Although the layout plan has been posted, this blurp will delve into the process it took to get there. When it came to a layout design for our club, many things had already been decided. The foot print of the layout was designed by Don Pearce, giving us wide aisles, an island branch line, and the ability to follow your train around the layout without having to jump from one side of a wall to another (see Don's Plan). We had also decided on a two percent grade, thirty inch radius curves, number six Atlas switches and ten foot plus passing sidings. The ability to turn full passenger trains at each end of the run was also high on the wish list. Some thought was given to modeling the line that use to run from Port Dover to Hickson, but most of the structures would have to be scratch built and it would limit the scope of the railroad eg. no logging branch or ore mine, both wanted inclusions. A double main line was another idea suggested by some members, hey great for running lots of trains. You still could add the second track to our layout with some modifications. If the main line was reconfigured so that every other town was either entirely on the right or left of the main line it could also be run as point to point with each track of the main being a single main line and only switch the sidings on that side, doubling the length of the main line. Put another way, starting at the lower loop a run would take you all the way to the upper loop which would now be the middle of the run and all the way back to the bottom loop. Well let's just say double the track, double the money, so that was dropped. So that is how we came to a folded over loop to loop design, with the loops on top of each other. There will be a staging yard off the bottom loop and a city above it coming off the upper loop (with it's big yard and multiple sidings it is realy just a different type of staging). The tables were built of 1 x 3 inch lumber in eight foot long sections, for the most part, and either 24 or 30 inches wide, with stringers every 16 inches. The lower run would be on the table top level and in the front, at the midway point the track turns back on itself and will climb along the back of the tables until it reaches the upper loop. This design allows trains to be run in a continuous loop or point to point. Now with no prototype railroad in mind, the first thing to do was to lay out all the thirty inch radius curves in all the corners. Then the towns were located and joined by a main line. Plywood was layed out and the rough track plan was drawn on it and then cut out cookie cutter fashion. The lower level was screwed to the benches and the upper level was supported on risers at every 16 inches. The plan was meant to be a concept, that is the exact placing of the track, switches and sidings, should be determined as the track is layed and buildings are positioned. It has been altered in a few locations already, for instance, we moved the upper loop over so that almost half the bottom loop was exposed, and because the coal branch took up so much space we had to run a passing siding around a corner to maintain the require ten feet. The upper loop's return to the main was lengthened, to help with a perceived bottleneck of passenger trains and trains entering the main line from the city. All in all the track plan looks good so, in the words of Larry the cable guy "let's getter done".
The Woodstock Model Railroad Club invites you to come along with as together we build an empire. Stay tuned for progress updates, tips and techniques. All comments are welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
As a kid, when you mentioned that you liked model railroading you got that look, you know the one, the one that says, "Oh, you play with toy trains". Now that I'm much older (and still play with trains) I still get that look, but it doesn't bother me, as I know how much reward there is in this hobby. I have had my layout viewed by friends and other modelers alike. When someone enters your layout room and their eyes go wide, their jaw drops, expletives like Wow!, Holy smokes! and This is awesome! are involuntary uttered, then you know you have chosen the right hobby. I recently had that same experience when I visited Terry Nixon's O scale layout. On the way there I was thinking, how can you possibly build an O scale railroad based on operations around a steel mill, in a small room and have much of anything? Wow!(there goes that expletive)was I surprised. As Terry operated his layout, trains had work to do, engines powered up, wheels squealed around tight corners,switching loads from building to building, on and off the car float and into staging. The layout design, the full use of sound, scratch built buildings and rolling stock all highlight Terry's ingenuity and modeling skill. And so it is with model railroaders, some read magazines, or collect rolling stock, a few build empires or become master model builders. The point is you get to choose what you want to do, in this, the best of all hobbies. Some photos of Terry's layout.
|a train switching iron slab cars|
|scratch built hot iron mold|
|Terry built a mold and molded all of the ingot molds|
Monday, September 23, 2013
|the location for the bridge was chosen|
|a picture was taken of the mock up and loaded into "paint" and then I added the location of the main elements of the of the back ground painting.|
|a piece of paneling was added to the back drop (the joint hidden by the bridge) and most of the scene has been painted|
|the painting is finished and the river extended into the scene, ending at the harbor|
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
The layout was divided into nine blocks, staging yard, upper and lower loops, lower and upper main, the main city, the port, blanch line and the logging/ore mine island. All the bus wires were fed through 1 inch sections of plastic pipe attached near the front of the layout. The bus wires terminate on terminal strips at a central location of the layout (below the two return loops). Black and red feeder wires are attached to each section of the track.
|Glen, Jim, Cliff and John on wiring detail|
|Tom and Don work on the main wiring terminal|
|John and Jim work on wiring|
|John and Cliff prepare feeder wires|
|Jim tinning feeder wires|
Track is code 100 and switches are Atlas number 6, with 30 inch radius on the main line. A 2 percent grade is maintained on the main line. The road bed is used industrial ceiling tile, turned over and painted brown.
|Ralph working on staging track to the manual turntable|
|Ralph and Doug installing a switch on the lower return loop|
|tracks in the port area with bridge location on upper line|
|Matt, Doug and Larry laying out coal branch|
|One of Hank's bridges reworked from S scale|
|group discussion over upper return loop location and support|
Monday, September 16, 2013
The tables are mostly made of 1 x 3 and are either 2 foot by 8 foot or 30 inches by 8 foot with 16 inch centers. They are supported by 2 x 4 legs near the aisle and the wall at the back. They are then topped with chip board and 2 x 4 ceiling tiles. No cork was used.
|The tables and backdrop being installed.|
|location of staging yard|
|two return loops, one above the other, in the right foreground|
|laying some track|
|coal mine branch line|