This past weekend I worked on my layout.  It is a basic 5 x 14 two track main line.  There will be two siding on each side of the layout.  Attached are some photos of the beginning stages. 20200215_19415720200215_21133220200216_11594820200216_161234

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Looks like a great start.  Thanks for sharing the ideas and photos. I am starting to plan a basement layout (wife wants her living room back) and appreciate seeing other’s ideas.

Good luck,

Scott

Boy... my wife *hates* having all that RealTrax in the living room ;-).

Scott Swanson posted:

Looks like a great start.  Thanks for sharing the ideas and photos. I am starting to plan a basement layout (wife wants her living room back) and appreciate seeing other’s ideas.

Good luck,

Scott

Thanks Scott!!

Good luck to you as well on your layout.  I am including a town in the middle on the first table with a two track street car line (I'm running three MTH PCC's).  Then on the other table in the far back i figured I can add a engine shed or a industry.

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Great layout in the making.

Is this going to represent the Delaware Valley? I see NJ Transit, SEPTA, and Amtrak, and you mentioned a streetcar line with PCC cars.

Just curious, as this is one of my favorite train areas. Also, that would make it a great candidate for overhead catenary.

Trainman2 posted:

Great layout in the making.

Is this going to represent the Delaware Valley? I see NJ Transit, SEPTA, and Amtrak, and you mentioned a streetcar line with PCC cars.

Just curious, as this is one of my favorite train areas. Also, that would make it a great candidate for overhead catenary.

Yes, this area will represent the Delaware valley area.  I am from Philadelphia, and currently live in New Jersey. I grew up next to the northeast corridor, then lived near the Atlantic city line. My PCC's will consist of two septa and one NJ transit pcc. I plan to add catenary as well.

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dan 77 posted:

It's looking good.  A basement layout?

Thank you.  Yes, this is a basement layout.

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Is the far side against the wall? 5' is a long reach.

John

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John H posted:

Is the far side against the wall? 5' is a long reach.

It is, however I left a gap in between the two tables next to the bridge that I can access to reach the far side.  Also if needed, I can roll my tables  away from the wall as they are both on wheels.  :-) 

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I've wired my station this weekend and completed my inner loop.  Next weekend I plan to work on the street car line and wire the bridge.  I wanted the bus station dock to be attached to the back of the last platform, however it would interfere with my road and street car line, so I decided to move it to the end of the station.20200223_17370920200223_17371520200223_17372420200223_18012420200223_180246

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MELGAR posted:

What radius (or diameter) curves are you using on the two main lines?

MELGAR

O-54 for my outer loop and O-45 for my inner loop. 

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The reason I asked about track radius is because your mainline track at the front of the table appears to be about five or six inches from the front edge. If you're using O-54, will you have adequate track clearance at the rear edge of your 5-foot (60-inch) table? I have an Atlas O-54 track loop on a 5-foot table and the track centerline is only about 3-inches from the front and rear edges of the table.

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MELGAR posted:

The reason I asked about track radius is because your mainline track at the front of the table appears to be about five or six inches from the front edge. If you're using O-54, will you have adequate track clearance at the rear edge of your 5-foot (60-inch) table? I have an Atlas O-54 track loop on a 5-foot table and the track centerline is only about 3-inches from the front and rear edges of the table.

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Yes I will have enough clearance at the rear edge of the table.  I actually was surprised, also my table may be a little bit more than 60".  I will check when I get home.

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luvindemtrains posted:

Keep the progress coming!

Dave

Thank you.  This is my very first attempt at building a table.  I am learning a lot about all of this.

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Very impressive and it looks like it has been an enjoyable undertaking. I’m a Philly guy (retired from Septa) and I was wondering where you got the Reading MU with Septa livery? Thank you.

 

Looking good and thanks for the photos.

SUGGESTION:  Please edit the thread's title to include the date you add new photos; it makes it much easier for readers to follow along.  Click on the "Take Action" link in the lower right hand corner of your first post in this thread.  Thanks.

Carl

Thanks for posting, looking forward to the details on the sidings especially.

Hokie 71

Chief of Operations, Free Union, Blacksburg, and Albemarle Railroad (FUBAR)

Jay Francis posted:

Very impressive and it looks like it has been an enjoyable undertaking. I’m a Philly guy (retired from Septa) and I was wondering where you got the Reading MU with Septa livery? Thank you.

 

I got them from the York train show about 3 or 4 years ago.  They are made by MTH.  They are extremely rare now.  

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Mark Boyce posted:

Your layout is looking great!  Thank you for posting, and I will be looking forward to seeing more as your layout progresses.

Thank you, that means a great deal as this is my first time in my life that I am building something.  

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Pingman posted:

Looking good and thanks for the photos.

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Thank you for that advice.  This weekend I plan to work on the street car line.  Once that is done I will update my title to reflect the date with each update.

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BobRoyals posted:

Is that Ross or Gargraves track?

They are atlas track.

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