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Hi Babs,
I think it is down to your preference regarding design, cost etc.
Personally, I purchased the Faller 11009 Bahnhof Waldbrunn and 3 or 4 FALLER 120204 covered platforms to match the station, then cut/adapted them to make up my 5 platform station.

" I am Worried about Track Availability Have Written to them Today by Email. Let see what Transpires."

I wouldn't worry too much about that Babs, I can still pick up the old Fleischmann brass Modell Track on eBay (boxed and unused from a few model shops in Germany and other European countries)
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Wow, what a nightmare, hope everything gets sorted out.
I use a metal sliding ladder that I fitted myself about 30 years ago, still going strong

I used 6mm fibre board (think that's what it was called) for my underlay
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Hi Babs,
Regarding the raising of baseboards, I was going to suggest the same idea the John put forward, but whatever way you choose, its your project at the end of the day, just make sure, and I'm sure you will, that its of solid construction.
Regarding twisted bus wire, I have read many times that it is a better way to do the bus (can't remember the pros and cons), but think it is more beneficial with larger layouts with longer bus runs, but I'm sure someone will give you a better answer.
I didn't use twisted bus wires and have had no issues with my layout.
On your specific question to me, I don't actually use Profitrack , that wasn't about when I first started my layouts. I use Fleischmann Model track (the brass stuff) and I can still get supplies of it from Germany
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But I'm sure the extending of point motor wires would be the same. Yes, I do solder the joints after first doing a twisted together joint, just to check everything works ok, I did several at a time, then went back over them and soldered the wires together not forgetting, as I did a couple of times, to put the heat shrink tubing over the wires first. I use Rapid brand 7/.02mm stranded cable for all my under baseboard wiring (except the bus and droppers of course). I buy it in 100M drums .They do it in at least 10 different colours, that allows me to keep to certain colour schemes for different wiring tasks, an obvious one is brown and yellow for 14/16V lighting coming from Viessmann transformers.
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Just looked at the video, Oh for that amount of space. Perhaps one day when I actually stop working, I can throw out all the office equipment and extent the layout around the rest of the loft.
On the joints, as long as your happy with the method you use, to be honest, as there is no great deal of current running through the accessory cables, even good twisted joints would be ok as long as you insulate everything to prevent shorts.
Obviously, crimping or soldering is a better way to go, but not essential for accessory wiring
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QUOTE (Babz @ 12 May 2020, 12:41) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Simon Good Afternoon. I have a few plastic platforms but i did not think they were very good so i am going to use ply wood ,because my Scale platform length is more than 6 feet and so are my Swiss Trains in rakes. Getting wood at the moment is difficult. We will seehow it goes.
Stay Safe & Well.
Babs

Hi Babs,
The length of platforms is one of the things I would like to change on my layout, but I had to be guided by available space when I constructed it, mine are about 1M actual length, so I guess, 87M scale length, so I can't stop long rakes in the station,
generally, I can fit a loco and 3 coaches.
Hopefully, if I ever stop working
, I will get rid of the office furniture and extend the layout around the newly available space in the loft, and create another station on the other side with 2M platforms.
Hope you are making progress on your layout.
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Hi Babs,
Glad to hear you are finally making a bit of progress, even at the expense of some bumps and bruises, at our age it doesn't take much to put us out of action

Good luck with the rest of the passengers and lighting on the coaches. It can get a bit tedious at times especially if you have lots to do, but the end result is well worth it.
looking forward to more updates.
Regards and stay safe
Alan
 
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