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Hello All

I ham building a model railway which is going to be in the loft
i ham new to this and i do need help in bulid the layout so if you live in Birmingham west heath and like to help me
please let me now thanks

Paul
 

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Hi I am in Essex so not able to pop up and help , but did have a loft layout with my father for 30 years . If there is any questions you have i`d hopefully have an answer.
 

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If you use the search facility on this forum with "loft" as the subject, it should throw up a number of posts about building layouts in lofts, including advice on flooring, insulation and lighting, which you may find of use.

Best wishes for your efforts - do post a query if you get stuck at any stage.

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John Webb
 

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hello all

Just to let you all now I just done all the 9 boards I ham putting the track on the boards I got E-Z Commmand Dynamis. I will run upto 8 Steam Locomotive on the layout . by the way im layout in the loft. when its is all done I will put on my pics web site.
 

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Hi Paul,

By the sound of it you're making good progress but it might be worth putting some photos on the Forum as you progress so that other members can offer help and suggestions. Do you have a track plan ??

Happy modelling,

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Hi Paul
I have a loft layout and find it a very good place to be. Away from everyone. My main problem is heat build up from lighting and the sun on the roof, but in the winter this is very nice. Sounds like your going well.

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i converted my loft its carpeted out and has a large strip light in centre so gr8 light ,also have velux window for ventelation and velux blind to keep sun out during day so keeps heat out too


both sides loft are borded with acces doors to get into lower internall eave space (storage) im looking at building a 12ft 8 layout with trains going into lower eave space too

will post pics when started and as progress develops
 

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Magnificent website - it's so rare to see such a well composed one in the hobby!
 

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I'm in Quinton, Birmingham and I have a loft layout.

Some of the following might be useful;

1/ Don't convert your loft too much or you will need planning permission and might create problems if you ever want to sell your house.

2/ Make all the baseboards portable even if you intend to lay the track uncut and all pinned down. It is much easier to dismantle in the even of any emergency and also to get the borads into and out of the loft.

3/ Leave slight gaps in the rails when slotted into the fishplates - this will allow for any expansion/contraction caused by rapid temperature change.

4/ Always keep some dust sheets over the layout when not in use (I use polythene sheets which I get from the drycleaners when they return your cleaned clothes).

5/ Keep the rolling stock in boxes/cabinets/storage units if you are keeping them in the loft.

6/ Make sure there are enough electrical power points in the loft and also that there is sufficient light - I have two bulbs and it's still a little dark.

7/ Make access to the loft easy - I started building the layout with only stepladder access at first and it was very inconvenient and would often stop me from 'playing trains' because of the hassle of getting in and out.

Hope the above helps and best of luck!
 

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I too am building a loft layout. I have found one other problem that I hadn't previously encountered. Make sure your loft is damp-proof! I lost a load of buildings due to unexpected water ingress. I was only lucky I hadn't wired up at the time!

http://modelrailway.fotopic.net/ has pictures of the progress so far. An update is due, though..
 

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Hello All

I have done all the bords and track now im putingTrack Ballast on track when its all done which wont be long befor it all done. I will put some pics on soon ok

paul
 

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QUOTE (paul wilkes @ 27 Apr 2008, 17:28) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hello All
i ham new to this and i do need help in bulid the layout so if you live in Birmingham west heath and like to help me
please let me now thanks

Paul

Hi Paul
I have just seen this post and thought I would let you know that I live in Great Barr, Birmingham and would be happy to help you in your quest for building a loft layout as I have built 2 in the past. I you want to contact me them PM me when you get the chance.

Kind regards

Paul
 

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Hi Paul
I do not do DCC I'm afraid just good old DC. The cost to me for chipping my locomotive stock would run to Hundreds of pounds!!!!

Kind regards

Paul
 
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