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I challenge you for Ideas and Feedback to redo layout

J Martin ·
I am attaching the Scarm and jpg export of the two outer loops of my layout. I am looking for ideas how to fill in the middle. I have all the O-48/O-60 curves and straights you can think of. All the switches I have are in the drawing in Orange. The popups are cut out and finished. I could make small changes to the popups like add a corner or something. I challenge my fellow railroaders to blow my mind.
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Melvin P ·
Hi: The purpose of the layout is to run a single train. The sidings are a for industry and a passenger station. The tracks on the far let will be the engine depot for my Erie Triplex and N&W 611. Also one track for the work train. The curves must be 072 as that is minimum radius for the two about mentioned engines. You are right about access hole, gotta have one. All engine storage will be on the lower level of the layout. Car storage will be off the layout so I can make up a different...
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wild mary ·
Sorry to say but it looks like a spaghetti bowl. Like Stewart indicated a layout needs a purpose. It's hard to tell what you're trying accomplish. Please take this a constructive criticism.
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ChessieFan72 ·
The first question I have is what is the purpose of the layout? Is it just to watch a single train run around the layout? Are all the sidings for industry or to stage rolling stock and engines? What size curve are you using? for 8' x 10', that is a very large curve you are using. What is the minimum curve your rolling stock and engines need? I can tell right away the bridge on the main line will not work. Also, at 8' x 10', you do not have any space for access to the middle of the layout...
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Melvin P ·
Stewart: I am building the layout in my garage, with one edge at the overhead garage door. It is the only spot I can place it in my patio home. There is one man door which is located just to the left of both layouts, at ten feet, it will be partially in the door. That is OK by me. I am planning on a brewery (MTH door company building converted to a better purpose). I also have operating accessories: Lionel: coal loader #497, barrel loader #362, cattle corral # 3656, milk platform and car #...
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Any ideas or improvements??

Melvin P ·
Hi Gang: I have come up with this track plan using RailModeller Pro. The layout will be 8 deep by 10 ft wide. That is really as large as I can go (nuts). I am looking for any comments, ideas or suggestions. any input is welcome. The curves and switches on the out track are 072 with Ross 072 switches. (OK, I have some really big engines). The switch under the mountain really leads to a hidden storage yard. The squares (bumpers) just represent buildings . MelvinP from Winston-Salem NC
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ChessieFan72 ·
Melvin, I am at work, so I will be popping on and off the forum with thoughts and questions. As far as a single mainline, there is no right or wrong layout in model railroading. It's all about how you enjoy your layout, be it simple or extravagant. Could you please describe the area where you plan to build a layout? For example: "I plan to build the layout in a spare bedroom that is ___ ft x ___ft, with one door located ____ and a window _____ " The more we know about the area where you plan...
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ChessieFan72 ·
Here is a layout I worked on this morning based on the layout you preferred. As you can see, I moved the engine stall to the inside of the mainline. The engine stall on the outside of the mainline restricted available area to work with. The plan will need to be tweaked to make room for your larger engines to get around the engine stall, but should provide you some ideas. Another option to consider is to raise the mainline to an upper level just for the engines that require the wider curves,...
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Melvin P ·
HI Stewart: The track plan looks good. There are two running tracks, and plenty of sidings. I like the idea of the upper level for the big engines, that would really be nice. Already thinking of and idea for the upper level. I am working on another plan, just fooling around. tie to do some wiring. Melvin
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Re: looking for information, photos, links and ideas for an "along the wall" type layout

Rich Melvin ·
L-Girder Benchwork will do this much better without any drilling into the walls. Google it...
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looking for information, photos, links and ideas for an "along the wall" type layout

