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Hey guys, I'm moving to a new house within a few weeks and I'll have a 20x14 room (trying not to giggle like a schoolgirl) and here is what I've come up with so far.  Now, I know the track doesn't line up perfectly in some places but there is enough play to fix it.  And on the lower right loopback its a little over the lower level line but that also will be fixed via a "rickity bracing" to hold up the line of a log train route.  So...... any input is appreciated!

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Hi tackindy,

It looks as if your focus is more on continuous running as a display layout. I would suggest that you leave the red colored tracks as an expansion project or view it a little differently.

 

Drop it underneath the main level as a staging area for already made up trains. You enough length on the top of the plan to put in an entrance\exit track and create multiple loops within the width of the main deck.

 

This allows you have the "actors" exit and return or introduce new "actors". This space where the yard is would make a great place for a logging processing operation or an industry and perhaps a small urban scene.

 

If you elevate the blue line from the top right to the mountain and down to the bottom right on the peninsula, it would provide your entry\exit to the staging area and provide a good presentation for a train on that line.

 

I hope your goes smoothly. It can be trying.

The outer blue line is 0-48 curves.  The inner green is 0-36   Matt I have thought long and hard about the reach of the switches and that is why the mainline switches to the sidings are remote.  The yard switches are manual, but seeing as the table is going to be fairly low and a solid base that could be leaned on if needed, I can reach the yard switches easily enough.   The switches on the mainlines are all manual and will auto-switch as the trains pass over.   

 

As for the supports of the upper 0-31, I think if you look CLOSELY you'll see some 1.3 straights in the lower 0-36 curve to spread it out a bit.  And the supports for the upper line are going to be on top of a cliff, with the cliff kinda leaning out over the lower line just enough to support the upper.   It will be interesting to do.  I'm still at least three weeks out from closing on the train roo.... I mean on the house but I'll be posting pictures of progress!  

Using all remote switches without the remote controller connected and powered by track power provides a motor assisted non-derail. Some steam locos pilot trucks may not push through the manuals. Sure, cost is a factor, but you may want to give that some consideration.

 

I have been working on the under the layout staging. Uncle. I give up and withdraw that suggestion. The shape of the layout makes the entry\exit very difficult to design and I can't solve it.

 

An exposed ladder\railyard looks good anyway. It just uses a lot of real estate.

 

Again, best wishes for your close and move.

Hmmmmm, you bring up an interesting point about the steamers and manual switches.  But I ran the ones I have through them and they seemed to work.  I may have to revisit this issue after completing trackwork and before too much scenery goes on to replace them with remote switches!

 

As for the yard, yes I considered an "under layout" staging area but wasn't sure about the inclines and such to get it done.  Plus, I kinda like seeing the trains lined up in the yard and pulling one out onto the mainline to run.  Also, I'm planning on a downtown area over the very back of the layout for buildings and scenery, so that will help.  It will be over the spur for the big loop and extend out over the yard a little, just enough to fit buildings and a street in front of them.

tackindy, with as much space as you have I strongly recommend you have at least one O-72 loop.  I only wish I had so I could run scale articulated steamers.  Even if you are a diesel guy, your broad curve loop will be your favorite for it closer to prototypical appearance.  That said I offer you a draft of a O-72 twisted dog bone plan that is similar to what you've posted.  The mainline goes up and over at the twist.   Depending on when you start the grade it could be as little as 2%.  If you like I'll be glad to add a parallel main and perhaps a logging/coal line and yard.   

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I really like the general arrangement of your plan. The problem I see is, you have a number of long stub-end storage tracks that trains will have to back in or out of, using a curved lead inside a tunnel. If you want to keep those long stub-end tracks, you should at least have a wider radius approach track that is visible.

 

My own preference would be to have long double-ended tracks to park trains on, because it facilitates operation of different trains without a lot of switching. They could curve along the full length of the layout. To reduce the need for expensive wide-radius switches, you could have "serial staging" on a really long siding/alternate route.

 

Another preference for me is to have a choice of flat loops for running most trains, and an optional graded route. It can get tedious to constantly be adjusting the throttle for a long train on an up-and-over route. 

