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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, November 16, 2003 12:41 AM
hello im new here. i tried to construct a layout a few yrs ago on 2 4x8 sheets. it was pretty boring becuz it was flat with no elevation and i love that part....with bridges and tunnels and more it makes it more alive with different levels. i stll have my 4x8 sheets but how do get different elevations?
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, November 16, 2003 7:02 AM
every tryed making a helix or sloping curves?
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, November 16, 2003 7:33 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by lordbullfrog

every tryed making a helix or sloping curves?


or multi-level it, making them transition from one level to another and would make your layout seem bigger as well.

There's several example on the web for non-boring 4x8 layouts, as well as Woodland scenics makes 4x8 layout kits that have tunnels, elevations, and other fun things for you.

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Posted by IRONROOSTER on Sunday, November 16, 2003 8:17 AM
One thing you can do is to separate your two sheets of plywwod. Assuming you build a frame work with legs for each one, set them about a foot apart and build a grid between them but depressed about 6 inches. This will allow you to put in a river and bridges.

You can also stack foam pieces (don't use the cheap white foam) and using the the Woodland Scenics products Jay mentioned above you can run trains between the elevations. You can also bridge from one elevated part to another.

Check out the Model Railroader part of this site under Modeling for more ideas.
Good luck
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Posted by Jetrock on Sunday, November 16, 2003 10:24 PM
You can also cut out portions of the 4x8 sheets where you want to build bridges, and create a "canyon" in the open space.
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Posted by dave9999 on Sunday, November 16, 2003 10:40 PM
I would use foam risers from Woodland Scenics to elevate the track 2" above the plywood surface,This
give you room to model "down" to create ditches,rivers, or any depression you like. You can then use
incline risers to elevate your track more if you like. Dave
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 17, 2003 1:07 PM
Don't make your grades too steep, unless you are running very short trains with a powerful engine. Maybe try a grade with some very slight s-curves in the track layout. Would look great to wath the train climb thru them slowly.

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