Roger (RJ) wrote:I started a loft layout some years ago, about 10 foot by 16 foot total size with a large open area in the middle, sufficient headroom but uninsulated, floored with chipboard in the main operating area. It was dusty and draughty, very cold in winter and absolutely roasting hot in summer. I gave up building the layout before I completed it. It was just too uncomfortable to be in the loft for most of the year.
I now have a small layout in a spare bedroom, still uncompleted (barely started really!!) but i enjoy using it and I'm comfortable.
Edit. Forgot to say my loft layout used ¾ inch chipboard without sufficient framing and it sagged badly after some time, my spare bedroom layout uses 6mm ply with a 2x1" frame at approx 12" spacing and that's easy to get track pins (Peco) into but they do protrude underneath. 9mm ply would be better I think.
I have not purchased Peco track pins for years. When I last purchased a pack, they were very thin wimpy things and most of them bent when they were gently hammered in, so I changed tack and purchased Hornby track pins instead (Todays Hornby track pins are even wider and slightly longer then they were before they moved production to China. I have both types including brass tacks from Gaugemaster? I think Gaugemaster). How ever did you manage to get Peco track pins into plywood!?