As some of you know, Jade and I have been building a layout for our son Keith. As he is only 2½ years old we have made it in N scale and also made it VERY low to the ground.
The idea was that we would not even think of building this for him until he was at least 5 years old. However, after the amount of times he has been in the layout room with our somewhat larger and more expensive trains and the fact that he NEVER tries to touch them... we decided "what the hell" let's start it and see what happens.
The layout is 6'-2" long and 2'-4" wide. The base has been made from 9mm mdf as is the shelf underneath. The legs are made from 40mm square white pine. Both loops are powered with a CDA controller. Thus far it has taken three days work to get the layout to this point and Keith Loves it. He sits with Daddy whilst we both have our "cuppas" (his is milo, mine is coffee) and watch the "toot-toots" go around.
His only locomotive thus far is James by Tomix and a couple of those troublesome trucks. He also has Annie and Clarabel. Funnily enough, he seems to like the more prototypical locomotives more than the Thomas stuff as he also has an old Minitrix 2-10-0 that he runs along with Jades Minitrix Bavarian locos and rollingstock.
Due to his age, we built a small shelf under one corner of the layout to place the transformer. This way all the terminals are hidden from him and the transformer is securely locked into position so that little hands cannot rip it out or pull on those pretty wires.
As we get more done over the next few weeks, I will keep you updated on the progress. There will be a lot about this in the next few Adam's Corners as well... I promise that Adam's Corners have not stopped, just we have been UNBELIEVABLY busy, but, so far as that all will be revealed in the not too distant future.
As always, feel free to leave comments or suggestions.