Mounting the track to the ceiling or wall is fairly straight forward, but I need something that will support the track. My original thought was to just simply cut a piece of wood in strips that are the width of the track but then I realized that this track had to be attractive so I started searching for professional elevated mounting options. The first product I found is called Interrail Overhead Suspension System but I don’t think it is particularly attractive for a home system. It might look good at a store but not at home. So, I kept searching and stumbled on Locoboose. The Locoboose track is really impressive looking and would look great in the basement. The only catch is that it is $124 per linear foot so it is cost prohibitive.
So, I am going to make my own suspension system and it will model after the Locoboose system. So, I modified my spreadsheet to try to make a cost estimate for me building a similar system. Turns out, if I space the ties at USA Euro style spacing, set my hangers every 18 inches (same as the joists in the ceiling), and use Red Oak 1×1 boards for beams, I can do the entire thing for $850. But, that will require a lot of manual work. I need to build a prototype but I also need to wait for the samples of trains arrive so that I can verify that I am going to do the entire thing in G-scale.