“Good morning Al,
Last year I bought your Beginners Guide – very useful, thank you and each day when I receive an e-mail from you I look with interest as my 10′ x 8′ layout is just starting to take shape.
So my plan is to construct a railway with all rolling stock bought with grand-children in mind (or by them) so the theme has to be from all ages.
We have a hall that is multi-functional (dances, meetings etc) but I have ceiling space for the track.
Tomorrow I plan to start wiring all the points, I am trying to leave wiring the track until later – play time would be too tempting!
Later I will try to find some theme park rides (fun fair), but that could be a good year down the line (Ha!).
Look forward to hearing from you.
“When I run my wires under my platform I put names on them so I know what they are for. I use masking or adhesive tape to write on. I do not just mark the ends but also if it is a very long run I mark in several places. Also I run my wires through screw eyelets, this way I do not weaken the structure of the platform. Also I use these to run wires under my ramps for track on mountains, this way the wire does not hang down and catch on other things.
I thought I’d been spending to much time on the things that I could do when the trains are up and running, so I’ve had a bit of a stock check and decided to get some track down, this is what I have at the moment, but I guess I’ll need more!
I’m experimenting curving long lengths of track as I want to keep the joints to a minimum.
I’ve been successful with soldering droppers to silver nickel rail, which I thought was going to cause me a headache…. not at all.
Hope you like the Barum circus train it was a rare find!…. didn’t tell the wife how much I payed for it by the way!!!
Sleeper retaining pins are way too small so I’m going make myself a little fixture that fit’s between the sleepers that allows me to drill a tiny hole in the baseboard for a flat head screw that bridges two sleepers hence retaining the track.
Just a last thought……. if any of you are nearing my age, 63 next week. Don’t go for ‘Z ‘ gauge it’s a tad small.
Happy modeling all.
I do love it when your tips come in – even after all these years. Please do keep ’em coming.
A big thanks to Keith, Theodore and Peter.
And if you’re still sitting on the side lines, you can dive in here with the Beginner’s Guide.