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A model railroad takes space, time, and money. The first railroad we show you will be 4' by 8'. Additional access space around the sides is needed so that you can get to all parts of the model to build it. For the turnout template, use a hobby knife and just score and snap out the wedge across the straight edge of the template.
Flip the template over for rightor left-hand turnouts. A deluxe set of track planning templates might include at least three curves: Similarly, you can include templates for your minimum turnout and two or three larger sizes you can use to avoid potential S-curve trouble in crossovers or just to look nice.
RL The methods explained here will help you lay smoothly flowing trackwork, like that of the Benton, N. Eric Brooman photo. Right angle to proposed track 2. Draw line from B to PC. To join a curve to a tangent through a turnout at a given location on a tangent.
Measure distances Q and L to each side of PI to locate point and frog of turnout.
The templates can be of any material. Cut to exact radius. Some take a freelanced approach. The other side models a bustling mountain town in the Pacific Northwest. Numerous spur and yard tracks will keep the local operator busy while through trains run on the twicearound main.
And many of these plans have options for future expansion. A hidden staging yard connects to both ends of the main line. Whatever your approach. Many modelers will find a layout the size of the ones in this chapter to be just right: Long-wheelbase modern locomotives. While this track plan was inspired by an interesting prototype. Operations are centered on the small yard at Fultonham.
The design looks complicated. The layout is based on the prototype Ohio Southern RR. South Zanesville Girder bridge Glass Rock 3" 0" 6" 2. Swanson Oil Co.
With no turnouts. July Scale: With the large window providing a view of this railroad from the living room. Though mountain scenery is the focus. But in Z scale. Wharf Scale of plan: Munchie Mill Published: A Franklin Street two-track staging loop hidden under 4. Clinton St. As the A name indicates.
If space permits. Depending on the scenery and structures chosen. This railroad packs a lot of main line 1. The removable section by the entry allows continuous operation.
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A tunnel conceals two staging tracks and a continuousrunning cutoff. This layout might be expanded with more staging or a visible addition to the interchange lines. A modeler might choose to run his trains off current from the overhead wire. Both railroads are modeled on this plan as Backdrop with hills and sky Soo staging House flats First Avenue branches leading into hidden staging. It was an electrified short line that handled interchange traffic from the Soo Line and the Northern Pacific in Valley City.
Then again. Passenger station Pennsylvania RR. This railroad started out as an oval on a rectangular table. An engine terminal and a good-size yard also add to the feel of this layout being a branch of a big-time railroad. Kanawha Creek Ry.
And Tunnel no. A similar addition could make one of those track plans just right for you. The square-foot engine terminal and yard addition. Bald Eagle Branch 35 Published: December Scale: Look at some of the other plans in this section and note tracks that lead up to the edge of the layout. On the other side of those tunnel portals is a four-turn helix. Peco large radius 25th Street Yard Oakton By moving one leg of an L-shaped shelf layout away from the wall.
A backdrop divider and several tall. The helix connects the lower deck to the main with a manageable grade. Plenty of industry sidings. Trains starting in the 25th Street Yard must make two switchback maneuvers to reach some sidings. Tuck a staging yard underneath. Backdrop Childhood railfan trips inspired this urban layout. While the yardmaster breaks down. Illustration by Dick Skover this layout can keep several operators busy. Two more engineers can run the hotshots on the main lines.
Despite the large number of sidings. By extending a few spurs. The basic design is an Pigsville outer loop surrounding a twicePassenger Dairy Caboose Water Engine pocket track column platforms around main line.
Despite its small size. The helix adds some running time between the mines on the top level and the city yard on the bottom. Staging is done off-layout and moved onto the railroad via the exchange track. A branch off of the lower level leads to hidden staging wrapped around the helix. The main focus here is switching. Having several industries share a single spur track makes switching challenging. Note how. When planning a multi-level layout. Loup Creek Branch 41 Published: Consider expanding vertically.
Restore those Coal tracks and you can back-date the Water layout to the transition era. The concept of this railroad is an isolated Western town that receives most of its supplies by rail. With a few changes to structure choices. Cattle pens Scale of plan: The hidden tracks in the tunnel can be used to stage trains for off-layout movements. Enginehouse The setting is a fictional New Jersey or Conrail main line Pennsylvania city that was the former Sand battleground of two rival railroads.
