My wife and I moved our railway stuff from loft to loft over a period of 40 years.
Finally, and a few years after retiring, I decided to bring it down and take a look.
Some was OO gauge (my wife’s) and the other was n gauge.
In respect for both gauges I started to build two separate layouts.
Not happy with the results, I took over the conservatory and started again.
Each layout has two tiers with the intention of going DCC on the second tier.
The layouts are ‘flat’ and have as much track as posssible, as my main interest is in running the trains.
Also, we intend to move house/area within the not too distant future and so everything is designed to be taken apart.
Just this week I have completed a raised oval of track above the 3rd radius already in place. The trackbed and supports are made from 1mm/2mm greyboard with matchsticks running through the centre of the supports to give greater strength.
Eventually I redesigned the supports so that they could be moved laterally and avoid obstucting the trains running below.
I shall run two EMUs on this raised track. This is a single track with two sidings.
We had to have a ‘Flying Scotsman’ featured on the layout as we were both born in Doncaster.
(My wife’s first full-time job was at British Rail Engineering, Doncaster.)
The Minitrix Britannia featured on the n gauge layout was purchased in 1972/3 and it ran perfectly at the start of this venture.
Now on to John, who has sent in this ‘how to’ on making trees:
“On my N scale layout, I have large spaces that have been “Zip Textured” and need to have trees and vegetation to cover the wide spaces, Buying pre-made trees or tree “kits” is not in the budget.
Here is my solution.
Step 1. Use brown # 12 or 14 stranded wire and cut into “blanks” . Cut the blanks a bit long as they can be trimmed later. The area that is not stripped will serve as the trunk of the tree. Don’t try to strip all the wire area at once. Do it a small section at a time. It will work better.
Step 2. Un-twist the strands and fan them out
Step 3. Trim the “fans” into a profile of a tree shape
Step 4. Take the trimmed fan shaped strands and bend them into a tree shape. You can use nippers to trim the branches. Place on a foam board that had holes punched with an awl. You will use this panel to use to spray paint the trees.
Step 5. Take the shaped wire trees and mount them on a foam board to be sprayed. I use a hunter green or light tan to prep trees for the next step. You can rotate the foam board to get full coverage. Also spray directly from the top.
Step 6. After spraying, attach to the “wire branch tree” stretched out Woodland Scenics “Turf” to give some body to the tree.
Step 7. Take the tree and hold it in a clothes pin to spray with an inexpen- sive extra hold hair spray . Spray it away from your work area / catch bowl.
Step 8. Before the hair spray dries, shake blended turf, fine turf and fine ground foam on the still wet tree over a box or bowl. You can push parts of the turf foam into a more realistic shape and trim off any strands hanging off. You can also spray the tree again with a light coating of hair spray to hold the shape.
Step 9. Place the completed tree on another foam board prepared with holes to carry your “forest” to the layout.
“Hi Al… Just uploaded this short video, its a poor wet day, so what do we do? …start running a few Trains… no good sitting in the garden getting wet… just a few running mainly with Freight for a change.
That’s all for today folks.
A big thanks to John, Steve and Dave.
And if today is the day you take that first step towards your own layout, the the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PS Don’t forget the latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still going strong.