Final Trackplan and Power Distribution Drawings

On Zity Edge Layou, finally all the tracks are installed, except for a few feet of tracks on the elevated track, and the drawings are updated to asbuilt version.

The layout are also divided into Power Districts, so its possible to run both DCC and conventional DC on the layout at the same time, like DCC on High Level Outside and DC on High Level Inside and Low Level, if that is wanted.

The different systems are selected with switches on the Power Routing Panel. 

Check out the layout and the power districts on the final rev 5 asbuilt drawings.

Track laying in progress

Near all tracks are installed on the Zity Edge Layout.

No electrical connections have been done yet. On all hidden areas I have used Märklin turnouts with Märklin and Peco flextrack. On a few curves, I have used some Märklin sectional track. On all visible areas I have used Atlas turnouts and Atlas flextrack. I have not used any corkbase under the tracks on this layout, all tracks are glued to the base. A few tracks are attached using spikes.

The current work is to create the elevated doubletrack. The base is cut in 3 mm KapaFix, a paperbased board with 3 mm foam. The development of the columns and beams are in progress. 

Hopefully the images can show some of the progress.

Lower level of track is installed.
The left part of the layout with both levels. 2 turnout actuators are installed on lower level. The actuators are connected to the turnouts using pianowire in a tube. On top level all actuators are still missing.
The base for the elevated doubletrack is finished using a 3 mm KapaFix plate with the drawing of the track glued on. The creating of the columns and beams are in progress.
Both levels installed. Some tracks is still missing, but with some mookup paper buildings the scene is set. Will the city feeling be there finally?
The Low level track plan with the turnout decoders and reverse loop AR1.

Zity Edge Visible track

A lot of the track will be hidden behind and under high citybuildings. The image below shows all visible tracks, and the buildings are indicated with some pink rectangles. All this buildings will be high city buildings. On the front part, in front of the rised double track, all buildings will be low. The low track will mainly go in a road between buildings. All buildings are under development and will be changed.

All visible tracks. The high buildings are indicated With the pink rectangles.

Version 3 of Zity Edge trackplan

After some more tweeking with the tracks I have changed the return loops, so its much easier to set the different trains in correct direction and run up and down between the leves without interruption. The mainidea with the layout will still be to have 3 independent loops to run traffic on, but with the new reverse loops and the transition track between the levels, some more interesting traffic can be run. I can still use the same benchwork I just finished. And I can still continue to develop the layout.smiley

All levels visible
All tracks and both levels visible, including the transition track between the levels.


Lower level visible with the transition track. The return loop is now possible to use with the transition track to run trains between the levels.


The upper level with the return loop in correct position..

Plywood base ready for track installing

Now the plywood base sheet and the high level plywood base in cut and glued together, ready to start installing the track on low level.

The layout drawing is printed directly from the 3rdPlanIt in scale 1:1 on several A4-pages and glued together with tape, to be used as a guide.

The level distance between low- and high level is planned to be 80 mm. After installing the track on lower level, I can fix the high level plywood and continue the tracklaying on high level. Most of the visible part on high level will be on bridge pieces, just like the NYC High Line, and also as the inspiration for this layout, the City Edge Layout.

Now its holiday time in Norway and tomorrow we will go for camping in some weeks. No building then until I am back home.

The low level tracks printed out on A4-paper and glued together to be used as a guide for tracklaying.

The high level plywood is cut and ready to be installed. In the background you can see the 4 hidden tracks of the station. The 5th track will be in front of the background building. All the missing track will be on a bridge level.

On the low level I have planned an Y. Part of this will be on street level, with low buildings on each side of the road.

Layout room ready for Zity Edge Layout

The tracklaying can start.

The new layout room, a small closet in my new apartement, is now ready and I have installed the benchwork for the layout.

The layout size has also been changed to fit the new space. It would be possible to remove the whole layout and take in out on tour some time. Now the tracklaying can start after some more wood have been installed.

The modified layoutplan with the plywood base drawn. I needed to change the width and length of the layout a few centimeters to fit inside the plywood sheet.

The layout room showing the L-girder beams and the freezer at right. The 0-height of the layout is fixed because the cabinet door for all waterpipes can not be blocked. The same for the cabinet for the electrical circuits, set the height of the upper beams.

