Layout Progress...Never too late!!! Pre-Thanksgiving Update 11/21/18 (Layout Extension)

Good Day Everyone! Today's post on the thread is more for opinions and advice on a project I am working on. I am currently preparing the adjacent room to my current layout for an extension and addition. The room will allow me to extend the upper level of the current layout and allow me to run longer trains and also will let the trains disappear for a bit.  Secondly, the upper level to the addition will be 2 Rail, which will satisfy the "itch" I have had for this aspect of the hobby. 

The room is not very large, about 11'X12' which is enough to keep me busy and meet my immediate goals. 

I have provided the design to the extension and my question is do you think that this is a good use of the space that I have for this project? Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

Thanks,

Dave

 

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Two comments:

1.  Are you sure you've left enough room to get completely around your new O scale layout?

2.  Why not make the O gauge reverse loop as small as possible so you can add some "staging" sidings around the loop using wider curves.

Chuck

Columbus, OH Union Station
Columbus, OH Union Station

 

 

Hey Chuck,

The way the bench work will be constructed I will be able to reach over and under in most spots. In others, specifically one area I am thinking of, I will need to do a pop up. The staging idea sounds interesting. Can you be more specific?

OK, I'll try to be a little clearer.  First, with the benchwork in the PDF picture, it doesn't look like you will have much room between the walls and the edge of the benchwork.  Might just be my old eyes and "wide hips" talking, but most "experts" (term used in jest) recommend at least 24" to 36" aisle spacing.

Second, put two switches on each side of your balloon loop so that the turnout goes to the outside of the loop.  Then connect the first set of switches with O84 curves and the second set with O96 curves.  Now, you have two tracks to use for concealed staging of trains while the O72 mainline allows for a run-through.  I specifically recommend those curves so that you can run longer equipment and engines through there with minimal chance of problems.  Of course, since most, if not all, of that track will be hidden, you will have to be very careful in the track laying, and you will have to develop a system for identifying occupied tracks to avoid collisions as trains enter.

Chuck

Columbus, OH Union Station
Columbus, OH Union Station

 

 

Sure, but you will have to remove most of the straight track from your current O72 loop.  Remember, the largest curve I mentioned, O96, is only a little more than 8' in diameter.  Your room is much larger than that, leaving some room for straight track here and there in your "staging."

Columbus, OH Union Station
Columbus, OH Union Station

 

 

Good Evening Guys and Gals,

I decided to post the before and after of the room I will be extending the current layout into. These pics show the paint job and track lighting that was installed. The room is adjacent to the main train room and is 11'X12'.  Though it wasn't a big deal to paint the room and install the lighting after the bench work was built, in the main room, this way saves a lot of time and seems to be the logical way to do things.  

I will begin bench work very soon and post pics of that process.

Dave

Empty Room #1 [Train Room)

Empty Room #2 [Train Room)

Empty Room #3 [Train Room)

Empty Room #5 [Train Room)

Train Room Extension [Phase I) #5

Train Room Extension [Phase I) #4

Train Room Extension [Phase I) #3

Train Room Extension [Phase I) #2

Train Room Extension [Phase I) #1

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Jan posted:

Dave, how does the extension fit into the current layout?

Jan

Hey Jan, 

I will cut a hole through the wall to connect to the two areas. The upper level of the main train room will be extended into the other room. The top level, in the new room, will be 2 Rail. Does this answer your question?

Dave

Dave, nice track plan. I take it from the plan the upper and lower tracks in the front of the layout will be a duckunder or lift up section???. Looking at that would it be possible to add another switch so you could come into the yard from the opposite direction adding a fourth siding and then you wpould not have to back trains into the yard...................Paul. 

paul 2 posted:

Dave, nice track plan. I take it from the plan the upper and lower tracks in the front of the layout will be a duckunder or lift up section???. Looking at that would it be possible to add another switch so you could come into the yard from the opposite direction adding a fourth siding and then you wpould not have to back trains into the yard...................Paul. 

Paul thanks and your idea is genius. I think I may do that and yes, the entrance will actually be a lift bridge.

Dave

Good Afternoon Everyone. I thought I would post the start of the bench work to the extension of the layout. What you are seeing is the lower level of the extension which is level that will be connected to the upper level from the main room. It is about 39.5" high.

