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Reply to "What Is The Most Common Height For The Track Surface On Permanent Layouts."

The two main points have been stated.    A lower layout, with in reason say 30-40 inches, is easier to work on.     A higher layout, say 48-60 inches is more fun to look at the trains.     So there are a lot personal choices and thoughts that go into picking the height.     I find working a yard and having to read car numbers back 24 inchees from the aisle is much easier on a layout 35 inches or so high.    But I really like seeing a train go by pretty much at eye level.


An advantage of high layout if it is around the walls in a room, is that entry and exit may not require much ducking.     And wiring u nderneath is easier to get to on a tall layout.    But a derailment more than a few inches from the front on a high layout will probably require a stool to remedy.

The best advice is to pick a height you like and comfortable with.  

I would offer one more thought, if you are building a layout that will last for some  years, don't make it low for the grandchildren.   First they grow tall and fast.   My grandson who was a toddler when I was working on the layout is now taller than me.     Luckily I did not size it for access by a 3-4 year old.

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