Aegis21 posted:Mark Boyce posted:Aegis21 posted:Mark Boyce posted:
I like having a purpose for my railroad, such as hauling coal or logs from point A to point B. Some folks are quite happy with the purpose of just running trains. Either is great! It depends on what you want to do.
I would like to have a purpose for the railroad. Not totally sure yet what that maybe, but coal is definitely on the short list of mine. And sometimes just having a train run is nice, kind of like setting on the porch and hearing the diesel horn off in the distance and anticipating the train coming past the neighborhood.
I always have a continuous run ability to use on occasions I want to break in a new engine or just run trains. You may have seen that discussion early on in my topic. A true point to point only layout was suggested. Most people don’t go for that.
I did read your entire layout planning topic. My preference at this time is the double loops. I am not sure if that will change in time when I get to see more layouts in a functioning setting. At this time I am wondering, and questioning the two main line set up. I know it adds a lot of long runs and track, however the loops get messy and cluttered and limits other aspects. I hope you and others with more experience than me (which would be almost everyone) will chime in with comments and any reasons one way or the other.
Double loops is always a good choice. I grew up near the B&O double track main line, and it was really exciting when I occasionally saw two trains came through in opposite directions! The same is true on a layout!! Since I am trying to sort of replicate the Elkins line in West Virginia, which was single track, I wanted to go with that for the scenic effect. As to the double track with a passing siding, two crossovers, I think it will look much less messy in real life than on the drawing board. It is the reversing loops that balloon out into the aisle space that I think make it a bit messy. I wish I could think of another way of doing it that would flow better. All of us hear will say the choice is yours, but as you saw on my topic, I needed some suggestions to get the creativity to flow. I'm sure it is the same with you. I do like this last plan the best so far though! Dave and Jan are doing a great job.