Division Point at Oldburg Published: This layout could easily keep three operators main line. Raw material moves from the coke plant to the blast furnace. The overall design has broad curves to handle the length of modern cars and locomotives. A switching layout is one way to circumvent the problem.
For two other looks at a steel mills. With pickups. Calumet Steel 45 3" Published: Ore arrives at the blast furnace from an off-layout source at the other end of the high line.
Eau Claire. Little River Scale of plan: August Scale: Two railroads compete on this layout. Eau Claire staging Scale of plan: Hiding half of one of the loops in a tunnel helps disguise the fact that this plan has a twice-around main line. Bob White Coal Co. Using a smaller-scale church in the top corner is a technique called forced perspective. Eau Claire Plumbing Supply Co.
And there is enough room to hide several staging tracks in the tunnel. Slash burner Ridgeway 1 percent up Tank platform. Many other paired industries are possible. Staging turns a shelf layout into a working railroad.. February Scale: This plan is split into two scenic divisions. Jiggs Tools Published: A few options include a sawmill and a logging camp.
The railroad operated until Railroad bridge Moving and Storage Test track Scale of plan: It also gives you a place to shuffle trains to and from. Sn3 1: The car ferry provides a link to the outside world. An interchange track gives the road a link to the outside world. Tool Corporation graded overpass both adds visual interest and operating interest.
Moving the specialized cars used by the steel industry — including ingot buggies. Some may have switch engines and cars permanently assigned to them by a railroad. Plan size: Grouping industries together on sidings cuts down on the number of turnouts while making switching more challenging. Lumber 2. Date Man. Minimum radius: It uses a center aisle to lengthen the main line and create two distinct switching areas.
Code MR5-K Maximum grade: Return Editor Big industries like steel mills depend on rail service to move their product within the plant throughout the production process. Proof 2 Copy Ed. Pinecone Wood Products 1. And designing the layout in sections makes it easier to move. Lumber Team track Oil Storage flex 0" 2" Sawmill 2.
Most operations involve moving cars from the staging tracks on the upper level to the interchange yard on the lower. They also allow the use of the tight curves needed to fit an O scale layout into an footsquare space.
The buildings that conceal most of the tracks on the upper level also provide switching spots on the lower. The short wheelbase of narrow gauge engines and rolling stock make the switchbacks practical.
When hiding tracks like this. A sectional layout like this would be easy to expand with a port. If you want to model coal trains at reasonably realistic lengths. Curved turnouts Ridge hides staging from the center of room Three-way turnout Farm Liftout or duckunder section Staging yard Entry Scale of plan: This plan. Fort Myers Ry. Running the coal tipple tracks into staging allows operators to shove empty cars in and pull out loaded ones.
Many circus companies also winter in Florida. Trains look better going around curves than straightaways anyway. Nn3 1: You also need to provide enough separation so that trains on the lower level can pass under the supporting structure of the upper level track.
In the hilly or mountainous country so popular with modelers. A slope that rises one unit in is a 48 Realistic Track Plans 1 percent grade. The distance between the rails of the lower track and the bottom of whatever supports the upper track is called the clearance. On model railroad track plans we often show the lowest track elevation as zero and give elevations above that in inches. Measuring steepness Railroad grades are expressed in the number of units climbed or descended in units of travel.
To have a track cross above another track or over itself. One that rises two units in is a 2 percent grade. Multiply 11 x 12 to convert to inches.
Or lay out a line climbing to a desired elevation and measure to determine the grade. Starting from your zero point. You may even want a grade steep enough to require helper or pusher engines. Figuring grades and clearances How to plan slopes your trains can climb By Andy Sperandeo Even as you draw in two dimensions you can start thinking of your model railroad as three-dimensional.
That supporting structure may be your usual subgrade and roadbed. Or you can build grades for scenic and operating reasons. Determine the track distance in scale inches between your lowest and highest points. Measuring distance So how do we measure distance on a track plan? That equals. The 3. Or set the dividers to a scale foot and step off the given elevation in feet. Roth photo A bridge deck structure can range from about three to more than six scale feet deep.
