Garrett's Christmas layout 2017

It's quickly approaching the best time of year, finally.  I plan to get an early jump this year and would like to start building the benchwork in October.  The goal is to be completely finished the week before Thanksgiving week.  I will probably use 4" foam as the base material.  There will be two bases with bridges in the middle.  The right side base will rest on the tv stand and the tv will be elevated above the tracks and village pieces.  The left side will feature some elevation and tunnels.  It will be my first experience with foam carving but I'm sure it will turn out fine.  Lionel Fastrack is planned with O31 curves.  I will udpate this thread as the layout progresses.  Views below:

Xmas 2017 frontXmas 2017 rightXmas 2017 leftXmas 2017 topXmas 2017 rear unseen

 

George Bailey: You know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are? Anchor chains, plane motors, and train whistles!

It's a Wonderful Life, 1946

 

Check out my Lionel and MTH auto trains

http://gwpreisch.wordpress.com/

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  That's the chalkboard where he traditionally schools us on how to do a Christmas layout right

(Elevated television)

 

Ok, bought my ticket. Time to kick back and enjoy the ride.

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





Looks like a grand vision. I'm still working on mine from last year, got derailed with all the stuff with my mom being in and out of hospitals before she passed away this February. I have to make some legs on mine, was thinking of getting some 4x4's cut down to fit screw in brackets and pick up short screw in legs of some sort.

Thank you all for kind comments.  I am only using one track this year since I feel the double tracks of past layouts limited the number of village building and accessory pieces.

Since this track length is pretty long, I was considering running two trains on the same track.  The potential issue is that one locl would be slightly faster and eventually bump into the rear of the other consist.  I think I have that solved by using one conventional locomotive and one LionChief Plus locomotive.  A conventional loco pulling a longer consist would require higher voltage to move.  Getting that consist moving at a constant medium speed ought to allow enough voltage to power a LionChief Plus led consist that I can manually control to ensure separation between the two and avoid a collision.

George Bailey: You know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are? Anchor chains, plane motors, and train whistles!

It's a Wonderful Life, 1946

 

Check out my Lionel and MTH auto trains

http://gwpreisch.wordpress.com/

Garrett,

Your plan looks very interesting to me!  I like the way the trains will wind their way around.  I know you will work out the speed of the two locomotives so one train won't run into the other.  I think you will like working with foam.  It is easy to work with, making changes when you don't like a certain outcome.  I'm looking forward to seeing your progress!

Is the raised blue circle the space where your Christmas tree will go?

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