My situation has changed and it looks like I will not be getting the addition I was planning. So I have to come up with a new track plan to fit the space I have and I come here seeking help and advice on how to get something like this working as this will most likely be my last layout so I would like to try to incorporate what I like to do on my railroad
I have been working on a 3 level in scarm for awhile now. but as always I have a lot of track in a small space and don't know if it will work so I am looking for help and suggestions. What I would like to have is at least 2 or 3 trains running unattended while being able to make up and/or switch cars. I would also like to use my atlas turntable and some of my scratch built bridges.
The plan has the top level with a 109" inch long bridge at 54 inches off the floor which is the highest level I can go without the bridge hitting something ( plumbing,duct work etc.). It also has a 45" bridge on one wall. I plan on the top level being used for passenger trains with a passing siding on the center of the bridge which can hold 8 16" passenger cars which is the longest passenger cars I have. It also has a small siding for storing engines should I want to change.
The Middle layer has most of the industrial spurs and a long passing siding and a 45"inch 3 track lift bridge, It also has the connections to the top and bottom levels so trains can go up or down in both directions (something I consider important being able to go between levels in both directions).
The bottom level is a loop to loop so that entire trains can be turned ( another key point that I like to have) it has a small yard and my turntable.
I will have cutouts on the 18' wall to access any switches along that wall and all other switches need to be no more than 40" from the bench because that is the farthest I can comfortably reach.
Bridges I have 2 that are 109" and can accommodate 3 tracks (10 1/2"wide)
3 that are 45" long and can be made for 1 or 3 tracks
5 that are 19" and can be made 1 or 3 tracks wide
3 that are 30" and can be 1 or 3 tracks wide.
On the scarm file there is a hidden yard but I don't know if I will use it or not. I already have almost all of the gargraves switches and some ross switches. I also have 15 left and 15 right lionel 0-27 42radius switches. but I don't know if they can fit in this small area.
The biggest issue is there is very little room for any scenery.
So I am asking for help in designing a layout in the area with at least some of the criteria. A real challenge.
I have put the scarm file and some pics of the bridges.
The bottle of jack will be used to ease any frustration and make the world look good.