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IKEA 'Apa' Box OO-Scale Micro Layout
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 Posted: Tue Nov 12th, 2019 11:57 am
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Tim H

Joined: Sun Dec 14th, 2014
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 168


It is good to be back.
Survived two heart attacks and a triple bypass,
but I can no longer exhibit the main layout.
So, it is a micro in a blanket box to keep me occupied.

The available footprint is 72 long x 27 high x 27 deep or 28" x 10.5" x 10.5"

I am inspired by a shortline that used to serve local industries and docksides:-

Click here for Chandlers Row

There are photos and maps to give you an impression of the system,
but it is a first for me,
never have I attempted anything in such a small space,
so I intend to replicate just a tiny corner.

First problem, for which I need advice, should I add an additional foamboard layer.
to serve as both a trackbed and to hide the necessary wiring and turnout gubbins?

I cannot think of any other solution,
except to use ultra simple rod+SPDT switch to operate the turnouts.

Build the track on the foamboard outside the APA box and install once tested/painted etc.

There is no intention to install DCC, it is one loco and absolutely no sound,
plus the extra gubbins is a serious pain to lug around.

Tim H.

Tim H
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 Posted: Mon Dec 2nd, 2019 01:46 pm
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Ken C

Joined: Tue Jun 16th, 2015
Location:  Calgary, Alberta Canada
Posts: 926

Looks like a most interesting subject to model.

Lots of different ideas presented in your blog.

Understand the age/eye sight concerns,
getting there myself. 


Ken Clark

Kaslo & Slocan Railway
International Navigation & Trading Co
Kootenay Railway & Navigation Co.
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