New Monthly Content June 2016: Maximize Your Space with Multi-Level Layouts

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.

June MonthlyTo 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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Robert Thomson

Robert W. Thomson is a life-long railfan, the son of a former L&N Railroad B&B gang foreman, and an amateur photographer. He was born and raised in southeast Tennessee but now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife, Connie and cat, Charlie. Robert has worked as a park ranger, underground mine tour guide, freelance roleplaying game writer, and ran his own roleplaying game publishing company until selling it in 2012.

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