‘Lay­out lift’ - spec re­vealed

Model Rail (UK) - - Q & A -

QIn MR219’S ‘Show & Tell’, João Rodrigues wrote about his lay­out, which can be lifted up to­wards the ceil­ing of his garage when not in use. As I’m about to em­bark on a sim­i­lar project, I’m won­der­ing if he would be kind enough to pro­vide some de­tails re­gard­ing its spec­i­fi­ca­tion? Peter, by e-mail

AJoão’s in­ge­nious ‘lay­out lift’ has pro­voked much dis­cus­sion in the Model Rail of­fice and, like you, I’ve been itch­ing to find out more. I spoke to João, who pro­vided the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion: “The garage lay­out is 9ft 2in by 11ft 10in. It’s made us­ing medium den­sity fi­bre­board, with stain­less steel re­in­force­ments to pre­vent it bend­ing un­der its own weight. “Steel hooks hold the ca­bles that sus­pend the lay­out, and I use a hand crank with a 2250lb capacity to raise and lower the lay­out (which stands 39in from the ground when in use, and 106in when lifted up). “The crank is fixed into one of the garage walls, and the six sheaves that guide the ca­bles are fixed onto a me­tal­lic sup­port. It’s im­por­tant to note that the ceil­ing is re­in­forced, as it orig­i­nally could not sup­port the weight.” If you’re tight on space, this is a great way to avoid huge com­pro­mises in size, and it looks very smart, too! If you’d like to see João’s lay­out in ac­tion, visit his Youtube chan­nel: www.youtube.com/ Ferre­o­clube (MH)

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