Here the 9 mm plywood sheet is cut to correct shape. Below I will glue small beams to stabilize the sheet. It makes a good base for the layout.

The Layout plan placed on the plywood plate.

The 3D-view of the layout from 3rd PlanIt placed on the plywood.

Development of Zity Edge Layout, updated plan

The development of the Zity Edge Layout track plan is going on. A new track to connect the two levels, giving the possibility to run between the two loops. Instead of using a helix, the transition track is placed at the back part of the layout.

All Tracks visible, with the two levels and the hidden tracks.
The Visible Tracks, both levels
Low Level Tracks
High Level Tracks


The Demolition of an Empire

The Jakobs Creek Railroad are demolished and destroyed
The Demolition of an Empire

From the last ride and photoshoot.

After 10 years of planning and building of The Jacobs Creek Railroad, it's time to Close one Chapter and open a New Chapter.

The Whole Jacoks Creek Railroad has lost all their Right of Way contracts With the owner of the land, and the only solution is to demolish and destroy the Whole Railroad.

What a shame.

The owner of the land, myself, has started the process of moving with my wife, to a downtown apartement. The space will be limited, so there will be not enough land to create a layout of the same size in the new apartement. But I will have a small closet available, and I have saved all my ZMOD-modules, so there will be some space for modelrailroad modeling in our new home.

There has been a process to come to this final point, the demolition of the layout. It was build in 3 parts, but with all the tracks glued with ballast, there was not possible to save the layout.

The Whole layout loaded in the car, ready for the last ride.

The final destination; The Container.

It took me 7 hours to destroy the layout, tear down all the interior walls in the room and put it in the back of my car to drive to the final destination.

After living 34 years in the same house, there has been a lot of work and time used, to remove and clean everything.

But LIfe goes on, and some other Projects will grow in the dust from Jacobs Creek Railroad.

Enjoy the last photos from the Railroad, from the previous blog post on Jacobs Creek Railroad.

Link to the photoimages of the last photoshoot on the Empire.

The last ride and photoshoot on the Jacobs Creek Railroad

The Demolision of an Empire
The last ride and photoshoot  on the Jacobs Creek Railroad

From the last ride and photoshoot.

Its time for the last ride and photoshoot on the Empire.

After 10 years of planning and building of The Jacobs Creek Railroad, it's time to Close one Chapter and open a New Chapter.

The Whole Jacoks Creek Railroad has lost all their Right of Way contracts With the owner of the land, and the only solution is to demolish and destroy the Whole Railroad.

What a shame.

But LIfe goes on, and some other Projects will grow in the dust from Jacoks Creek Railroad.

Enjoy the last photos from the Railroad, before the final blog post on Jacobs Creek Railroad, where the demolition and the full story about why the Empire got a Destiny like this.

Link to the images of the last photoshoot on the Empire.

Adding colors, gras and trees on Jakobs Creek

A lot of work have been done the last weeks. Coloring and installing all types of gras and trees are in progress.

Easy Water will be used in the waterfall.

Bridge work progress 2 on Jakobs Creek

There has been som progress on the bridges over Jakobs Creek.

The big stone arch bridge has got the stone pattern added. For the small bridge or viadukt to the right, the concrete surface have been added.

The concrete surface has also been added to the long wall. All patterns are printed on paper, using an inkjet printer, after some touchup in Photoshop. The concrete pattern is from a real world concrete wall, using a picture.

Later all the parts should be blended together with plaster, before coloring.


Bridge work progress on Jakobs Creek

Its slow progress, but tonight I have created some bridge abutment from images printed on cardboard, The effect is looking good, and even better after some more work.



A box of new Atlas Flextrack

Atlas has just released their new Z-scale flextrack and I just got my first box with 25 pieces i house. Its looking great, prototypical US spacing, similar to the Micro Trains flex track. Easy to bend in fine curved shape and the length is good, 24 inch.(610 mm). Holes for the Nails are missing, so then I must use glue to fasten the track. I prefer nails, bit it will work.

Märklin flextrack at front, new Atlas Flextrack in the middle and the MTL track installed on my layout. The Märklin track has not the prototypical spacing for US layouts, compared to the other two.

With a complete box of 25 pieces, I have plenty of track for new projects. 25 * 610 mm: 15.250 mm, more than 15 meter of tracks. Nice.