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5+ multi-deck layout design and construction tips

Height, lighting, cost, spacing, and other considerations for designing a multi-deck model railroad layout
HO scale Yosemite Valley RR
Builder Jack Burgess uses two layout decks on his HO scale Yosemite Valley RR to yield a long main line. Author Tony Koester discusses the key points he, Jack, and other successful builders considered before they began constructing double-deck layouts.
Jack Burgess photo
Building a multi-deck railroad is essentially the same as building two separate railroads. Since many of us have a hard time designing, affording, building, and maintaining just one, it pays to make a realistic assessment of your time, funds, dedication, and goals before following in our footsteps. Let’s take a careful look at the major considerations before charging into such a venture.

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