For greater accuracy. Using your scale. These are from National Model Railroad Association standard S-7 and represent the ideal prototype clearance of 22 feet above the rail. Gordon R. A grade of 1 percent. Some digital versions do this for you. In reality this is impractical. This required the builders of the original Central Pacific and Union Pacific lines to maintain grades of 2.
Or you can use a measuring wheel called an opisometer that you steer along the line of your track. These expenses may be justified only if traffic is unusually heavy.
Either way it needs to be included in the railhead-torailhead measurements indicated by track plan elevations. On a model railroad we may need grades to achieve a desired routing. But your compass can do this if you replace the pencil point with a second metal point. Even flat-looking country has some slope. Multiply the number of steps by 12 to convert feet to inches and divide that distance into the elevation to find the grade.
Mainline railroads on grades this steep are unusual and found only in rugged terrain. Bend it to follow the line of your track. The descriptions below relate grades to the kinds of railroads that use them. Railroads would avoid grades if they could because climbing them increases operating expenses by limiting the length of trains and requiring more and heavier locomotives.
Except in the flattest terrain. The clearance table gives recommended separations for track planning. Railroads often follow watercourses to find the easiest path through the terrain.
Where one hidden track crosses over another. Remember to allow for the structure supporting overhead tracks. Usually close is good enough. In HO scale. Seven percent is about the practical limit for normal adhesion smooth wheels on smooth rails and in steam days required special gear-driven locomotives like Shays. When Congress passed land grant laws to subsidize 19th-century railroad construction in the West. Be aware that some models are taller than they should be. If you plan for 3" from railhead to railhead where a track passes under a bridge.
If you set the dividers to a scale 10". Grades that steep are more common on cheaply constructed backwoods logging and mining railroads. The steepest mainline grade in the United States is the former Southern Ry.
Overhead clearance Requirements for each scale are given in the clearance table opposite. The first piece of information is often available from kit makers in their catalogs or on their Web sites. Trains are wider still. Draw a building to scale and you know it will fit — as long.
Kit reviews in Model Railroader usually specify the footprint also. He nevertheless allowed room for the roads and structures that place the railroad in the midst of its urban industrial setting.
Blair Kooistra photo ture. Room for slopes Realistic slopes can be the key to believable scenery. There also has to be room for people to build and enjoy the layout. Except when modeling elevated roadbeds through cities. Andy Sperandeo photo 50 Realistic Track Plans. This requires separation between tracks at different heights.
Room for people You and your visitors are important too. That 4 x 8foot sheet of plywood or insulating foam can be split down the middle to 30" door Possible extension 24" aisles along 4-foot side of table layout Illustrations by Rick Johnson form an along-the-walls shelf layout that leaves much more free space in the middle of the room.
Outside of very rugged terrain. For walk-in layouts. Slopes are also needed along streams. Streets and highways can also take more space than you might think. When possible allow for scenery and structures between the track and the layout edge. As the 9 x foot room diagram shows.
This puts the railroad in the scene instead of in front of it. A scale foot width may look okay for a two-lane model roadway. In open country. Still wider aisles can be a good idea at yards and other places where operators tend to congregate. Aisles of 36" or even 42" width will make building. Fill it with enough main line to enable long runs and trains of prototypical length? Build a big yard or add a bunch of industries for lots of switching action?
Stretch out the track between cities to make more room for scenery? There are as many approaches to layout design as there are spaces in which to build.
Take a look through these plans. Medium layouts Got some space to stretch out? Now that space is not as much of a constraint. Spring is always in full bloom in Port Carbon. A medium-sized layout space gives you room to experiment with techniques like a railroad that travels through all four seasons. Both are N scale.
The modeler lucky enough to have more than a bedroom for his railroad has some choices to make. For example. Some like the look of the intricate steam engines and rugged terrain that characterize many such lines.
Doubleended staging looped under the central peninsula allows realistic point-to-point operations. Illustration by Kellie Jaeger www. Others like that the smaller rolling stock and tighter curves allow them to pack more railroad into a smaller space. This plan models the broad vistas of Midwestern farm country in Modelers who want the size and detail of O scale.
