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Double deck layout history
Posted by PATRICK A FLORY on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 9:13 PM

Jim Hediger did not build the first one.  MR had an article about one by an artist named Francis Lee Jacques in the winter of either 1961 or 1962.  The staff should look this up and give this man his credit.  

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Posted by Steven Otte on Thursday, December 06, 2018 9:18 AM

Looks like you are correct. Mr. Jaques' double-deck On3-1/2 layout was published in May 1962, and it even has a proto-helix connecting the two decks.

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Posted by carl425 on Thursday, December 06, 2018 9:40 AM

No offence to our hosts, but why do you assume the first published in MR was is fact the first one built?

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Posted by Hal Miller on Thursday, December 06, 2018 10:46 AM

No offense taken Carl. In the intro paragraph to the story about the Ohio Southern in the January 2019 issue, we describe Jim Hediger's layout as "One of the first multi-deck model railroads," particularly as we know them today. Indeed, Francis Lee Jaques also built one of the first. We were careful not to say "the first" because we couldn't verify it.

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Posted by mlehman on Thursday, December 06, 2018 2:05 PM

As a historian, I can tell you that writing history can be tricky. Hal called it just right here.

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...we describe Jim Hediger's layout as "One of the first multi-deck model railroads," particularly as we know them today. Indeed, Francis Lee Jaques also built one of the first. We were careful not to say "the first" because we couldn't verify it.

Not to knock whoever is first, history is often about significance. Jaques may have been first, but even the early date isn't a guarantee of that. Hediger's layout may have been the 7th or 8th even, we just don't know. What is clear about Jim's layout is that it came at a time when the hobby was under a great deal of change and operating concepts and track planning were a big part of that. In a sense, the OS was a seed that finally fell on fertile ground as a concept that would be widely embraced, as it was in the years that followed. So it's not even magazine exposure that speaks to what what eventually happened, which was that Jim's fashioning of the concept so it was a significant factor in the wider acceptance of multi-deck layouts.

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Posted by mlehman on Thursday, December 06, 2018 11:51 PM

I just happened to have started the article when I made my earlier comment. Had a chance to finish reading it and now I'm wondering if there's a OS trackplan floating around back somewhere in the archives?

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Posted by Lonehawk on Friday, December 07, 2018 5:30 AM

mlehman

now I'm wondering if there's a OS trackplan floating around back somewhere in the archives?

 

 

Yep.  There's a copy of the track plan in the database here: http://mrr.trains.com/how-to/track-plan-database/2007/08/ho-scale-ohio-southern.

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