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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#151 Posted : 07 January 2011 04:19:50(UTC)
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Yes Nev, well I do miss my Maersk container set.
Offline Caralain  
#152 Posted : 07 January 2011 04:56:54(UTC)
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Good luck with your project. It sounds like a lot of work and of...sweat in the New Zealand summer, but much better than burning on a beach doing nothing! And I am sure you have plenty of nice beers, or whatever you like to drink, to sweeten the hard work. Cheers

Pierre

Offline nevw  
#153 Posted : 07 January 2011 05:31:59(UTC)
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Bigdaddynz wrote:
Yes Nev, well I do miss my Maersk container set.



Just sore because you were slow on the trigger.
However If you miss it so much it is yours for $300 OZ and I will throw in free Postage.

NN LOL RollEyes
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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#154 Posted : 07 January 2011 07:12:02(UTC)
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Pffffttt!

More like you pay me $300 OZ to take them off you.....Flapper
Offline nevw  
#155 Posted : 07 January 2011 08:00:43(UTC)
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Bigdaddynz wrote:
Pffffttt!

More like you pay me $300 OZ to take them off you.....Flapper


What un-authorised chemical cocktails are you using/inhaling ??Flapper Crying LOL RollEyes Sneaky ThumbDown
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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#156 Posted : 07 January 2011 08:33:14(UTC)
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nevw wrote:
What un-authorised chemical cocktails are you using/inhaling ??Flapper Crying LOL RollEyes Sneaky ThumbDown


Ones that you can't have.....Flapper
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#157 Posted : 23 January 2011 21:29:39(UTC)
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Further to my previous update, I've been busy putting up drywalls, plastering (I hate plastering!) and painting. I've now got to the point where last night I removed the old inner wall to reveal the enlarged room.

I still need to plaster the areas where the old framing was, then seal it with a sealer coat of paint, then I'm ready for the topcoats. The room needs a bit of a cleanout as well, bits of broken off drywall and dust lying around, hence the reason for the layout being under cover.

The first and second pictures show the new room to the side and back of the existing room, prior to the old wall being removed. The third picture shows the old drywall has already been removed from the left side, with only the rear (red wall) to be removed. The 5th picture shows the full extended room, and the last picture shows the room before the alterations.

The room size was 4.8m x 2.8m. It is now 5.8m x 2.8m at one end, and 4m at the other end.

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Offline GG1 Fan  
#158 Posted : 23 January 2011 22:53:42(UTC)
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<Salute> Seriously, salute to your inginuity and dedication to the hobby. What's more fun: Designing it, building it, or running the trains?

I will save the pictures so that years on when I go to make a major layout, I can show the wife that while my ambitions are extreme, they are not so extreme as to require a full scale home modification :) (Seriously, that's what I am going to do if she complains)

Amazing layout.
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#159 Posted : 23 January 2011 23:39:35(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: GG1 Fan Go to Quoted Post
What's more fun: Designing it, building it, or running the trains?



Actually, I enjoy all those aspects of the hobby.....except the dang drywall plastering!
Offline Ian555  
#160 Posted : 24 January 2011 07:17:29(UTC)
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Hi David,

Pity you're just a little bit to far away.

I could have had your favourite job for you. Smile

Ian.

Offline Bigdaddynz  
#161 Posted : 24 January 2011 08:17:24(UTC)
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Not so sure about that Ian! I think I have more plaster in my hair than on the walls! BigGrin


My Bro in law is a much better plasterer than me (being a chippie and all). I'm sure he wouldn't mind a trip to the UK (he went to Aussie and helped his brother build, so he makes house calls overseas).
Offline Ian555  
#162 Posted : 24 January 2011 08:49:21(UTC)
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Hi David,

The new room size makes the work worth while.

Think of all that new C track you can lay.

We use a plasterer (Graham) and it's brilliant watching him do a ceiling.

Hardly a drop on the floor, you'll know what I mean if you've tried it. Smile

Ian.

Offline Bigdaddynz  
#163 Posted : 24 January 2011 09:48:50(UTC)
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Yep, watching a professional plasterer makes you realise how much of an art it is. Plus having all the right gear helps. Do your guys use stilts? Much easier for ceilings. Plus, the tendency now is to lay long drywall sheets horizontally rather than 2.4 x 1.2 sheets vertically, and use glue in the middle and screws around the edges. Makes for a lot less plastering!
Offline Ian555  
#164 Posted : 24 January 2011 10:20:51(UTC)
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Hi David,

I have the whole area of the walls and ceilings plastered.

