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Old 10-05-2019, 08:45 AM   #11
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Think about 5x9, that extra foot makes for better curves. Also consider open frame work with 1x2's then you can do away with the heavy plywood.
+1 for doing away with plywood
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Old 10-05-2019, 09:22 AM   #12
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+1 for doing away with plywood

You can just get a thin sheet of plywood for extra strength for underneath the foam board.
It should not make it that much heavier.

If you should accidentally lean the wrong way in the wrong spot you could go right through the foam board.

Up to you.
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Old 10-05-2019, 12:22 PM   #13
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Thank you all for the info
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Old 10-05-2019, 07:27 PM   #14
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What to start getting info on locos. I don’t know what i want to have sound and lights down the road but for now i want to run a train and add as i can is it possible to buy a loco that will be able to do this
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Old 10-05-2019, 08:09 PM   #15
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If you should accidentally lean the wrong way in the wrong spot you could go right through the foam board.
Not if it's supported with joists. 2" foamboard supported on 18" centers will hold my weight, and I'm not a small guy (230#).
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Old 10-05-2019, 08:14 PM   #16
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What to start getting info on locos. I don’t know what i want to have sound and lights down the road but for now i want to run a train and add as i can is it possible to buy a loco that will be able to do this
Of course. But if you know you want the sound eventually, I'd recommend just getting the DCC w/ sound version of the loco right of the bat. That's a heck of a lot easier than adding a decoder and speaker(s) after the fact.

A DCC locomotive will run on DC, if you don't want to sink the money for a DCC starter set just yet. If you're going to buy a power pack, though, then again, I would just bite the bullet and get the DCC set you want.
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Old 10-05-2019, 10:06 PM   #17
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Not if it's supported with joists. 2" foamboard supported on 18" centers will hold my weight, and I'm not a small guy (230#).

Is that how you make some lakes?
Just kneel on the layout?

OK, I stand corrected, don't waste money on any wood.
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:53 AM   #18
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Always a dilemma on how to begin. If you start with a DCC ready Locomotive (No DCC but easy to plug in a decoder for an additional 25-100 depending upon sound capability) then you miss out on triggering bells and whistles with the "throttle", but then you save a couple a hundred. Eventually, if you continue, you will end up spending it to convert to DCC. There is no right answer, DCC is just more fun -at least to me having a DCC sound locomotive was. But I survived for 50 years without DCC! Then again I'm an electrical engineer and the fascination of a network for my trains was eventually too much and I had to have DCC. If you're considering a layout in the future, DCC makes the electrical wiring much easier and cheaper, no "blocks" with toggle switches, no big control panels with buttons and switches to control "Blocks" and "turnouts". You're starting off right, in that you're getting the track off the carpet! You can't really can't go wrong as whatever you do, you will learn more and more about what works for you and what doesn't and when it doesn't you have the forum to help you out. This is a hobby that has all sorts of sub hobbies, DYI electronics, Scenery building, model building, operations planning and so on. You may learn skills you had never considered (how to use a VOM, soldering, air brushing) the list is long and you get to pick skills!
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