If you expect guests, or if your layout is meant for more than one operator, experts will strongly suggest giving up some train-table space in exchange for some people space. Three feet is about the minimum width for two people to pass each other without being very good friends.
How do people get to your layout? Duck-unders will work, as long as you and your operators and guests suffer from no back or leg ailments. Lifting, dropping, and swinging bridges pose no limits to access, but they add construction, tracklaying and wiring problems. Check the published plans of the big, successful layouts; almost all of them are walk-in designs. Because the simplest solutions are often the best. Say you want a long mainline, and you can fit another loop of track into your space if you shrink an aisle at one point.
Will it work?
Also give space around the interesting areas where spectators will gather and linger — engine facilities, industrial parks, long bridges, and tunnel portals. And never make a dead-end aisle too narrow for two people to pass comfortably, or people may get trapped at the end, waiting for someone else to move so they can escape. Tethered walk-around throttles are a great way to enjoy the trains and to troubleshoot distant track problems. If you intend to take advantage of them, make sure to allow for them in your plan. Are there enough jacks for the throttles?
Are they in convenient locations? Will two operators get their cords tangled as they follow their trains around the layout? Mentally map out where the throttles can go, where they should go, and how they will affect human traffic. And the benchwork is a convenient place to work on projects, as long as the benchwork is just bare wood with a few tracks on it. But once the scenery is down, where will you assemble your kits and lubricate your locomotives?
Be wise and leave some room for a workbench or desk in the train room. In other words, your plan consists of loops of track that go around and around Maybe you need two or three separate loops for multi-train action, or a twice-around for a long mainline.
Maybe you really like watching trains in orbit. There are many ways to visually break up a race-track: scenery or structures between the tracks, tunnels, track at varying heights, gentle curves instead of parallel tracks and spur tracks into the middle of the layout. Let the track undulate in gentle curves like the prototype does , or set the whole mainline at a slight angle to the benchwork.
This is especially hard to avoid on small layouts. Do your buildings fit between the tracks? Did you allow for the width of the ballasted section before you said "yes" to that question? And how do your miniature workers get to each building — is there room for a road that leads to it? Suppose you have two tracks next to each other, one low and one elevated. How do you join them scenically? A retaining wall? A rock cliff?
But when your factory is barely bigger than the wagon next to it, it will look decidedly odd. One or two decent-sized industries will look a lot better, and you can position several wagons on their spurs at once to generate as much traffic as a bigger number of smaller industries could do.
Fitting low relief buildings oare a great way to pull this trick off. We sometimes want to put too much on our layouts, without considering how the various elements will look next to each other.
Thaddeus Stepek drew a picture of track running across a pond on a viaduct. Half of the pond was liquid, with sailboats; on the other side of the viaduct, it was frozen, with skaters. Nearby, a lone mountain rose straight out of the plains, and a tunnel ran through it instead of going around it. These are extreme examples, but the problem is real.
Madder Valley. John H. Ahern — A fictional branch on the Great Central Railway. As the first EM gauge layout to be exhibited, and for the extent and detail of its magazine coverage, it has been described as 'the single most important layout in the history of the hobby'. The model railway that established standards, and popularised narrow gauge modelling in the UK.
Previously a watercolour artist, Stokes' buildings were carefully recorded, drawn and modelled in cardboard. An influential design, more than as a single instance of a model; this is an attempt to model an interesting urban passenger terminus in the minimum space, allowing much opportunity for operating trains, more than scenic modelling. Freezer was the editor of Railway Modeller and Minories, and its developments, made regular appearances throughout the years. Adavoyle on the Great Northern Railway of Ireland in , set at a fictional junction of the Dublin-Belfast main line.
The first modelling of Brunel's broad gauge , a mixed-gauge layout of broad, Stephenson standard gauge and narrow gauge. Heckmondwike on the Midland Railway.
One of the first really large group effort projects to use the P4 Finescale standard and consistently high modelling standards to provide a large museum-grade recreation of a distinct prototype. The intention was to model a significant mainline route, at a size that would allow a reasonable representation of it and, like Pendon, an appropriate setting for large express locomotives. It incorporated Garsdale Road, one of Jenkinson's earlier models. The ambition was perhaps too much and the full layout was never fully completed, although its progress generated much coverage in the modelling press.
