“HI AL … plan to keep your layout flexible … do not make everything so rigid that it becomes too much trouble to make modifications …
allow for the rearrangement of some scenry (trees) and layout accessories and buildings … minor adjustments to track … maybe add a siding …
the whole concept being similar to rearranging furniture in your home to offer a new perspective … I have found that this approach gives me new incentives and extends the pleasure of the hobby by working the mind …
always have a theme in mind for your layout … give a function to different parts … city … industrial … rural … give the trains a place to go … for me it was the small town USA … along with coal, oil / gas and freight …
FYI, the Gulf oil tanks on my layout were made from coffee cans … 6 1/2″ in diameter and 6 1/2″ tall …
my layout is a 6′ x 18′ dog bone, 3′ wide in the middle … 90 sf of table top surface … runs two trains, over and under action with bridges … four sidings … fun to run
Here are a couple pictures of a bridge I am building for the track to make it to an actual folding bridge – access entrance.
I am using this craft-type balsa you can find at a big-box hardware.
This balsa represents 8×8’s about 16 feet high. Then there will be side rails that will be the foundation for beams about the same width. These will support the track.
This will be an area as a dry river bed. And, formed with a drywall patch compound that sets up quickly.
The white foam area will be an oil platform and scenery. It will have a track and a siding for service.
So, here is the beginning construction. Perhaps you could consider sharing this.
And lastly, a few of you have have asked for the roads and pavements link again.
We’ll, I’ll go one better than that, here’s the sale offer too:
The latest prints consist of 4 roads, 4 pavements and 4 tarmac tracks – giving you a limitless combination for your layout. In fact, it’s only limited by your imagination.
John kindly put the below together just to give you an idea of what you can come up with. Here it is:
Just like every building in the store, it’s all made from print outs. Here’s his video. Hope it makes you smile as much as I did.
The prints for the roads and pavements that John was using are in the store already – but I’ve got a special offer for you.
Until Sunday night, I’m bundling this fantastic green house with the roads and pavements, for free:
So if you’d like this fantastic house, as well as the roads and pavements, all for just $9.97 please click here to buy, or the button below.
(The house sells for $9.97 on its own, so it’s a great saving).
But remember – only until Sunday night.
Everytime I watch one of John’s videos it always makes me want to build something. I love his enthusiasm.
He also does a great job with all the scenery store it is all made from print out scenery (you just download it, print it out and stick it together).
That’s all this time folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get off that armchair and join in with the fun.