initial expansion I moved on to the major part of the expansion where I had to deviate slightly from the track plan because of a pull-down ladder. But it was a blessing in disguise because it allowed me more room for the lift-out section.

The picture shows the finished tablework and the lift-out section is the part with the two sections of foam on the right of the picture. I cut pieces from a sheet of .16 copper I got at the hobby center to use as contacts for the lift-out section shown in the second picture. The lift-out required some tweaking but works fine.

The move and expansion while not complete yet allowed me to clean up and straighten up most of the wiring. I also added a NCE SB Power Booster and a RJ12 Control loop with a second UTP control. Nowhere near finished but most of the hard work is done.

Bob, Virginia”


“Hi Al, just loaded part 9 of the re building of my layout, a good few keep asking about the connectors I use and the disco lights, in this one I show both and add a lead to bay were they can be bought, with a tip on using LED lights… still a way to go yet… but now got one of the outer circuit tracks up and running.

Regards

Dave”



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here

A big thanks to Bob and Dave. And if you want to join in with the fun, the Beginner’s guide is here.

That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.

Best

Al

9 responses to “More from Bob on his layout”

  1. Joseph WRIGHT says:

    Thanks to the both of you. For sharing with us

  2. Rod Mackay says:

    Dave, love the backscenes, shame the canal’s going, if the plaster won’t set you could always have an abandoned stretch full of reeds and ducks and the odd sunken hulk, still plenty of them about.
    Rod

  3. Robert Brady says:

    I assume Bob ur layout is in N scale? certain angles looks HO other angles looks N
    all n all looks great and entertaining. keeper a going!

  4. Bob Belk says:

    Bob,

    Your layout is great.

    I’m still a neophyte in this business; still trying to get started at age 80.

    Where in Virginia are you? I live just across the Legion Bridge in Maryland, and I would welcome the opportunity to visit and see your layout.

  5. Terry Miller says:

    In Dave’s video there is a short shot about 41 seconds in where he moves a white bottle (looks like it may be a bottle of glue. The cap on that bottle caught my eye and because of it’s shape, when the bottle is empty, the cap might make an interesting top for a building or junk yard or something. I’m sure some of the other members who have shown off their talents in creating things from left overs would have a good idea for it’s use.
    In the meantime good work Dave and Bob.

  6. Harry Coleman says:

    Do you ever offer O scale houses and plans? Seems like everything I read is HO or N scale. Please respond.

  7. Joe says:

    when I look at a lot of the layouts posted on here I get more dismayed at what I would like to build, there are many amazing layouts that make my ideas look childish, I have a lot of trains a ton of track and buildings, I been tryin to design a layout from Canada down the US east coast, now working on mountains into flat lands but grades of incline and decline use up all the flat land space ! I do have a 15 foot X 15 foot area, any ideas ?

  8. Bob

    I think with a little tweaking you might be able to get a fourth circuit in your track plan…

    Richard

  9. Bob Filipiak says:

    Thanks for the encouraging comments. The layout is HO. There is still a lot of tweaking to do yet alone scenery. Haven’t decided yet what I want to do. As we all know a layout is never really finished. I am in Newport News about 10 miles from historic Williamsburg. A fourth circuit sounds interestin; maybe elevated. We will see what develops.

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