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04.10.2014
The lowest level on my new layout is a 10-track staging yard and I wanted to ensure that I had great access to the trains there in case of problems and for any maintenance such as track cleaning.
I already had a fair amount of Kato Unitrack curved double track sections I had picked up for my previous layout (although they were not used) and the radius of those track sections was perfect for the space I had for the helix.
On past layouts I had built my own helix out of thin plywood and had used the great helix kits from Noch but in keeping with my lightweight goal I wanted to try to see if Gatorboard could be used to build a strong but lightweight helix. I took a break from construction after the first turn was complete and temporarily hooked up the track to my ESU ECoS command station and ran a number of test trains from staging to the helix to ensure the trains I wanted to eventually run could handle the 2.5% grade. To start I used some basic math to calculate how much height I could gain with each helix turn with a 2.5 percent grade. Even my my smaller and lighter locomotives were able to handle appropriately sized trains so I continues with construction.  Testing also help me find and fix a section of Unitrack where one track joiner had fallen off during construction (leaving a section of track dead) before the helix was complete!


If it I was not happy with it I was ready to rebuild it with a thin plywood base but the end result turned out to be far stronger than I had hoped for and also extremely lightweight.
Neither the service provider nor the domain owner maintain any relationship with the advertisers. I think I will have to rework the Georgetown waterfront area because in the era I want to model (1948-ish) the "new" yard had been built.
Using the top view and the magazine article as a guide, I drew trapezoidal shapes around the plan, cut them up and shaped them to fit in my space. In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois). Since I do have a tight space, this design is modified a bit from the original in the magazine.


But, overall, it looks promising.The dotted red lines indicate the borders of each board, which is identical in size. Bethesda is the major industrial area at the bottom and has several industries and switching situations.
Dalecarlia Tunnel is in the lower right where the train proceeds onto the Helix to the lower level.



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