All I know About Building Model Railroads
All in all, I learned bunches about how to build
layouts from what didn't work on mine. What did I
Apply grains of salt as necessary.
Use homasote or soft pine under your track!
I spiked directly into 1/2" plywood
and it was a miserable time.
Keep those grades reasonable!
I once used 10 to even 12 percent grades and that was
way too steep.
Only Fools put turnouts, grades, and curves on bridges
at the same time!
- Even a small
space can be interesting. I loved an HOn3 layout that was only
30" by 8'. I hope to use a larger version as part of my next layout
(honey, the car dosen't HAVE to be in the garage, does it?).
- DO IT! I
always used to look at MODEL RAILROADER pictorials and say "my layout
would look better." Now I have much more respect for the people who
actually commit and DO IT! A lot of us get kind of scared to take that step
and really build a layout. Execution is always the ruin of that perfect idea
in your head but once you accept the reality of your work it will be
beautiful (and fun!).
- When you have the money,
you usually don't have the time.