Thought people might be interested in some progress pictures of my O gauge layout. Each “section” has some family meaning, ie. the town replicates where my kids were born, a building like my first job, our ski vacations, my son the Fireman, etc.
I tried to incorporate some cool ideas I saw on various layouts you’ve show us:
Wooden Truss Bridge, Automatic Gateman, A Drive-In Theater using a photo frame, a Smoking BBQ Joint with BBQ scented smoke, and a Trolly. Next there will be a building on Fire using a Seuthe smoke generator and fire lighting from Evan Designs.
In hindsight, my biggest recommendations regard wiring and initial track layout.
First, since I had both O and 027 I used both – don’t – use one of the other. Makes life easier, joints tighter, and computer design more accurate.
Second, use isolated bus lines for each Isolated Track Section and the Turnout Switches (which I did), BUT also run individual bus lines for: Static lighting like in Buildings, another for Operating Accessories, another for Smoke Units, and another for future expansion options. And Absolutely use tape to color code each bus Line and their dropdowns from the accessory, turnout, etc
Anyway. here are some progress pictures
“Hi Al, this is a reply to Tom’s post on using spray foam from a can. It works extremely well and very easy to use. I also used a wire brush to rough up the surface a bit. Trestle bridge removed for photo purposes.
A big thanks to Brian and Steve. I do love hearing your tips and seeing the progress of a layout.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget, the Beginner’s Guide is here and ready to help you every step of the way.