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By the time I started planning my current layout, I had decided that I did not like grades in the mainline. My dislike stemmed from the my particular situation: a small layout with conventional trains. The short mainline run means that the train frequently changes attitudes--uphill to flat to downhill to uphill again--and the conventional operation means constant babysitting. It would never be possible to just step back and enjoy just watching the train. So for that reason, I chose to confine the "running" portion of the layout to one level, but use lower levels for staging. That way, the grade connecting the main level to the staging levels only gets used when the train enters or exits the layout. That will happen frequently, but it will not happen every 30 seconds, as it would were the grade part of the mainline.

My layout is twice around the room, with lots of separation between levels. 

The layout is about 11ft x 22ft with two yards going off to the side. The green track is the top layer. The ugly trackwork is in the closet (at the top of the diagram, so the you do not notice anything obviously out of scale and non-realistic.

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Looking towards Penticton  & Copper Mountain on the lower track, with Spences Bridge on the top right.

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Penticton in the back and Brookmere in the foreground on the lower levels

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Looking towards Ruth on the bottom and Hope on the top. Brown bridge is track coming through the closet wall.

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View of Midway, where track goes into the closet. 

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I have a upper and lower track connection I built from Precision Board. It is carved to look like large brick and granite blocks. In the past few months I removed it and most of my switches to make it easier to run my Railroad. If some one would like it let me know. I don't think I can ship it, it's 9 feet long. I live in South Hadley Western Mass. I also built an elevated ramp for my Lionel Trolley with Polystyrene.

 

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Short answer...

Yes: The levels are connected.

Long answer...

I use a "Nolix" to ascend between the lower level and the upper level of my primary layout. The "Nolix" represents the ruling grade of my freelanced railroad and the grade is located in the "Ozark Subdivision".  It was designed to be a integral part of the operational scheme, for I like helpers and battling stout grades. Thus far my decision has worked to perfection.

EDIT: Pic of the "Nolix" area to illustrate...

 

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Andre

I can't tell from the pic but is this HO scale?

Beautiful photos guys.   It had to be a ton of fun just putting these layouts together.  

It must be a  bear cleaning track and keeping the dust down.    I think i like a little dust on mine for atmosphere 🙄

I've tried to dress up my overhead rails on trestles and haven't found a way to work it out.   I noticed what looks like ribbed iron bridging supporting the rails in all of your layouts . It's a really good look.   What kind of material is this made from ? 

Keep the imagination and creative juices flowing.........be safe .😷

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My levels are connected. I use the lower level to run passenger and freight trains with the upper level as the Beer Line. The upper level is, in essence a switching layout where I shuttle reefers between the upper and lower levels and among the brewery buildings. The climb up is rather steep, which limits the number of reefers to four (plus a transfer caboose). The whole layout is 8 x 23 with the upper level at 8 x 16. The attached crummy picture shows the turnout leading up to the Beer Line. I treat the upper level as a separate block. I'm very happy with this configuration because it gives me the best of both worlds.

Jim

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I also have all levels connected, wouldn't have it any other way. But thats just me. Poses no operating problems since I have run all command for better than 10 years now. I also like reverse loops and wyes for turning the trains, and the ability to run  trains in an extended loop to loop fashion from one level to another. All good.

Rod

Rod Stewart, please post some pictures of your layout, it would be cool t see your handiwork. Thank you, Jim Brenner, would you show some other sides of your nice layout, Luvindemtrains, nice work and it’s going to be cool when you ad scenery, Gene Maag, I like the tubular track and your post war look, very nostalgic, need more pictures of yours to, Joe K, wow, around the room and a neat track plan, Wow.... Everyone, hope alls well, and Happy Railroading...340F6FE6-2C76-4654-B78C-CEA676FDDE85BE3518F6-CF11-45F7-8CBA-566626CBA084AC95ADF5-0866-45A9-97E2-9CF0514BF8CFF8CFFDAD-16B4-4A97-ABB5-1518DB06BDC0A64FB604-08D7-4AF9-8958-E9BD3937AA0D

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Beautiful photos guys.   It had to be a ton of fun just putting these layouts together.  

It must be a  bear cleaning track and keeping the dust down.    I think i like a little dust on mine for atmosphere 🙄

I've tried to dress up my overhead rails on trestles and haven't found a way to work it out.   I noticed what looks like ribbed iron bridging supporting the rails in all of your layouts . It's a really good look.   What kind of material is this made from ? 

Keep the imagination and creative juices flowing.........be safe .😷

Those long length plate girder bridge material I see quite often. I to would like to know where you get it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have two layouts in the basement, an overhead that runs 100 ft. around the entire bar and rec area, and a much larger table layout.

In this pic, you can see the boxed I beams.  No way to connect to the table layout.

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Here are four of the five levels on the table layout, which runs through and around old cabinets, the vacuum, a large refrigerator, etc.

The two lower levels are connected, the two upper levels are not. 

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This ascending ramp looks steep, but, the LCP engine easily pulls 15 cars up it's 12 foot length.

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The bump and go trolley line partially hides the water pipe, and doesn't need to be connected.  Neither does the other trolley on the right, which used to be connected to the second level.

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The makeshift station is the other end of the light blue, 027, trolley line.

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A connection between the level 1 and 2, which goes up 6 inches, around the rocket launcher, and back to table level.

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I don't mind that the mainlines are mostly unconnected to each other.  I like the levels, and if I wanted more of these great trains, I had to build up.  Also, to run seven engines plus two trolleys, at the same time, it's better not to worry about trains running into each other.  With my basement setup, having to work through three rooms and around all the stuff, prototypical was out of the question.  I'm very happy with this toy train layout.

Jerry

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