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dalkhaw

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Dear Dan. Thank you for your very kind offer. I appreciate this a lot. I am waiting for my two zimo decoders to arrive. They are MX645P22 + Adaplu50. Lets see how I get on with it. I think I have to brush up my soldering skills a bit.
 
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dalkhaw

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Dear Dan. Thank you for your very kind offer. I appreciate this a lot. I am waiting for my two zimo decoders to arrive. They are MX645P22 + Adaplu50. Lets see how I get on with it. I think I have to brush up my soldering skills a bit.
 
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dalkhaw

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Hello All
My move to my new home has to be delayed by another 2 weeks due to the Covid19 pandemic resulting in a shortage of renovation workers. The attached photo is my outdoor balcony at my new home. It measures 15ft x 13ft. I dont think I will use all of the 13ft. Probably something like 15ft x 8ft to allow some walking room. It has a self-draining wooden deck. I would appreciate any suggestions on laying the track - should I do directly on the wooden deck? Also what layout is possible. I just want to see trains running and not mess too much with sidings.
Have a very nice Sunday.
 

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Hi Daniel, welcome to the forum.
I have a temporary track installed on a similar deck at the back of my house [see pic], it is about 9 feet wide and 17 feet long. I use R3 curves and have at present only one short siding. I use DC only.
One issue I do have is the noise created by the trains. I have to turn off any sounds that the locos electronically create [I have had lots of help from forum members re safely pulling locos apart to install switches etc] plus I found that some locos and carriage combinations make more noise than others. Plastic wheeled vehicles are quieter but that is impossible for locos obviously. The sounds seem to be generated between wheel and rail mainly, higher speeds make things worse.
I have found heavier locos make less noise generally, some LGB ones are ok, some of the other brands plus lighter weight LGB ones can be a bit noisy.
If the ambient sound is reasonably high and covers the running sounds then you should be ok, it all depends on how close and tolerant the neighbours are I guess.
I have considered putting soft plastic pads under the track but haven’t experimented with that.
All the best and enjoy your trains.
Monty
 

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Edit... the track is not held down in any way but I have used Massoth MM1 Graphite Lubricant [very sparingly] on the rail joiners to assist in conductivity by reducing corrosion.
 
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dalkhaw

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Hi Daniel, welcome to the forum.
I have a temporary track installed on a similar deck at the back of my house [see pic], it is about 9 feet wide and 17 feet long. I use R3 curves and have at present only one short siding. I use DC only.
One issue I do have is the noise created by the trains. I have to turn off any sounds that the locos electronically create [I have had lots of help from forum members re safely pulling locos apart to install switches etc] plus I found that some locos and carriage combinations make more noise than others. Plastic wheeled vehicles are quieter but that is impossible for locos obviously. The sounds seem to be generated between wheel and rail mainly, higher speeds make things worse.
I have found heavier locos make less noise generally, some LGB ones are ok, some of the other brands plus lighter weight LGB ones can be a bit noisy.
If the ambient sound is reasonably high and covers the running sounds then you should be ok, it all depends on how close and tolerant the neighbours are I guess.
I have considered putting soft plastic pads under the track but haven’t experimented with that.
All the best and enjoy your trains.
Monty
Hi Monty. Thank you for sharing your experience. I have not considered the noise factor. I think I could get away with it as my balcony is open, and the wooden deck is made from very dense, heavy compact fiber wood. Time will tell after I have installed the tracks. Presently I have only R1 curves. I will look for R2 or R3 soon.
 
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Paul M

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Another thing to consider is the graphite dust and gunge caused by who knows what. It will mark the deck and possibly get onto the deck below. So you really ought to put something down to prevent that, and to keep you neighbours on side
 
idlemarvel

idlemarvel

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You could consider cork underlay. I use it to crudely represent ballast. Trains are almost silent if well lubricated.
 
Markku

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Hi Daniel, these are the instructions I followed when I installed the Massoth eMotion L decoder in my new Stainz: WaltonsModels.co.uk
 
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phils2um

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Hi Daniel,

I think I would do some sort of raised trackwork. I believe that would make your layout much easier and more enjoyable to work on in limited space of the balcony. And let me add my welcome to that of the others.

Phil S. (another Phil on the forum)
 
Gavin Sowry

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Hmm...... perhaps a 'planter box' type garden down three sides, raised a foot or two above the deck. Track layout, maybe dogbone 'loops' at the ends nearest the windows/doors. That should leave room on the deck for a beer table, and a chair or three. Given the space restriction, I wouldn't shy away from R1 curves either..... you won't be running super size mainline in that space.