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KAL-12434 - Designing & Building Multi-Deck Model Railroads

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Acquire more space and longer towns and runs with multiple decks!

Tony Koester walks you through design, options, lighting and wiring considerations, the where and when sequence, as well as the all-important construction techniques.


Introduction 	4

The evolution of layout design 	6
 Looking up instead of out

Do you really need more than one deck?     12
Longer runs enhance operations

Design considerations	24
Developing a track plan

Climbing between decks 	38
Helixes, continuous runs, and elevators

Height compromises 	46
Factors in determining ideal levels

Layout lighting 	56
In a word, “fluorescent”

Don’t let the top infringe on the bottom    66
Avoiding clearance issues

Construction techniques 	74
Assembly order is critical

Framing the picture – fascias and valances     80
Framing the view of the layout

Multi-deck layout sampler 	88
Examples of successful layouts

Author: Tony Koester
Size: 8 1/4 x 10 3/4
Pages: 96
Color photos: 175