Friday, October 15, 2010

Layout Progress - October 15, 2010

It's been a while since I last posted but I've been making steady progress on a layout "footprint" and pieces of a design for that footprint. I've also done some moving around of the shelf standards as I've decided to put staging below the layout, so the brackets and standards will support staging and the 1st Level. I moved the standards down last week and this week I took scrap 2x4s and some 2x6s left over from the wall creations and made 2x2s to attach to the brackets, similar to what Shaun did on a previous layout. I then attached them to the brackets using a 1 5/8" drywall screw on the front hole and a 2 1/2" drywall screw on the back hole. It took me about 15 minutes to cut up the wood and another 15 to screw these on. I'm going to attach a 3/4" strip of 1x3, probably, to the front of these to give them more support and prevent the brackets from swinging a little. I also have to drill a hole through each to run the bus wires. Then I'll attach the front strip and the next step will be to put down the plywood sub-roadbed. Since this whole area is pretty much industrial/former industrial, a sheet of 1/2" or 3/4" plywood will do the trick. Here are some pictures of the work done so far.
Yard area:

City/Passenger Station Area:

Auto Facility/Intermodal Yard ara:

Close-up of the bracket attached.

The brackets are situated so that when 3/4" plywood is attached, the height from the floor will be 40". In addition to this work, I've cut some wood for the first center peninsula. Depending on how it turns out, I may use the same technique for the second one. Here's a quick view of the footprint I'm going to work with now:

As you can see, I've got about 2/3 of the design for the 1st level done. I'm currently flushing out the left-side to include a power plant in the "blob". Since this will be a two-level design, I also went looking for options on how to build the second and 3rd level bracing. My goal is to keep the second level (and peninsula) widths at 12". I'm probably going to build a few test brackets following this design and see how I like them. Again, they use 2x4s for the design and I have plenty of 2x4 and 2x6 scrap still left over that I can use to experiment with. I am slowly running out of wood so I know another trip to Home Depot or Lowes is in store for me, maybe even this weekend. I'm trying to do about 15-30 minutes of work per night to hopefully keep making progress.


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