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My shelf layout is 12 inches by 6 feet. The design is called John Allen's switching puzzle. It is still under construction. Currently I am converting the 5 switches to bullfrog manual control made by Fast Tracks. I have 2 completed. I am also soldering thin wires on the movable part of the frog.

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HI,
That is a cute layout, creates a lot of fun. I went to a modular small switching layout a couple years ago and just added on another module to it. I only have 1 engine and 12 cars at a time on the layout on DCC
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HI,
That is a cute layout, creates a lot of fun. I went to a modular small switching layout a couple years ago and just added on another module to it. I only have 1 engine and 12 cars at a time on the layout on DCC
Bill
Hi Bill, How about posting some pictures. It sounds like a nice switching layout.

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I used the Kato/MR "Black River Junction" plan as a starting point. It's a 4x8 table with a L-shaped "extension" at one end.

The original plan for the extension was overly simple and didn't have enough capacity. So I made the extension wider by a few inches, and came up with my own track plan through experimentation. Went through a couple of "versions" until I got it to my liking.

From right to left...
- the "main"
- runaround
- 3 yard tracks
- stub end track for engines
- two tracks at left are separate from the yard, are for the "branch line". They're only "close" because of the limited space I had available.
yard1.JPG

Here's how it looks full of cars (and too many engines!):
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... and my ancient Plasticville freight house in the pic, too!
 

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I used the Kato/MR "Black River Junction" plan as a starting point. It's a 4x8 table with a L-shaped "extension" at one end.

The original plan for the extension was overly simple and didn't have enough capacity. So I made the extension wider by a few inches, and came up with my own track plan through experimentation. Went through a couple of "versions" until I got it to my liking.
J.Albert1949, Nice looking track plan. Thanks for posting.

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That's a nice little switching layout.
 

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(Book) shelf layout

EdC;

My layout is a bit more than a typical "switching"(only) type layout, but it definitely qualifies as a shelf layout. It is based on an old (January & February 1977) Model Railroader Magazine article titled "Bookshelf Railroads."
The basic idea was to have a top over each of the layout sections that would be used to hold books, or whatever else you choose. The model railroad would be built into the lower level. The illustration in the magazine article showed the furniture-finished railroad mounted to a living room wall. As a long-married man, I have learned that this can only be done in the living room of a bachelor! :laugh: My own layout is fastened to two walls of my garage. :eek:
I wanted a two-level railroad, so I stacked two layers of the "Bookshelf Railroads" sections. My other change was to use much lighter materials than the 3/4" plywood, and pressed wood commercial shelving, that the author had used. My layout is N-scale. The basic section (1rst photo) is 4' long, 16" high and 16" deep. The 4' length will work well for any scale. The 16" height, and depth, would be OK for a simple HO-scale layout. The same design could be used with other scales by changing the height, and depth, as needed. I use deeper sections at each end to accommodate return loops & a passenger station yard.

Traction Fan :smilie_daumenpos:

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EdC;

My layout is a bit more than a typical "switching"(only) type layout, but it definitely qualifies as a shelf layout. It is based on an old (January & February 1977) Model Railroader Magazine article titled "Bookshelf Railroads."

Hi Traction Fan, Thanks for posting pictures of your layout. I plan on covering my switching layout also, to install blue lighting for night time switching.

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My space had room for a turnaround at one end using 18"R curves. Too much rolling stock available, and I just had to have a powered F7B, I've got to limit myself to four car trains or it is not workable. I also have to cut in a couple more blocks (DC). Beneath the camera, out of view, is about 36" more yard.
 

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My space had room for a turnaround at one end using 18"R curves. Too much rolling stock available, and I just had to have a powered F7B, I've got to limit myself to four car trains or it is not workable. I also have to cut in a couple more blocks (DC). Beneath the camera, out of view, is about 36" more yard.
Hi Dennis, You have a nice long shelf layout. Make mine look wimpy at 6 feet.

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Well, I would show mine, but it's been 2 days since my first ever post (a new topic about the Atlas HO turntable and the fact that one of rails lost power) , and it's still not visible, so no point really.
 

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Well, I would show mine, but it's been 2 days since my first ever post (a new topic about the Atlas HO turntable and the fact that one of rails lost power) , and it's still not visible, so no point really.
scottmac99;

If your whole post disappeared, or never appeared, it may be held up in moderation. You can ask gunrunnerjohn about that.
If the text went through, but a planned photo did not, that may be because a member has to have at least five posts to the forum before he/she can attach photos. Directions for attaching photos are in the "Forum News, Updates, and Help" section.

good luck;

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Well, I would show mine, but it's been 2 days since my first ever post (a new topic about the Atlas HO turntable and the fact that one of rails lost power) , and it's still not visible, so no point really.
You need 5 posts before graphics can be posted. This is simply a SPAM prevention measure, you'll be able to post normally after the first 5 posts.
 

