The track plan I recreated fits in a 100" x 117". The sides are about 3 1/4" roadbed to wall. The top and bottom are about 1/2". No Big Boys overhanging the O54.
Thanks for your help, Carl. No worrying about a Big Boy, they are are WAY out of my price range!
Chris D posted:
for the aux power on your TIU. just use a small transformer from a WIFI. I get them on Ebay all the time. ill post a pic of ones that I use. that way, you can use the Z500 for lighting or small power of the layout Channel. Id go get some z1000 for the TIU. I got a bunch at the Train show at monroeville.
Chris, like Mark, I'm using the Z500 because it was there. I'm content with that. I went with Lionel PH180 instead of MTH Z1000s because of the fast acting circuit breaker in them. GRJ suggested a nice DC power supply for LEDs on the layout, so I think I'm going with that for lighting and my old KW for the turnout and operating track power.
I will definitely be going with Lexan. I have a few ideas about it already. Thank you.
I've been working like crazy on preparing the train room since I've last posted.
To the right, you can see the switches for the train room, one for the lights, the other which has a "pilot" light is to turn on all of the outlets in the room.
You can see on the floor how much (or little) I opened up this doorway.
The window in the room is at ground level and I don't particularly trust people, so I tried to secure the window while leaving able to be opened.
I secured a chain in a joist so that I could hold the wood up if I want to be able to see out of the window.
Now for the track plan, I had an idea last night (that may not be a good thing, ha). My Proto 1 Southern F3 ABA along with its cars (I have 7, but all of them will probably be too much for a small space like mine) I would like to keep on the track somewhere, but can't do that in the current configuration. With that, I considered adding an underground "yard" slash reverse loop. I'd leave the F3 and its cars on that underground track except for when I wanted to run it. My question is, will it work? I know it is said to keep grades below 4% (best at 2.5%) but since this is not for looks and more for function, could I drop it at 5% (or more)? I would need it to clear one of the mainlines pretty quickly, I just don't if that engine will pull cars at such a steep grade. If this doesn't work, its not a big deal, I just thought it'd be easier to get that particular engine out and running.
Thoughts? See the underground track in blue.
Now, for the great news, well at least for me it is. The train room is ready, and tonight, I will finally start building the benchwork. Which leads me to another question. I'm going to be using 2x4s (because they are much cheaper than 1X) and already have about 25 of them. I only understand L-Girder a little, but I'm wondering if I should try to mimic that or go to open grid (I think thats what its called). I plan on using risers for the track and think that I could get away with open grid.