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    I have been promising my wife a "new" layout for a little while now and I finally got off my butt and started it today. It is a small 28" X 22" oval single track replacing a slightly smaller, old under the "Tree" layout she inherited a few Xmas' ago.

    It will be an elevated track (Peco Code 80) sitting on "risers" that will be attached to a 3/4" ply base board formed out of laminating two sheets of 3/8" ply. It will have 10" radius curves, an increase from the older 8.5" radius curves and the main reason for the rebuild. It will be a DCC Layout for my wife's sound engines run by an MRC Prodigy Explorer Controller.

    This is basically how it will look:

    Base Board:


    Track Plan:




    Atlas Code 80 Bridge:




    While I am doing the track work and wiring, my wife will be designing the scenery. This will be her layout
    Cheers Tony

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    Risers cut from a length of 2 X 4 ready for installation:

    Cheers Tony

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    Sub Roadbed cut out and risers positioned:







    Next step is to screw and glue the risers to the Base then the Sub Road bed to the risers. Might even get this finished for the scenery to night. Gotta luv small layouts
    Cheers Tony

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    It's about time you got off your a$$ and got it done. You said for weeks now that it needed to get done.
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    Hey happy wife happy life now make that lady happy
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    Think I've just been told ....

    And ... it's moving along quite nicely to boot thank you very much!



    Oh, and the track and bridge are all soldered together and ready to be put down as soon as the road bed dries sufficiently
    Cheers Tony

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    Only thing left to do now is the wiring and the "main part" is completed



    Not a bad afternoon's work if I say so myself
    Cheers Tony

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    Tony that is going to be a nice little layout.

    Robert

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    Wow, thanks guys for looking, appreciate it and, as Ed said in his post, gives me the incentive to make it work.

    I m planning to have it up and running today. Her "old one" was wired using CAT5 wire, as it was so small, but had some power issues so this one will be wired using 20 gauge solid wire which should perform better.

    Because of the bridge inclusion (which fell apart on me) and having 3 joins in the track work, I am going to wire in 2 Feeders, one at either end of the layout. With any luck, my next post will include a small video of an engine running around the track
    Cheers Tony

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    As it came apart, thought I'd paint the bridge the "greeny" color they seem to be around. Perhaps not the exact color but think it is close, well, close enough for me anyway



    Have one set of feeders in and (believe it or not) started ballasting the track. Have about 1/3 of the inside of the rails done.



    Cheers Tony

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    Ballast? Painting the bridge?

    Hey, whose layout is that, your wife's or yours?

    Best beware, Mrs Wombat might order up a moose stampede your way if your not careful mister!
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    Ahh yeah Moose but the thing about my "wife's layout" is ........ I do the work and she gets to play. Call her the "creative director" if you will. Like a true CEO, she gives the orders and I carry out the instructions - well, sometimes anyway
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    As promised ... the First Run on the layout:

    https://vimeo.com/302145653

    I only have the one set of feeders connected hence the hesitation on the right side of the layout as you see it. I'm trusting the second set of feeders, located in that area, will remove that hesitation.

    I also have about 7' of wire running from the controller to the layout, something I am going to be trying to shorten significantly. The reason for it is the layout sits on brackets about 3' above where the Controller is located. I want to put in a "shelf" attached to the base of the layout for the Controller so I can shorten the wiring. I think doing that will improve the power flow.

    Anyway, this is where it is at currently now time to attach the second feeders and get it where it will be living
    Cheers Tony

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    Now have the second set of feeders connected and it runs much more smoothly. So, I guess we're ready to do the scenery

    The layout is going to consist of two tunnels one each side of the bridge, a river running into a lake; Small WS Depot, a WS Cottage, scratch built garage, a long cabin and lots of trees and animals. I think that is all she is wanting at the moment oh AND a lit Xmas Tree and Santa

    Most (if not all) of the landscaping will be out of 1" extruded foam and detailed with mix it yourself drywall compound.

    Darn I wish "MY" layout was as easy and as quick to build as hers
    Cheers Tony

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    Got out the Chooch Tunnel Portals and repainted them a "Stone Grey" and a little more realistic:



    Add a bit of weathering and foliage and I think they will look okay.
    Cheers Tony

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    One thing I did forget to mention was the effect of the foam underlay I put down beneath the Cork Roadbed ... it seems to have deadened the normal transferred sound completely. Her old layout had cork roadbed laid onto 1" extruded foam and it was noisy. Even though the 1/8" foam underlay was placed directly on the ply, it has absorbed all of the unwanted and irritating sound. All you hear now is the "normal" sounds produced by the train

    In my opinion, spending the $100 on the underlay foam was very well worth the money, especially if you have a layout that is in the house.
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    Still doing the ballasting and have gotten about half of it finished. With any luck I'll have it all done tonight so tomorrow I can start putting in the terrain, river and lake.
    Cheers Tony

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    Looking good although it needs some grass......

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    Thanks mate and ahh, would that be a not so subtle hint by any chance?

    It'll have lots of grass, of the "static variety". This layout is going to give me the chance to practice and to get to know how to use "your" applicator so when it comes time to do mine, I should have all the "bugs out of my method"
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Thanks mate and ahh, would that be a not so subtle hint by any chance?

    It'll have lots of grass, of the "static variety". This layout is going to give me the chance to practice and to get to know how to use "your" applicator so when it comes time to do mine, I should have all the "bugs out of my method"
    Good, then you can teach me!!

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