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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2018 02:07 am
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On the one hand, the simplified benchwork of "almost" wireless model railroading not only saves time in construction,
it also saves us the headaches involved in the installation of wiring and all it entails.
Great slow speed operation, no more dead shorts and no more stalling on switches.  

But just having spent the week-end fine tuning the finale of this current layout's benchwork,
I have to say that I wasn't totally prepared for how it had shrunk the layout room.
Even after looking at those same dimensions on paper, it still shocked me in real life.

Lets face it, there's only so much we can do in a 15 foot by 18 foot layout room.
There's also an additional four foot by eight foot extension.
But boy oh boy, I'm feeling cramped.
I do have three feet everywhere except at one short turn where space is drops down to 26 inches. 
But the look is so different to what I've been seeing for over a year.

What do we all say?

If I had it to do over again, I'd make wider aisles.   :)


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Howdy Rick, instead of "almost wireless" how about no wires whatsoever!
A 15 by 18 foot room is something that most model railroaders would envy.
My layout is probably that size, built in a 2 car garage.
Remember the old saying..."less is more"...

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I wish I had another 3 feet of length,
and only being able to reach 3 feet means I can't make the main board wide enough for the extra couple of tracks I want.
There is no way I can make the layout room bigger than 16 feet by 7 foot 8 inches.
After 4 years building I have finally finished track laying but there is still years of scenery work to do.
The layout will never be finished.
My current issue is humidity, despite being insulated with moisture membranes etc I am seeing 85/%,
and a new platform canopy I constructed out of card has warped.
I bought a desiccating dehumidifier last week and it got the humidity down to 50% in a couple of hours.
I still need to work out the running costs.
If I started again I would have wires, to control the turnout motors simple Peco ones,
at least for the turnouts that are uncomfortable to reach.




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I am guessing the access must be so restricted its impossible to get in there with a camera

Maybe you could get some shots through the doorway with a telephoto lens

Or taken from outside even through an open window

It worked for my ex wifes private detective


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I've been reading up, experimenting, and experiencing different layouts now for several years,
and it seems to be that bench work really shouldn't be more than 2 feet deep unless you have a curve which requires more space. 
Peninsula's shouldn't be more than 4 feet deep (2 feet for each side). 
With 2 foot deep bench work, your operating pit would be 11x14 feet, that's 60% more standing room.

I'm not going to tell you how to build your railroad Rick,
but it seems to me that if the bench work is making you feel claustrophobic,
it might be worth it to think of some areas where you can cut out more standing room. 

At least that's what I would do, even if it meant removing some scenery or simplifying the track plan.

Just do whatever you're most comfortable with, good luck with the project.

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I am guessing the access must be so restricted its impossible to get in there with a camera

Eddie, you are a pretty funny guy. Probably all guys from Long Beach are.  :)  :)


Recently you guys gave me the required directions for uploading photos to this site,
and they seemed to me to be just slightly less complicated than landing a fighter jet on an aircraft carrier on a windy day in the rain. 
But now after having whined a little, I am going to make a concerted effort to JUST DO IT. 
Wish me luck.


I've been reading up, experimenting, and experiencing different layouts now for several years........

JTrain - I totally agree with you.
But I'm such a greedy and spoiled thing that I simply want as much of everything as I can get.
That means enough yard trackage that more or less doesn't make a mockery of the railroad I'm attempting to model.  :)  


Actually, I was more or less exaggerating the problem,
just to make a point of how real life often seems to look different than what we initially saw on paper. 

I suppose if two-dimensional visuals were as accurate as we hoped,
I would have looked really good in that leisure suit I bought ......... back in the day.


Regarding wires:  
I have run power to one turntable and have two more coming.
To this point I don't have any powered turnouts,
but if I end up with a couple of hard to reach locations, I won't hesitate to install them.
There are signals that interest me (from Britain) that down the road, I may purchase.
They'll also need to be wired.

That's it - That's all.   :)


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No more than 2 feet wide?.
This board is 3 feet wide and I would like another couple of sidings in the freight yard.

The turnouts behind the signal box in the 1st photo are the candidates for point motors.
An interesting installation problem as the board is 6 inch thick blue foam.
 
These were taken last week after 4 years of construction.
The platform canopy below the water tower in the last image has warped.
 





















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Dave,

Thanks for the photos. 
Is that turntable powered?

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Yes, it is digital analog, otherwise known as a finger.
I would like a powered turntable but the ones available are all too big with 70 foot decks and mine is a 60 foot deck.
All I would need is a simple 180 degree turn.
It uses a CD with CD case as the bearing, very smooth but not suitable for motorisation.




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