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Short line modeling

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, October 28, 2001 8:44 AM
My latest approach to layout construction is to build seperate "scenes", or dioramas, which are closed in on three sides by a backdrop, with hidden holes that allow the train to enter & exit the scene. The scenes are linked by un-sceniced "bridges" (actually, just narrow shelves along the wall), allowing the train to travel an un-modeled, or "unseen" distance between scenes. This way, I can model an industrial switching area as little as one train length away from a rural stream crossing, & because the view from scene to scene is completely blocked, the imagination can allow them to be miles apart.
Using this approach, you could model a junction/interchange with a mainline, with a branch going off to a distant town. Along the way, the line could pass through a mine scene, a quarry, logging area, engine facility, or whatever your personal interests may be.
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Posted by BRAKIE on Thursday, October 25, 2001 11:38 AM
Paul,My interest also leans both ways.So my layout will be genetic but prototypical,that way I can use the T&SW,R.J.Corman,or the Chessie System.(Branch line set in the late 70's)All I will need to do is change a few cars,maybe a industry or two.
For the record,I have been in this hobby
as far as I can remember.But,learn new things daily.Indeed this is the worlds greatest hobby.
Sounds like you will have great layout,with a working interchange.good luck!

Larry

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Posted by pgrayless on Thursday, October 25, 2001 12:47 AM
Larry,

I'm interested in several short lines myself. I've also planned to model them from time to time. Generally, I've seen or read about more short lines than trunk lines. My guess is that they're more easily modeled given everyone's lack of space. Yes, there are those that model trunk lines (main lines and/or secondaries), but they either focus on a small section of the real thing, or are so large that they allow a very long time to build/operate. My problem seems to be my interests lean both ways. Therefore, I'm trying to model a short line with its connection to a trunk line.

Have fun & hope all goes well.

Paul
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Short line modeling
Posted by BRAKIE on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 10:05 PM
I model a fictitious short line,the Toledo & South Western.I also have two R.J.Corman GP-7's. I have often wonder how many share the same interest?

Larry

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“Shut one’s eyes tight or open one’s arms wide, either way, one’s a fool.” Flemeth-the witch of the Wilds.

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