The base of the layout is 7/16" particle board, sealed with shellac on both sides, using 2 x 4 on 16" centers as framework support.
The grass and earth are good old LifeLike Earth and Grass glued with a 30/50 mixture of white glue, painted in some areas with latex paint (Greys and Browns) and then sealed with Hairspray.
Operation of Three trains at once is common. The inside loop takes two complete trips around the layout for the completion of one revolution. The outside loop runs independently and follows the L shape of the layout. Crossover switch tracks are available to transverse from the inside to the outside,and also escape tracks. We operate all the engines and rolling stock we have and still enjoy "racing" each other through the turnouts!
The photo's were taken with an OLYMPUS D200L, the cheapest digital camera
made by Olympus. (Actually the model is obsolete - this was one of the
|Work in process
1/4 of the layout containing 771 Cattle Yards, Interchange and storage racks,
Marx Yard Towers, Rotating Beacon, Whistling Billboards and Plasticville
buildings. Approximate size 15' x 10'
|Main Street with a 283 pulling a 'work train' on the siding, a Billboard, crossing Sign and Plasticville Buildings.|
|From the mountain showing the New Haven EP5, GM Demonstrater and the 290 Steamer.|
|Looking down the pike via Main Street. Plasticville buildings and a 302 and 290 apporoaching.|
|At the tunnel GM Demonstrator and 290 race for the straightaway after exiting the tunnel. The EP5 travels on the elevated portion.|
||Approxmately 20' down the layout with both the Elevated and ground
tracks. The left portion of the photo is a portion of my Son's 4' x 13'
HO layout which
resides in the center part of the S layout.
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