The modest space requirements of N scale means room for big industries. Mining supply building Scale of plan: Petersburg used as staging Diesel shed Window partially covered by backdrop Prokhorovsk Open staging Building flats Rather than focusing on industry switching or mainline operations. If the layout is mounted high enough.
Staging on a traversing table represents connections to the outside world. Terminal operations involve receiving incoming trains from various offlayout locations.
The line is designed to fit around two walls of a garage. Hiding the back of the dogbone under elevated terrain makes the railroad look more realistic. Backdrops isolate scenes.
The streetcar line circling the urban blocks adds interest. Sawmill To St. Though not much On3 equipment is commercially available. Central New Mexico Ry. He also moved the locale from California to Arkansas.
Team track Rio Seco Boardwalk Scale of plan: This plan hits all the high points. July-December Scale: Z gauge track actually works out to about 40" between the rails in N. Michael removable for access to helix 4 percent up Track maintenance shed 69 0" 0" 9" Nn3 layouts like this one use Z gauge track and mechanisms to represent three-foot-gauge railroading.
N and Nn3 1: Miracle Farm Machinery Co. Unlike many mixed-gauge layouts. Dead track Denver. Modeling narrow gauge further reduces the space needed for curves and right-ofway. It also simplifies transporting the layout.
Building a layout in sections has advantages: Cyclone Fence Co. There are enough operating possibilities to keep two or more engineers busy at once.
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High ridges and trees act as view blocks for most of the steepest grades. That shelf was followed by another. This layout features grain elevators. Decatur Division. Though this model railroad is based on the Burlington Northern. There are also passenger depots. Many cities. And the continuous ovals allow one road to run unattended during solo operation. Feed Owatonna Metal shop Canning Co. Modeling a line that features four-axle diesels.
Plan- Milwaukee Road Gandy Co. Sampson Hwy. This allows a single operator to let one train run unattended on the upper level while switching the local on the lower. Broad curves improve the operation of streamlined passenger equipment. Curved backdrops separate scenes from each other. Dan Corp. Western Route. Mining Co. Illustration by Theo Cobb J. North Dover. J-P Printing Co. Bicycles 78 The two loops of this urban plan connect only with track concealed behind buildings.
Louis-San Francisco Ry.. This track plan models Frisco operations in and around Springfield. Woods Manufacturing 62 Published: Business blocks and wooded hills hide the fact that the four legs of the X form a figure eight.
Layers of tall structures. Linking distant parts of the layout with track hidden in tunnels maximizes the mainline run while leaving lots of room for realistic scenery. This plan has all of those elements. The interchange of cargo between ships and trains.
Keeping hard-to-reach track. Puyallup River 50" 46" Lighthouse Canning Co. When that bridge was built in Similar restrictions can be used to add to the operating challenges of any railroad. The tunnels also disguise the mainline loop. Stopping a train briefly in a tunnel can also increase the virtual distance between stations. Gentle curves on the double-tracked main line show off long trains to their best advantage.
Big yards at both ends. Needles District 84 Published: Judicious use of tunnels keeps the track from crowding out the terrain. Trucking Cement Rt.
I had the pleasure of operating it a couple of times. This plan could be part of a larger layout. Despite its short mainline run. The main line ran from the stub-end terminal at York. Depot Water Slate Md. Grain elevators and other agricultural-themed businesses help place this railroad in Illinois. Coal To Baltimore Cardiff. Pennsylvania Division 85 Published: Ash pit staging Hill.
Besides the off-stage loop. Modules fit together with standard track connections at the ends. You can even take advantage of sectional construction to do wiring and switch motor installation with the sections on their sides or ends instead of always having to work up from below.
Here are two ways to build layouts in sections. This leads to stereotyped track arrangements and frequent mismatches between adjacent terrain. As long as you have some extra track and scenery materials on hand.
Think sections. Ken Patterson photo By Andy Sperandeo Build your railroad so you can take it with you A friend of mine was hosting an operating session. The scenery can maintain continuity from section to section following the theme of your railroad.
