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Bigboy57

New Member
My opinion only.

The turntable and engine tracks are wasting space that could be used for a modest freight yard.

You need a place to switch out store trains, then send them out on the road.

I'd suggest 3 or possibly 4 yard tracks, with an engine servicing track on the side.
You have a very good idea here and we must have similar thoughts as this is the plan to which I have switched . The turntable and roundhouse are items my Dad and I had dreams of some 50 years ago and they are a priority in this layout. I have negotiated with the wife and gained some switchyard.space after my last post. Do you think this will work?
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GeeTee

Well-Known Member
Several things I see,

First the roundhouse is facing away from the viewer/operator .A roundhouse is a lot of modeling effort that your not going to get much operating use out of so I would at least have the roundhouse facing the other way , Backsides of roundhouses are not that photogenic , you really want to be able to see the locomotives in the shed and the interior , for aesthetics and photo ops .
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Second , I am not sure that you not creating yourself a nightmare control issue with two reversing tracks , one is hard enough to deal with . You could control them with just simple DPDT switches , but if you try to automate them I 'm not sure what happens then. Two

Third , industry tracks should be reasonably straight , otherwise you can have issues coupling . If the radius is much less than 30 in you wont be able to couple.

Fourth , this is more subjective and it depends on how you intend to operate... I dont see any runarounds for switching , you have to use the reversing loops.


All your switches except for two will have to be remote controlled , the reach distances are to far for ground throws.
 

Bigboy57

New Member
Several things I see,

First the roundhouse is facing away from the viewer/operator .A roundhouse is a lot of modeling effort that your not going to get much operating use out of so I would at least have the roundhouse facing the other way , Backsides of roundhouses are not that photogenic , you really want to be able to see the locomotives in the shed and the interior , for aesthetics and photo ops .
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Second , I am not sure that you not creating yourself a nightmare control issue with two reversing tracks , one is hard enough to deal with . You could control them with just simple DPDT switches , but if you try to automate them I 'm not sure what happens then. Two

Third , industry tracks should be reasonably straight , otherwise you can have issues coupling . If the radius is much less than 30 in you wont be able to couple.

Fourth , this is more subjective and it depends on how you intend to operate... I dont see any runarounds for switching , you have to use the reversing loops.


All your switches except for two will have to be remote controlled , the reach distances are to far for ground throws.
Thank you for your thoughts. All very good points but often times, a layout must have compromises because of space or other concerns. This layout has several.

The roundhouse will be visible to the operator as he/she will be sitting in the middle. The reason it is placed in that location is to give it operating room below. This is a portion of a large family room and base cabinets will support some of this layout. The ends of the layout have 3 sided access and the center reaches are 30 and 36 inches.

Straight sections were not planned for this layout as it will be winding through the hills of a 1930's time frame. It will have a small coal mine, lumber yard and a few other buildings on the edge of a small town. The blue road is the only way I could get scarm to simulate a stream.

All of the turnouts will be remote and DPDT switches are planned for the two reverse loops.
This is a steam only layout with as much space as I could get in negotiations with the wife but I do have expansion plans which she is not aware. We'll just keep that secret for now.
 

Patrick

GNRR Mechanic always fixing stuff
You need expansion plans kept from the wife. Mine has the potential, but I was told I couldn't expand any further into the basement family room as well. She never goes down there as her knees are worse than mine. I'm waiting for the daughter who lived with us to get her stuff out once her new home is finished.
 

Bigboy57

New Member
You need expansion plans kept from the wife. Mine has the potential, but I was told I couldn't expand any further into the basement family room as well. She never goes down there as her knees are worse than mine. I'm waiting for the daughter who lived with us to get her stuff out once her new home is finished.
Our girls are grown and have their own places but we need space for the grandkids. Who woulda thought?
 




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