New Monthly Content May 2016: Making the Most of Your Space

New Monthly Content May 2016: Making the Most of Your Space

Limited space seems to be one of the main concerns for most beginners – and even for many of intermediate or expert skill level. With Making the Most of Your Space, the May monthly content for Insider’s Club members only you will learn how the space you already have can allow you to create a nice looking layout with both realistic operations and continuous run loops or point-to-point operation.

May Monthly Cover

May Monthly Cover

The traditional beginner’s 4 ft. x 8 ft. (1.22 m x 2.44 m) layout is discussed, in both pros and cons, and also some other small designs for small spaces, including shelf layouts and L-shaped layouts.

At first it may not seem like much can be done on a 4×8 – a loop or oval, maybe double tracked, and that’s it. But there is some versatility available in the limited space. It is possible to include not only a continuous run loop but also up to seven industrial sidings in a layout this size and shape.

The drawback to the 4×8 is how much room it actually takes up. You need a space at least 6 ft. x 10 ft. in order to be able to move comfortably around the 4×8 bench work. That really is the only drawback to a 4×8, but it is a significant concern if you live in a small house or apartment. It is possible to create a second level for your layout, even a 4×8, but that’s a topic for another time.

With just a little patience and a whole lot of desire, you’ll find that even the most complicated looking layout is easier to tackle than you would have imagined. There are fantastic tutorials available in book or video format that can walk even a beginner through the steps of designing and building a nice layout, from tiny to moderate-sized, that fits into a modicum of space. In the coming months, we’ll be providing you with new content on the design and functionality of multi-level layouts, with a helix, on the actual construction of the bench or table, on wiring, and more. If you’ve got the desire, the passion, for model trains, you can build the layout of your dreams!

To learn more, download the PDF e-book from the member’s area. If you aren’t yet an Insiders Club member, it’s just $27/month to join. You get our core set of PDF e-books, access to the Insiders Club members only area, exclusive blog posts, and new monthly PDF e-book content. Just click HERE to join now!

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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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