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New Layout, June 2003

This is a new venture for me, following the purchase, in late 2002, of a collection of tinplate O gauge items, including Lionel, Bing and Hornby. The baseboards for the new layout were originally built around 1986, for the Dublo layout pictured above, in my garage. There are six boards, forming an oblong eight feet by fourteen feet, with a central operating well eight feet by three feet six inches. Construction follows standard practice, the framing being 2x1 planed timber, topped with 5 ply.

The ply has been covered with sheets of fibre board, actually sold as underlay for laminate flooring. The outer edges of the layout are framed with plain planed timber, 3/4 inch by four inches, to give a 'lip' of just under two inches all around the inner and outer edges, to catch any derailed locos! The rear of the layout has a twelve inch high back board of thin 3 ply, which has been sealed with a 50/50 mixture of PVA glue and water. This will be decorated with facsimilies of old toy train catalogues.

I have bought various 'job lots' of track, both clockwork and electric, but am having problems, not just with rust, which has been cleaned off, but with general running quality. Perhaps the mixture of track, locos and stock is to blame. There are products from Lionel, Marx, Hornby (UK), Hornby (France), JEP, Bassett-Lowke and Bing, as well as a few items from the smaller companies such as Chad Valley and Mettoy. The result is that, at the time of writing (June 2003), I have ordered a supply of new K-Line track which I hope will ensure smooth running for all locos and stock.

New layout under construction 
New layout
New layout under construction 
New layout

Update, July 2003

A few more pictures taken 5th July, showing my collection of locos. I'm pleased to say that the K-Line track has arrived, and very smart it is, too. The 'job lot' that I bought, via eBay, is mainly curved track, with more than enough to complete circles in three different diameters. Now to find some straight track. In the meantime, I'll use whatever I have, which is mainly British Hornby, from the 1930s.

New layout under construction 
Marx 0-4-0
New layout under construction 
Marx 2-4-2
New layout under construction 
Bing 0-4-0
New layout under construction 
Lionel diesels
New layout under construction 
Lionel 2-4-2
New layout under construction 
General view
New layout under construction 
Mystery building

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