Puppeteer Seeks Advice for Z-Axis Track Possibilities

zach Jan 5, 2019

  1. zach

    zach New Member

    Greetings TrainBoard,

    I am seeking advice regarding unconventional and non-realistic railroad layouts.

    I am Los Angeles based theater maker and puppeteer who often incorporates miniature cities and tiny models into my work. Cameras are manipulated inside of these handbuilt landscapes, projecting the interiors to the audience.

    This year I am creating a new performance that takes place entirely on a miniature O-gauge train layout, with a live-projecting camera inside one of the train cars. I need this train to travel as much surface space as possible in a 10 x 10 space. I am curious if I can accomplish this by having tracks that move on the z-axis, either climbing upwards or move downwards inside of the platform.

    Is anyone familiar with displays that plays with this type of unusual setup?

    I would love to hear your thoughts on space utilization and the possibilities of moving train engines upwards and downwards within the z-axis.

  2. ViperBugloss

    ViperBugloss TrainBoard Supporter

    I find it difficult to understanding your requirements without further explanation. What are the units for the 10 x 10 space? Inches are not realistic for an O-gauge layout so I am assuming feet. Also, what is the third dimension?

    Is the entire track to move up and down, while the train runs in the horizontal direction?

    Robert Pearce (aka Viper Bugloss)
  3. zach

    zach New Member


    Thanks for the reply. It's 10 feet x 10 feet, and I was wondering if the train could run in a circle or navigated through space while the track moves upwards - sot of like a spiral.

    What do you think?


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