My new layout

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by 3phase, Nov 13, 2004.

  1. 3phase

    3phase Member

    Well, I got the fever about a week ago, it started with some wood.


    Made my table...


    Came up with a layout and traced it to the table...


    And started to lay some track...


    I have been using the program at to help me with my layout. I'll show you all what it will look like. I will need some suggestions on where to place my round table and other objects.
  2. seanm

    seanm Member

    Nice! Looks like a nice sturdy bench!!

    That track is REALLY close to the edge... Any way you can extend the front lip a little to keep that nice train from falling down and go boom?

  3. 3phase

    3phase Member

    Thank you, I can stand on the layout with the train running and walk around with out teedering the train off of the track. I tried to use as many screwes as i could.
  4. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Nice Work!! Really Good. :) As long as you're content with the track that close - I guess it's ok. :D :D
  5. 3phase

    3phase Member

    well, i'v been thinking about going with multy levles and scratch my origonal plan but keep the existing track. I have 10 turnouts, 5 left and 5 right. I can make quite a few runs of track and keep it all connecting with multy levles. What is everyones opinion on a round house built into the side of a mountian? I know it probably has never happned in real life but that is one of the advantages of the modle world!! So far i think i'm going to go with 5 to 6 levles, two mountians with a vally in the center.
  6. 3phase

    3phase Member

    I had something like this in mind for that spot in the picture.

    This is one of the things i had mentioned that i grew up with, that was a 15 minute ATV "4 wheeler" ride away from my house. I saw that from the ground every weekend on the summer of 2002.
  7. 3phase

    3phase Member

    Here is the start to "Levle #2" It will be 2" between every levle so the grade between levles wont be that bad over a 3' span for the loco's to climb.

    the clearance...


    Let me know what you think!!
  8. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Nice Work, & Great Pictures :wave: :wave: :thumb: :thumb:
  9. 3phase

    3phase Member

    I'm going to put a plexiglass wall on the fromt and sids to keep the curious cats from jumping on the layout after i get more done to it.
  10. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Good to see your progress 3phase
  11. 3phase

    3phase Member

    Thank you, i'll get more done tommorow. Cutting plywood with a jigsaw in my appartment, i predict will eventully draw the police at this hour. I think the multy levle layout will be more fun than my origonal layout. It will also let me practice the new ideas i have got from this forum.

    I'm going to attempt to scratch build a bridge, some of you make it look so easy, I'll give it a try. If i fail, i'll just get more corn flakes.[​IMG]

    I'm excited about everything i have been reading about. I have many skills to aquire before i can make anything look as good as the stuff some of the members have on display.
  12. fifer

    fifer Active Member

    3phase , Looks great . You have some fast progress going on there.
    We need to figure out how to put a muffler on that jig saw!! ;)

  13. tillsbury

    tillsbury Member

    Is that 2" from roadbed to roadbed? It looks more than that from the pictures (it looks like 2" clearance) -- are you including the height of the next sheet of ply? Remember that 2" over three feet is 5.5% grade (which is at the extreme high end, and if you have any curves at this grade it's going to be even harder). Check your calculations, you really want to be aiming at 2-3% max, unless you want more locos than rolling stock! :)

    But it doesn't look like there'll be any structural strength issues with your layout!

  14. 3phase

    3phase Member

    I have been thinking about that alot today, over all it will be 2 1/2" from roadbed to roadbed. I will need to streach my climb or lower the levles, i have about 1/2 inch to play with but i will have to watch the height of the cars i use.. I have alot of planning to do til i come up with a way to make it all work.

    But if it all works out it will be one cool little layout to watch! :eek:
  15. 3phase

    3phase Member

    Well, i got a chance to cut out the last piece to my 2nd levle.


    I took that picture to paintshop and drew up what the next strech of track will look like


    BLUE, botton levle

    BLACK, top levle

    RED, Going up hill in mountian

    GREEN, Going down hill in mountian

    LIGHT DLUE, Mountian openings

    PURPLE, mountian base

    YELLOW, about whare the track for the 3rd levle is going to connect. " haven't thought that far ahead yet"


    I figured out that by going in the other mountian i can get 70" to go up 2 1/2" and will be around a 3% grade, I will run two locos and about 18 cars. It should work out fine.
  16. tillsbury

    tillsbury Member

    Quick work 3phase. Now is about the time you should be thinking about access to the bottom level (for derailments at the very least). You need to be able to get a hand around a loco at *any* point on the track ideally. And since it doesn't look like you can get round the back, which is a shame, you'll probably want some hatches in the ply on this level. Then you can make your mountaintop 'removable' to get to stuff.

    Keep going!

  17. SAL Comet

    SAL Comet Member

    WOW, 3phase you really kickin' a$$. Don't worry about the noise from the jigsaw, it can't be as load as your neighbor's stereo
  18. 3phase

    3phase Member

    Actully today i ran the jigsaw while he played the stereo.

    I got more pictures!!

    One my wife got when i was working on the layout.


    And i finally got the track to the top,


    And i got some new toys at a good price, 3 for $5 on the rolling stock and engine set was $25

  19. 3phase

    3phase Member

    Well i finally got all the track to the 2nd levle today. My batteries went dead in my digicam and i cant find the charger. I managed to get a few pictures before they died.

    I took a piece of pannel board and cut out curve part of the ramp,


    Than i finnished it off with more yard sticks.


    I traced my template to the 2nd levle board and used the jigsaw to cut it out.


    I layed more track on the second levle but couldn't take pictures of it yet.

    I think everything will work out as planed, the powered lifelike engine is able to pull 9 cars up my 3.2% grade, so my origonal calculations of 2 engines and 18 cars should work flawlessly.

    I'm working with dc for now but i'm seriously thinking about getting dcc sometime in 2005. The main reason is i can use the slower speed to make it safely around my layout and keep full power to my engine. I need this to make it up my hills. I need to keep about half speed "going faster than i want it to" to keep up the momentium to go up the hill. If i could have that power with less speed i'll be in good shape.

    My con-cor has no problems pulling all my coach cars "6" and all 18 of the rolling stock with the caboose up the hill at a crawl unlike the lifelike, but the con-cor is just bad ass.
  20. cpNscale

    cpNscale Member

    About time i visited your posts here.Layout is looking great,should be a great time building and even better once you run some trains around the rails.Keep up the pictures of your work :thumb:

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