Switch sizes HO 20y2 " 26y4 " 32" way. Scale Sharp Conventional Broad a pencil from the curve center. Locate the main and ladder How can I follow your recommen- tracks of your yard. You usually have to 50 also has a few. You can make a cardboard template Where there's a second track around Multiply these figures by: Scale P. Here are the mini- of extra space. The problem is similar in O places where the plans show straight gauge.
Scale Sharp Conventional Broad sions. Usually these will be straight.
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O 41" 52y2" 64" in every scale too. Add connecting tracks every. Use tained by multiplying the switch mercially made switches are some.
Very sharp curves marked fect by using a gradual curve with 15" or 16" radius can be used with HO between curves of 24" and 26" little or no straight track even in No. Color shows fiog location. Draw 2" for O scale railroads. Notice that the through the frog. Other N 9" 12" 15" to the otherend of the railroad. But com. Plan isn't enough for some articulateds and switch are used.
Engines and cars will sideswipe are used with sharp curves. Continued from page 5 Here are the P. What plans? Then locate the branch follows the slightly wider recom- cept that there may be a curve as a straight line at the proper angle. Turnout size: At the foot of a grade. This should give you enough clear- ance to build a roadway with plenty of room above the lower track. If the point is a summit. At the places where we've shown elevation figures.
We've tried to arrange elevations so you won't have to have any of these "ver- tical curves" running through a track switch. In any case. Is there plenty of clearance for building bridges? We've used a separation of 29 scale feetfrom base of rail to base of rail as the separation of one track above another. To move a gap farther might Continued on page 67 8 How to build your railroad from plans. It may be to a steeper grade or it may be a sum- mit or sag.
In these tight places you'll need thinner support for the upper track. Continued from page 7 shown elevations. In a few places. Must I cut gaps in the rails exactly where you show them?
You can cut them anywhere within half a car length or so of where we show gaps. This is 2" in N. The clearance from lower rail top to the underside of a bridge must be at least: Small arrows next to the elevation dots always point upgrade. Later you can saw out the roadway and build the bridge. You plans are usually located where they reasons too. This trick can put get at them easily for operating.
You make the high tracks low and the low The yards and terminals in our may want to change a plan for other tracks high. But changes. Plans for 14 Small railroads All plans to same scale. Logan Street Yard. This kind of plan is easy to combine into a bigger railroad you might build someday. To build this in the space shown. Ruled lines across plan are: The conventional curves will handle any loco.
You can put a lot of superdetail into a plan like this. The trackwork is made particularly complicated for so small a yard in order to make both construction and operation more interesting. Conventional curves You can operate this small corner-type yard just as it is. Dumn ly tracks Loco wosh. Conventional curves This yard also uses conventional curves and No. Very sharp curve Doubling back the main line gives the effect of a train going somewhere after it completes its yard switching.
Mechanic Street Yard. The another. Main route. Sharp curves Figure-eight plans don't look quite as toylike as a simple oval. Blue Valley RR.. Sharp curves Adapted from a design by W. We've Here's one of those rarities where one bridge is built above modified it to use standard sizes of switches.
Multiply figured dimen- sions and elevations by: This railroad won a prize in a contest for small railroad plans. Lake District Ry. Small table railroads Curves are sharp.
Sharp curves This type of railroad is easy to put together and lends itself well for window displays. Of to d. Mohawk Southern Ry. By John Armstrong. Railroad 4x1 Multiply figured dimensions and elevations by: Sharp curves 2" for O Crossing angle is the same all si ali- Ruled lines across plan are: By Mark Canum. Sharp curves. Very sharp curves 16 Railroads for 4 x 8 tables. Lime Ridge.
Jersey Valley Central RR. By Bill Wight. Very sharp curves Crossing angle is the same in all scales. Stub switches Very sharp curves. By Carroll Weis. Stub switches Railroads for 4x8 tables Laguna Plata RR. See page 70 for more data. Ruled lines across plans are: Plan 34 has double this spacing. Very sharp curves 18 Railroads to 6 x Insulated gap Easy construction By cutting a diagonal through the plywood table top and separating the surfaces.
Yankee Midland Ry. Main route - Other track. Conventional curves mensions and eleva- tions by V2 " for N Ruled lines across plan are: I'd recommend ore- level railroads for quick construction. Railroads to 6 x 10 Are level railroads easier to build than layouts with grades and bridges? De- cide whether you want desert.
