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    Took the N scale plunge. Layout first thoughts

    Kicking around some other track plans. For this plan, the outer track will be at base level and the turnouts that create the reversing loops will be at ground as well. The bridges will be at the second level, around 1.8", and the layout will climb to a third level up to the interchange yard. I...
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    Took the N scale plunge. Layout first thoughts

    Not much to say really at the moment. Went and got a few pieces of flex track and road bed tonight, need to grab the stuff to make the benchwork. I already have part of the lumber, just need a few pieces of plywood and some pink foam insulation. I'll try to post pics as I build!
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    Took the N scale plunge. Layout first thoughts

    So I have considered this lol. I have Lionel stuff in the attic for him to play with now. The N scale layout... yeah it's more for me than for him. He is absolutely enamored with watching the trains go around right now, and if he gets bored, dad will take over and do some operations lol. But I...
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    Took the N scale plunge. Layout first thoughts

    I actually haven't decided on industries yet, though I guess I probably should. We are going to put the tree up separate from the layout this year, so that empty space was going to be mostly mountain scenery. I was definitely thinking of connecting that yard to the main further down to extend...
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    Took the N scale plunge. Layout first thoughts

    The little yard in the top left will be at ground level on the layout, should have mentioned that as well. Geez I can't think straight with trains on the mind...
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    Took the N scale plunge. Layout first thoughts

    actually the yard is going to be on top :) I had planned to start the grade at either end of the double track, right after the turnouts. I originally wanted the yard on the bottom, but then I thought it would be more interesting to put it on top so I could see it better. Sorry should have...
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    Took the N scale plunge. Layout first thoughts

    Hey all, turns out my 2 year old loves trains! So my wife and I decided this was finally the year to do our N scale Christmas train layout. Now I wanted to come up with something that allowed me to use it as a small passenger car layout (think Bachmann Liberty Bell Special) during the Christmas...
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    The DCC Standard - A question on transmission

    I already printed that sheet, but it isn't quite clear from the spec what the controller does at idle. I suppose I will try to determine from an existing controller what goes on. Thanks!
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    The DCC Standard - A question on transmission

    Hey guys, I'm not sure if any forum members have an in-depth knowledge of the DCC standard and how exactly everything works at the packet and physical layer, but I have a question for anyone who might know. I am using a Beagleboard to create a DCC command station (I am a tinkerer) and I have the...
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    Tinkering with some new ideas

    Thanks guys for the feedback. I haven't had time the last few days to update this plan, but I am still working on it! Cajon, I did the top loop the way I did specifically for the scenic potential that the overpassing rail made, but I suppose I could cut it. Plus it is actually part of the...
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    Tinkering with some new ideas

    So a while back I was going to start a new layout but never really got the time. Well, I was tinkering around with some new ideas the last couple days and I think I may want to change it up a bit. Here is what I have so far: This is my old layout. It is currently in the middle of my basement...
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    I was given permission to start fresh!

    That was my understanding of what you were saying. Glad we are on the same page :) I know I have to move that top switch anyway because otherwise it'll be in a tunnel and that will not be a good thing. The others, no big deal I'll just move them where they have to go.
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    I was given permission to start fresh!

    Plus I would imagine that less sections translates to fewer issues with reconnection at a new location... Seems like a good plan. I'm not quite sure which switch you are calling the far left though? Also, if I split the left on 5' I'll be pretty much right in the middle of two turnouts. I'll...
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    Issue with a DCC Equipped engine

    I just have a question... was that engine #5676, or somewhere close to that? Just a random question.
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    I was given permission to start fresh!

    Ok, so I have a question. I am thinking about breaking the layout up into four or five sections to make it easier when I decide to move. What is the biggest you guys would go on sections? Right now I'm looking at breaking it up into one 4'x2', one odd shaped section that is 4'x6' on one side and...




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