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Well I had my Loft converted in November Last year for to create my Railway, The Baseboards are being Installed on Monday next week I am very fortunate to be able to afford such a space, But the main thing in mins was Security for my collection as i collect Ho and N Gauge Swiss and German. So from a blank canvas i hope i will be able to create something for my Pleasure. I will give updates when i can and as i am retired it should not be a problem. Babs



 

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HI JC Thank you for your input yes the Height is limiting to just over 5ft at the Apex the baseboards are going to be 20 inches high as i am vertically challenged and i have a seat which i will be sitting that is just right
the Width of the Layout is 9ft wide by 13 1/2 feet long down both sides and then some hinged sections at the loft hatch end so an oblong at least it will be secure. I have had some very good Locks fitted to the hatch with very special Keys. So if anybody has a loft layout they might be interested in them They can Pm me for Details. Babs
 

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Hi Baseboards duly installed on Monday now i have wall to wall Great Job done All have been checked and level. so now the hard work begins. Babs







 

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Andy Sorry I have not got back to you sooner and thank you for your Interest, I understand that you have just joined the Forum Welcome. They are all a very Helpful and Friendly Bunch. So Enjoy another Dimension of the Hobby with Like Minded People. Unfortunately I badly Hurt 2 fingers on my Right hand the same day when the Baseboards were Installed, I have not been back in the Loft Since. I am rather Lucky to be able to afford a dedicated Loft for my Layout and My Collection. My Interest was mostly German having been Born and Lived there But then Stupidly after working In Switzerland with Frequent times spending there I found I really Liked the Swiss Railway System so I started Collecting Them. And now that is Larger than the German collection. My Favorite Elok's are the Krokodiles And the Swiss 6/6's I do not know if you have ever seen any but I will post a Pic Below. TTFN Babs



 

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HI Andy, The fingers are nearlly Healed Thank you. I was a very avid Fleischmann Fan until I discovered ROCO And now i think for me that they are Better , That is only my Opinion The First Roco Items I bought were N Gauge just at the point of them stopping doing Ngauge Great Shame But I do have Quite a Broad Range of Manufactures, Roco Fleischmann, Brawa, LS Models, Hag, Trix, Liliput,Tillig, Babs
 

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This Is a small update on my Loft Layout After a bad start with damaging my fingers which have now Healed , I have now fitted many Safety handles for the Exit/ Entrance. Sorting all the rolling stock has taken Quite a while and it is all recorded and safely put into crates under the Layout boards. I have cleaned all the Track I have amassed with IPA and today i was able to lay an 11feet test track, I ran 5 loks that i have bought recently and everything was fine. Great Day. Here is a picture of one I bought Secondhand from Germany a Rivarossi Mallett very nice runner and in Immaculate condition.



And the others are a Trix SBB 6/6 Elok



And for the last one is a Roco 0-6-0 Nice little runner it has even a slot for a decoder.



Have a great Weekend Babs
 

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HI Adrian, The 0-6-0 Is the Roco version, It runs sweet as a nut, I do have several Fleischmann Dampf's with the Digital Uncouplers, Despite what Fleischmann say If you have a ESU Loksound Decoder V4 installed you can connect the uncouplers to it. I bought several Digital Couplings direct from Fleischmann, They are not cheap and well worth it, I even have them fitted to 2 of my HAG Pope Mobiles with Zimo Decoders Slightly more complicated. But the Man from HAG/Techwiss who designed them helped us Immensely with the conversion and they are the Business.
pic's will follow on the Loft but Rome was not built in a day. Babs

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Reddo I do have a part number but i will have to dig it out tomorrow, Yes I am from Wetter Ruhr, But the statement of the ( Rome was not built in a day I is a figure of speach. Babs
 

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Hi Everyone Here is just a few pics of the LoftBaseboards Installed with a test track Still sorting and putting Items in Boxes after running and Checking them. Babs





 

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Update on Loft Part 2, After having the Heating Test Valves and Pressure Cocks removed and Put In the Void of the House So the Engineers can Service the Heating. Removed old Water Tank of 34 Years In Comes New Tank/ Coffin to be Put down the Length of the Rear of The House With Pipes In Corner Mostly under Floor. For those who Have a Trust Roof this is a Very Quick and Easy Conversion.

