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depends on what prototype you are modelling?

For US modelling, try referring to Model Railroadr, Narrow gauge and short line gazette, etc...these mags have plenty of suggestions.....

for Uk..the problem is more difficult.

again, if modelling east anglia area, a high hill or high terrain is out of context??

however, if modelling somewhere like teh yorkshire dales, pennines, etc, then there is the opportunity to create steep valley sides covered in satanic mills, etc..like many pennine towns?
the idea being, not just hiding the helix in a lanscape, but also within buildings?

is it going up, or down?

why bother at all?...especially if the helix is to access a split level layout, with very separate boards?

for the US modeller there is the opportunity too, for floor to ceiling scenery...thus setting hte helix, or part of it, clinging to a steep mountainside......trestles, short tunnels, easily-modelled wrecks, bears, etc.

for access purposes inthis instance, why not build the helix on castors?
 

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in that case..I suggest firstly, enabling the helix to be 'moved?'

otherwise you will have trouble getting access...remember, trains will ALWAYS derail at the point of minimum access.

either that, or position it away from any solid walls?

if approach space is limited, then I suggest actually not bothering to scenify the helix may be best?

simply consider the 'edge' of the layout to be the entrance to the helix?

place a backscene/whatever at that point......possibly cover the helix with a box-like structure? Maybe storage for precious items on display?

If there is room to introduce an approach to the helix, scenic -wise, then dont just start the 'hill' from baseboard level...start from below..then the rails will appear to be 'within' the scenery, rather than 'on' it?

what I mean is, have a gradually rising contour level for the surrounding ground..rather than a sudden verticality?

this could be made easier if the entrance to the helix is actually positioned 'round the back'..ie once the track starts to climb?..[assuming the entrance ramp is larger radius that the coils above?]

where is the helix going to?
 
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