I have a 14 ft x 10 ft train platform ... totally occupied by track/switches/trains. My room size prevents growth of the platform size ... need aisle along side of platform to access stuff behind the train platform. Wanted to add some buildings, etc to layout. What to do?
After some thought and review of many train platforms, opted to add a dropleaf to one end of my train platform. Size of dropleaf is 17 inches x 10 ft. The 17 inches is a compromise that enables me to squeeze between end of platform and nearby wall while still giving me a reasonable size for placement of buildings, etc. The dropleaf itself when in dropped position enables me to fully access/remove/etc stuff now stashed behind the overall train platform. Yes, will need to remove any buildings positioned on the dropleaf before lowering it, but that's a minor nuisance for the once a year or so times that I need to do so. Haven't wired the added buildings for lighting yet, but that too will be a minor quick-disconnect whenever I want to remove the buildings for lowering the dropleaf.
Thought I'd share some photos of what I have done for anyone who is landlocked by room walls but would like to add some buildings/scenery along the edges of their platforms while retaining easy removal of same for accessing stuff behind/around their platforms.
I used 3/4 inch Baltic birch plywood and glued 3/4 inch thick oak strips along edges for added shelf stiffness. My dropleaf is in two sections ... each section is 17 inches x 5 ft. Used two folding shelf brackets for each section and am pleased with their performance ... https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ... bought the 12 inch size -- easily lift/drop and rigidly lock into place in upright position.
So, here are the photos ... the buildings were placed quickly just for photo purposes so will likely be shifted/updated in coming weeks.