 

Not everyone needs wide curves, and big articulateds don't look so great even on O72 curves, IMO. An advantage with the curves you used is that your tables and peninsulas can be narrower, so you don't have as many "long reach" issues. And you have a walk-in plan without duck-unders or drawbridges. Of course, your minimum radius standard depends on the kinds of trains you want to run.

 

 

 

 

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tackindy,  I'm hoping that you only need to occasionally access the door in the lower corner, perhaps a closet?  If so please reconsider using as much of your layout room for a larger radius plan.  I've revised my previous plan based upon your desired features and have added a second main line (O-72, O82 nested curves).  At the top there is a logging/coal loop with a 2.3% spur to the mainline.  Loops are grade separated by 7".  Mainlines grades are max 2.3%.  This layout is designed for command control.  Crossover switches allow for a train to navigate from the yard to the coal line with a minimum of mainline intrusion.  If you like a RR-Track track plan file PM me.

 

Obsidian

 

 

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Well I'm going today for the "Inspection" and I"ll get a chance to measure the room more precisely.  I'm going to be using Fastrack throughout.  Along with design I'm working on noise reduction.  The door on the right end must stay in place as that is the "KITTYZILLA" barrier that is the only protection my layout has from "KITTYZILLA".  While I doubt I'll go as big as 0-72 curves (I have none), I do like the over/under part of what you proposed.  It adds some action my layout was lacking in the area of grade changes.  

Rev 2.0 with free access to lower right and left corners of train room.  Due to slightly shorter mainline, grades have increased to max 2.4%, still very manageable for all command controlled engines with a reasonable consist.  Note that the yard lead is a bit longer now allowing for switcher to build consists in 4 track yard.  The grey rectangles are suggested access hatch locations.  All but the two switches in the upper left hand corner are within reach.   The logging/coal line uses O-42,54 curves.  With this layout you'll be able to run two long trains continuously in opposite directions on the main and a 15 car logging/coal on the upper loop.  I'd suggest linking the two ends of the top line with a trestle or girder bridge between the two mountains.  Lots of visual drama with two bridges right in the middle stacking 14" above base.  Let me know what you think.

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This current plan can still work with Fastrak.  This plan is a variation of a plan I designed for a club mate with Fastrak.  His original layout used smaller radius curves but he like many who get into the hobby, desired to own and run larger, scale steam locos.  So he tore down the original and rebuilt with min O-72 mainline.  My original layout used my O-31 and 42 track I got from starter sets.   Now after several revisions I've eliminated all but 3 pieces of O-42.   I can now run my 4-8-4 Northerns on all but a small section of my layout.  You have the opportunity to build something for a long future of collecting.  Buy some new track and in the long run you'll be happier.

 

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After working on Obsidian's ideas and mine, I've tweaked my a bit adding more dramatic terrain and such but kept the main train layout close to original.  I would love big sweeping curves but I've already invested in the track and therefore going forward with this.  If I get a BIG locomotive that won't handle these curves I'm going to build an "Around the Room" shelf to run it!  

 

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Against that far back wall there will be a platform holding a downtown area with more buildings.  The road in the middle lower forground will go over the staging yard to join up with it.  

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tackindy
Nice design. looks like you'll enjoy this when done
Steve
 
Originally Posted by tackindy:

After working on Obsidian's ideas and mine, I've tweaked my a bit adding more dramatic terrain and such but kept the main train layout close to original.  I would love big sweeping curves but I've already invested in the track and therefore going forward with this.  If I get a BIG locomotive that won't handle these curves I'm going to build an "Around the Room" shelf to run it!  

 

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Against that far back wall there will be a platform holding a downtown area with more buildings.  The road in the middle lower forground will go over the staging yard to join up with it.  

 

Wow!  So many of you have been asking for updates (ok so not a single one of you actually did)!  So here's the latest pictures of some crappy but strong benchwork (it'll be covered by a valence anyway).  The flat screen TV is wall mounted after a fresh coat of Eddie Bauer "Sky Blue" paint.  

 

 

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Yes that Fastrack is getting the "Master Lee" treatment of Great Stuff foam being sprayed into it and then shaved off.   I did a little test of  my own and it really does diminish the sound quite a lot!  

