Peter’s been in touch again.
This time he talks us through his layout:
“1. Thought you might be interested in the following….
This is the smaller of two layouts I have… the other in an attached double garage…mainly German..
What one can ‘cram’ into a 11’ x 15’ ex. bedroom..
The layout has two layers… and three tracks…
The inner track runs only on top level
The two outer tracks run on both layers…[with a double gradient at one end]
This makes them approx… 104’ long each]
Why ?….One can easily run 2 trains on the same track, with a good interval between trains..[about 80 seconds]
At a push 3 trains..
The trains approximately 9’ long [loco + 8 carriages or equivalent trucks]
The layout is Swiss/Austrian….H/O….digital sound..[in most cases]
And not reprehensive of anything special ‘location wise’..
The lighting bought on E-Bay [China] at a fraction of the cost from the UK..
The catenary is home made [Very low cost]…The posts and ‘cross wires’… just for looks..
longitudinal wiring was not done…gets in the way of cleaning the tracks..
and I have 2 cats… not a good combination..
2. Just an interesting point on model railway insurance…
I am currently with the ‘Halifax’…
Who have done in the past an ‘unlimited’ insurance on the house and contents… [including the model railways…]
But the attached garage was limited to £2000…
Even though 11 inch cavity walls [no windows] and concrete roof [no roof lights] and electrically operated main door with it’s own alarm system… and PIR’s connected to the house alarm system inside..
All the other companies I contacted, did not want to know [insure] the railways at all..
So I had to take out a separate insurance for the garage [Magnet]… who specialize in model railways..
This year however….The ‘Halifax’ changed it’s policies….now the attached garage contents are ‘unlimited’ and the policy was £100 cheaper…
A huge thanks to Peter.
I get quite a few mails pointing out cats and railways don’t mix.
But sadly, I get a lot more mails from folk who have lost their layouts, mainly due to flooding. So I thought Peter’s commments on insurance were worth talking about.
If anyone has had any good or bad experiences about insuring their layouts, please do leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
(Or if you just want to comment on the layout, that’s fine too.)
That’s all this time folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to take those first steps for your own stunning layout.