Xbbox's layout update

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by xbbox, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. xbbox

    xbbox Member

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    So I went to Home Depot today and picked me up a sheet of that pink insulation board and stopped at Walmart and bought some black felt. Layout is now 3' X7' instead of 2 1/2' X 6'. All wires are now hidden. Here are some pictures leading up to date.
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  2. TrainNut

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    I like the contrast between the black felt and the grey track ballast. Pretty cool. Now, make some temporary stand alone mountains that you can pick up and move/rearrange as your layout changes and progresses.
  3. SeriousSam

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    That looks really cool. I would worry about the "S" curves you got on your layout. Especially the ones on the upper level
  4. xbbox

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    I don't have any problems as of now. I can run the train at full throttle and it doesn't fall off.
  5. SeriousSam

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    Thats good. Usually the train wont derail, but in time, your train will begin to uncouple. You are running small engines and cars. But if you ever want to run six axle locomotives and longer freight cars, it will not look good on your layout. But if you are keeping it the way it is, there shouldnt be too much of a problem.
  6. xbbox

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    I went to the train shop by my house yesterday and picked up a Jupiter 4-4-0 steam engine set. Came with the engine and 5 cars. Had to once again rearrange the layout. This is where I'm at now. Most probably going to stay like this for a while. I have a inner and outer track so I can run both at the same time.

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  7. SeriousSam

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    tell me, does that steam engine pull the cars up that bridge? I have one just like it but it doesnt pull but two cars on a straight track :(
  8. SeriousSam

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    tell me, does that steam engine pull the cars up that bridge? I have one just like it but it doesnt pull but two cars on a straight track :( Looks good BTW
  9. xbbox

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    It will only pull it up if I have it at full throttle. They way the tracks are set up, only the diesle goes up the bridge. The steam engine stays on flat ground in the middle.
  10. DENNISJR60

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    xbbox

    How is the styrofoam working for you? I want to do the same thing because I don't want a heavy piece of wood to move around. Did you just buy the big sheet & trim it down? How streardy(?) is it?

    Sorry for all the questions...
  11. wickman

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    Looks like your quite comfortable with trying different track designs ...I bet you can't wait to start on scenery.:wave:
  12. stevez0r

    stevez0r New Member

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    If you don't mind me asking what company track are you using? What company Loco's are you using also?
  13. xbbox

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    No problem. The styrofoam is doing great. I have it sitting on a 2 1/2' x 6' table, so not really that much hangs over. If you push down on the ends it will bend but as for the middle it's great. I just purchased a 4' x 8' sheet and cut it with a utility knife.


    I'm actually not going to be doing any type of scenery. As you can see from the pictures, I like different stuff everyday. I'd hate to have to build everything and then tear it all down because I want to change something.


    Everything that I'm using is Bachmann. The tracks are the e z track setup.
  14. Papa Bear

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    Looks good, xbbox! :thumb:
  15. Austinio

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    When I see intricate track plans like this in such a small area, it makes me wish I got into N instead of HO. Of course I then look at my layout of 4 x 12 and although I do not have as much room as I'd like on it now I figure N would mean too much track for that area.
  16. xbbox

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    Well I lied, I bought another set the other day so I had to change my layout agian. Bachmann Empire set. Comes with a 4-8-4 steam engine and 9 cars. I also picked up 2 more cars. This is where I'm at now and the last pic is a diesle loco that I'm thinking about picking up. I also figured out last night that between the 3 trains on the table, I have 50' of track.
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  17. zachary

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    looks looks like a great loco i was wondering how good dose those bachmann locos run .
  18. xbbox

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    They run really well. The only thing I don't like is that I didn't know that the 4-4-0 would be that small.
  19. wickman

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    The layout looks like its screaming for some scenery :wave:
  20. LoudMusic

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    Smallness isn't a bad thing - it helps give the illusion that everything else is much larger ;)