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    starting over with HO scale

    My benchwork is finished. All is supported by angle steel anchored to wall, except peninsula, which is on legs of black gas pipe with round flanges as feet. framework is steel with wood inserts to screw OSB to. Only two legs to floor makes it alot easier to do wiring underneath, and to clean...
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    starting over with HO scale

    Backdrop with clouds painted is now finished...
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    starting over with HO scale

    typo..it should have read 'The blue backdrop WILL have clouds painted onto it by an artist friend of mine.' He is practicing creating clouds right now so when he paints the clouds on the blue bsckground, his technique will be perfected.
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    starting over with HO scale

    Here is a progress report on my new HO layout. I have just finished the lighting valance, with all the LED lighting installed. All the LED lighting only draws one amp!. The blue backdrop with have clouds painted onto it by an artist friend of mine. For railfaning effect, I am adding a train on...
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    starting over with HO scale

    Guilford Railman, thanks for your welcoming! Iron Horseman...I did turnouts facing one direction to make it easier to pick up and deliver cars without having to use runaround tracks so much and in the tight space I have to work with it just made placing industries easier. Real railroads prefer...
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    starting over with HO scale

    Hey, I'm back. had to take time to plan and go on a 6 day 49 mile backpack trip in wilderness canyons in Utah. Also had to redo my track plan due to getting one huge surprise that I would not have seen had I not ordered a few turnouts. I discovered upon unpacking some turnouts that some track...
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    starting over with HO scale

    Oh, and Beiland...I want to mention that I like your metal benchwork framing, would be easier to do that than wood L girder. I was already considering some of that where my staging yard is since the yard it is only 7 inches below the bench surface and I would need space to work with rolling...
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    starting over with HO scale

    OK, more good responses. Beiland, I am building this in a spare bedroom, 10'6" x 13' counting closet, in Colorado, USA Magnus, (In AnyRail Forum) mentioned eliminating the S curves, really appreciate that, he is the only one to mention that! I did some research on the problem they create because...
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    starting over with HO scale

    Hi guys. I have received some really good feedback on this forum and other forums. So I have designed an alternative layout. One influence has been some of Bill Beranek's Design Elements, and others have offered valuable suggestions. Designed this layout as around the room type instead of...
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    starting over with HO scale

    Hey guys, I appreciate these great responses. Santafewillie, some good points, I might go with your heights, and crawling under to the access places won't be a problem, my waist is 32" and I used to explore caves! The only time I need to access those is laying track and building scenery, not...
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    starting over with HO scale

    PowrCab, thanks for your reply. The drop leaf would be connected to the facia at it's end when it is in place with a latch so it remains stable. Since I would be operating the train to turn the entire train around it will be on that wye only momentarily. Your comment does however have me...
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    starting over with HO scale

    Well, I do plan on living forever...and so far so good! So 70 more years should be no problem. What does anyone think of the height of 32 inches?
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    starting over with HO scale

    New guy here, but been on this earth 0ver 7 decades. Have a small N gauge layout, trying to sell that, got tired of how tiny everything is. So now designing an HO in a spare bedroom, using AnyRail and Kato Unitrack. Am posting a pic of the layout in a 10 ft x 13 ft room. I like alot of places to...




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