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re-inventing the 6ft by 4ft layout

 
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ruedetropal



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 11:18 pm    Post subject: re-inventing the 6ft by 4ft layout Reply with quote

I suspect many of us started with the classic 6ft by 4ft table top layout. Now there are big problems with this size of layout, as it is often too big to store, and difficult to move round. There also seem to be a lot of wasted space, in particular the corners,
If you think of the board as six boards each only 2ft by 2ft, then it becomes easier. I am designing 6 small boards, which make better use of the space, and hopefully when put together create something interesting. In theory it might be possible to swap boards around , even build more, so different layouts could be created.
Here is the first, and yes it does use my inset/dockyard track. I have managed to fit in 4 curved points and 2 standard points, all Setrack. All curves are 2nd radius.

The space in middle could be used for building or cut out completely.
I am considering a board with more inset track, and bridges on mainline(my 3D porinted ones), then a double junction, and a station board. The station could be set up as a through or terminus. That leaves 2 boards, one could have a couple of sidings to store locos, and the other kept plain and simple, possible a tunnel, not sure.
I am also hoping it might be possible to bolt them together in pairs for safer transport and storage. Not sure how they would be fixed together for operation yet.
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Will try anything once, looking for the ultimate easy to set up portable exhibition layout, preferably French narrow gauge and with lots going on, not necessary on the rails.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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ruedetropal



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will only fit 6 in at any time. It is also a project I am planning to use at demonstrations of my 3d printed track, when I will only be taking one module.

As a concept, you have actually made it look even better, as it could be a good way for someone to build their first layout and then expand it. Although it can be used for exhibitions, my main aim is for layouts at home. Most people don't take layouts to exhibitions, and most of them don't have space for a large permanent layout.
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Will try anything once, looking for the ultimate easy to set up portable exhibition layout, preferably French narrow gauge and with lots going on, not necessary on the rails.

http://www.rue-d-etropal.com
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