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Night and day LED lighting

EdC;

My layout is a bit more than a typical "switching"(only) type layout, but it definitely qualifies as a shelf layout. It is based on an old (January & February 1977) Model Railroader Magazine article titled "Bookshelf Railroads."

Hi Traction Fan, Thanks for posting pictures of your layout. I plan on covering my switching layout also, to install blue lighting for night time switching.

Ed

EdC;

Your idea of adding a top to support lighting is a good one. Many larger layouts have lighting hidden behind a "valence" board running along the ceiling. My own smaller layout has a miniature valence at the front of the top. The top on my layout supports a lot more than lights. The original design was based on using that top as a shelf to support many books. My collection of train books & magazines, some video tapes, a VCR (yes I still have one! :smilie_auslachen: ) and a TV set (the old style with a picture tube!) are all on that shelf. That's a whole lot of weight, which is the reason for the arches shown in the first photo of my earlier response. They make the top super strong.

Nighttime operation can add a lot of interest, and blue "night" lighting is a good idea. Actually I have blue "nighttime" and white "daytime" LED lighting behind the valence on each of my layout sections. It doesn't show in the photos I sent last time, but the first one below does show one of several strips of LEDs that light one of my end loop sections. It's at the top left, directly above the lighthouse and cottage.
I used several coats of Tamiya clear blue model paint as a glass stain on the LED strips for "night" lighting. I mounted alternating day, and night, light strips along the valence.
The high intensity LED strips I used were taken from a 14" round ceiling light fixture made by a company called "Lights of America" I bought several of these fixtures at my local Costco store. They haven't been seen in the store for quite awhile, but they may be available online. The LED strips from this particular lighting fixture are ideal for model railroad lighting. They're small, very bright, and produce little heat. I mounted the LED strip circuit boards on pieces of aluminum angle that I straightened from 90 degrees, to approx. 45 degrees, by beating it with a hammer against a vise. I used thermal compound between the LED circuit board and the aluminum angle, so it serves as a heat sink as well as a physical mount and light reflector.

If you decide to do this, make sure you get the same make of ceiling fixture. Home Depot sells a similar size and price fixture that does not produce anything like the same amount of light. It uses different LEDs which are not mounted in strips, or on circuit boards. In short, it won't work for layout lighting.

The photos below show the box the ceiling fixture comes in, the LED strip circuit board, a section of modified aluminum angle, and the round white plastic-cased "driver" from the ceiling fixture. This driver converts 120vac house current to the 50vdc used to power the LED strip arrays. One driver powers four strips wired in series. I use 120v light dimmer wall switches to power the drivers. Two dimmer switches mechanically linked, knob-to-knob, let me dim the white day strips while simultaneously bringing up the blue night strips. Perhaps I should have used more blue light for the "nighttime" view of the lighthouse. That photo's pretty dark. Although if I had powered up the lights in the structures then it might look OK. I considered orange sunset/sunrise lights, but decided that was a bit too much, at least for now.

Good luck, Have fun!

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Yep, got that, thanks, but I posted no graphics, so I was getting concerned that my thread had been absorbed by a coat hanger or something :)
 

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Traction Fan, I will check out the lights at home depot.

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Ed;

Check the inside of any Home Depot LED light fixture before buying if possible. HD also has a 30 day return policy. Check that too. It won't do much good to get the wrong light. The whole point of my buying that particular fixture was the unusual brightness, and the fact that the LEDs were on easily detachable printed circuit boards. The light I saw at Home Depot had neither brightness, nor circuit boards. I did look on Lights of America's website and they don't show the exact same fixture. Amazon does show one that may be identical internally. It is part # 4160DE-MG3. Unfortunately, they don't have any in stock and don't know when, or if, more will be available. However the first review says "Costco used to sell this at a lower price, but they don't have it any more." That's what makes me think that this is the same 72 surface-mount LED 14" round ceiling fixture that I bought at Costco. It also doesn't show a price, which makes sense as Amazon doesn't have any to sell.
You might look at the LED "rope lights" (LEDs inside plastic tubing) or christmas lights, most of which are LEDs now.

Good luck;

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Lot of similarities here, except your layouts are better ! I've been reclaiming a corner of my workshed, by insulating and lining, then installing reclaimed cypress pine flooboards. Long way to go yet (I need a front wall, a door, and a ceiling) but here are some shots of progress to date (if I can get them to upload - bear with me).

Nope, it doesn't like my images. In fact it doesn't even like my posts. Topics I started weeks ago have still not appeared. I give in. I'll join another forum.
 
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