New Monthly Content June 2016: Maximize Your Space with Multi-Level Layouts
Whether we have limited space or plenty of room, the ability to maximize that space is important to all model railroaders. With Maximize Your Space with Multi-Level Layouts, the June monthly content for Model Trains for Beginners Insiders Club, you will learn about two ways to do just that – the helix and the grade.
To get the most of your space, you can build a small, compact layout, or a thin, wall-hugging layout (as detailed in last month’s Monthly Report). You can expand on that by adding a second level to your layout, doubling the amount of space used without taking up much more space.
There are a couple different ways of getting your train from one level to the other. One is the grade, a steady climb that is not unlike a prototype railroad climb through a mountain pass. This is by far the most realistic method and can be modeled as an open, visible part of the layout. The other method is the helix; a winding loop allows a train to traverse from one level to another. It can be as simple as one time around or as complex as multiple circles before exiting to the next level.
For a multi-level layout accessed via a grade, you will need a larger layout and thus more space. Often, layouts that wind around the walls of a room are best for this sort of climb. Your layout might be an out-and-back, loop-to-loop “dog bone”, or a point-to-point, and at some position, one or more tracks begin to follow the grade upward.
The helix is another method of getting trains from one level to another. It might be a simple, single-round helix hidden inside the terrain that takes your train up to a slightly higher elevation or it might be a multi-turn helix that takes the train up to another level entirely.
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