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Chicago based track plan HO Scale room

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Chicago based track plan HO Scale room
Posted by Outsailing86 on Thursday, May 24, 2018 9:47 PM

Hi all, 

longtime arm arm chair modeled looking to build a HO scale layout in a spare bedroom. Would like a Chicago based plan, involving Metra. Is there a source for HO scale Metra cars? 

I saw a trackplan from Mike Welch in 1972 I am thinking to “unwind the spaghetti“ for around the room layout. Approximately a 12’ x 14’ space in my basement (room hasn’t been made yet). 

I plan on adding a few industries for a local switcher and able to stage a unit tanker, manifest, and intermodal train. 

Thanks,

Dan

 

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Posted by cuyama on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 4:43 PM

Welcome to the forum. Your first few posts are moderated, so they may be delayed. 

Outsailing86
Is there a source for HO scale Metra cars? 

An Internet search for "HO scale Metra cars" turns up a number of offerings from KATO and others -- era matters, of course. I don't know how accurate they are or how important accuracy might be to you.

Outsailing86
I saw a trackplan from Mike Welch in 1972 I am thinking to “unwind the spaghetti“ for around the room layout. Approximately a 12’ x 14’ space in my basement (room hasn’t been made yet). 

That can be a good approach, those track plans are likely too crowded to be built, operated, and accessed as they were published in the Sept. 1972 MR.

I used a twice-around design for a model of the C&NW Chicago commute in Model Railroad Planning 2014 that might offer some ideas. But it’s in a larger space and for an earlier era, so not directly applicable. It included a freight yard and some freight switching.

Good luck with your layout.

Byron

 

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Posted by joe323 on Thursday, June 07, 2018 6:38 AM

I would pick up the Kalmbach book on Chicago (can‘t remember the exact title but it was something like Chicago Americas Railroad Capital) Among other things is a detailed fold out of the Chicagoland area with a map of the track plans.  

Obviously you can’t model the whole the whole plan unless you have infinite time money and space but it should give you ideas.

Joe Staten Island West 

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Posted by Eric White on Thursday, June 07, 2018 9:28 AM

Kato makes some nice Metra equipment in N scale. That might allow more intresting commuter operation in your space if that's what you want to focus on.

Eric

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