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    Default Welcome to the Arkham & Miskatonic!

    Just beginning my first layout in 30 years! I've always wanted to model a 1920's setting based on horror author HP Lovecraft so the name reflects a couple of the more well known fictional places in his stories. Arkham refers to a city and Miskatonic refers to a university both set somewhere in New England. Both pop up in many Lovecraft stories and are the basis of what's referred to as the "Lovecraft Mythos".

    Basing the layout on the Atlas Book N-09 design which is about 2.5' x 5'. Putting it on a 3'x7' so will be making some alterations....might stretch out the ovals or possibly extend the siding on the upper left into some elevated scenery with a mine or if I get really ambitious possibly model the rotting oceanside Lovecraft town of Innsmouth.

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    Planning to begin building the framing this weekend. My layout will be sharing space in my music room so I'll be putting the layout on casters so I can easily move it around if necessary. My 1st big design decision will be to either use 2" rigid construction foam or plywood for the platform. I like the idea of being able to build elevations out of rigid foam which I can carve. Also glad I can use liquid nails and caulk rather than the old track nails approach if I go foam, but it will be my 1st time so everything will be a learning curve
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    looks interesting!
    What track are you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by epumph View Post
    looks interesting!
    What track are you using?
    I took the easy way out and bought the layout as a kit from Train Sets Only. You choose the Atlas code 80 layout you want and they kit all the track/switches/rail joiners/etc together for you. Then I threw some extra pieces of flex track in the order so I could make some changes. I live out in rural Western Washington and the nearest train store is over an hour drive away so I wanted the easiest path to getting everything I needed to begin. I know I could've bought an Atlas layout book and purchased the kit list myself in pieces, but after 30 years away I wanted the simplest path to get back into railroading
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    Personally, in light of the theme, I think you should amend that track plan slightly, to have the S-curving spur that snakes through the middle be extended, to where it crosses the three curving main tracks on the right side as though it were a junction. Plan on putting an interlocking tower there. That way, you can have all the fun of fabricating a triple curved diamond crossing from scratch! I think somewhere therein lies some genuine Lovecraftian madness...

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    Some say that using just foam acts like a drumhead and results in a noisier layout. Think about thin plywood on your framework, then glue the foam to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Jones View Post
    Some say that using just foam acts like a drumhead and results in a noisier layout. Think about thin plywood on your framework, then glue the foam to that.
    Thanks, I do have a couple sheets of 4'x4' 1/8" ply lying around that could do the trick
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    Quote Originally Posted by WP&P View Post
    Personally, in light of the theme, I think you should amend that track plan slightly, to have the S-curving spur that snakes through the middle be extended, to where it crosses the three curving main tracks on the right side as though it were a junction. Plan on putting an interlocking tower there. That way, you can have all the fun of fabricating a triple curved diamond crossing from scratch! I think somewhere therein lies some genuine Lovecraftian madness...
    Brilliant! And the triple cross could be the perfect geometry to attract Cthulhu to my layout...or at the very least the Hounds of Tindalos
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    There's an Arkham Foundry on my layout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Jones View Post
    There's an Arkham Foundry on my layout.
    Very cool
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    Hmmm...I think we need to add a cereal factory...

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