As a warm, dry option when my outdoor 7mm layout is unusable due to inclement weather I have decided to make a small HO layout again. Very hard to come to grips with such small models after years of being in S and O gauge but I will give it a try.
The 75mm foam boards and the track have been used many times before.
In this photo you can see how I have a low tech method developed over many years for designing possible track layouts :>
Like the outdoor layout it is principally for train watching. A storage yard will be attached off the far end.
I put the hours in yesterday after the glue had set and laid in a loop of track.
Enough DCC bus was installed under the layout to allow the track to be wired so a train could circulate.
Here is that first train.
The track is being held to the foam with staples made from paper clips. I do this until finally ballasting when all is in its permanent position. The track will also have cork inserted under it at some time to help form the ballast shoulder.
Here we see the state of play after the second day of track laying.
The inner circuit is done but yet to be wired.
I will need to make a CDU for the layout as the point to the future storage sidings is not easy to get to so will have to be motored.
Might actually lay the storage sidings in code 100 just in case someone comes with a model equipped with pizza cutter wheels for me to test.
Hi Bob,I suppose you know about Peco PL11 surface mount point motors? Might be easier than digging holes in the baseboard for the more usual twin-coil under-mounts. Can supply a photo or 2 of PL11's when I get home later tonight.
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Hi John, I do know about those point motors. I helped a friend solve an installation with one some time back. I have some of the regular ones in stock so will make use of what I have for the branch line exit. If I decide to motor the fiddle yard I might look at those for the job.
Hi Si, yes the original Triang wheels were something else. As a kid I still drooled over neighbours sets however. Gross wheel profiles, track that rusted before your eyes and then expect the shopkeepers to stock a competing range only slightly smaller....no wonder they had problems in the end.
Still I would have killed for a Sydney suburban set.