The chances are good that you can carry out your scenic theme on the track arrangement that is most convenient for other reasons. In looking through the plans. You can treat any railroad with many dif- ferent scenic themes equally well. But you can miss much in the final scenic effect on a one-level railroad. It's easy to slap down a sheet of plywood and lay either sectional or built-up track in place.
Sharp curves The serious model railroader who wants a fine setting for his trains will be more satisfied if he has the time to Continued on page 24 Multiply figured di- Continued from page 4 get excellent scenic effects on almost any plan. Central Missouri RR. These ideas are not necessarily wedded to the particular plans on which you find them.
Conventional curves Loop-to-loop operation is something like the arrangement of a real Sharp curves railroad. It's best to build a river a few inches below track level. A control pit makes this railroad The river divides parallel lines as though they were either com- usable where some even smaller plans won't work.
Quaker State Eastern RR. Sharp curves Ruled lines across plan are: The offset in track alignment. Mom route. Compare it with plans Sharp curves Here's another one of those fascinating railroads that winds its way up a mountainside. Sharp curves I'vebeen to several real places called Rockport and I think every one of them was a most interesting small seaport. Downhill trains go into a single-ended siding to let uphill trains go by. Here a lumber mill ships its wares while a simple railroad brings timber down from the camp.
Ars A Railroads up to 9 x 12 Fourteen plans On the left side the second line is Crossing angle is the 24" apart inO hidden behind buildings. Jordan Valley RR. Railroads to 9 x 12 Room entrance Multiply figured di- Cerro Azul RR.
Are some plans better for my scale than others? Whether in O. Sharp curves will handle medium-sized locomotives and some large ones. A very thorough discus- sion of curves can be found in the book Practical Guide to Model Rail- roading. Passenger cars can be operated around conventional curves. Railroads that can be built on one level: Continued from page 19 build a grid-type table with track at various levels.
They usually re- quire homemade or specially made switches. By Charles Small. Broad curves are at least a quarter larger. Conventional curves will handle all but the largest locomo- tives.
Conventional curves are one third larger in radius and are usually used with No. Passenger cars don't look good on sharp curves. Sharp curves to operate the main terminal and the Continued on page 36 Ruled lines across plan are: This is one of my favorites of the switchback type of plan. In most plans you can sub- stitute almost any size of turntable for the one we show. Charles 6" apart in N Small shows his knowledge of mining railroads and the influence of his 9" apart in TT experiences in South America in this plan.
But many model railroaders like big locos regardless. In plan We have tried not to use big turntables on railroads where small locomotives are at home.
Sharp curves are those com- monly used with No. Aren't your turntables too small? Could be. Very sharp curves are used on industrial lines. You can run any kind of equipment on broad curves. Will the curves handle all sizes of locomotives? The curves for each plan are marked very sharp. The 1" for HO l'. Some Crossing angle is the same in model railroaders will want to add a few more tracks in the two yards.
Conventional curves and elevations by: The con. Multiply figured dimensions I have tried to include an adequate yard. As on the original sectional plan. Sectional construction.
The plan of this was published and it became one of the top railroads in popularity. I worked out this railroad with the idea of getting just as much operation into a smaller space. Sharp curves I once built a railroad in six pieces that bolted together to make a 10 x foot layout. Along the same line of reason- ing. See plan 61 for one possibility. Conventional curves In a square room. Are you looking for L-shaped plans?
Most long and narrow plans can be bent around a corner to fit L-shaped shelves and even wider spaces. Only the connecting curve need be relocated. Don't overlook plan Chicago Inner Belt Line.
Sharp curves A narrow shelf is still wide enough for quite a bit of railroading. This plan makes the best of it with a two- lap oval and a branch line. The lower level can be built along one wall and the upper level separated intact and built along another. Two yards increase the operating possibilities greatly in this plan. Wisconsin Central RR. Sharp curves The double-track oval serves as a mileage maker.