At this point I still need to complete one section on this level, then I will start the upper level which will be somewhat more intricate. 

My goal is to have bench work and track installed in a few weeks, but we'll see. I have an open house in November so maybe I can have trains running by then.

Dave

First Phase of Benchwork TRII #1

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First Phase of Bench Work TRII #5

First Phase of Bench Work TRII #4

 

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luvindemtrains posted:

Good Afternoon Everyone. I thought I would post the start of the bench work to the extension of the layout. What you are seeing is the lower level of the extension which is level that will be connected to the upper level from the main room. It is about 39.5" high.

At this point I still need to complete one section on this level, then I will start the upper level which will be somewhat more intricate. 

My goal is to have bench work and track installed in a few weeks, but we'll see. I have an open house in November so maybe I can have trains running by then.

Dave

First Phase of Benchwork TRII #1

First Phase of Bench Work TRII #3

First Phase of Bench Work TRII #5

First Phase of Bench Work TRII #4

 

Your benchwork looks professional !   Now would be a great time to apply wall features, even if just skyblue paint.  Good luck with your progress !

Looking good! I don't know, but I think it looks like sky blue already, but then again I am getting old and my vision isn't what it use to be! LOL

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

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Here is some more progress on the farm scene and I'm relieved to say it is nearing completion...well at least for the the major elements. It was fun but for some reason getting the figures was a bigger task than I thought. I have added some life to the scene as well as some more scenery. The only thing missing is a little more cattle and some piggies. 

This coming week I will be posting some progress on the extension of the layout which will included completed bench work and installation of track. Stay tuned!

Dave

Almost Complete #1[Farm Scene)

Almost Complete #2[Farm Scene)

Almost Complete #3[Farm Scene)

Almost Complete #4[Farm Scene)

Almost Complete #5[Farm Scene)

Almost Complete #6[Farm Scene)

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Almost Complete #9[Farm Scene)

Almost Complete #10[Farm Scene)

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Dave I am with Mark Great looking! But for me it looks like to much work dealing with hey, corn, feeding the darn cows and pigs! I love it but I think I will stay with fishing! LOL

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

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mike g. posted:

Dave I am with Mark Great looking! But for me it looks like to much work dealing with hey, corn, feeding the darn cows and pigs! I love it but I think I will stay with fishing! LOL

I think you might be right Mike and I will stay with my dog.

Hi Everyone,

It has been a while since I posted. I have been back and forth between the main room and more bench work in the second room. Not much work done in the main room since working on the farm scene and getting it cleaned up for my open house, which by the way went very well. 

However, quite a bit has been done on the layout out extension. I have completed the lower level (3Rail) and trains are running. I got a good start on the upper level (2Rail). The bench work is done and as you see in the pics I have begun to lay track.  The roundhouse and turntable are in the correct place but it looks like I will need to cut into the homasote to install the turntable so that the whisker tracks leading into the round house are flush. This is interesting to me considering the turntable was made to sit on the surface. I assume this is because my  turntable was a conversion from 3 Rail and it simply sits higher. There is a pic of the girder bridge awaiting installation of the piers you see. I actually will need to trim them down about a 1/4 of an inch. 

Once I cut the track that goes inside the roundhouse, install the track in the yard, and install a lift bridge, I will hook up the NCE and get trains running.  I'm hoping to get this done before Christmas. 

Though the extension is in a smaller room I have some creative ideas that if I can pull it off, will give this part of the layout some character.

I actually have some footage of the extension build as well as other updates to the layout. I just need to get in the trenches and do some editing and get it posted. Stayed tuned for that but don't hold your breath, lol. 

As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.

Dave

Upper Level Unfinished #1

Upper Level Unfinished #2

Upper Level Unfinished #3

Upper Level Unfinished #4

Upper Level Unfinished #5

Upper Level Unfinished #6

 

 

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Looking good Dave! Keep up the wonderful work! Its going to be nice to see the footage you have on hand when done with the edit!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

Thanks Dave. I sure hope you have a nice thanksgiving with your family! Don't eat to much cause you might get the urge to do something on the layout!

Mike

USMC 5/11 Battalion Oscar Battery 155 Big Guns!

Semper Fi !

Menards addiction Meeting member! /  LCCA# 41824

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