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    • August 19, 2019 11:49 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      Nails don't work well on foam. I use a latex caulk/adhesive, or Locktite Powergrab to glue down my HO track on foam. It should work just as well on gauge 1 track.

       

      Outdoors I use crushed limestone for ballast, I would think indoors you could also use a crushed stone product.

       

      I would think 14 gauge or 12 gauge stranded wire, like lamp cord, would work just fine indoors.

       

      I am sure there are other opinions soon to be posted. Consider them all (except Rooster's) and chose what will work the best for you.

       

      Any idea on the size of the crushed stone?  And thanks for the suggestions, I'll have to see what I can find for the adhesive.

    • August 19, 2019 11:47 PM EDT
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Welcome aboard the looney train, Steve.  Well, not everyone here is looney, just me, Rooster  and a few others.  All joking aside, there are a lot of great modelers here all willing to help.  One big question everyone will want to know is what is the size of your layout space?  Also, are you building for roundy, round or operations or both?  I'm sure others will chime in with more questions.  Look forward to seeing your layout come to life and as John has pointed out, around here pictures are king and no one will believe any progress has been made without them 

       

      Well, let's see, hmmmm...   the layout will be basically a 8x12 with a small section in the middle cut out for me.  It's basically taking up the whole room, so the layout is hard to reach on the outsides near the walls.  I'll probably have to use a step stool to lay track.  Since it's small, I tend to probably just run trains and hope the boredom won't set in.  I do have two points at the top, where I'm hoping to add more track into another room...  hopefully soon, because I don't have enough space for all my equipment. Lol 

    • August 19, 2019 11:40 PM EDT
    • John Passaro said:

      Hiya, Steve, and wellcome!

       

      Here's your picture. If you want to call me (email me and I'll call you or give you my number) and I can walk you through how to post pictures here. I'd love to see your progress, and, like we say, no pictures and it didn't happen:

       

       

       

      Thanks for adding the pic.  I usually do videos, but will take some pictures as well.  Hoping to start this Wednesday, but still a lot of unanswered questions. Lol

       

    • August 19, 2019 10:19 PM EDT
    • Loctite Powergrab is my go to adhesive if you can find any railclamps it's best if you clamp down the switches and do not glue or screw the switches down. If you ever have to remove or replace on your can simply unscrew the clamps and lift it out. Same for ballast, Don't adhere it down on switches. Are you planning on DCC or rc/battery or simple DC track power?

      Also is this a stand alone layout in a room or will you be able to walk around the sides, asking about reach issues I see.

    • August 19, 2019 9:49 PM EDT
    • Nails don't work well on foam. I use a latex caulk/adhesive, or Locktite Powergrab to glue down my HO track on foam. It should work just as well on gauge 1 track.

       

      Outdoors I use crushed limestone for ballast, I would think indoors you could also use a crushed stone product.

       

      I would think 14 gauge or 12 gauge stranded wire, like lamp cord, would work just fine indoors.

       

      I am sure there are other opinions soon to be posted. Consider them all (except Rooster's) and chose what will work the best for you.

    • August 19, 2019 6:40 PM EDT
    • Welcome aboard the looney train, Steve.  Well, not everyone here is looney, just me, Rooster  and a few others.  All joking aside, there are a lot of great modelers here all willing to help.  One big question everyone will want to know is what is the size of your layout space?  Also, are you building for roundy, round or operations or both?  I'm sure others will chime in with more questions.  Look forward to seeing your layout come to life and as John has pointed out, around here pictures are king and no one will believe any progress has been made without them 

    • August 19, 2019 5:58 PM EDT
    • Hiya, Steve, and wellcome!

       

      Here's your picture. If you want to call me (email me and I'll call you or give you my number) and I can walk you through how to post pictures here. I'd love to see your progress, and, like we say, no pictures and it didn't happen:

       

       

    • August 19, 2019 5:17 PM EDT
    • Hello Everyone! First I apologize for any spelling errors, I cant see. Lol. Broke my glasses 2 days ago, and I can't see anything close up.


      I'm about to start building my indoor layout, hope to start this week but I need some help. I have all track and digital stuff bought. I'm going to be using 2" foam insulation board glued down with liquid nails for projects. Now the questions.
      What's the best way to fasten the track down, I'm using Piko track, would nailing work on foam.


      What should I use for ballast?


      I'm converting all switches to DCC and would like to do a bus line for that along with extra power points for the rails. What's a good bus?


      In the picture, the blue lines will indicate an area of track that will be pulled out to allow for a door to open then close...


      Any and all help would be appreciated.


      Thanks,
      Steve

    • August 11, 2019 4:26 PM EDT
    • Another good day for a short run. 

      https://youtu.be/nA0IESuNgZM

    • July 30, 2019 12:42 PM EDT
    • Lou Luczu said:

      OK, where did you get those round block? I have not seen them before. They work well for a curve roadbed.

       

       

      i got them at Menards  

      Crescent pavers 

    • July 30, 2019 10:20 AM EDT
    • OK, where did you get those round block? I have not seen them before. They work well for a curve roadbed.

    • July 30, 2019 7:52 AM EDT
    • Well, at least it doesn’t look like trackage along the LS&I now. 

       

    • July 26, 2019 10:19 PM EDT
    • It seems I have a new engineer...

       

    • July 16, 2019 10:30 PM EDT
    • Joe Zullo said:

      Thanks. Was about to get on my computer and edit it with embedded video. 

    • July 16, 2019 9:58 PM EDT
    • I could get to enjoying evening runs. Especially if it’s as nice as tonight. 

       

      https://youtu.be/AYAD5EkLCNI

    • June 26, 2019 1:37 PM EDT
    • Running from today. Will change with video embedded when I get on my computer. 

      https://youtu.be/UqkBMG5krZM

    • June 25, 2019 6:39 PM EDT
    • couldn't open the picture said damaged file or unsupported format

    • June 25, 2019 10:27 AM EDT
    • And if anyone wants to know, this is update 3 with the 4th expansion included