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For those who do not know. I have been in a wheelchair for 30+ years after a work accident. Since then I had a stroke in 2007 so have no balance. Combined with a heart condition I absolutely can not do crawling around.
So I have made the decision that there will be no or only surface wiring for me and a few other constraints. I'm going Dead Rail. Push rod turnout controls. And the Sn42 will have Kadee couplers. H0 is 73% of S, close enough to 3/4 for me. I thought about Sergent's but that is one of those constraints. Just too finicky for that part of the track plan.
We just bought a house, our first and my second. The house is already adapted for a wheelchair. It has a 'Man Cave' / Shop, cement patio, wrap around porch, etc, etc. I lobbied to get the front room, but that failed. I did however, get the dining room.
Said dining room is 10'2" x 13'4" with one wall formerly a sliding door and now windows. Of course it must look nice, be able to move, and leave no trace. Im gona put the layout on 2 & a half sides.
OK Still fulla boxes
Gona use two parallel 'steel stud beams' supported by bookshelf ends. Kinda like this idea from Craig Bisgeier. But using steel studs rather than wood. http://www.housatonicrr.com/ibeam2003.html
Then really light weight TOMA style modules on top of that. Remember, I have to lift them. All the control rods etc for each section will be self contained with in that section.
I will be able to build it, operate it, and maintain it. All from my chair. AND I WILL HAVE LOADS OF FUN!!!
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