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I'm still laying track as I decided to lay all the track first, I decided to use one of the Hornby track plans books to form the main idea of the layout with some small modifications and additions as I've gone DCC, when complete the board will be 8 ft 8" wide and 15ft 8" long.

The garage was like most people's garage it had everything in it apart from a car :) so I spent 2 weeks on and off throwing out all the "just in case items" out and getting rid of all the items in the "just in case I became a one man electronics repair centre" this gave me a nice area to build a base in and yes even room for a car :)

My plans were hand drawn on top of a photo copy of the Hornby plan that I had but if I manage to fine something I can use to create a diagram of my layout I'll upload it here. I have some photos of stages and some videos so once I know how to I'll put up links.
 

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Anthony

You say 8ft 8ins wide? I presume that is the width of your garage and NOT the width of your boards?

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Hi David, no this is the size of my layout my garage is 17 ft x 17 ft and yes it was FULL of crap when I started I'm ready to put up a plasterboard celling but as it's getting warmer I might wait a few months to put it up.

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QUOTE (Anthony566 @ 28 Apr 2011, 23:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi David, no this is the size of my layout my garage is 17 ft x 17 ft and yes it was FULL of crap when I started I'm ready to put up a plasterboard celling but as it's getting warmer I might wait a few months to put it up.

Anthony.

Illogical as it might seem, do not delay putting up the plasterboard. Normal loft/roof insulation is available very cheaply and should be used inbetween the plasterboard and the roof. When it does get warmer, you will appreciate putting the insulation up now.

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Hi Alan,
Hugh is right, don't wait to insulate. You will be amazed at the difference it makes. Good insulation will help keep
it warmer in winter and cooler in summer, and that in turn helps with humidity levels. Humidity can play havoc with the
layout in lots of ways; electrics, card kits, metal parts, etc. Good luck, Jeff
 

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Hi Anthony

Good luck with it, its nice to know there is another layout we can all watch develop.

Can you just clarify, I assume your layout has an operating area in the centre, the 8ft 8ins is not one solid board is it.

I am a relative beginner but I know my small layout with 24 ins boards is a stretch in the corners.

Keep the pictures coming when you have them.

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Ron
 

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Thanks for the advice about the insulating ill do it over the next 4/6 weeks then ( more rubish to get rid of out of the roof of the garage ... )

Ron yes i do have an area in the centre but im making centre sections that i can drop in with housing etc on them as my controlers are wireless so i dont need to be in there all the time. ive spent some time working out train max speeds and programming this into the dcc system so that trains cant over run and de-rail .... so far so good i also have enough motors to power all my points that will be out of reach but im still working on how this will be setup.
 

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Hi Anthony I also agree with others get your ceiling up while your garage is empty . Are you putting it up yourself unless you've done alot of fixing plasterboard ceilings its not an easy job. If you got somebody to fix it for you they will probebly want it empty. Anyway good luck with that it certainly sounds like agood size for a layout. What era are you planning steam deisal keep us posted.
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This is the base design i have used, I have not put a turntable in as most of the center secton i have changed ie the green and blue bits :-
 

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Looks like it could be lot's of fun running trains, I don't envy your wiring though. lol

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QUOTE (Robert Stokes @ 11 May 2011, 14:36) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Is that one of the late C. J. Freezer's designs? He often crammed so many tracks into the available space that it looked less than realistic. Mind you, I think he was giving most readers what they wanted.

Im not sure... its from the Hornby 6th edition track plans, my son has wanted to build this one for a long time i think as far as he goes more is better lol.... im starting to work out were i can fit small hills banks and trees to break up the layout a bit :)
 

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QUOTE (silky_jack @ 11 May 2011, 15:06) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>That's a great layout...it was in my track plans book of the 80's if I recall....with the intercity trains on the front cover. Always wanted to do that layout...very jealous.

Yes silky_jack you are correct its the one with the 125 on the front :)
 

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A few images from setting up my risers :-
 

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Interesting and efficient layout, may be worth making it a 4 track roundy but currently it is a double twin track, could be arranged to be a 5 track whatever but lots of potential certainly a bit short on fiddle yard space would be the biggest problem but certainly a good layout.
 

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Good start!

What are you doing about the garage door. If you're keeping it in a working condition, it's definitely going to be a cold area in the winter and likely to be a good way in for draughts, dust, water etc.

I've (hopefully) sealed mine in a closed position and filled any obvious gaps with "foam in a can" but it will need celotex or some further insulation to ensure it's properly sealed and insulated.

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Hi guys thanks for the feedback.... im replacing the garage door with a roller door that seals ...... A few more photos :)
 

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QUOTE (Anthony566 @ 13 May 2011, 17:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi guys thanks for the feedback.... im replacing the garage door with a roller door that seals ...... A few more photos :)

Your certainly cracking on with the layout. I will be watching with interest as I can see some of the scenic items in the pictures and I look forward to how you incorporate them.

Mark
 
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