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My New Fn3 Railroad In The Garage
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 Posted: Tue Mar 26th, 2013 01:00 pm
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Thanks for that Charlie, same to you.
Last Sunday II went to G Scale annual meeting at Stafford UK, quite a good turnout, some excellent bargains. I bought 4 potential engine drivers, which once painted I will photo and publish

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 Posted: Fri Jul 26th, 2013 12:49 pm
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Ok heres yet another update with no pics yet. Ive now got 2 of the boards completely up, track is fitted on one board (Im using Peco code 200 with PSB for sleepers, which are glued down. The track is wired for DCC on one board and that works ok, I shall get the track down on board 2 this weekend, and get that wired up and tested. Ive added another loco this time a Bachmann Railtruck, which will become Goose No 1,Ive also bought a Tsunami TSU 1000 to fit into that its a low use electric motor which is recommended to have this 1 amp decoder, we shall see

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 Posted: Thu Jan 23rd, 2014 08:00 am
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Okay, its been ages since I last had time to spend on here, but Ive got it now.
The Modular layout is now 26ft long x 26" wide, that consists of 4 boards, which fit nicely into my car.
Ive also moved house and have a rear garden which is 70 long, by 25ft at the bottom, (house end) and 18ft at the top, there is an incline throughout the garden of 4ft running upwards which will make an ideal Logging & Mining Layout.
More to follow - just updating
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 Posted: Thu Jan 23rd, 2014 09:36 am
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Graham-

How does the new site affect the modular layout?

Many times one concept gets neglected in favor of the other, especially if there is a large civil engineering component--IE--5% ruling grade. If this is an even slope, you may get away with it, seeing as you plan logging and mining--but switchbacks--if intended, or needed, mean a lot of shovel work.

Please keep us posted on either scheme. Photos?

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If I was to build a large scale outdoor layout, I would probably build it in sections and put it on some kind of framework to raise it up to chest-high level or so. I love the lines built on the ground but at my age, I can't see myself getting down (I still do "get down")to work on track, etc. However, this is YOUR layout and whatever you decide is the way to go. Consider all possibilities.

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 Posted: Thu Jan 23rd, 2014 01:03 pm
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Also building it in sections allows to work on them in the "comfort" of the garage when the temp outside stays on the low single digits or the rain chases you away... Jose.



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 Posted: Fri Jan 24th, 2014 04:55 pm
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Even raised 24" off the ground is better than on the ground itself; for both our backs and drainage among other issues. You can also use the slope to your advantage, have a staging area downhill using a retaining wall that is near chest height and then the rest of the layout up hill won't need to be so high. A 4 foot incline means that at the top of the hill you could have an elevatin of 12" off of ground level, but assuming you had level track that would equate to about 60 inches off the ground at the other end of the line. Old Swifer brooms work well for cleaning track, although battery and live steam are better options. And if the track is well built, you hopefully won't need to bend over so many times to re-rail a piece of equipment.


Also, don't go overboard with switchbacks unless you're really into operation. I'd suggest being able to run in a loop somewhere on the layout, then having a branch that extends to the mines or logging camps which can have steep grades, switchbacks, really whatever you want. I also learned fro my garden railroads that less is more. 150 feet of track and 6 turnouts was about perfect for me.

By the way, do you have a site or any photos to share about your modular layout? I've been curious ever since I first stumbled across this forum what your layout actually looks like. Also, I see others have asked.

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Yes...less is MORE and KISS...2 things to live by.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 24th, 2014 10:26 pm
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James-
My layout isn't modular, but it is portable --SORT OF.

Just takes a Peterbuilt, or a Kenworth.



It's in a 40' over the road insulated trailer (ex reefer)

Not a lot of scenery. This must be the 20th O scale (plus several HO in the early days) with overhead wire. Used to be heavy into trolleys,,produced a line of O scale body kits, and some power trucks for them. When this layout was started, it was intended to be a heavier electric line with electric pattern locos for freight, but still interurban cars for passenger service. Over head wire for power was single suspension (AKA trolley) but should really be catenary for the size of some of the locos. So a while ago, I ripped out all the wire at one end of the line, and started replacing it with catenary.  The real stuff always looks taunt and graceful, but because the layout is fastened to the trailer walls, and the trailer is 3/8"-7/16" longer in the Summer than in the Winter, most of the year the overhead has some, to quite a bit of looseness in it. I was able to overcome this with the single wire with a multitude of springs and things--but the problem with the cat is much more complicated, and thereby more difficult to keep tight. Haven't had much luck with the looks, but operation is fine. Freight switching is done with two locos, an early Ingersoll diesel and a camelback 0-4-0, both battery R/C.

some prior posts that show some photos are-

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2418&forum_id=50&highlight=Herb+Kephart

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=1919&forum_id=6&highlight=The+mill+at+Midden

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=1778&forum_id=9&highlight=The+mill+at+Midden

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=1696&forum_id=6&highlight=The+mill+at+Midden.

also take a look at -

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2418&forum_id=50&highlight=along+the+octoraro+and+eastern

--although there is a lot that isn't about the layout in that one

Sometimes I have the notion to tear it all out and rebuild in On30--with no  *#@>`&# overhead wire and Battery R/ C locos but at my age I wont get this one done--even as far along at it is--my time is stretched too thin.

Herb



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Herb thats a great idea for a layout room!

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