I finished the last city loop this weekend. This city is slated to be the Notre Dame city for the Kalamazoo Toy Train Notre Dame Locomotive and cars. I found this set in a local model railroad store that was used. It was a fantastic buy and since them I have bought additional Kalamazoo Toy Train cars (not Notre Dame cars but general cars).
This last city loop caused me some issues and I started on one side and gradually laid out the bed securing it along the way. This is my largest city loop and by the time I got to joining it back up with the main line, I was off by over 5 feet. What I found was that there was enough variation at each joint and if each joint was only off by less than an inch, I was off a considerable amount when connecting back to the main line.
I then decided that I had to layout the complete track first before laying out any of the bed for the track. This was a challenge because the bed is 3′ above the ground. So I had to create temporary supports that were easily movable. I was lucky that Jamie Carney, Aurelius Belli, and finally Josh Carney were around this weekend at different times to help me out. Once I laid the loop, I then decided that I wanted to modify the loop. One side was too close and there was too much space on the other. The nice thing is that the layout is completely computerized so I jut go back to the program revise the layout. The computer layout also makes sure that using specific segments will always get the loop correct and everything lined up.
I really like the height of this city loop. It is not too high but easy to work on while standing up.