A while back I designed a version of Farmington for Harry Downey. Recently he and I have been corresponding about the decks on his SR&RL layout. As these discussions have progressed Harry has decided to flips his top deck for his lower deck. Moving Kingfield and Bigelow to the top while Phillips and Rangeley get demoted to the lower deck. He can do this because of his construction and because he’s not yet connected the decks.
Here are a few concept diagrams to show you Harry’s situation and you can watch a youtube video of Harry explaining his efforts.
After reviewing the concepts and talking with Tom Sullivan, Harry is now planning for a lift. Lifts are reasonable to consider when trains are short 4-6 actual feet. They can actually be lifted by a human as Tom is currently planning to do. I even posted a video showing how easy a human powered lift can be. Harry has rejected the unguided human lift, so is still working out the details of a human power lift with constraints.
Here are the concepts of how the lift might fit into the room. The lift itself when at the top position (Kingfield deck…now that it is to be the top) will allow a human to walk into the Lift Room (new name for the Helix room) to walk under the lift. Strong still requires a lift up to allow operators to pass by too.
As of 1/2/21 Harry is process of swapping the upper and lower decks. I look forward to seeing how he progresses in 2021!