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Thought I would post some pics of where we left off in the spring time. Picking it back up again after becoming a grandfather. Never really had the room when my son was younger. But now he's married and asked if I wanted join him in his large basement. Lol.

22ft down wall..16ft out from wall...


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Question..on top of the girders...what are my options...2 inch foam then paint, cork, and then track? Or plywood , foam, cork and then track? Just trying to weigh my options

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Question..on top of the girders...what are my options...2 inch foam then paint, cork, and then track? Or plywood , foam, cork and then track? Just trying to weigh my options

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Yep, those are options. As are a dozen or so more configurations you could dream up. With benchwork like that underneath, you don't need any additional support under foam panels, but it's not WRONG to put plywood under the foam if you wish. Some people like having a solid base to put screws into, but it's not necessary.

Similarly, if you want lots of terrain relief below track level, you could make your base 1" foam panels, and build up layers of 2" foam over it. If you're planning to use under-the-table switch machines (servos, Tortoises, whatever), thick foam bases mean you need to plan for your motors a little, but it's not too hard.

Your roadbed can be either foam (rubber) or cork. I wouldn't paint until everything is in place, but again, it's not wrong to do it the other way either.

There is more than one right way to build a layout. You just do what seems right, and fits within your budget and schedule.
 

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Yep, those are options. As are a dozen or so more configurations you could dream up. With benchwork like that underneath, you don't need any additional support under foam panels, but it's not WRONG to put plywood under the foam if you wish. Some people like having a solid base to put screws into, but it's not necessary.



Similarly, if you want lots of terrain relief below track level, you could make your base 1" foam panels, and build up layers of 2" foam over it. If you're planning to use under-the-table switch machines (servos, Tortoises, whatever), thick foam bases mean you need to plan for your motors a little, but it's not too hard.



Your roadbed can be either foam (rubber) or cork. I wouldn't paint until everything is in place, but again, it's not wrong to do it the other way either.



There is more than one right way to build a layout. You just do what seems right, and fits within your budget and schedule.
Well thank you very much for your reply...great insights....I am sure I will have more questions....we plan on DCC and have it wired with 3 different zones separated by these breakers and booster pack.


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