Since I began building HO layouts, I have never had enough space for the layouts I would like to build.
The available space was always limiting the length of the layout I could build.
So I started to build upward.
The support systems available for multiple level layouts were barely structurally sound for two, maybe three levels, and completely useless any deeper than that.
They were usually shaky and would frequently fall down after a few laps with fast cars.
Most would topple at the slightest bump of the hand when marshaling vehicles in a hurry.
These were unacceptable to me so I started making use of inexpensive materials to fashion together stronger and more stable supports for my layouts.
While several systems I developed were functional, they were not very pretty and often obstructed much of the view of the layout.
They were also difficult to alter quickly when I wanted to change or add to the layout.
Some of the more stable systems ended up being rather expensive and still were not that nice to look at.
I wanted something that was structurally strong and stable and would make my layout look less like a toy and more like a serious hobby.
I thought I would see how laser cut steel would work.
So I designed pieces that I could have laser cut and assemble together to make various structures.
I started with standing bridges and spiral supports that could be stacked in various quantities.
These structures were extremely strong and stable, but the fixed height bridges limited the way the bridges could be used.
It then dawned on me that I could hang the bridges directly to the spirals, so the could be used atop a stack of multiple spirals.
I then made spiral supports for 4-Lanes and 9" banked turns and brackets that would allow bridges to be hung at the proper angle to connect the banked spiral supports together.
This is not a cheap option, but they look really nice and made my layouts look much less like cheap plastic toys.
I have sold structures to people in over thirty countries and many of my customers continue to add more structures to their layouts, some annually.
The structures are easy to add into to your layout and easy to use to expand or alter your layout quickly.