Gives a really nice smooth finish.

We use a metal edge bead for the corners.

I take it, you'll do the painting as well.Smile

Ian.
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#165 Posted : 24 January 2011 10:46:02(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
We use a metal edge bead for the corners.



Internal or external corners? We use a metal bead for external corners, you may be able to spot one in the picture showing the door - the corner to the right of the door has the metal beading, as does the boxed section over the steel beam running through the garage.


Originally Posted by: Ian555 Go to Quoted Post
I take it, you'll do the painting as well.Smile



Sure will be!
Offline dntower85  
#166 Posted : 24 January 2011 16:33:35(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Bigdaddynz Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: GG1 Fan Go to Quoted Post
What's more fun: Designing it, building it, or running the trains?



Actually, I enjoy all those aspects of the hobby.....except the dang drywall plastering!


I hate it to , I have tried several different ways and never get it right. plus all that plaster should be going to make rocks and mountains for scenery.Laugh
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Offline nevw  
#167 Posted : 24 January 2011 20:19:59(UTC)
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Keep up the good work David.

It will keep the weight down.

NN
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Offline hxmiesa  
#168 Posted : 26 January 2011 09:16:42(UTC)
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Good to see, BD!
I wonder why you havent considered making a whole NEW layout altogether? -That new space permits some very interessting posibilities, and anyway it will be dificult making NEW things under an OLD layout...
Best regards
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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#169 Posted : 26 January 2011 09:50:45(UTC)
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I did actually think about that Henrik, and did draw up some plans in Wintrack to fit the room. I got talked out of it by members of our club (I was also leaning to keeping what I've done so far) who didn't want to see me trash a classic M track layout. I even thought about some of the plans on your website.

Here is what I came up with. It is based on a layout called Dickenhaus, but scaled down to fit the room.

The original layout can be seen at http://www.doerfner.de/

Looks like the 'Dickenhaus' builder is considering major expansions - http://www.stummiforum.d...pic.php?f=64&t=49163

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Offline dntower85  
#170 Posted : 26 January 2011 14:05:34(UTC)
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Wow, That is a lot of trackThumpUp
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Offline GSRR  
#171 Posted : 22 March 2011 17:36:13(UTC)
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David,

any further progress?


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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#172 Posted : 22 March 2011 20:16:30(UTC)
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Thomas, I'm still painting the room - there's the walls in behind the layout that have to be painted, so that means I've had to pull the layout out from the wall far enough to get a paint roller up the back. I then need to get some carpet fitted into the area where the room was expanded, then I can start thinking about building layout extension modules.

Plus I've been busy with some other things:

In mid January, the house developed a water leak, due to a rusted roof flashing which developed a couple of holes in it. Water was coming through the roof, and onto the hallway ceiling, which caused that to sag. Some water was also getting in behind the wallboard and dripping down the framing. As this wall is between the hallway and the train room, I was keen to get it fixed asap. The roof has now been made weathertight (the original roofer did not do a very good job, but the guy I got in to fix it has fixed all of those issues), so I'm now repairing the inside, which has involved taking the drywall off, letting the frames dry out, replacing, plastering and painting the drywall and also the scotia and skirting.

Secondly, our MMRC club has moved clubrooms, so the new rooms have required some work to get them up to scratch. This will be ongoing over the next few months.
Offline old toot  
#173 Posted : 23 March 2011 09:45:23(UTC)
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Hi David
wow thats some extension the 24188 connecting to the m track will be 24951 the m to c connecters
so you will really have some good long runs eh and trains coming and going and hiding then turning up
about 10 mins later should be fun. so are you going to apply to the EQc for earthquake damage payout
to help fund the extension, thats normally what we call it when the kids want to shift bedrooms its like
an earthquake,everything gets shaken out, some gets damaged,and the rubbish gets chucked out.
I had a lady in today who had their Train room pancaked on top of their garage so they are going to
get a new Garage with larger train room over the top attached to the house, she said
'Dad is really thrilled" so some are winning out of this mess down here, I was out towards brighton
two days ago I just could not believe the damage to roads and the water level has come up three feet
so most of those houses are sitting just above water level,and spoke with an Orion chap yesterday who
says all the power company connection points for the whole central city have been damaged so they all
have to be replaced before they can connect up anyone in the central city otherwise the whole town
will be live!!!, and then every building has to be checked by an electrician and fixed as necessary
before they will be allowed to connect, so folks who think they will be back next week are dreaming
Ironhorse will be out for two months, Acorn we don't know yet and britannica is still out so we are
the only place operating down here at present, oh yes the chch april show has been posponed due to the
latest shake, so they are talking july now
Oh well get into it david we have a Big shipment just left germany so that should be here next week
and refill the shelves
bryan chch rocks

