First Layout Track laid…Sort of!!

As part of getting ready to build my new layout in our new house, I’m taking it in baby steps, looking to do everything I can to head off obvious mistakes that will cause me grief down the road when I actually start construction and operate the layout.  I have lots of friends who have helped me along the way, and who will hopefully continue to do so as I approach new tasks in the hobby that I’ve never done, But I am also stubborn/proud enough that I want to do things myself, but not so thick-headed that I’ll bang away without over thinking every step!!

IMG_5812.JPGFirst look at the corner of the layout in the closet, before adjusting the plot to get it to fit on the floor like it will on the walls (the floor trim is 1″ wide), as it is the printout is sitting well off where it would be on the wall when its 59″ up at the height of my benchwork.

As I’d mentioned before, my plan is to start construction in the closet, and work my way out from there.  So it seemed logical to me that I could plot off the track plan for the closet, and trim it down to check that it fit, and that I haven’t created any obvious flaws.  It also let me confirm that an operator should be more than able to get into the closet to move the transfer table staging to adjust what track is set, and bring trains out onto the layout.  An operator in the closet wouldn’t want to have much more girth than I do, but most of my friends who are likely to operate the layout when its built are thinner than I am!

With the printout trimmed so I can get it into the position it would be in, I laid a bit of flex track on the access track (18″ radius) between staging and the first switch (beneath the yellow helping hands in the pictures).

IMG_5813First rolling stock test on the layout printout. Track held in place by my helping hands, and a brick from the Don Valley Brickworks.

So having done so, I pulled out a box car, and dutifully rolled it along the short piece of track.  It should have plenty of clearance at the one pinch point that concerned me at the corner of the ductwork bulkhead in the closet. It looks like it should be fine, especially as the curve of the track should take any overhanging equipment away from the corner.

The next bit of good news is that I over-measured the width needed to go around the door jamb. I’m going to easily gain back and inch of layout space on the room side (behind the door) when all is said and done.It won’t change the track plan or anything else substantially, but will let me make the benchwork and building (the Hinde & Dauche Paper Company) that will be screening the door jamb be a bit tighter to it.

IMG_5814Broader view showing the width of the door opening.  The door on the left will be taken off.

All in all, a productive first night of looking at the printouts.  I think, that I’m ready to go with building the traverser, I’m reasonably certain now that getting the layout started is almost fully thought through.

2 thoughts on “First Layout Track laid…Sort of!!

    • Thank you Michael, hopefully the progress continues on its slow and steady pace. As for the process, hopefully when the layout is built, I can look back and give an assessment of what I did right and wrong to help others in the future!


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