mrvinny ·
based on my space restrictions, a plywood sheet layout of 4 X 8 or larger is not practical for my layout. what i'm thinking of is a 12" + or - plywood base supported with brackets screwed into my wall studs. the room is 10' X 12' so theoretically I can get 34' of lionel fastrack with 36" radius turn-arounds on the ends or a siding to turn the train around. I can use advise from anyone who has this type of layout or maybe a link to a site with useful info. any help is appreciated. I need to...
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cpowell ·
MrVinny, I found this picture on the internet and thought it was a clever way to support a narrow layout. Charlie
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david1 ·
I agree Mianne bench work is the way to go. I have moved 3 times and moved the bench work 3 times and it is still like new. Of course I lost the scenery but the bench work could be reassembled in a short of amount of time.
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John C. ·
Check out my Youtube videos. The Glacier Line is an around-the-walls layout style--perfect for linear realistic design.
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rthomps ·
Run - don't walk - to Mianne Benchwork. You'll get the best free-standing benchwork out there ... no tears/struggles/exasperation about drilling into anything. BTW, MY experience is that layouts that are secure to a wall tend to be noisier - especially when attached using 2x4s or other wood. MY experience.
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Mallard4468 ·
A few more things to keep in mind if using wall brackets... The strength of the bracket is only part of the equation. The strength and quality of the anchoring method is equally important. Personally, I wouldn't drill into a block or poured basement wall unless absolutely necessary - too many things can go wrong unless you have a lot of experience with that kind of work. Even if everything goes well, you'll still have a mess to clean up later on if you decide to reconfigure the layout or...
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Moonman ·
Hi MrVinny, Here is a layout thread on a build around the walls in a 12' x 14' room . I think you can use up to an 18" bracket and support a 24" deck with no problem. You can see from the thread, the width of the deck depends on what you want to do. You can also build pylons for the wall, simpler than TomTee's elegant versions. The deck can extend 6" past the bracket end. The standard shelf brackets from the home stores are plenty sturdy, usually rated at a 100lbs. Even if they are the 50lb...
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Allan Miller ·
There's a book by Kalmbach (Model Railroader magazine) that may be of some help. It is titled "Shelf Layouts for Model Railroads" by Iain Rice, and it offers some good ideas and things to think about. $19.95. ISBN 978-0-89024-690-0. I bought the book recently to stimulate thinking/planning for my next layout.
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Bridge abutment ideas

Kitbasher ·
I need several stone bridge abutments for my layout. Can anyone give me ideas on how to make my own or who might have some reasonably priced ones? They need to be about 5" high. I'm looking for something that is, or can be made to be pretty realistic looking.
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Avanti ·
Carve them from pink foam insulation.
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Bob ·
Scenic Express also has them if you'd rather have them ready-made. http://www.sceneryexpress.com/...ments/products/1078/
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Kitbasher ·
John H, I would be interested in the MTH piers. How tall are they?
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John H ·
The piers are 6" to the top of the screw holes, about 5 and 7/8" to the flat top. Feel free to email me to continue.
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Avanti ·
I can't say that I remember in any detail. But, I do most of my foam-carving with a cheap manicure set. They come with a variety of spoons and blades that work very well. You can often find them at the Dollar Store. In that particular case, I got the "raw shattered stone" look by picking out bits with the point of an Xacto knife. That whole project probably took 3 or 4 hours. Gotta love pink foam. Here are a few more shots of that scene:
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Avanti ·
Not in that case. But, I often do use a light dusting of clear coat when I want an "old weathered" look. The concrete caps in the Bascule Bridge scene are an example.
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Kitbasher ·
Pete, the abutments under your girder bridge look great. Can I ask what tools you used to make the deep divets/contouring?
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John H ·
It almost looks like the results of spray paint😉. I have four MTH piers if you’re interested. I mortared the ones installed and painted the base concrete.
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Kitbasher ·
Looks great Erik. Thanks. Where did you get the truss bridge and girder bridge or did you scratch build them?
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Erik C Lindgren ·
after some exhaustive research my friend and I came up with this solution to my bridge installation
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Re: I challenge you for Ideas and Feedback to redo layout

