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 Table of Contents

Intro, Fixing a modular Layout

My Plans for my next layout

Hobby Power Supply (How I make a hobby power supply out of a "ATX" computer power supply)

Turnout controls

 My Photobucket Page with all of my doodles and junk

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This web site is my ramblings about how I built a model railroad. In the first installment "Fixing a modular Layout" I will explain what I did wrong and how I was planning to fix it. But I have since disassembled my modular layout salvaging the track and turnouts to be reincarnated into a new design.

I have also reworked this site trying to tell you what I'm doing and how I plan to do it in the hope that someone will find this information useful.


Fixing a modular Layout

In my research concerning building benchwork for a Model Railroad using a modular type of construction I found these web sites to be very informative in this matter. Is a link to the NMRA's web site on Module building and standards there of. They cater to the Model Railroader in Europe and have some really neat stuff, so check em out.

I find myself wanting to rebuild my benchwork. As I find out more and more about Modular construction I find that in my haste to build said benchwork. I just screwed one module to the next. That in its self was a mistake. While this did make taking the mods apart easy enough. The Realignment is a problem!

With my last layout I used pine 1x4's for the framing with 3/8 plywood with foam board over it for my layout top. Then laid my track work over that. While this has made for sturdy benchwork I do need to fix a few things. Namely the module joint or rather the realignment of the modules if and when they are ever taken apart to be moved. Sense the layout benchwork was already built and assembled. And had 45" from the floor to the bottom of the layout framing I have enough room, that I could drill the alignment holes for the dowels and carriage bolts from below the layout. Taking care of the module frame alignment problem, I then had to take care of the track transition from module the module. I'm planning to remove some foam and install wood blocking glued and screwed to the plywood that's already is place then using brass screws installed in the blocks. I can solder the rails heads to the screws, then cut the rail joint across the joints. This well take care of my rail alignment problem.

To fully understand the problems with my last layout you have to understand the modular benchwork first.

 Most of my modules are simply rectangular frames

With 2x2 legs 48 inches long for support.

The Track Joint From Table to Table

page 2, page 3, Hobby Power Supply, Turnout Controls