Here a plan often used on a 4x8 table is expanded to take a little more space. Con- ventional curves This is about the average of the sizes of model railroad actually built. New York. Most of the operating interest will be in the yard and on the branch line. Latham Jr. From a plan by H. Multiply figured dimen- sions and delations by: Broad curves Here's a small railroad suited to the man who wants to test the largest locomotives and have a little operating fun as well. Conventional curves This was one of several plans considered for a series telling all about how to build a model railroad featured in the Model Railroader starting in April.
This by-product had good features so I saved it for this book.
Great North Pass RR. Sharp Curves More yard capacity is provided in this plan than in the original from which it grew. One advantage of building a railroad in sec- tions is that you can build en the workbench where tools are handy.
Dan Patch Lines. The plan eventually chosen for the Great South Pass was similar to this. You can make alterations the same way even after the entire rail- road is completed. The ordinary effect of a simple oval is broken by putting the spurs at different elevations.
Another popular plan from years ago. Rio Grande Southern Ry. Stub switches. Probably more beautiful photos of a railroad scene have been taken near the Ophir Loop on the Rio Grande Southern than anywhere else in America. Now the real railroad is gone, but you can rebuild it in model form. This plan uses stub switches but No. The left side of this railroad could be fitted into many other shapes of rooms by completely revising the right side.
Multiply figured dimensions and ek-vations by: If built V. You need at least an 18"-square hole to stand in, and that's not big enough for a control panel too. The answer here, if you're working in a smaller scale, is to adjust things so you can build a larger con- trol pit. You might have to move the roundhouse somewhere else or even omit it. Most plans were designed with HO convenience in mind, so the S gauger and O gauger will have to look out for another hazard, that of having to reach too far from the edge of the table to get at some important place.
Four feet is about as far as you can reach, and that's the limit. Look for a place to build another hatch for easier access or else move tracks around to make room for a hatch. There are two good ways. The easiest way to choose a plan that is will fit into part of your space and then expand portions of the railroad into the extra areas. You do this by swinging one or several tracks side- ways into the widened space, by mov- ing a yard to an outside location very likely an improvement , by swinging a track into an L or T so far that it Ruled lines across plan are: I'll a thousand different ways when it Many plans that have been pub- give you more help on relocating comes to adding scenery.
Spurs can also be changed. You added for effect without consideration The other way is to take a plan of can add more, take some away, run of how trains will operate.
One test of about the proper area and bend it, others in different directions. Lots of a good operating plan that a train is. This takes more on anyway, and that's an idea that has line track before repeating any of it. Alternate routes and cutoffs which to describe of cutting a tracing of the Passing sidings can also be moved. There sometimes are Yards aren't quite as flexible, but good reasons for having these cutoffs, in almost any plan there are at least but I'm criticizing plans that have a More pointers about two places where yards could be lo- jumble of trackage that connects into choosing your track plan cated, so even here you have a choice.
The most important thing to con- you can make a substitution more to Branch lines are another thing. A sider in making your choice is the ar- your liking. Is it long We've tried to keep the yards in the interest. Usually it works out best if enough?
Does it make an interesting plans to about the right sizes for the it ties into the main line at only journey for the trains? However, most one place, at a point fairly well away Even though a particular plan fellows eventually acquire more cars from the main terminal.
This makes doesn't have what you want in yards, than they can use. If you're one of for longer running. In ment so the layout doesn't get yard- Many plans require some space out- fact, you can treat almost any plan in heavy. Continued on page Insulated gap Ruled lines across plan are: When you attach the yard to the main line at a new place. Any attempt to pass on the left half of the rail- road is bound to send at least one train into the terminal. Keep in mind the limitation of cutting a No.
As it stands. Track three between this point and Walnut then becomes a second passing siding. To retain this feature. We mentioned this long-run feature on page 3. Then it will be easier to visualize all the new places where a yard can be built. Continued from page 9 sions and elevations by: Broad curves For two-train operation.
Uniontown Southern RR. The Crossing angle is the same in all scales. To correct this. To entirely relocate a yard. In most plans the loops were located so you could get a maximum run before returning to the yard. Factory spurs and other one-ended side tracks can be connected almost anywhere on any plan.Oval with branch from wye to loop. Plan 69 Plans Also note that the helix is completely hidden from view. To find a store near you, visit www. Order online at www.
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