were we pickit, packit and postit
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#174 Posted : 23 March 2011 10:25:04(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: old toot Go to Quoted Post
wow thats some extension the 24188 connecting to the m track will be 24951 the m to c connecters



Bryan, I've already got some of those off Dion (well, it was actually Hayden who sold them to me). Wink
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#175 Posted : 13 May 2011 10:21:14(UTC)
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Well, I've finally got the room painted, and put some (basic) carpet down on the bare concrete, so now comes the layout extension part. The extension will be 3 modules, 2 at 2m x 1.2, the 3rd 2.7m x 1.2m, effectively making the extension 3.6m x 2m, with a small 700mm return. Here's some piccies I've taken.
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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#176 Posted : 13 May 2011 10:26:37(UTC)
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The first 4 piccies show the room after painting and carpet laying. The 5th and 6th picces show the first 2 modules in place, the 7th the 3rd module being built, and the 8th piccie shows construction of the incline taking trains from the main level to the underground storage area, a drop of 230mm.


As you can see in the last piccie, I just had to get a train running, even if only to test the incline. I can happily report that even the DHG500 can get up it pulling a 9 car train without troubles, or uncoupling anything.

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Offline RayF  
#177 Posted : 13 May 2011 10:57:18(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Bigdaddynz Go to Quoted Post
The first 4 piccies show the room after painting and carpet laying. The 5th and 6th picces show the first 2 modules in place, the 7th the 3rd module being built, and the 8th piccie shows construction of the incline taking trains from the main level to the underground storage area, a drop of 230mm.


Good work, David!

I look forward to seeing the track and scenery in place

Ray

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Offline foumaro  
#178 Posted : 13 May 2011 11:11:51(UTC)
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Very nice progress.
Offline Ian555  
#179 Posted : 13 May 2011 13:08:33(UTC)
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Hi David,

That's great progress on the new section to the layout.ThumpUp

Ian.

Offline petestra  
#180 Posted : 13 May 2011 14:29:09(UTC)
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Looking very Profi, David! ThumpUp Peter
Offline David Dewar  
#181 Posted : 13 May 2011 14:37:29(UTC)
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Good stuff David.

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Offline steventrain  
#182 Posted : 13 May 2011 16:24:46(UTC)
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Good process, David.
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Offline nevw  
#183 Posted : 14 May 2011 01:41:12(UTC)
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GOod work, bout time we saw the pickies.
At least you are quicker than me.

NN
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Offline river6109  
#184 Posted : 14 May 2011 03:16:48(UTC)
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Dave,

Its nice to see progress taking place.

Make sure you work well into the night otherwise you want be able to go to sleep thinking what you are going to do next.BigGrin

Your scenery looks great.

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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#185 Posted : 14 May 2011 04:52:36(UTC)
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Thanks guys. As you see, the layout can be broken up into modules for removal, but I'm reluctant to cut track at the module joins. I'll have to see how that goes, as I'll need to have access to track in those areas, so that it can be lifted, when needed.

The tunnel at the end of the original layout that you see in pictures 1 and 6 will have to be modified/removed, as that is where the new extension joins back to the original layout.

Have started some work on the Schattenbahnhof today, which is where the incline you see in the last picture is leading to.

The Schattenbahnhof runs along the length of the two modules you see in picture 5, and on underneath the original layout. The line then doubles back and raises back up to the main level, some 230mm above the Schattenbahnhof, which leads to a 2nd station, which I'm thinking of using the Vollmer Baden Baden station for.


Originally Posted by: river6109 Go to Quoted Post
Make sure you work well into the night otherwise you want be able to go to sleep thinking what you are going to do next.BigGrin



I've already been having some dreams at night about working on it. No nightmares thankfully!

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Offline kimballthurlow  
#186 Posted : 14 May 2011 09:59:26(UTC)
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Hi David,

That looks to be an excellent job in the carpentry division, not to mention how good the existing layout section looks.

