The lower loop is now completed. Trains are running from the staging level up through the
helix to the main levels and back. With the excetion of the engine facility most of the
main level track is in place now, although some tweaking is needed in a few places to make
it run smoothly. The benchwork for the roundhouse and turntable are up and ready to go.
Now I just have to save up a bit. The scenicing is comming along nicely and the layout is
starting to come to life. The next big step is to complete the helix and start installing
the upper level shelving. Enjoy the newest pics!
often and watch the progress.
With the last move, the old layout had to be dismantled and packed away in boxes. Whatever
could be saved, salvaged, or reused was taken along to the new location. Anticipation for
a fresh start was high and it wasn't long before the new design began taking shape. With
the help of a friend and the following criteria, a plan was developed on AutoCAD and can
now be printed full size for ease of layout.
-Multi-Level with helix to maximize the layout area
-Multi loop track plan for continuous running
-Large area dedicated as cityscape with tall buildings
-Area for a large passenger station
-Plenty of staging
-Large yard area
-Viewable tunnel area
-Roundhouse & Turntable large enough to support a Big-Boy
-Primarily dual track running
-No particular time period or location
-30" radius and #6 turnout mainline minimums
-Minimum grade change
-Several sidings and industries to keep operation interesting
-Incorporate space for as many existing structure as possible
||21'-8" x 23'-5"
||Created on AutoCAD
||Multi-Level / Around the Room plus Peninsula
||Main Level - 2x framework with Homasote board base
Upper Level - 20" dual hook shelf hangers with 2x frame & Homasote board base
Rigid insulation foam & plaster wrap contours
||Staging @ 24" / Main Level @ 36"-40" / Upper Level @
||Dual track 28" & 30.5" rad. / 7 turn / 4" per 360
Made from 1/8" masonite lapped & threaded rods
||Code 100 flextrack / Atlas turnouts
|Mainline Turnout Min.
|Mainline Radius Min.