Hello All,

This is my first attempt at a permanent layout. Any suggestions for improvements would be greatly appreciated. I tried to pick up tips and tricks from the forum here and so here is my first crack at it.

My idea is to model Philadelphia and it's western burbs on the old Pennsylvania RR mainline to Paoli/Exton. Running Broadway Limited, MUs, and local freight. From reading here on the forum, I am planning to use Atlas track and Ross switches.

Goals:
- 2 mainlines
- 2 track subway/elevated line
- a trolley too if I can fit it.
- multiple levels for interest

Notes: thinking of putting 30th ST Station over rail yard with a bridgeboss shed, with the main line running under the station/street in that small section (top left corner) and re-emerging to the "highline" making its way to the mainline. Blue lines are main line and yard and the Red is the elevated subway.

Please let me know what you think.

Thanks,

Chris

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Chris,

I took a quick glance at your track plan and it looks good. One thing I noticed right away is that you used right-hand switches for both crossovers on the outer dual main. I would recommend changing one of the two to use left-hand switches to give more versatility.

Good job!

Alex

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Originally posted by junkman:
Chris,

How will you reach over the layout to service derails etc, on the lower part of the layout where it is six feet wide?

Vic


Hi Junkman,

My bad, I am new to the RR Track software. I was thinking platform size not room size when I started the layout.

On the bottom of the plan there is about a 4' aisle that leads to steps out of the basement, which would be in the bottom right corner, next to the chimney stack. On the left hand side, there is another 8' but that is the laundry area. So, you can walk around on the left and bottom of the layout but, the top and right side are walls. I will add that to the plan, thanks!

Chris
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Originally posted by Ingeniero No1:
Chris,

I took a quick glance at your track plan and it looks good. One thing I noticed right away is that you used right-hand switches for both crossovers on the outer dual main. I would recommend changing one of the two to use left-hand switches to give more versatility.

Good job!

Alex


Hi ALex,

Ok, I see what you are saying. Any suggestions on where you think the left crossovers might be most practical. The 2 crossovers that are on the main line were only there to make sure I had 4" spacing and to make sure I could get a train in and out of the yard to the unconnected track. There is no other real scientific reason they are there and they aren't representative of anything real world specific.

Thanks,

Chris
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