8X14 Layout idea from 2X6 modules

Here is an idea for an 8X14 layout that fits in an 8X16 space.   It is based on five 2X6 tables/modules with one 2X2.   It has two lift-out bridges at the entrance to the layout.   There is room for a door on the lower right into the room from either of two walls.   Access and reach is excellent for the entire layout.   The outer route is O-60 to handle O-54 locomotives.   The inner route and the two spurs are O-48 minimum, so traditional locomotives and cars will look good going around these curves.   There are industry spurs scattered around the layout, and there are O-60 cross-overs between the routes.   One long spur could serve as a staging/holding track for a third train on the layout, taking turns with the other two trains without having to take trains and cars on and off the layout to change trains.

All mainline turnouts are O-60, with some industry spurs using O-48 turnouts.   All spurs have lighted Fastrack bumpers.   A run-round track is included.   There are some industry ideas, along with one tunnel.

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This plan eliminates the O-60 reverse curve (through two O-60 turnouts) on the inner route at the lower left for a smoother inner route.

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The two bridges at the gateway to the layout are close enough (intentionally) that they might be replaced with a single double-tracked lift-out bridge.

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I really like this layout.  I have a similar space with 8' being the limiting factor.  Flipping it so the access is in the lower left would better fit my space.  I will be able to access the layout from the outside on 3 sides, so I would possibly make the center access a little smaller on those sides to be able to add some more scenery or buildings.

your design gives me lots to think about.

Updated scenery, and highlighted Fastrack sections bridging the modules.   These sections have the plastic pin that holds Fastrack tightly together trimmed, so that the can be easily removed and replaced - no impact on alignment or electrical connectivity.

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With another set of tunnels, dramatically positioned just after the bridges for a neat scene.   Plus the Lionel operating oil derrick between the tracks near the stream.   The parallel tracks over the bridges are shifted closer together, facilitating a single double-track lift-out bridge as an option.

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Here is the AnyRail file for the layout JEM.   I enjoy AnyRail for its ease in making new layouts and the nice appearance that you can obtain.

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The outside O-60 loop is just over 37 feet long.   With two 8-foot trains, the separation would be 10'7" between trains.   So two short trains could be run at the same time on the outside loop using command control of some type (LionChief, Legacy,DCS).   This would allow three trains & engineers running and routing through the two loops of the layout (with a fourth 8-foot train as visible staging on the long siding).  That looks like some fun!

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