Picture of Joists Used


2nd Remove first four row of Tiles


3 Slide Joists between In Between Every Truss Loft Joist

A Look from Inside of Loft With W Pattern Joists In Place Before Cutting



Pic of Joists In Place And The Remaining Rafters Given Extra Strength




Now With Celotex and Space Blanket Before Boarding Up Plumbing to Be Finnished and 2nd Fix Electrics to be done.
This has Taken 4 Days
I hope this Inspires other People who are conemplating a Loft Space for there Layout.
 

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Just to give you an Update,I have now 180 pieces of Track soldered with dropper wires. Another 200 to go track laying starts in earnest at the end of September. New Section of Loft is working out well. Been putting blinds up In the Windows and they are rather Good Keep Heat down and Blackout any light at night, Still sorting Bits and Bobs it is always the small things that take the Longest.
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HI 6991 I am glad you are enjoying your Holiday, Schaffhausen is very nice indeed Enjoy. If you can get a chance stop of in Wuppertal and just down from the Mainline station is the overhead railway here is just a snippet worth the ride from one end to the other. Babs





 

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Good Afternoon All, Just a Small Update, Decided today to use Celotex Sheets to do the Upper Section of the Layout as it comes in 25mm and 50mm Depths i have been measuring Lots of Different Loks & Dampfs as well as the Double Deckers SBB & BlS to get the Correct Height for Passable Bridges So Track laying starts in Ernest Looking Forward to having my First couple of Loops and getting the Baseboards made for the new Extension. In view of what was said about fires and foam I have found some Mini Trunking for my dropper wires that go through the foam and any other Wires that carry current. Babs


 

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HI Everyone, Small Update on the Layout, All Dropper wires have now been Soldered 800 in Total for the DCC Part of the Layout Track Laying for the DC side started in earnest, I hear what you all might say about Mixing, But they will be totally Separate.The trouble is that about 30% of my collection would not be cost effective in converting to Dcc as they are Quite old now. a few pics for you. Nothing is Secure yet till i get the complete loops and it all Works Electrically. Babs





 

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Hi Reddo, Probably the only reason i will start running trains before you is i am retired and can devote more time. Can i ask a stupid Question ? I am doing the BUS for the DCC and that is fine. Can you do a Similar thing for DC for 2 Loops effectively I have no idea Help. Babs
 

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Afternoon Everyone, Well I finally Got the rest of the Baseboards Made an Installed and they are a Fine Piece of Wood work. They were made buy a Gentleman called Chris Moody of Locoboxes in Cambridge who came to my Rescue. A big thank you to him. I now have an Extra 25 feet of Track running space Quite Complicated as We Had to But the Gable end above the New Coffin Water tank and Have the Boards still so i could get to the Water Valves behind the Tank In case of Emergency. He made one Panel that Slides out Great Stuff on the Hatch into the Loft side we Have a Narrow Baseboard of about 8ft Long and on the Window side of the Loft it is 8 feet x 3feet The Gable end Is 9ft 6inches and 32 inches wide. Here are some Pics. It took 2 12 Hour Sessions to get them All installed and we were both Pretty Knackered at the End of it. Still to do a big tidy of stock as we had to move stock around while installing. Babs






 

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Good Morning Everyone, thanks for the replies, Yes now the Hard work really begins and I have done a lot of planning to get it this far.still got a bit of tidying to do but it wont be long before the track goes down and the Creation of the DCC BUS. Looking forward to it I will try and put a Pic of the Plan The only thing i cannot get to work is Different Levels so i have done them in Different Colours of the Proposed Layout which i have done on Scarm. Babs
 

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Good Morning Everyone, I have been Mulling over The Pro's and Cons Of Plastic Platform Kits or Making a Plywood One Piece Instead What I cannot find is there a Standard Width In Swiss And German Or are they all Different. As Most of my Swiss SBB Rakes will be Average 6feet Long I can Cut Plywood That Length and Get Seem Less Length. What Do you Think Good Idea or Not. ??
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Hi Reddo, Thank You for your reply, I will do a little research Thank You. regarding Images I have Changed to Flickr now And Deleted all my Images in Photobucket. Thanks. Babz
 
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