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I converted a dining room into a conventional
layout which uses 1M curves. The mainline, built up of Hübner track with 2.7 meter curves
goes through the living room on the carpet making a big loop around the furniture and
under the piano. This way I have a landscaped layout of normal size, plus the running room
to let even big trains run for a good long time and stay out of the station for a while.
Plus one can startle people in the living room by sneaking up on them with a locomotive.
The train station area is built on a plywood platform
(3/4" plywood sitting on 4"*4" posts). In the
living room the track runs on a roadbed made of 1/4"
plywood. The track in the living room is in 5-6' sections so it
can disassembled to clean the carpet, etc. The platform area is
The system is divided into three areas, each driven by a
booster and a transformer. I have a central power distribution
panel where the transformers and boosters live. From these wires go
out to three smaller panels, one for each area, where the decoders are
mounted. Connections are made using terminal strips at the edges of
these panels with screw connectors. A careful look at the track
shows I have two reversing loops, which are managed electrically by
the reversing circuit built into the Uhlenbrock boosters.
I used WinTrack 3.5 from ModellPlan to design
the track. I chose that program because it knows about all the Hübner track.
Here's what it looks like: