carnehan wrote:That's the one Redline. Check out Western Centurion on YouTube. He has a number of videos on producing the system using magnets and metal strip from packing cases - works perfectly well at a fraction of the cost.
I just watched one of them and thats impressive, I thought they were using a proprietary metal or something for the under track but to know that works just as well... What a great idea.
Mountain wrote:I'm building a 7mm scale layout in 2ftx7ft... It will be an oval. Ok. 7mm scale but narrow gauge so it goes round the corners better.
I use cheap Hornby 0/4/0's and short wheelbase 0/6/0's to go round tight corners as donor locomotives for the Smallbrook Studio body kits. Can also scratch build a 7mm scale cab onto the donor loco and repaint... Cheaper!
If one sticks to short coaches like the Smallbrook or Peco coaches or scratchbuilt coaches to this size, they easily go round corners well.
So it may help on making a layout in a small space. Mine was to be 2ftx3½ft, but was too small for me, so I built a second board for my trains to enjoy!
I once built a O 16.5 railway, I had a few Peco 4 wheel coaches and a Bachmann On30 Porter that I kitbashed with a whitemetal TR #4 (only retaining the Bachmann 0-4-0, saddle tank, and smokebox area)
As much as the figure 8 would be cool to have the changes in elevation, I think I'm just going to stick with the oval. The layout will be in a corner space and to have a section of layout that is completely unreachable is kind of hard to have when something could go wrong. Though I think I will have the front side elevated 1" from the back side and have the line go down a slope into the backscene on the left and rise back up starting after the passing loop behind the scenes on the right.