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crannman

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hi all new to all this got grandkids western mesenger set managed to get it set up after alot of sorting out the track layout going to put it in attic on a board and slowly ad to track can you give me any advice on layouts and what track packs to buy .

Chrissaf

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The Hornby boxed track packs that you can buy, are specifically made to build the layout on the Hornby R8217 TrakMat layout design. So if you are building a 'free form' layout of your own design, then the Hornby Track Expansion Packs will be of little value to you.

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However, if you are expanding your layout based upon the R8217 TrakMat layout design, then download my "Getting Started, including Track Expansion Packs" PDF document. You will find the download link for it in the sticky post of the same name found at the very top of this particular sub-forum.

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

crannman

7 posts

@Chrissaf

The Hornby boxed track packs that you can buy, are specifically made to build the layout on the Hornby R8217 TrakMat layout design. So if you are building a 'free form' layout of your own design, then the Hornby Track Expansion Packs will be of little value to you.

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However, if you are expanding your layout based upon the R8217 TrakMat layout design, then download my "Getting Started, including Track Expansion Packs" PDF document. You will find the download link for it in the sticky post of the same name found at the very top of this particular sub-forum.

 

Chrissaf

7623 posts


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Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Ericm0hff

5755 posts

going to put it in attic

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NOT a good idea! There are lots of threads scattered around all the various forums about where to build a layout.

Attics, unless fitted with proper floors, insulation, access stairs, and electricity, light, and ventilation, are more trouble than you would believe.

Taken to an extreme example - power from an extension cable plugged in to a socket in a bedroom, access via a chair balanced on a table on the edge of the stairway, you have arthritis in a hip, there is no proper floor in the attic, and there's a power failure while you are up there, at ten pm! Now - get out without putting a foot through the ceiling, or falling out of the hatch and down the stairs!

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Being sensible, in summer you will roast, in winter you will freeze. Boards will buckle from the damp. All your models will get filthy, and so will you!

Before you build anything in the attic, you need to do a lot of forward planning, taking into consideration access, safety, and the house structure. You will be amazed just how heavy a solidly built railway layout is, and unless the attic floor has been reinforced, it will not take the stress.

if it works first time, you did something wrong!

Ericm0hff

5755 posts

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nice photo, but as there is no text accompanying, what is the relevence to an attic layout?

if it works first time, you did something wrong!

crannman

7 posts

thanks all the attic is converted it was sons bedroom but hes married and gone ...yipppeee....so no issue with that 

Welcome to the hobby you and your grandkids will have a lot of fun as you develop the layout. I have never used Track Mat system so I can not comment on this you can look at the Hornby plans on internet which always helpful  and decide on DCC or DC to control your layout cheers from Perth Australia

David E Jackson

crannman

7 posts

any tips advice on building the layout sidings ,tunnels,landscaping putting a bit of colour and life into it 

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