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Offline Ian Morton

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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2017, 10:12:09 am »
Foamboard works well as an ultra-lightweight baseboard. If you can keep to one board then it avoids messing around with ply at the board joins.

This is the front half of a 9'x2' layout on 5mm foamboard baseboards:


And this is at a much earlier stage, making an area for a canal to run under the railway.
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The layout went to a number of exhibitions and the foamboard stood up to it well. It should be more than adequate for home use.

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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #16 on: June 28, 2017, 07:35:57 pm »
I remember seeing a foam board layout in Hornby Magazine (I think) a few years ago in N.  The builder used metal dowels to align the boards and powerful agents to keep them together,  I was about to mention Model Railway Club until you mentioned access issues and my other love is a box file layout but they aren't conducive to running trains round.  Top of wardrobe storage sounds good to me.  I had a slot car track (Airfix) hinged off a 12 inch wide shelf on the garage wall and I'm a great fan of hinged fold up layouts.  Elvinley (I think somewhere else in the Forum) as shown in the Peco "Your Guide to N Gauge Railway Modelling" is a really good example of an 8 x 4 folding layout that looks really good folded away.  With some imagination you could really make something fit into the room decor.


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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2017, 08:13:37 pm »
I remember seeing a foam board layout in Hornby Magazine (I think) a few years ago in N.  The builder used metal dowels to align the boards and powerful agents to keep them together
Same layout. The dowels were mounted in ply panels set into the foamboard. The magnets were replaced by toggle catches for exhibition use which meant more ply.

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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2017, 09:25:19 am »
Why not build something like T Track modules that can be stored on top of a cupboard or under the bed when not in use.



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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2017, 11:51:52 am »
Hi - I faced exactly these issues a few years ago - I needed a layout which would stand inside a wardrobe when it wasn't in use. I used a 4'x2' MDF board, reinforced by a 2"x2" timber (ex estate agent's pole!) incorporated into the scenery. I've minimised the amount of "stuff" in the landscape, which makes it easier/safer to move/store.

Take a look at it here. I really must update that thread some time ...

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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2017, 09:25:39 pm »
Been thinking about this thread again, with all the talk of the Pendolino coming soon.

I am currently thinking about putting a 4" wide shelf around the lounge at high level. My wife has suggested that the wall clocks could be mounted, so the track goes through a tunnel behind them.

It would give me somewhere to run the Pendolino, which would be long enough to do it justice. Not sure how much of it I would see though.

The question is, could I make 4 tracks on the 4" to give a 'fiddle yard' on both long walls. I could then have 6 trains in use on a double mainline with changeover, which could be automated.

Not much opportunity for scenics, but could probably arrange a little something in the 4 corners, behind the curvature of the track.

I am a watch the trains go by sort of person, rather than a train operator.

I would get a series of modules laser cut, so I can do an easy assembly job.




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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2017, 10:25:28 pm »
 :hellosign: The shelf around the room sounds good although I think you`d struggle to fit 4 tracks on 4" board width
      regards Derek. 

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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #22 on: October 24, 2017, 09:45:39 am »
Sorry, Bob, but I agree with Derek. 4 tracks in 4" is hugely optimistic.

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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #23 on: October 24, 2017, 09:26:55 pm »
Probably right, but trying to work out how to keep the wife happy :)

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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #24 on: October 24, 2017, 09:33:24 pm »
Probably right, but trying to work out how to keep the wife happy :)
Build a cupboard for her wool, that just happens to have a folding model railway on top.....

Mine turned out to be a 63ft shed, she has one "Satan's dwelling place" ( avoiding the ngauge net nanny here) of a lot of art stuff stored below and above the layout...

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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #25 on: October 25, 2017, 11:18:51 am »
Four tracks in 4 inches is possible on the straight but you would need to widen the spacing and stagger the curves at the ends if trains move on adjacent tracks.

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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #26 on: October 25, 2017, 11:40:35 am »
The idea is to have 4 tracks on 2 walls, with points down to 2 tracks for the rest of the room. I think the points will be the part that kills it.


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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #27 on: October 25, 2017, 11:54:51 am »
How high is your fiddle yard shelf allowed to be? Could it be worth vertically stacking 2 pairs of tracks? Assuming there's enough length to do a reasonable incline to them (although you could make them above/below the layout running level, so you only need half the slope to access each.

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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #28 on: October 25, 2017, 05:25:48 pm »
I would see 3 ideas, one of them complements your run around track idea.

1) a box on wheels under the bed

2) a cupboard full of modules that you can take out, stick together and run your trains... unplug and put back in the cupboard

3) two cupboards in two adjacent angles of the run-around room containing coils for the trains to descend and ascend, so you can have a "midsize" run through station with a bit of scenery, maybe contained in a sideboard. And the trains can make a trip around the room, come down to the station, go up again for another roundtrip...
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Re: New flat ideas
« Reply #29 on: October 25, 2017, 10:09:32 pm »
Gone through most of the options.

We have an ottoman bed, no cupboard space...........

A high level shelf is my last option, and certainly not ideal as it will be difficult to see the trains.

 

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