J Martin ·
Bringing this to the top of the list. Any designers want to doodle on SCARM with my layout?
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Lehigh74 ·
Well I don’t use SCARM and I doubt that this will blow your mind, but I would think about putting some reversing loops on the inner loop. And maybe one or two passing sidings.
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Lehigh74 ·
Isn't the outer loop O72?
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SantaFeJim ·
Here is one,
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John Rowlen ·
One day you will wish you had an O-72 loop
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SantaFeJim ·
I can’t take ANY credit. I found the track plan in J.Martin’s profile.
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cjack ·
How high is the table. If I did it over, I would raise mine from 36" to maybe 42".
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J Martin ·
Funny! Most of this is what is built today of course. Except the orange loop is gone. To small.
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John Rowlen ·
Santa Fe Jim, Very nice work. How about a connector switch between the two long ladder storage yards? Sincerely, John Rowlen
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Moonman ·
Hi, The first thing to deal with is to correct the elevation of the Lavender line. It is only 1.75" elevated in the upper left corner. What do you feel is sufficient height for your locos and rolling stock plus the tunnel structure and upper deck material? The final bottom of the elevated track roadbed height is the number that is needed to set the grades and the level elevated area. The middle should have a result that provides what you need for entertainment. Do you hands off running of...
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Roo ·
If a total stranger asked me for advice about a layout I would ask him three questions first. 1. Your age. 2. Do you have any health issues 3. Is finance a problem. Of course the blokes that have gave you advice already maybe know you personally, so disregard my suggestions completely, don't even read further. Because 1. If you are getting on in years it could be your last layout if your young it could be the start of many. 2.If you have a back problem for an example you would need no...
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rockstars1989 ·
I have to play the devils advocate here. There is WAY too much going on in the center of the proposed idea. Lots of clutter and very little yard capacity. Why not come up with a yard lead along the left side going up and 4 track yard going along the longest width? CARL-What do you think? Nick
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Ross Switch Ideas for my situation??

BobRoyals ·
Good Day, I am in the planning phase and have a smaller (18'x5') loop of 42" radius Gargraves that will be the initial focus of the layout. I have a longer running loop of O72 (32'x11). I do not want to do a crossover switch as I'd like the loops to join with enough distance to add a station siding on the O42 loop that is long enough to fit a six car passenger train. Thus, the #6 and #8 switches are too long. Would I be cool to do this with two pair of 11 degree or #4 switches so long as the...
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Moonman ·
I estimated that you need about 100" for a semi-scale steamer and six car train. You have about 150" of straight to work with in the O42 loop. The Ross Reg 11° are 14.65" long or 29.3" total. Placing the switches in the O42 loop just past or at the curve will give you the maximum straight to work with. The 11° can handle a good speed for crossing over. here's 12- GG 10"
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Ted S ·
We could probably advise you better if you would post a diagram of your layout, or even a carefully-drawn sketch. That being said, you probably wouldn't go wrong with the "regular" 11-degree turnout. The switches with a curved leg often result in 'S' curves or abrupt transitions to restore parallel alignment. Thankfully, Ross gives you lots of options!
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12 x 6 Fastrack Layout Plans

Not seasoned yet ·
Hi All,  Anyone have ideas for a 12 x 6 fastrack layout ?  I would like to do a multi level with tunnels and a nice bridge.  I can add a 4x3 section at the end of the 12 foot board if needed can't go ant bigger since basement as support poles .  I have fastrack with 036 curves and remote switches.  I would like to go a bit bigger on turns if i could.  Would also like area to park 2 or more trains.  I have DCS and a z4000 transformer with some lionel 80watt...
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Joeceleb ·
Thanks for the link DoubleD.....that is one nice layout....I will look to expand on it using the additional space......
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Joeceleb ·
Also working on 12x6 layout....have been through several designs and still not settled on one...I am going to use Atlas O track....you can use up to O63 minimum curves without a problem...I plan on using O54 to leave some room on the sides for scenery and/or sidings...I am also looking to operate rather then just running my trains...so there will be an inner loop of O54 with 3-4 sidings...within that I want a small town on one end and mountain scene on the other....a 4x3 section can be added...
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DoubleDAZ ·
Here's a link to a thread for a 5x10 that should give you some ideas. https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/t...out-complete-for-now
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layout suggestions

Darth Sage ·
I am coming up blank and I am looking for layout suggestions. I would like to utilize three 4x8 sheets of plywood. I was thinking of having the three sheets form an upside down J or an U shape. I am still learning how to use Scarm I would like to have to reversing loops that maybe overlap each other. Note-I am fairly new to this hobby but I think that is pretty obvious. thank you
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Ironhorseman ·
Hi Darth, Welcome to the hobby and forum. The begin with, the more information you provide, the better responses you will receive. Instead of starting with a layout, think about how you would like to interact with the layout. You can start by asking yourself if you want realistic details or more toy like operations, accurate to scale or more traditional size, do you want a yard for switching? Do you want operating accessories/cars or more scenes with building. Do you want lots of trains...
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