Ceiling loops?

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November 27, 2011 11:10 AM

as i'm very limited on space, i'm planning to build a loop around the ceiling of our office, that way it doesnt limit "space"..... i'd like to see if anyone else has these ceiling layouts, just so i can get an idea on building it... I'm going to run it with fastrak, with 0-48 corners..... now after i had bought the track it was reccomended to me to use 0-72 corners.... i was thinking something like this



if anyone has pictures of theirs, i'd appreciated it...
 

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November 27, 2011 12:48 PM

Andrew...I am just finishing putting my shelving up today. Outside loop of O-81 and inside of O-72. My email is wyndhamr@eya.com. If you send me your email address I will send you pictiures of how I did it...very simple and cheap.

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November 27, 2011 12:58 PM

Hello ,Wyndham I am planing to do the same thing on a ceiling in a temp apartment. I also am going to use 072 and 080 real track. I would apreciate you sending the photos to me also.
Thank you
John
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November 27, 2011 1:07 PM

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Originally posted by Virginian:
Andrew...I am just finishing putting my shelving up today. Outside loop of O-81 and inside of O-72. My email is wyndhamr@eya.com. If you send me your email address I will send you pictiures of how I did it...very simple and cheap.

Regards,

Wyndham


simple and cheap. i like the sound of that.
 

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November 27, 2011 1:43 PM

Please post the photos!!!!! Thanks

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Originally posted by Virginian:
Andrew...I am just finishing putting my shelving up today. Outside loop of O-81 and inside of O-72. My email is wyndhamr@eya.com. If you send me your email address I will send you pictiures of how I did it...very simple and cheap.

Regards,

Wyndham
 

 


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November 27, 2011 2:40 PM

John and Mike...I just posted my pics in the Photo Album section....I have to run out right now but if you have questions I will answer later this evening.

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November 27, 2011 3:43 PM

My son's layout:























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November 27, 2011 4:04 PM

We made a ceiling layout with DCS for our first layout. It worked great and is a real space saver. We enjoyed the DCS CONTROL SYSTEM WITH IT.




















 

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November 27, 2011 10:15 PM

Hello Wyndaham, Thank you very much, This will get me buy till our house is finished.
Thank you
John.

I also like to thank every one else for your help.
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November 28, 2011 2:38 AM

I used White L shelf brackets like the nice layout above with the CN trains.
mine is 2 tracks wide. I installed photo backdrops along the back wall.
After a couple of engines hit the floor with derails long story
But I installed clear plexiglass in front to keep dust out and keep from having trains fall over if something goes wrong.

I am working on some nice clear white rope lights LED from Costco right now along the front edge to give the best light for the trains.
White tape along the bottom of the clear plastic so you do not see the light and it reflects on the trains. Just high enough and rope light low enough to give good even light all around the room on the trains.
Like the look and color so going to get some more this week to finish it.

Check around the Christmas rope lights in white are on sale now.

(others have used different colors on dimmers to create a sunset to night to dawn scene with dimming rope lights)

The shelf brackets should work OK.

Over the middle of the room I have some 2x4's in middle sticking up from layout below to hold the 12 foot room crossing and more shelf brackets off of these.

I also have a couple of spots in middle of the room with thick coat hanger wire holding up a hanging part of the layout screwed to overhead beams.

I have an extensive set of wide radius yard leads from the 2 mainline loops running around the basement ceiling.
Lets me run the really big long passenger trains and big steam engines with wide radius curves that I cannot fit on the main loops below on the layout.

Long trains circling the ceiling look great.

Good luck with your project.
 
 
 
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November 29, 2011 6:33 PM

I have begun my project at my home office. For a decorative look, I have attached a 'baseboard' if you will and attached brackets for the shelf to rest on. I used pine shelving boards and had a stain matched to my furniture by Sherwin Williams.
I took photos to post, but can't figure out how to post them here. How do I do this?

Anyway, don't get hung up too much on the curve radius, but go as wide as you can manage.
 
 
 
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November 29, 2011 7:25 PM

Thanks for all the tips! i have plenty of ideas now!
 

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November 29, 2011 7:35 PM

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Originally posted by phillman:
I took photos to post, but can't figure out how to post them here. How do I do this?
Simple way? Create an account on PhotoBucket, when you hover over your pictures in an album, you can select the IMG link, just copy that and paste it in a message here.

Here's an example...

 

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November 29, 2011 7:55 PM

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Originally posted by phillman:
I took photos to post, but can't figure out how to post them here. How do I do this?



Phil, as posted above Photobucket is one way to do it. You an also use Flickr or JC Studios to post photos here. There is a sticky on the 1st page of this forum by Rich Melvin that has a link to a video by John Amato that will show you exactly how to do it.

Wyndam, I would very much like to see your pics too. I will email you later on this evening. Thanks a lot. I want to have a loop or two of 3 rail near the ceiling.
 

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November 29, 2011 8:52 PM

Thanks for the replies on posting photos. It sounds like too much work for me right now. I have the photos on my computer. It is a shame I can't just upload them to the thread here.
 
 
 
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November 30, 2011 9:41 AM

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Originally posted by Hudson J1e:
... I will email you later on this evening. Thanks a lot. I want to have a loop or two of 3 rail near the ceiling.


I knew we'd get you sooner or later, Phil. Big Grin
 

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November 30, 2011 9:54 AM

Hey Guys....a couple of you have asked me for photos....I posted them in the Photo section of the Forum under My O-81\O-72 Shelf Layout. If you have questions just email me.

Thanks,

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