Thanks for the link! The layout I did not get to complete was a duck under and never bothered me but I must admit, it's a better idea to have a way of getting to the center without bending over or crawling.spikedrivingblues;
I strongly recommend you look at cutting an access aisle to reach the center hole of your layout. You can bridge the aisle with a hinged section or lift out. I don't see the door you mentioned, so I don't know where on the layout perimeter that door is located. In terms of minimal track across the access aisle bridging section, the lower right corner looks good. Your back, head, and other body parts, will thank you. Skip to the last part of the attached file. (following sketch #4) It explains the advantages, and disadvantages, of duck unders, lift outs, and three different configurations of hinged sections.
good luck, have fun;
Traction Fan :smilie_daumenpos:
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spikedrivingblues;By the way, I'm surprised no one asked about the bridge across the middle. I do plan to make that a swing section
Also I'll go back to the drawing board and see if I can make a plan which shows the entire room and where the door is.
spikedrivingblues;On my first layout which I could not finish, I put 1/2" plywood on open grid bench work made of 1x4s. Then I glued 2" foam to the plywood. The mainline was on cork roadbed and the yard was directly on the foam. The sound deadening quality of cork was very noticeable.
I'm now considering the 2" foam glued and screwed to the grid bench work without the plywood, yes to save money but to try to keep the modular sections light as well.
As I've looked in to this method I've learned that the foam board alone amplifies the track noise (counter intuitive because insulation is also sound proofing but as it's been explained makes sense). From what I've read using cork significantly reduces this noise and for areas one doesn't want high profile roadbed 3/32" cork sheet can be used. I would use these thin sheets where trains will be traveling quite slowly (industries, yards) thus noise won't be as much of an issue.
I welcome any thoughts or advise on this subject. Thanks
Also, here is what is likely to be at least pretty close to my final track plan I think
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spikedrivingblues;Thanks for the info. I will use dcc and have questions about the best a.r. unit to get but that dilemma is a long way off.
Speaking of wyes, the wye turnout in my diagram is a Peco #4 wye. The other turnouts are #5. Is this going to be a problem running 60' cars and SD40-2s? I have some of this equipment and they ran fine on the #5 turnouts but I've never run them on #4 turnouts.
spikedrivingblues;traction fan, thanks for taking the time to post all that information. Very helpful and very appreciated.
I don't plan to start the build until the spring so that leaves plenty of time to make a couple of small mock ups (I'll need the lumber and foam anyway). I'm thinking I'll start with foam directly on the bench work and run a train just to hear for myself what i'm dealing with. Then I can add some sound deadening ideas and see what works best for me.
Thanks again. Enjoy the Holiday!
I agree with you on the value of mocking something up and I commend you for the way you built yours...but you're right to doubt I'll go quite that far :laugh:spikedrivingblues;
You're welcome, and Merry Christmas!
Mock ups are a good idea. It's much easier to see what will and won't work when you build a 3D model rather than just drawing a 2D plan on paper. My present bookshelf layout was all built in 1/8th scale model form, before I started on the full-size version. It was originally designed to fit under, and partially in front of a stairway in our former condo. When we moved to San Diego, we moved into a single -family house with an attached garage. The garage was my railroad's new home. (I'm married) Because I had planed and scale modeled the railroad for a very challenging location, when we moved, I was able to re-use the original sections in a different arrangement and build two others to fill the larger space. On my model of my model railroad, I used scale size model aircraft plywood and scale-size Styrofoam filler salvaged from egg cartons. I doubt you'll be as obsessed as I was! :goofball:
Good luck, have fun, happy Holidays!
Traction Fan :smilie_daumenpos:
As far as my noise concerns go, i think I'll use at least 1/4" plywood and glue the foam to it. If I'm correct, that should help quite things down.
I'm just waiting for the weather here to get better. Although above average temps., still too cold (and a lot of rain lately) to build module sections outside.
Anyway, I posted yet another pic of my track plan. Only a couple of minor changes. I also used the limited choice of structures available on Anyrail to represent, as closely as I could, the size of some of the industries I'd like to use.
Come on, Spring!
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