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Hi All

I am need of some help and advice....

I am about to construct a base board for my 00 guage Hornby 3 rail layout which has been dusted off from the loft and shown the light of day again, this has never been set up permanatly in one location, always been used on the carpet and table then cleared away again.

I am really unsure of the best material to use for the base board and frame.

There are many recomendations for sundela and it seems cheap and simple but does require a big base frame and this will be tight for all the electric points and signlas the track will have on it, there will always be a brace which needs cutting to allow cable to be passed through for connecting.

The layout is 8' x 5' so not massive but must be movable so not to heavy as I am looking to show it (yes it will be a pain to move but I have a nice size van)

I am also concerned that if I use a plywood or mdf the amount of screws needed to hold the track will be a pain to get in...

Help and avice would be much appreciated.

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Thanks for both your replies the feedback is very much appreciated.

Sounds like I will be looking at ply wood then, do you only need to brace the unit around the edges and throught the middle mainly then as opposed to a large frame?

Yes your concerns are the same as I had the layput will be heavy and a little of a pain to shift in and out of some venues I am sure, my problem is that I have managed to get a lot into the layout with a good size shunting yard, terminal station and turntable which I felt may be a real pain to split into to boards, especially since I have a family memeber who is mad on signaling and wants to ensure it is almost as true to life as possbile so we have a number of signals to contend with.

My worries are
A) The wiring and re joingin it so often
How do you find the location to cut the board for the join as nothing will run in a straight line, so it means going through points and curves etc.
C) How do you make it easy to join a cut board with 3 rail.

I would love to split the layout for easy moving but need a more knowledge I think.

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