Is that new C track I see in the newer section leading to the under-storage?

regards
Kimball
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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#187 Posted : 14 May 2011 10:46:53(UTC)
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Yes Kimball, the new extension is all in C track. I wanted to use as much R2/R3 curves as I could.
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#188 Posted : 14 May 2011 10:52:42(UTC)
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Here's some more piccies showing the end section of the incline, and of the first section of the Schattenbahnhof. I put the Br128 on a piece of track with the pantos up, just to see how much clearance there is.

I don't have enough track to put the full Schattenbahnhof in, so will have to do with just the mainline going through for now. That will at least enable me to get the return track in, and the rest of the loop joined up to the existing layout.


Here's the extension trackplans again, for easy reference on this page.





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Offline Thorfinn  
#189 Posted : 11 July 2011 11:10:48(UTC)
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Hi all

Couldn't help myself Cool

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Adapted layout with C-track and R2/R3 curves instead of R1/R2.

//Thomas


Is it possible to make this layout with R1 and R2 curves?
Because my room is not big enough for R2 and R3 curves.

//Thorfinn
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#190 Posted : 11 July 2011 11:25:38(UTC)
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Yes of course you can use R1 and R2, but I don't have a C track layout plan of this layout.
Offline Thorfinn  
#191 Posted : 11 July 2011 12:02:57(UTC)
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I have tried to make it in Wintrack but I couldnt do it, I dont have alot of experience with Wintrack...
Maybe there is someone here who can make this for me?
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#192 Posted : 11 July 2011 12:14:50(UTC)
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ThumpUp Fantastic Stuff BDNZ, a lot fo work but she will looks bllody great mate well all done
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#193 Posted : 11 July 2011 12:54:03(UTC)
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Super-looking layout plans! Keep us posted. Cheers,PeterThumpUp
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#194 Posted : 12 July 2011 11:39:31(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Bigdaddynz Go to Quoted Post
Yes of course you can use R1 and R2, but I don't have a C track layout plan of this layout.


Can you make one?
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#195 Posted : 12 July 2011 19:12:41(UTC)
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Hi Thorfinn,

Welcome to the forum.Smile
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Offline Bigdaddynz  
#196 Posted : 12 July 2011 20:56:07(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Thorfinn Go to Quoted Post
Can you make one?



Possibly, but I don't have time at the moment. You could take Thomas' plan and replace all curves with R1 and R2, except for the set of curves to the right of the station area.
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#197 Posted : 12 July 2011 20:58:24(UTC)
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Thanks for the kind comments Guys! I do have some more photos for you but haven't had the time to load them up. I've got all of the mainline run, and have been running test trains around it, mainly to test trains going up the the approx 6.5% inclines - most of them get up OK.
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#198 Posted : 12 July 2011 21:26:28(UTC)
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Its weird that the plan with c-rails doesnt have the same dimensions as the plan with m-rails.
Offline Bigdaddynz  
#199 Posted : 13 July 2011 00:10:14(UTC)
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That's because the M track plan uses straight track which is 180mm in length, whereas C track has no equivalent length - they are either 172mm or 188mm. You can make 360mm lengths by combining a 172mm piece with a 188mm piece (or you can use the new 360mm track piece), but problems occur when you try to match an odd number of 5106 M track straight pieces to their C track equivalents.
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#200 Posted : 26 July 2011 11:40:19(UTC)
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Here now are some new photos of recent activity.

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Lower level access ramp disappears under the new extension



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Far side of the extension



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Entry into the schattenbahnhof. You can see the ramp going back up the far side. The schattenbahnhof has since been completely laid with track brought from John Canton. Thanks John.



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Another shot of the schattenbahnhof and ramp.



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Underneath showing the first ramp coming down to the schattenbahnhof.



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Ramp goin up from the schattenbahnhof to the main level. Incline is around 6.5%.



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Looking directly up the ramp



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A shot showing the new incline leading from the new station area crossing the new 'flyover'. I intend to attempt building a scratchbuilt bridge to go roughly where you see the Marklin and Roco loco boxes. You can also see the start of a single helix which will lead to a small elevated village.



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A final shot showing the ramp leading from the diagonal flyover back to the original layout. A turntable and roundhouses will be going into the blank area you see in the foreground of the last picture.


A complete circuit of the layout used to take a train 45 seconds. It now takes 1 minute 45 seconds (with no stopping).

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