My On30 layout is 52 inches. This makes things easier when installing wiring and switch motors. and gives a great veiwing angle. This works well on my layout as I have a mountian range acting as a veiw block. On the down side it can be difficult reaching over a 30 inch bench work, you need a set of steps.
When I build the next layout ( don't we all build another layout ) it will be 50 inches high.
Mine is 50"... I'm 74 and have spinal problems, so a narrow shelf style layout at that height helps me keep on railroadin'!!! I just happen to prefer a layout "close" to eye level, as it seems to add realism to the mix.
My layouts have been all over the map height wise. Previous one was two level- lower at 34", the upper at just below my eye level - 62"
This was the worst possible combination imaginable. The upper was too high to work on conveniently, the lower too low for the same reason. Plus I was constantly beating the back of my head on the upper level when working on the lower. It was also near impossible to tell which track of several parallel ones on the upper level a car was on.
The current layout is at a uniform 54"--just an inch or so below my armpit height, and this gives me a much better view of the goings on. Under this I have cabinets and work surfaces at 36" height, which is a good height for me, when seated at one of the workbenches.
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Well some of you may remember me talking about a module that will be filled with a bridge.
So needless to say this is all about it.
Also remember I live in a small apt. at the moment.
And without yet having the bridge it makes it hard to plan the thing out. You know, lumber, foam board and such. And oh good heavens, the trees. ..
I got my scenic express catalog ... I 'm going to spend a big wad a cash on just tree 's that look like they belong here in the heartland!!
So far I 'm thinking I will use beadboard for the front with the valley area either behind plexi or glass.
I 'm thinking the bridge will begin just after coming out of a mountain.
I 'm also going to use cat supports like the Virginian used... (traction line) very easy, brass I beam 's soldered together.
The beadboard at the local peddlers mall is sold in 4sq feet, so I think that will be the highest it gets. And it 's gona pretty much drop off where the bridge is, I sure don't want to climb the hill there! !
I have dismantled Colonel’s Crossing now as my wife thinks I am taking over the whole house with railways. So I’ve had to get everything in the one room. I must say it’s a pleasure to be able to walk into the room and switch the yard without having to duck under the layout.
A few pictures showing how both the two railways and computer/workbench all fit into the one room. Both layouts are 42 inches high.
This is a view of the side of the room with the British outline shunting plank mounted on a cabinet.
The computer and desk, where I do most of my modelling. The shunting plank will have to have a new fiddle yard board made. It will extend over the computer desk by a couple of feet.
Benson with some of the new additions, from the flour mill onwards towards the left.
A view showing the extension with the two track fiddle yard at the back.
Last edited on Sat Aug 25th, 2012 06:25 pm by Broadoak