Thursday, February 6, 2014

2014 Layout Plans

I've been thinking a lot lately about starting a new layout project, and after months of ideas and false starts, I think I am ready to finally jump off the diving board.  I have other interests outside of model railroading, and a break from my intense 3d printing addiction the past couple of months has been nice.  But after being without a place to run trains for about a year now is starting to drive me nuts.  I had a set of track plans and had even built a pair of long tables for a shelf/switching layout, but never really got past the benchwork stage.  I want to build an industrial style layout with lots of buildings and activity, and a place to feature my truck models, but just can't sell myself on a layout without continuous running capabilities.  While watching a train run in circles seems like "playing" with trains to some, I actually enjoy it.  I have a few boxes of new Kato intermodal equipment sitting in the box that I am itching to put on the rail.  And the thought of shoving them in a yard, without the ability to run them continuously just didn't spark any interest.  So after some deep thought, I think I finally landed on a track plan that will work for me.

I guess the 2x8' tables that I built did serve a purpose, as I decided that my next layout will only be 8' in length.  I really like the 4x10 footprint that I have used in the past, but 8' will allow me to shove the layout into a few different spots in my garage, making room for other things.  And this layout isn't about broad curves and scenery, but rather industries and detail.

Using Sketchup, I drew a very quick sketch of a trackplan in a 3.5' x 8' space.  I spent about 30 minutes putting this together, so take it for what it's worth.  I still want to incorporate most of my industry and switching ideas from the shelf layout plan, but add a continuous loop for unit trains.  I drew this with a double mainline, but also want to consider a single main which would give me more room for other things.  This is where I could use some input from others.  

I have a few of the industries planned including a grain elevator, meat packing/cold storage, and an intermodal yard.  I also added 4 hidden staging tracks to allow for ample storage of cars and trains, which will add some interest to operations.

Well, there you have it.  I am pretty serious about this plan, as it seems to fit most of my needs.  And, I just need to start something before the idea gets stale and I lose several more months.  I'll fine tune it over the next few weeks, but this is at least a good starting point of what is in my head at the moment.

Let me know what you think.





10 comments:

  1. I'm glad you are back to building a layout, it has been too long. The one thing that strikes me is the tracks on either side of the elevator. What if you moved the rear track to the front, so they share a double track load out shed? Then the elevator could sit more snugly to the backdrop. I am looking forward to seeing build photos!

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    1. Good catch Karl. I know some elevators have multiple load out tracks on both sides of the silos, but I could actually cut part of the backside off and reduce the overall width of the structure if the tracks were all in front. Nice idea, thanks.

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  2. I like it! My only comment is on the intermodal yard. We have quite a few in my part of northern New Jersey, and most, if not all of them, are run-through, not stub yards. I realize it takes more space to model.
    -Mike M.

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    1. I would like a double ended yard, but the space just doesn't allow a good fit. With the overpass, I hope to hide the end and give the illusion of a yard that continues on past the end of the table.

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  4. Looks good. The small intermodal yard can be stub ended. The CP Obico yard in toronto is Stub ended. Here is a Map http://binged.it/MyYdPT. Can't wait to see the progress.

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    1. thanks Jeff. I'll check it out.

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    2. Cool link, Jeff. The curves on some of those tracks look like a very tight radius!

      John - I hadn't thought about the "real world" beyond the highway overpass. That is logical

      Should have been a bit more clear on previous post. We DO have stubby container yards around here. They seem to be limited to the ports where the ships dock

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  5. If you adapted your plan slightly, you could model the Mill District of the Twin Cities. In N scale you could easily model the Washburn A Mill complex. The plan wouldn't have to be much different than what you've come up with above. Just a thought. Regardless of what you model, I'm following your project closely. Keep us all posted!

    --James Willmus

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  6. All images are really looks very gorgeous.
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