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Old 27th January 2012, 02:01   #1
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Hey Guys,

Im starting to put up the fascia board around my layout, and a backdrop up soon. Before putting on the backdrop, I want to make sure i have access to all my track, with scenery of coarse. The only problem I see is the helix, which will be half buried under a mountain. On my last layout, to avoid this problem, I cut out a little door into the backdrop where the mountain was. However, i did not like the way it looked afterwards (very sloppy looking). The thought going through my mind now is a hole in the table, which would give me access from underneath, without the door being visible from viewers. Ill work on getting a picture uploaded.(I haven't tried since the site was updated )

Has anyone here tried this tactic, and how did it go? Am I overlooking anything?

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Old 27th January 2012, 02:04   #2
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The table is 4 feet wide.
The wood in the back is not part of the layout yet. The backdrop will be about 2.5 or 3 feet above the table.
Sorry for the poor lighting.
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Old 27th January 2012, 02:23   #3
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I think access from below would be ideal. You don't really need a door - just leave it open.
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Old 27th January 2012, 10:29   #4
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I agree with Rick, no need for a door, just leave a hole, just put a edge along the helix to prevent your trains from falling inside.
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Old 27th January 2012, 18:11   #5
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Hey, Alex. If you must have a door, and you're not looking for something nice, you can use a piece of corrugated plastic or heavy corrugated cardboard with a few wood screws from the bottom. You could even make a hinge of sorts by scoring a few inches from the edge in the same direction as the corrugation.
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I read once that a net across the open bottom of a helix to catch your models in case of a derailment is a good idea...
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Yeah, but at that point the train has already derailed and fallen, the goal is to prevent it to fall from trackwork.
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Well, yes. Derailments occasionally happen on even the best running railroads and I can picture a number of things that could cause a long train on a long, tight curve to come off the rails. I don't know about you, but I would rather not take the chance of my new locomotive or a dozen or so cars ending up falling several feet to the floor.
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When I think about a net, I think about little fiddly things getting caught in the netting and breaking off. Better than hitting the floor, but maybe a trap-door frame with some soft velvety material for the train to land in. An edge along the roadbed could be difficult if you just wanted to fix a couple of wheel sets that had derailed. Maybe I'm being too morbid thinking about all that could go wrong.
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An edge along the roadbed could be difficult if you just wanted to fix a couple of wheel sets that had derailed. .
I was talking of something of just an inch (or little less) that shouldn't be too obtrusive.
It's a bit out of topic here but how's the museum's layout going on?
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