Modelled as a series of separate cabinets, which could be linked for exhibition. The main cabinet was a small Welsh fishing port, modelled on the Llareggub of Dylan Thomas ' Under Milk Wood , complete with characters. A second cabinet contained a slate quarry, complete with rope-worked inclines and a third a farm scene with the minor inclusion of the railway passing by. A scenic modeller and constructor of buildings, more than a layout builder, Alan Downes and his "In Search of Realism" series in Railway Modeller raised the standards for representing masonry by moving away from factory-printed brick papers to relief modelling of authentic textures, using scribed plaster or applied computer chads to represent stonework.
An East Devon market town. Modelling of the street scene and its varied buildings takes clear precedence over railway operations. The main rail feature is a tram running the length of the main street, the small narrow gauge railway being almost an afterthought.
Axford was noted for its innovative use of lighting, the display lights dimming automatically for a nighttime scene, lit from within the model.
A mixed-gauge junction at the end of the broad gauge era, modelled to the finest standards of accuracy. Fry Model Railway. It is hoped to re-open the display in in a new location in Malahide. The Biggest Little Railway in the World. Model railway in Pune , India which also promotes the building of model trains and layouts. It was a simple switching layout, of compact size and without requiring scenery. Its purpose was to be as an exercise in switching. A number of short stub sidings were provided around a short loop and five switches.
Perhaps you would email me if you think I can help. Once again i seem to be 'old fashioned' and traditional for I have recently built my layout using sundala however it is spelled and pine two by fours.
My current layout,permanent,in a timber shed,is 9mm ply with 3x1 bracing,framing and legs and has not warped over 8 years though the quality of timber was not what I would have liked. Description Product Details Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! Bill Bedford is also worth a look - his kits are expensive but I've seen some lovely results using his sides and ends and other people's components to make up the rest. I am unsure whether birch ply would be obtainable in NZ, I shall find out soon enough I guess. For the rest of your yards and industries, keep it simple, like the prototype does.
So far works very well in an unheated but carpeted barn. Colombo, I want to thank you very much for the detailed comments you have made and the photo showing the system used by Clay Cross Model Railway Society. It certainly is a robust construction and has given me some leads as to where I need to be with my proposed model. I would agree with Rob, it looks and sounds like the Rolls Royce of baseboard construction. I was really just chewing the fat and trying to work out the best way to stabilise plywood, as large sheets do have a tendency, rather like the notorious BR sandwiches, to curl up at the edges.
The engine and coach models available, seem to me to be more realistic and detailed than those obtainable in "N" gauge, I guess it is just a personal choice in the end. I like the idea of bearers underneath and wondered what the ideal spacing might be for, say 9mm ply? I am unsure whether birch ply would be obtainable in NZ, I shall find out soon enough I guess. Moisture may easily become a problem. So thanks very much for that. I shall certainly note your timely comments about stabilising or treating the wood and how that can be incorporated without impacting too heavily on the construction requirements.
Cheers Any additional comments would be very welcome. Baseboards are built in matching pairs so that they can be laid on their sides and bolted together using battens across their ends.
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They can then be lifted and stacked without much risk to the scenery. This may be a bit over the top for you. However I chose to follow this system on the basis that my layout may have to move with me one day or I may have to dispose of it. Frankly, I don't fancy putting a chain saw through it; I hope someone take it off my hands as a going concern and so I want to be able to dismantle it and re-erect it elsewhere with the minimum of trouble.
Our birch ply is imported from Scandinavia. It is fine grained and fairly dimensionally stable. I put bearers across under the baseboards at two foot intervals. You need to be sure to miss any pre-planned point motors.
Our timber merchants can also supply light ply which is ply veneer filled with something like balsa wood. This is not suitable. We use multi-pin plugs and sockets for electrical connections. They are supplied by Kent Panel Controls. However they are pricey and so I have used computer D plugs for my layout to connect ribbon cable together. If I was doing it again, I would try to find some computer ribbon cables with male and female D connectors at opposite ends.
I would cut through the ribbon cable and solder the wires to tag strips fixed to each baseboard. If you have any questions about construction techniques, please ask.