Ok, I'm going to try and remember everything you spoke on(ugh, tapatalk)..
Anyhew, well, I'm going to"try" and take the current layout with me, but as we know, the chances of not damaging delicate things like the wiring, and all the things like grass, etc.. Well, I'm not holding any hopes at all honestly, that's why I'm saying a "new" layout. I've already thought about the possible expansion "arms" I could add to the "L" that I already have.
Honestly, the yard, I built it with modular in mind. It's 2'x3', and only has, both a single track lead to it, and a single wire lead to everything. It's also connected/ disconnected by a single XT60 connector.
It's just the main 8'x4' that im worried about. But, my thought is, worst case scenario, I can use the board, to basically, and probably cut it in half lengthwise, creating 2 2'x8' to base the new layout around.
And yes, I am for sure thinking about the future with any and all things from now on that I do to any platform that I have. Im taking in all the suggestions, add far as the connectors mentioned, all of your suggestions, definitely the IDEAS like cables and fascia interface/ versus under the table terminals, e.t.c, and more. All excellent and great stuff! And I thank you all for the thoughts and shares...
You all have given me a ton to think about as usual, and I hope I addressed everything.. Keep it coming if you or anyone else can think of anything(no matter how small). And no, for sure not laughing at age. That's grave, and it's funny how over 40 has passed so quickly..
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I'm always glad to hear that my posts, pdf files, & responses have helped someone. That's exactly what they're for.
It sounds like you have things figured out pretty well.
You might look at that 4' x 8' main section from both the top, and bottom. Consider what track, and other difficult-to-move items, are on top, and what wiring, switch machines, etc. are underneath.
Then think about the possibility of dividing the 4'x8' into four 2'x4' sections sometime before your upcoming household moving adventure. :laugh:
The smaller sections will not only be easier to move, (without bashing into door frames, the walls around corners, etc.the way 8' long ones would.) They will also be more adaptable to a different size/shape space when you have moved. One more benefit of the shorter sections is that they will fit on a table, or workbench, so you can make any repairs, or modifications, in comfort. Until someone has done it both ways, it's hard to appreciate just how much incredibly easier it is to wire, and mount switch machines, with the section upside down on a table, and you seated in a chair. Once you have tried it, I doubt you'll ever want to go back to crawling under the layout, and working above your head. That way really is a lot harder! It's just the only way most model railroaders have ever done it, so they accept it.
If you were to make the cuts along the 2'x4' lines, what, if anything, would be destroyed/ seriously damaged? Would it be better to cut in different spots? Remember to think in terms of random-sized sections, rather than true modules, which are rigidly regulated sizes designed to mate with modules made by other people.
Sections can be whatever size and shape you choose, so plan your cutting in whatever places make the most sense to you. Once you have your cut locations picked out, and marked on the bottom, think about building some 1"x3" frames to support each section, and the electrical connections that will be needed at each boundary between sections. You don't have to actually build the frames, or wire any connectors just yet.
Unless you have picked out the exact location of your railroad in the new house, and been granted a "building permit" by the "domestic authority"
(wife) You don't really know what size and shape your "new"/old layout will have to take when you are in your new house.
My layout changed shape, and size, pretty drastically when we moved from a 2 bedroom condo into a 3 bedroom single-family home with an attached garage. Fortunately it was an increase in available space, but my "standard" 4'x16"x16" sections fit just fine, and I was able to build additional sections to fit the space, and the concept of the railroad. Hopefully you will have a similar positive change when you move.
The files below were written for new modelers planning a first layout. I know you're not new, and this may not be your first layout, but you did ask for any info. Section 3&4 of "How to build a better first layout" has some sketches showing how some 4' x 18" sections can be arranged into a layout to fit a small spare room. Those may help, if you wind up using a somewhat similar space.
I may also have already sent these to you. If so, just write it off to my senility and ignore them.
Good Luck & (I normally add "Have fun!" here, but you are moving!
Perhaps "My condolences" would be more appropriate!
Traction Fan :smilie_daumenpos:
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