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New layout design....Need some suggestions!

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Posted by Trainzman2435 on Friday, December 13, 2019 3:10 PM

rrinker

 For 70's and 80's era, that means some long cars - will it really take that many to fill it up? Actually, what I would do with the yard is extend it lower, closer to the edge, so you have at least one arrival/departure track as well as the yard tracks - and you also have space for a switch lead to make it possible to actually do switching without blocking the main. See both Armstrong's Track Planning for Realistic Operation as well as Andy Sperandeo's book on yard design.

 Something else you could do. Ditch the reversing section. Have the engine services accessed off the yard ladder, and the mine on the upper right accessed off the long siding. Then instead of that 60 degree at grade crossing, you could have the track on the penninsula at a higher leve to cross over the lower track and then descend along the wall and around behind the roundhouse.

                         --Randy

 

Randy, anyway you could maybe sketch what you are suggestion as far as track please? Thanks!

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Posted by Trainzman2435 on Friday, December 13, 2019 4:20 PM

This question is for anyone that cares to give me some advice or suggestions....As Randy stated, i am considering removing the 60 degree crossing and elevating that rearward track on the north wall. Where would i need to begin my elevation at a 2% grade? If im not mistaking i think i need 16' in order to get up to the desired heigth but im not real good on elevations so any help would be appreciated....Thanks!

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Friday, December 13, 2019 4:31 PM

Trainzman2435
LOL....riogrande5761, i actually not a noob but i have been away from the hobby for some years now. As for your comments, i agree. I can remember years ago when i was actually modelling HO scale and i had a large layout i was building that occupied a 2 car garage (Which i never got to finish"...The yard i had on it was way under sized and i can remember always wishing that i had the room to make it a lot larger....Thanks for openning my eyes, i will eventually get er filled up to capacity

Ah, by your question about shortening the yard, it seemed you were green.  But instead, very rusty!  Stick out tongue  WD40 would help!  LOL

As the guy above said, try to avoid packing the yard full or switching will be difficult.  Storage below is where you can fit extra trains and rolling stock.  Here is my last layout in a 10x18' room under construction in HO scale.  I installed 11 storage tracks to have plenty O capacity.

You get the idea!

Rio Grande.  The Action Road  - Focus 1977-1983

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Posted by Trainzman2435 on Friday, December 13, 2019 7:09 PM

riogrande5761

 

 
Trainzman2435
LOL....riogrande5761, i actually not a noob but i have been away from the hobby for some years now. As for your comments, i agree. I can remember years ago when i was actually modelling HO scale and i had a large layout i was building that occupied a 2 car garage (Which i never got to finish"...The yard i had on it was way under sized and i can remember always wishing that i had the room to make it a lot larger....Thanks for openning my eyes, i will eventually get er filled up to capacity

 

Ah, by your question about shortening the yard, it seemed you were green.  But instead, very rusty!  Stick out tongue  WD40 would help!  LOL

As the guy above said, try to avoid packing the yard full or switching will be difficult.  Storage below is where you can fit extra trains and rolling stock.  Here is my last layout in a 10x18' room under construction in HO scale.  I installed 11 storage tracks to have plenty O capacity.

You get the idea!

 

riogrande5761, i hear that on the WD-40 LOL....And your staging yard and work is awesome buddy....Very nice and inspiring also, Thanks!

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Posted by Trainzman2435 on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 6:58 PM

That looks awesome sir, wish i had the space for something like that. Anyways, i actually kind of reworked my track plan to eliminate the reverse loop and to add just a reverse Y that will hopefully do the same thing. Please take a look at what i have done and give me some input guys! Also, i need to figure out some how to get into where the turntable was originally supposed to be but im not sure how to accompolish this so i need some suggestions....Thanks everyone!

 

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