Hi all. I've been having trouble finding plans for a 5x16 layout. I have a longer basement that's fairly long but not as wide. I have four 4x5 tables made with 2x4's and 3/4" plywood with all removable 2x4 bracing and 5/8" hex bolt sets. It's sturdy, alright!!! I still need room to entertain, hence, the 5 feet depth . I've been working on plans in SCARM for about a month in my spare time, but I'm having a bit of writer's block. I'd like to open up to the community for suggestions. For your reference, I'll be using FasTrack with DCS, minimum curve of 0-36. What I had originally was a double mainline around the perimeter of the layout, and an elevated double reversing loop.
I might also note that I run mostly medium and small steam (largest currently being a ten-wheeler) and small diesels (F-3's). Nothing electric, so no power poles. Any elevated loop will be reinforced by 2x4 shims and some spare 3/4" plywood. I have plenty!
I would post up my SCARM file, but, it's nothing special-- two ovals, one 0-48 and the other 0-36. I used an 0-31 switch and a 45-degree crossover to get the outer loop to my Atlas turntable. I don't need to have too much space for the yard; just enough for a few engines in the roundhouse I'm building, and probably access to one staging track to swap out the entire consist.
What I'd like to accomplish:
- Three independent lines, two of which should have access to a common yard and turntable.
- I would like some elevated portions, perhaps the third line can be entirely elevated.
- A downtown/shopping area should be included somewhere on the layout, probably centered.
- Mountain area should on the left side of the layout (since the visitors will enter at the other end). I'd like to tunnel through and/or around the mountain.
Aaron B, Michigan USA