Model Railway Forum banner

Unnamed layout.... you'll see why.

4611 Views 17 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  billericaybill

This layout thread will be 2 fold.

1.) My small layout to practise on.

2.) My large layout that has not and can not be started just yet!

The first layout, as posted in the newbie forum I have build this small layout to have a practice on in my office........

... this will remain unnamed and probably dismantled eventually however I will post progress photos as and when things happen.

This layout is all hornby 00 track but as I say it is a practice layout and as I had most of the hornby track left over from childhood trainsets it mad sense to use it for this pupose.

Eventually the layout of my dreams
will be built in the loft here.....

... however I have to finish the party wall (don't want my skanky neighbours getting at my stuff!) and get more of it boarded out before I can start to build base boards.

So, watch this space!

Planned jobs for this weekend.....

1.) Replace side panel (currently has a hole in it due to previous plans to have a small hidden fiddle yard).
2.) Paint everything a colour (fed up of seeing wood now!)
3.) Build party wall in loft (this is obviously prep work)
See less See more
1 - 1 of 18 Posts
Hi again Dave.

One thing which jumped out at me was the use of MDF on your 'test' layout. I would strongly receommend that you look at an alternative material such as plywood for the construction of your permanent layout boards. If you do a search on MDF you will see that there has been much discussion re. the use/qualities/draw-backs to using this material ad the general consenseus is that plywood is a far better material both in terms of associated health hazards and its stability under changing temperature and humidity conditions. It is also a darned site easier to push track pins into plywood than into MDF.

Getting back to what you should do next I would actually suggest taking a step back and experimenting with various types of track underlay. Cork has, for many years, been the generally accepted material for it's sound absorbing properties but there are now some excellent 'closed-cell' foam underlays on the market which are far better than cork. Gaugemaster produce one such material but there are plenty of other, readily available ones such as the foam underlay used beneath wood strip flooring. Stay away from the open foam type of track beds though (Hornby & Peco) as these do become brittle over time and will eventually completely degrade.

Having got that sorted you can then progress to track ballasting. Try different makes, grades and colours until you find what looks best to you.

I look forward to seeing your progress.
See less See more
1 - 1 of 18 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.