 

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There will be more cross braces installed... I just need a few more boards.  Soon I'll have a deck on of MDF more than likely.  I'm wondering if I will put a layer of Homasote on top of it to further quiet the layout.  Any suggestions?

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Originally Posted by Moonman:

Nice update. I would edit your post title to 20 x 14 area layout...update mm/dd/yy. When I see my email notices I think it's another input comment. You did buy the house for the trains!

 

BTW, the short video just zips to the end. Could you remove it and add it again?

 

 

Thanks Moonman, I did need to do those things and didn't even realize it.  While I didn't buy that house just for the trainroom, it did help a LOT.  Ha ha

The base is done and the land features are rising up!  The line visible now is the outermost mainline with a spur along the back wall under the windows.  Inside the two curves you can see the three layers of foam board are in for the second layer/mainline.  The area under the windows is going to be the yard.  

 

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Fastastic to see your layout in progress. I am learning by watching others who are building layouts.

 

I hope to embark on my first-ever layout soon. My train room is 17 by 12, but it has FOUR doors in it (three swing into the room, one swings out). I also have one large window in the room.

 

I can place a long run along one wall about 12 feet wide, then come out from the wall about 9 feet. So my total area for the layout will only be 12 by 9. If I didn't have to contend with the doors I would have been about to dedicate more square footage to the layout.

 

I will need some expert assistance when the time comes for me to develop a double mainline track plan with a yard (and space for a small town).

 

Thanks for sharing your project - excellent work! As you continue I will follow your progress.

Terrence you can do a lot in a little space.  Here is what a came from at the old house.  Its a 10 by 10 room but with doors and such I was limited to 10x8.   

 

 

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As you can see I really stuffed it in there!  My trains were chasing their tails but I did it anyway.  Now that I have this new room (which is immense compared...) my trains really stretch out and are much more enjoyable to watch.   I actually have two running on the mainline in the pictures above due to it taking so long for the train to come back around!  Ha ha.  12x9 might not seem like a lot, but when I was at 10x8 I would have killed for another 1 ft by 2 feet!  And if you really want to see what you can do, put a drawing with the room dimensions up on this sub forum and watch guys like Obsidian and maybe me and some others go wild.  With elevation changes and multiple levels, you can squeeze in as much as you want (see pics above).  

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Originally Posted by tackindy:

Terrence you can do a lot in a little space.  Here is what a came from at the old house.  Its a 10 by 10 room but with doors and such I was limited to 10x8.   

 

As you can see I really stuffed it in there!  My trains were chasing their tails but I did it anyway.  Now that I have this new room (which is immense compared...) my trains really stretch out and are much more enjoyable to watch.   I actually have two running on the mainline in the pictures above due to it taking so long for the train to come back around!  Ha ha.  12x9 might not seem like a lot, but when I was at 10x8 I would have killed for another 1 ft by 2 feet!  And if you really want to see what you can do, put a drawing with the room dimensions up on this sub forum and watch guys like Obsidian and maybe me and some others go wild.  With elevation changes and multiple levels, you can squeeze in as much as you want (see pics above).  

 

WOW! You sure DID pack 10 pounds of salami into a two pound bag - LOL! It must feel incredible to have all of the new space.

 

I emailed you my train room foot print and I will take your suggestion and post the room dimensions on a new thread to see if anyone can assist me in creating a quality layout.

 

Thanks again and keep us posted on your project as it develops.

 

Your OGR buddy,

Terrence

Coram, NY

I worked a little late last night on the tunnels and mountain out on the peninsula.  You know once you get started on that kinda project its just hard to stop!

 

 

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This provides a good view of the big mountain on the peninsula and the two mainlines running through it.  I'm going to close off this side with either paper mache or possibly some rigid sheet material.  

 

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I think the interesting thing here is the trestle sitting between the two big bridges in the river.  This is the first time one of the trestles has been set up and you can see how it matches the height of the mountain.  That's gonna be a busy section of river with 5 bridges!  

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It's coming along nicely!

 

I have a question- Now that you are getting some weight on the table, how is the stability without diagonals on the legs?

 

Ok one more, what's your source for the blue foam board? The builders around here must not be using much of it, so the depot and lowe's don't carry it anymore.

Is it 1/2" or 1"?

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