New guy here, joined a few months ago…and now trying my hand at designing and building my own Christmas layout. Familiar with O Scale, I played with my dad’s Lionel stuff when I was a kid in the early-mid 80s. Now I have young boys of my own and I want to give them something they’ll remember at Christmas time. So here we go…11.5 month head start! (FYI...new to posting here, new to everything non-Lionel (only exposure was Lionel), new to AnyRail, and new to command control).
Last December (2019), I was inspired by the “Thrice around the Tree” designs I saw in a magazine and here on the forum. I wanted a layout that looked “magical,” not necessarily prototypical. In my haste, I purchased multiple hundreds of $$s of Fastrack and a locomotive and some rolling stock. It was a “disaster” experience. Multiple issues with Fastrack switches and Lionel power supplies (GW-180) lead me to regress to a large oval on a 54W brick. Bummer. I recently received all my warranty items, but am most likely going to sell off all Fastrack and move to something else…like Atlas O. Besides, Fastrack was obnoxiously loud on my hardwood floors…I want whisper quiet (within reason).
So, here’s my AnyRail design idea for Christmas 2020...the beginnings. Will require benchwork of some sort. I have some difficult design criteria I must meet with this…portability (ie being able to break it down and store it) and weight (must be LIGHT LIGHT LIGHT)! Pictures first…(AnyRail design file is attached below for those who may want it; disclaimer...still in work)
Layout design using all Atlas-O (O36 & O54) (The 31"dia gray circle is the tree stand platform): ↓
AnyRail 3D views:
Front Elevation ↓
Right Front Elev ↓
Left Rear Elev ↓
Colors show Grades (Purple=7.5% ; Yellow=5.6% ; Red=4.2% ; Cyan=2.9% ; Gray=0%) ↓
Circles w/ #s show clearance in inches. Red arrows point to possible issues(?). ↓
Next post will contain my design criteria.