My Practice Layout

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by markf, Dec 14, 2002.

  1. markf

    markf New Member

    Just wanted to say hi. I've been lurking for awhile and working on a little practice layout in preparation for the basement wall hugger that will come in the next couple years. Lots of the stuff I see here is really good, and I can only hope to approach it.

    Here's a link to a little diary I'm keeping about my experience. It's in reverse order (newest entries first), so you'll have to do a bunch of clicking to see the beginning :)
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Looks like you are off to a great start! Welcome to the Gauge. :)
  3. TR-Flyer

    TR-Flyer Member

    Looks like you're on your way! Looking forward to seeing the development of area shown in your first shot with the ravine, trestle and tunnel portal.

  4. RI541

    RI541 Member

    Lets see here.. Diet Coke... Swiss Army knife..lots of blue foam.. tools all over, Yep your headed in the right direction alright. Looks just like my own lay-out table.

    I realy like the way you "sunk" the lay-out down. thats a cool Idea. It realy give the viewer a scence of depth looking down.

    Keep up the great work and keep sending pictures.

    Speaking of my lay-out I should do something with it.:D :D
  5. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Welcome aboard! I like those deep cuts for the track near the bridge and tunnel area. I can already imagine the scenery potential. Very neat layout and web site.
  6. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Looks GREAT!!

    Be sure to keep us posted!:)
  7. markf

    markf New Member

    Thanks. The deep cuts are a bit of a byproduct of the size of the table, but I like them, too. 3x4 is not much room to work in :) That big flat space in the center is going to become another hill with a lumber mill next to it (near the spur on top), so the cut should be even a bit deeper.
    My next project is to build the non-existant bridge. It's curved and sloped, so I'm kinda stuck scratch building, but it ought to be fun (until I've redone it for the fourth time ;)
  8. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Mark. You are doing a GREEAAATE job on your layout. I like the way the track circles around and crosses over itself.

    I will say the the middle of you layout looks like mine except mine is cluttered all over and whenever I need something it is hide and seek.

    Here is a photo of mine after the wife made me clean it up

    Attached Files:

  9. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Nice work Mark!
    Both the web page, and the layout!
    That's a neat little track plan, & some FINE quality benchwork!

    ...oh...& welcome aboard, friend! :)
  10. DaveF

    DaveF New Member

    I kind of liked the "spinning wheels affect" , made me think of "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can" :)
  11. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    Great website AND layout!! I love seeing the progress, teaches me ALOT, you did a great job taking pics along the way.

    Fantastic depth in a small space!! The cutout you had to make to reduce the grade will add to your sceniking for sure.

    Keep the pics coming, I look forward to watching it grow! :)
  12. jdh

    jdh Member


    great work so far!

    i esp. love the hurricane proof benchwork!
    how many tons can that support?

    the workmanship is excellent!

    keep those updates going!
  13. markf

    markf New Member

    Thanks for the comments. My brother helped with the benchwork. Our goal was something that could withstand some serious leaning on, but could also come apart for transportation. I'm going to add some fold down plexiglass sides (to keep the cats off), and when we're done, the whole thing is going in our living room.
    I wish I had more time to work on it. I get probably a weekend a month, so it's slow going. I do love coming here and seeing everybody else's work, though.

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