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My son has asked for a train set in  his room, after 2 years of thinking he might change his mind he hasnt, he is 9.   He has lots of track and engines of varying age and a mummy who does not have a clue. 

We have a space of about 195cm x 135cm. My idea was to buy some shelving units to rest the board on (he would like a hole in the middle which am not sure how I could make) Would this work? Or should I find a carpenter?

Am feeling v overwhelmed, what wood do I buy? 

Any tips or help would be appreciated as he is not wanting just a simple oval shape as he has asked for a turntable and a viaduct for his birthday. Any suggestions on layouts would be great to as he has been busy constructing foot bridges from the sets you buy.

Thanks for any help!

atom3624

634 posts

Welcome to model railways!!!

It is very educational.

Others will advise regarding cutouts, mounting, weights, power supplies, other considerations.

 

Al.

Rog (RJ)

1822 posts

The size you specify (6ft x 4ft) isn't very big to get a turntable and a viaduct on and cutting a hole in the middle is not going to be viable at that size either.

Rog :-) I don't model anything in particular, I just play trains. Living on the South side of Nottingham. Keep taking the tablets. http://www.modelrailwayforum.co.uk/ The phoenix has risen from the ashes

Jimbopuff

982 posts

But please don't be discouraged since 6ft x 4ft is bigger than the layouts of some members (albeit a minority I suspect

). Are you familiar with the Hornby Trak-Mat ? This gives a good initial perspective for a layout.

If you elect for a plywood baseboard, probably the best option, it would be possible to have a hole cut at one end to make room for a viaduct or small hand-operated turntable, I think. Best to get some advice on this. Also someone to build the baseboard for you if you are not handy with tools etc. And it must be RIGIDLY SUPPORTED and at the best height for your son.

There are many kind-hearted members on this forum and maybe one of them lives near you. Smile. At this point I will leave it to some of our more knowledgeable members to post their advice. Nice to hear that your 9 year old son is very keen on model railways. Good luck to you both.

jg

Chrissaf

7623 posts


Community Moderator

Just to add to what Jimbo has written above. He wrote:

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"it would be possible to have a hole cut at one end to make room for a viaduct"

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The reason for the cut out, is that a viaduct is a high level bridge. A 6ft by 4ft base is too small to have slopes leading up and down to a viaduct. Thus the viaduct would need to be sunk down below board level so that the viaduct track bed was level with the surrounding board. So this 'cut out could for example be a rectangular recess that represents a river or a valley. As you can see, the carpentry required to accommodate a viaduct starts to get complicated.

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Jimbo also wrote:

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"There are many kind-hearted members on this forum and maybe one of them lives near you."

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Now you can't post your address on this forum, but you can give a general area. As an example, I live in the DA1 post code area. DA1 does not in any way identify my exact address. So if you did give a general area location and there was a 'kind hearted' member as Jimbo put it prepared to help, then arrangements could be made to put you in contact via the Hornby forum administration.

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

Ah thank you all for your help, as you can see I am clueless and been sitting on my floor trying to work out just how to get a board! I think I have a little more space I can use, I had not thought of how the Viaduct could go in so thank you for that.  Who knew it could be so technical.

I live in Southend now wondering if there was a model shop nearby I could go and ask for some advice or put me in touch with 'an expert'!

We did have a mat but it got played with on the floor and got damaged though I presume you can get replacements. 

Apart from the odd screwdriver I dont have any tools so I think I need a carpenter, what shall I ask him to make the board from? Or does someone have a link I could show them to how it should be constructed? 

Thanks all again for your help.

GNR-Gordon-4

4131 posts

Fallenoffthewagon, welcome to the Hornby Forum. Smile

 

I suggest you use a search engine, such as Google abd type in ‘Southend model shops’ and this should find you some local model shops.

 

GNR-Gordon-4

A Thomas & Friends OO, HO and OO-9 Model Railway Gauge's Collector Since 2005, an Eddie Stobart Spotter and Collector Since 2010 and an Airfix QUICK BUILD Collector Since 2017

howbiman

2382 posts

Log in to this website for comprehensive advice re: constructing a model railway..... https://www.brian-lambert.co.uk/Layoutbuilding.html ..........HB

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Chrissaf

7623 posts


Community Moderator

Fallenoffthewagon,

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There are companies out there who specialise in making baseboards on a commission basis, there are others that just do a basic board build. Costs can be a high or as low as your imagination (layout design). But a basic flat board on folding legs is not that onerous to build and falls into the lower priced end of the market, however these basic flat boards would not necessarily be suitable for Viaducts (for the reasons outlined in my previous reply). And turntables ideally need to be recessed into a board requiring custom board cutting to suit the turntable in question. Thus your 9 year old sons expectations may need to be curtailed to fit in with your available budget.

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I did a basic Google search for 'Baseboard' building companies. One of the results led to this website (click link below), where there is a lot of pricing information shown. If nothing else, it gives you an expectation of likely costs involved for the carpentry element of the layout build. With regard to the boards this particular service provider below provides. I would avoid the 'Chipboard' top surface option and go for a Plywood top surface with the 3" x 1" frame option.

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http://www.pls-layouts.co.uk/html/price_list.htm

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I should stress that I am in no way recommending this baseboard supplier over any other. I am just pointing out that there are people out there who do this type of thing for a living and are more appropriate to employ than a 'General Purpose' carpenter. Sometimes, baseboard construction services are advertised in the Model Railway magazines, so worth investing in one from the local Newsagent.

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

howbiman

2382 posts

For a good selection of track plans look here   http://www.freetrackplans.com/Home.php  ...........HB

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