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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2018, 02:28:51 PM »
In short, I think the best answer is - whatever feels comfortable to you.  Personally I like a high base for when standing at the layout as I have a bad back. Others prefer to sit and will fix layout height to suit that. Also of importance will be the height of scenics etc. As your layout will be on castors, that may make the latter considerations slightly academic, but remember that you have to be able to reach that troublesome loco that has decided to derail at the most inopportune time and distant place.

Table top layout, so table top height - that is a standard dining table - would be my starting point to experiment with what feels right for you.

No point in me attempting to make these points as Mike has phrased it more elegantly than I could manage.

My first Table-Top Railway, a year ago, was at kitchen table height of 800mm/2'8" (it was built on an old kitchen table!).  My present version is 1050mm/3'5" high.  This appears to be my optimum height for viewing whilst seated and for reaching over to the back of the baseboard whilst standing.  This was established, as Mike says, by experiment.   

This looks like a great project and I'll follow progress with interest.

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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2018, 08:52:48 PM »
My layout at home is 39inches ( 1M)  to basic track level. So from a seated position you will see the trains from a real life level. But the boards are removable so I can work on them all round and at a lower level.

For shows at the moment I'm torn between:

a high level so the average person  ( the majority) can see at a more real to life level  say 4ft 6inches (1.4M)
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A lower level say 3ft so wheel chair users  and children can see easier.. 

In a perfect world it would be adjustable(quickly) in height.. But some sort of removable  ramp may be possible.

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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2018, 09:21:13 PM »
Oooh- adjustable height.

Maybe a set of those Heavy duty Window opening jacks.

Great for setting up on uneven floors.

Must stop thinking.........

Alan

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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2018, 09:07:05 AM »



Just completing the bracing on the underside of my baseboard. I'm using 9mm plywood and 27x44 pine smooth planed timbers. When test-laying the pine timbers down, I noticed there was indeed a subtle warp in the ply (totally imperceptible otherwise), so glad I'm going through this process to make a super-flat warp-free baseboard for my layout!


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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #19 on: October 05, 2018, 12:51:54 PM »
If it's not too late remember to drill holes through the cross braces to thread any wiring through

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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #20 on: October 05, 2018, 12:56:07 PM »
If it's not too late remember to drill holes through the cross braces to thread any wiring through

Oh yes forgot that!  :-[ :-[ :-[
Actually there will be no points (so therefore no point in drilling holes for points ha ha)!

However there will be street lighting/signals etc at some point. So there will be point in doing it.  :smiley-laughing:

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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2018, 10:14:51 AM »
Interesting discussion.

I'd always liked the idea of having the scenery at eye-level. I've had some real wow moments at exhibitions when the layout is at eye level and you have to look around trees or buildings to catch a glimpse of a train or you look down a road, under a bridge at a fully detailed scene behind the tracks and then a train goes by. Perfect.
That's the feel I hope to capture in a model I create one-day.

But as people have said earlier in the thread there is no right answer; it depends on what you prefer, how tall you are, how you'll be using the layout and whether you'll be exhibiting it in the future.

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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #22 on: December 16, 2018, 10:24:36 AM »
Interesting discussion.

I'd always liked the idea of having the scenery at eye-level. I've had some real wow moments at exhibitions when the layout is at eye level and you have to look around trees or buildings to catch a glimpse of a train or you look down a road, under a bridge at a fully detailed scene behind the tracks and then a train goes by. Perfect.
That's the feel I hope to capture in a model I create one-day.

But as people have said earlier in the thread there is no right answer; it depends on what you prefer, how tall you are, how you'll be using the layout and whether you'll be exhibiting it in the future.

Simon

Hi Simon, I eventually opted to set the baseboard at 89cm - really pleased with this decision. I've got a stool for sitting at a layout but it's also great for standing at!

Cheers
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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2018, 10:47:36 AM »
Good stuff.  :beers:
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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #24 on: December 16, 2018, 11:02:07 AM »
Leave lots of space for wiring. Even with the simplest of layouts, it can become quite complex.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Baseboard height for layout
« Reply #25 on: December 16, 2018, 06:31:30 PM »
My  home layout base track level is 3ft4inches to be viewed from a chair,  the boards are being built lightweight removable to be worked on.  Electronics / point servos etc are mounted on the backscene,  no crawling beneath. They sit on built in cupboards and shelving units.

The Tiree layout I'm modifying for exhibition , the base track level is approximately 3ft 4.5inches ( I think) Top of hillside / backscene 4ft  this is because I discussed viewing layouts with a wheelchair user at our last club show.  He found base level 4ft layout we were next to,  too high to see properly.

 

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