February has been a busy month, but at last my "top shelf " Trix based layout is completed.
I have total occupancy of our smallest spare room, just 8 ft 6 ins by 6 ft 6 ins. It was already full of shelves loaded with toy trains and micro layouts, a radio collection, books and a computer desk. So where was the new layout to go?
Following ideas taken from the USA magazine "Model Railroader", I have set up a Trix Twin bakelite track continuous circuit on the top level of my shelving system. It is 5 feet 9 inches high. I make use of a folding aluminium DIY platform for access; the height is just perfect to work on and operate the layout.
Using the Trix bakelite track has had some surprising advantages. Although around 60 years old it offers good running when carefully set up......and most of mine came in a box lot costing just £25.
The unknown (to me) advantages are that Bing Table Railway clockwork and electric locos will run perfectly on the layout, including pointwork, as will my collection of German Trix Express....in fact they seem to run better than on the later plastic sleeper points. I have the power feeds set so they can switch to two rail , and later Trix and Trix Express two rail also run. Brilliant.....a multi use layout that will run all my 00 and H0 stock!
The following photos track clockwise round the room: