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Moving the storage yard

I have tossed and turned and bored my railroad friends senseless talking about layout designs but managed to get the SLR (railroad cronies) plus my Dad round to do a tricky bit of manouvering. I decided to reuse my existing storage yard which was taking up too much room on the upper level and drop …

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Train elevator

I keep thinking about the train elevator – since it was first mentioned – but it is the linear length that puts me off. A helix does take up nearly as much space though. Half of a 24″ helix is 6 foot long which would be enough to fit a typical branchline train. It could …

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Helix thoughts…

I am conflicted about the helix… I tried the grade around the room rather than in a helix and it just wouldn’t work (the room’s too small). The helix is a grade of 3% but does stick out alot… The thing that is good about a helix is that it is simple to operate. A …

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First track plans

I model the New Haven in the 30s-50s – yes I’m indecisive but I keep buying steam locos… It will start on the coast and run up a valley with a peddler freight. The lower level will be the coast and city and main line and the upper level will be a rural branch with …

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Rescuing the storage yard

My friends popped round to help with the planning. After much hilarity and cursing – I now know not to build scenery on top of screws needed to disassemble benchwork especially if you want to keep the scenery sections later – we had cut up my existing layout. The no-lix became a helix in the …

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New layout

The layout is in a 12′ square room (with inconvenient chimney breast jutting out) and was started nearly 5 years ago. I started with two layers. The upper was to be US outline and the lower UK outline. Over the years I have given up on the UK and gone wholly American. My layout was …

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First New Haven layout: Lower Level

Lower Level This level exists only in my imagination at the moment but I am buying up kits etc for the lower level. Watch this space as work continues (but not too quickly!).