New Desktop Layout

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by jesso, May 27, 2008.

  1. jesso

    jesso Member

    Well, basically I have gotten bored with my desktop layout. It was the first layout I ever really built, so some things look pretty bad, and it goes around basically a circle, so I wanted a little more of a layout. Still it is my office, so I have to keep the size limited to fitting on my desk and make it so it runs pretty much on its own. Here is the track plan:


    First, I had to cut the wood out as I just can't seem to want a layout that is a rectangle.


    Then I careful measured out where the monitors will need to be and cut foam out for the layout. I was very happy when I put the monitors on the layout and they fit into the holes and touched on the sides. Amazing that you can measure and plan and have things work out.


    The figure 8 will have 4% grades that will rise eventually up to three inches and then the outside loop will go back down at a 3% grade. I checked the engine that will run on the layout and it can handle a 6% grade with the amount of cars I run on this layout so I will be ok there. Hopefully I will be working on this faster than my other layouts :)

    More sometime....
  2. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    AWESOME Scott:thumb: , i cant wait to see the progress on this one:winki: .

    [​IMG] -Deano
  3. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    This'ns goin'ta be neat. Make sure you update your signature with a link to this new layout! Will there be any particular theme or region you will try and capture with this layout?
  4. belg

    belg Member

    Scott, I like you build my layout more for scenery and structures, not so much for operation. In the original post you said "it goes around basically a circle, so I wanted a little more of a layout" although you have added more track, it still is just that, a longer version of a basic circle, I just wanted to point this out in case you wanted to maybe add a siding or 2 so you could operate at least there. Either way its always exciting to see a new layout get off the ground. Will be watching, Pat
  5. jesso

    jesso Member

    UP SD40-2, Thanks, the track hopefully arrives Friday so that will probably be the next step as I want to make sure I put the inclines and cork in the right places.

    TrainNut, mainly going to be mountains and tunnels, but my main inspiration is going to be the look of Provo Canyon where the Heber Creeper runs, basically lots of green and rocks and pine trees.

    Belg, yea, I realize that it is an extended circle, the main difference is now the train will be going different directions and will be coming in and out of things. I thought about putting some switches in, but I fear that I would play with it too much. Basically my main problem with my old layout is that I look at it and go, why did I do that, wish I could fix that, so instead of that get a new layout. Plus, without switches the entire cost for the track is under 20 dollars and if anything, I am cheap ;-)
  6. mooreway

    mooreway Member

    Looks like a great start Jesso.

    Can't wait to see how you weather the monitor stands...

  7. jesso

    jesso Member

    You know me, everything on my layout is brand new, even the monitor stands! :)

    Track arrives Thursday. It would be so neat to have a hobby shop that you could walk into and they actually have atlas track in stock! Maybe when they move.

    Just for fun last night I foam nailed the 3 percent grade around the outside of the layout, looks like everything is going to work.
  8. ScratchyAngel

    ScratchyAngel Member

    Maybe Sasquatch this time instead of Nessie :D
  9. jesso

    jesso Member

    Inclines positioned

    I put the track together so that I could see where to put the inclines, I have traced the inclines and the track, now I have to glue the inclines in place and then glue the cork roadbed down.

  10. zachary

    zachary Member

    scott very nice i look forward to seeing it when it is finished or allmost youknow a layouts never finished
  11. jesso

    jesso Member

    Thanks Zac, Jason, James, Tom, Deano! I am definately thinking about big foot. Going to try and figure out how to figure out how to make some footprints through the mountains. Going to have to get some animals and the campers from woodland scenics.

    I glued all the inclines and elevations in place, thankfully when I removed all the pins everything stayed in the same place!

  12. jesso

    jesso Member

    My wife says that all my pictures are of what I have done and none are of them while being worked on, so she took it upon herself to rectify the situation :) Here I am gluing the roadbed on.

  13. ScratchyAngel

    ScratchyAngel Member

    I have those socks ;)

    Nice to see the progress.
  14. jesso

    jesso Member

    Roadbed glued down, track is on and pinned down, time to see if a train will run!

  15. platypus1217

    platypus1217 Member

    Cool. Can't wait to see it with trains!
  16. jesso

    jesso Member

    First test train on the layout!

  17. ScratchyAngel

    ScratchyAngel Member

    Sweet. Nice little puller there, express all the way.
  18. platypus1217

    platypus1217 Member

    Nice. I am impressed at the length of the train you are able to pull up the hill.
  19. nscaler711

    nscaler711 Member

    its a reg line LL from that veiw, and those lil engines can out pull most 4 (some 6) axle locos! heck my LL geep 38 can out pull my P2K 38-2
    but i can not wait to see the "finnished" product!
  20. jesso

    jesso Member

    Yes it is a cheapo Life-Like GP38. At first I used to have problems with them, but a guy in our club is very good at keeping them running, so now we all have several and we are able to keep to going well. I put 2 of my kato's on the track and they couldn't pull 10 double stacks around, but I think the stacks were binding in the curves. I have now actually had over twenty cars be pulled by 2 proto n gp20's.

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