Starting Fresh.

Ok so COMPLETELY Scrapped my layout.. It was time to buy more track, and the original plan I had was not working for me.  It took a good day to take down and clean up.  

I bought some new wood, which I didn't mind since my old layout was almost entirely comprised of recycled builders wood, and started fresh.  It took me a couple days to put together something a little more simple but expandable, in RailModeller Pro.

First pic is the old layout that I got from the Atlas O Layout book... which is awesome btw.  I needed to add the outer layer of track, and a few lines.

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I was watching your old thread on this layout , we are working with the same space and I liked your old plan minus the far reach to the other side. The new bench work looks more friendly user. Keep posting updates,  look forward to seeing them. Nick T.

Also if you are not using a backdrop you may want to paint the concrete wall a soft sky color.  

Don't get in my way. "Boba Fett."

@t8afao     Thanks.. yeah. I liked the old plan too.. but never got around to doing the outer layer.. and there were too many switches involved which was literally going to cost too much.. plus from a scenery standpoint I'd have too much scenery lumped into the middle of the circles.  I know ovals are boring.. but I plan to expand the layout.  On the background.. I thought about painting the concrete.. I'm not sure what I'm going to do.. A lot of people paint it sky colored but it never looks good to me.  I'll think about it when I get some buildings up.

Nice to see another Boba Fett fan.  I have several t shirts..

So a couple updates at once here.  Can I go ahead and say.. I HATE BENCHWORK.  It's the most annoying thing.  At least it's only done once.

I was able to finish painting the table top, and got all the track and switches, etc.  I then put the layout that I planned on RailModeller Pro, put together.  

The roadbed isn't that fun either.  but got about half of it down today... including holes drilled for power drops and pushing wire through the table top.  I'm still up in the air on where I plan to put all the transformers and the TIU.  Obviously under the table.. but where, I'm not sure..  probably toward the middle against the wall..

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You have gotten farther than I have,  we just finished the basement but I am still not sure of our track plan, are you still working with the same area of 24ft by 10ft. Keep posting updates. 

Nick T.

Don't get in my way. "Boba Fett."

t8afao posted:

You have gotten farther than I have,  we just finished the basement but I am still not sure of our track plan, are you still working with the same area of 24ft by 10ft. Keep posting updates. 

Nick T.

The whole area is about 14 ½' x 23'. We plan on finishing our basement in the next year or so.  So I put the layout in the part of the basement that won't get in the way of finishing it.  I wish I could put a layout in a larger (and finished) part of the house, but this part of the basement is where it's going.  I originally had plans for a 30 x 15 layout, but I didn't know how I would take it down when I got the basement finished.. or where to put it.  

After I get this done, I plan to expand it some.

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