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I have been considering adding an elevated layout to my 11x14ft baseline layout for some time.  Finally got to it and spent the month of July designing, fabricating, and assembling a modest elevated rail layout to sit atop my baseline layout.

I opted to document my approach and process in an MS Word file to tell the story of the design, fabrication, and assembly with words and photos.  I saved that file as a pdf which is attached.

Next step in my build process is wiring the various switches and track connections under my train table and on to my controls.  I will follow up with an update as the electrical wiring progresses.

Regards,

Tom

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Wiring is finished and elevated trains are running on the new elevated layout.  I made two videos to show the operations and used my MTH Lo-V set to illustrate the operations.

First video shows the automated reversing function of the two O-54 switches in the middle of the figure eight layout using non-derailing wiring for each switch.   These two switches are not wired in parallel; they operated independently of each other.

Second video shows the outer loop operation where I programmed the Lo-V powered engine via the MTH hand held to make three stops around the complete loop.  Programmed loop starts at the junction of the two O-54 switches in "thru" position in middle of the figure eight then continues over the truss bridge in back of layout.  Video shows the automated operation around the outer loop.

Pleased with the smooth operation and overall outcome of the layout upgrade.

Regards,

Tom

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