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Nice plan you've designed
On hinging of the counter or drawbridge section and to allow constant alignment don't use ordinary hinges use a continuous hinge often called a 'Piano hinge' which can be purchased in various lengths and cut shorter to exact length with a hacksaw.


Now, how about the track plan for debate?
 

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Hoisting a layout up to the ceiling is a good way of returning the room (or area occupied) back to normal when were not 'playing trains'. It's especially useful in a garage where the car can be garaged normally with the railway out of use above it.
Down sides are:- In a normal room with a ceiling between 7'6" and 8' foot high it will have to be some 6 to 10 inches off the ceiling (due to the scenic's and pulleys for the raising and lowering etc) so head height in the room will be reduced. All stock will have to be removed before raising it and layouts aren't particularly attractive on their underside which will be seen when in the raised position.
 
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